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Death of a Liar
Hamish Macbeth – Book 30
M C Beaton

UK: Constable (Constable and Robinson) / USA: Grand Central Publishing
5 February 2015 / ISBN 9781780331096 UK / ISBN 9781455504787 Book
Mystery / Cozy / Scottish Highlands

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


When Hamish Macbeth is summoned to the home of a woman who says she has been raped he does not expect to find it is all a hoax. But Liz Bentley is a compulsive liar, as everybody in the small village of Cromish already knows. Naturally Hamish ignores her second panic stricken phone call, but this time it was for real as Ms Bentley has been murdered. Thus begins a tortuous trail of murders, clues and red herrings as Hamish tangles with some more Highland lowlifes.

Thirty books and counting; this series shows no sign of running out of steam. This was one of the strongest entries for some time, with some interesting new characters, an involving plot and plenty of satirical humor. I always think that one of the best things about long running series is how part of the treat with a new book is finding out what the series characters have been up to. Hamish and Dick both have new love interests, Blair is up to his usual tricks, and we get to see another remote village. As usual readers are treated to a light, enjoyable tale that is genuinely amusing and mercifully not cute. I love the contrasting descriptions of the stark beauty of the Highlands contrasted with the grim city of Strathbane. Reading one of these books is like sinking into a warm bath or curling up with a cup of tea in a favorite chair. Undemanding, agreeable and rather addictive with the odd surprise or two to keep the reader guessing. I hope this series runs and runs.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Death of a Gossip #1
Death of a Cad #2
Death of an Outsider #3
Death of a Macho Man #12
Death of a Dentist #13
Death of a Scriptwriter #14
Death of an Addict #15
A Highland Christmas #15.5
Death of a Dustman #16  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Celebrity #17  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Village #18
Death of a Poison Pen #19
Death of a Bore #20  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Dreamer #21 [audio] [book 1 ] [book 2]
Death of a Maid #22  [review 1] [uk review 2]
Death of a Gentle Lady #23  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Witch #24  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Valentine #25  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Chimney Sweep #26  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Kingfisher #27  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of Yesterday #28  [audio] [ book]
Death of a Policeman #29  [audio] [book]
Death of a Liar #30  [audio] [book]
Death of a Nurse #31  [audio] [book]
Death of a Ghost #32 [audio] [book]

Death of an Honest Man #33 [audio] [book]

Reviewed 2015