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Death of a Ghost
Hamish Macbeth #32
M C Beaton
Read by Graeme Malcolm

publisher Grand Central Publishing
release 02/21/2017/ ISBN 9781455558308
Mystery / Police / Scottish Highlands / Humor / Audiobook – Unabridged

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks

 

From ghoulies and ghosties. And long-leggedy beasties. And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! -- Anonymous

Death of a Ghost opens with Sergeant Hamish Macbeth feeling trapped by his current love interest Christine Dalray. Christine knows too much about Hamish, his village, and his police station, which is why she’s still there. Hamish wants to be rid of her. Constable Charlie is still living at Tommel Castle Hotel, which causes a stir, once again. Charlie tells Hamish to ask the fairies for help in getting rid of Christine. CI Blair orders Hamish to marry her, but Hamish realizes what he really needs is a new case. Lucky for him, Charlie has one but it’s minus a body. Rumor has it there’s a ghost at the castle in Hanover Ebrington. Hamish and Charlie make the case a priority because the new owner is a retired police superintendent from Glasgow. As it turns out, a night of Ghost hunting leads to a body and a real case. Hamish’s latest case has him driving to and fro, working all leads. He ends up following a particular group of people in the hopes a murderer will reveal himself. But when Police Scotland suddenly declares the case solved, it leaves Hamish scratching his head. During the case, Hamish meets up with Priscilla and Elspeth, and it’s always interesting to see how Hamish handles it. Also, Hamish and a new officer get on the wrong side of Blair, which stirs up some premeditated strife. The outcome leaves Hamish shaken.

Beaton’s writing style is modest and straightforward; she has a simple way of setting up scenes and sharing characters thoughts. Sometimes it can be quite funny, especially when it’s the audio version narrated by Graeme Malcome. Readers can expect all the eclectic characters Beaton is known for, as well as a complex mystery with a secondary thread involving Hamish and Blair.

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] [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]
Reviewed 2017
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