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Death of an Honest Man
Hamish Macbeth – Book XXXIV
M C Beaton

Constable (Little, Brown)
22 February 2018/ ISBN 9781472117250
Mystery/Contemporary / Scotland / Police

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde 

Newcomer Paul English is an honest man…that is, he gives honest opinions about everything and everybody. But nobody enjoys being insulted so his death comes as no surprise to Hamish Macbeth. With Blair acting oddly and his sidekick Charlie wanting to leave the force, Hamish will have to prove Paul was murdered and then discover whodunit.

Thirty-four books and counting! Hamish has his work cut out for him with more than one replacement constable, a wild cat on the prowl and a murderer to unmask. This is a fun series with a lot to recommend it, from the tortuous mysteries to the daily lives of the inhabitants of Lochdubh and its environs. There is nothing too innovative here but that is not a bad thing; this series has garnered many fans for being the way it is. A slight frisson of the supernatural creeps into this book, although this is mostly down to superstition and the way the reader interprets it. Hamish is doomed to have constables that stay only a short time before leaving to pursue other things and to be disappointed in love, as well as fending off the machinations of Blair. Maybe there are elements that have become rather far-fetched, but that is a point of view. This entry into the long-running series is as full of charm and incident as ever, and for any series to continue this long and not run out of steam is a wonder in itself. Recommended for fans but for optimal pleasure it needs to be read as part of the series.

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 2018