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.
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