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Death of an Honest Man
Hamish Macbeth #33
M C Beaton
Read by Graeme Malcolm

Hachette Audio
February 20, 2018 / ISBN 1478950250
Cozy Mystery / Scotland/ Detectives / Humor /Audiobook - Unabridged / 5 hours and 23 minutes

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks 

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. -- Oscar Wilde

It’s back to the Scottish Highlands with Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Hamish is still avoiding praises and promotions. His wild cat has been replaced by a small white poodle called Sally (he still misses Sonise). Constable Charlie is still living at the Castle Hotel, and Elspeth is busy with her job.

Hamish and Charlie are responsible for the whole county so when a new chap moves to Cnothan the two head out for a visit. Paul English is a retired banker who “speaks as he finds.” Hamish finds him just plain rude. Paul insults Hamish and Charlie during the visit, and they soon learn Paul hasn’t missed a chance to be “honest” with any of them. Paul’s behavior is so crude, Hamish threatens to charge him with a hate crime. Paul calls Hamish’s superior Blair to file a complaint and it snowballs from there. Paul is murdered and Hamish has a long list of suspects. The local murder is just the beginning for Hamish. Various side stories, including a change of constables in Lochdubh, and the usual tussle with Blair keeps Hamish busy.

Readers/listeners can expect a busy storyline. There isn’t as much humor as in past mysteries, but it’s still entertaining. Beaton introduces the new characters with clarity. The storyline moves at a clip pace, and the wild cat/Sonise thread is very imaginative. I think what I like about Beaton’s mysteries is she say a lot with a few words. She engages the reader with her characters, conversation, and humor all the while giving them a lesson in human nature. I always come away from an MC Beaton mystery satisfied.

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