Death of A Policeman

Death of A Policeman

Large Print - 2014
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"Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure. This presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Macbeth does every day. Macbeth hears about Blair's plan and is prepared to insure that Cyril returns back to headquarters with a full report. But Cyril is soon found dead and Hamish quickly becomes the prime suspect in his murder"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, c2014.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, c2014.
Edition: First large print edition.
ISBN: 9781455576258
Characteristics: 341 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.


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Jun 02, 2019

“Policing was about helping people, bringing justice not meeting stupid government targets and crawling like mad in a scramble for promotion.”

-Hamish Macbeth

This statement aptly sums up Sergeant Hamish Macbeth’s idea of law and order as he administers it to the people of the lonely highland around Lochdubh, Scotland. Once again his superior DCI Blair, from nearby Strathbane, is scheming to close this small local police station to be shed of Macbeth once and for all. He attempts this by sending one of his own officer’s undercover to investigate Hamish but winds up a man down…for good.

The locals have Hamish’s back at least for the most part almost with too much enthusiasm. His pets, Sonsie (cat) and Lugs (dog), are amusing sidekicks adding color, comfort, and mischief. The elderly Curry sister twins – Nessie and Jessie – are back in this installment complete with their own idiosyncrasies and scolding advice to Hamish. Elspeth Grant is his media connection, on-again-off-again romantic interest, and sharp minded advisor. This is a homey gathering of characters, action, and locations well worth spending time with.

The reader, Graeme Malcolm, aptly brings the feel of Scotland to this story. He has great pacing and vocal variety that helps the listener differentiate between characters.

The author delivers amusing and realistic character portraits throughout this detective series. The sprinkling of Scottish idioms in this story are charming and take the listener to the highlands. This is a cozy mystery to enjoy on a cold winter’s evening even if you’re not anywhere near the moors.

Aug 20, 2016

29th in series

Mar 14, 2016

Death of a Policeman --- by --- M.C. Beaton
Here’s part of a review that appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer as it appeared in the fly-leaf of “Death of a Policeman”. I thought it summed the book up so well. “For those who like their mysteries cozy --- though with Beaton the rose-colored glasses are, as usual, tinged with noir”. Thoroughly enjoyable; impossible to put down.

Jan 14, 2015

Very good.

Jul 22, 2014

It always cheers me up to read about Hamish Macbeth. You can't say these books are demanding intellectually, but the plot in this one was pretty good. I love how big, real-life issues of love and death and corruption and people making and fixing the big mistakes in their lives, are all described in a short, simple way, more like stage directions than poetry. If there was an award for least-pretentious author, Beaton would win.

Apr 01, 2014

Another Beaton classic. Fun to read and entertaining.

bookfanatic1979 Mar 06, 2014

I am torn between admiring Beaton for deftly handling so many small, seemingly unrelated, cases before bringing them all together at the end…and decrying the superfluity of suspects. It isn’t a sloppily-written book by any means, but the reader definitely has to pay attention in order to keep track of what’s going on.

alexica Mar 05, 2014

This is excellent MC Beaton. Great plot but no plot development, eccentric villagers, average writing and not a lot of detail or character growth. Beaton's specialty is coincidence. People pop up fortuitously to add their contributions and then leave, just as abruptly. The villains are always dark, the good guys really, really good. Hers are fun books to read but not great crime novels. We just like Hamish and his pet animals to death.


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