[ Read Online Death of a Policeman ↠´ womens-fiction PDF ] by M.C. Beaton ↠´ Death of a Policeman and the previous book in the series were not as much fun for me as most of the earlier entries Threats of closing down his beloved station have been going on so long that I think they have caused Hamish to become too hardened and cynical for my taste I m not giving up on the series, but I hope the next book heralds the return of a laid back Hamish.
My loyalty to this series is that sometimes I just need a cozy bit of reading with a favorite character and setting containing all the old familiar places and people Hamish MacBeth, the tall red headed Scotsman is quite content with his life as the police constable in Lochdubh, and fans of this series are equally content to have Hamish remain in his current position, avoiding promotion and relocation to Strathbane, home of police headquarters for the area While it might be comforting to Hamish and readers alike if he were to finally find a lass to share his life, or one of his two ex fiances returning, he does have his second in command, Dick, to help shoulder the duties of the job, cook, and even create a pleasant home for the two It is both a Welcome back to Lochdubh, the place that is loved so much by one Hamish Macbeth of the local constabulary and he never wants to leave The man has solved so many crimes if it became common knowledge they promote the heck out of him And that would mean Macbeth resigning rather than leaving his beloved village.
Once again all goes haywire when a copper called Blair, rather envious of one Hamish Macbeth, sends in a policeman he blackmails to spy on Hamish in order to get some dirt on this much loathed colleague of his this snooping copper gets murdered and the investigations commence.
We see how the Highlands gets an organised drugs ring less and at the same time a rather persuasive librarian set her eye on Dick the living companion of Hamish While Dick fancies a younger librarian.
A few deaths on and all gets solved and Hamish fancies something French.
O I ve read all 29 previous entries in M C Beaton s Hamish Mcbeth series, and I m sad to say that this will probably be the last I loved the humor of the early books, and while the series has always had some serious undertones, every book used to have at least a few places that would make me laugh After reading this book though, I was feeling rather depressed For me, the series has lost its charm It s not just all the seemingly gratuitous violence by the end of the book the body count is up in the double digits There s also at least one gaping plot hole and the overall plot is rather meandering We read lots of scenes that add absolutely nothing to the resolution of the plot and have no connection to the original crime They seem like fillers , like the author had to reach a certain word count according to her contrac It s still Hamish, but I found that this book was a bit of a disappointment I have loved Hamish Macbeth for a long time, and enjoyed all the books I love Hamish and his idyllic life in Lochdubh I love the recurring characters like Willie Loman and Archie MacDonald It s like visiting old friends when I read a Hamish Macbeth mystery But this book, I found, did a lot of jumping around and violent episodes kept on occurring with no lead up or explanation It felt like I was on a runaway train at times But it is still Hamish, and I love his character The shock and awe that keeps occurring in this book did confuse me somewhat It certainly didn t seem like good old sleepy Lochdubh with all the violent murders and bad guys running around.
It has been at least 3 years since I have visited the Scottish Highlands of Lochdubh and the grounds of Hamish Macbeth and I have to say, I had forgotten how much I really enjoy this books and all the crazy characters that go with these books This one was a puzzler from the beginning and the end was a O M G I NEVER saw that coming ending I truly never saw that end and it was quite a reading experience I have three books in the series on my TBR list this year and I am finding that I am truly looking forward to reading them.
Not a bad story, but I can t help but love Agatha far than I do Hamish Although Hamish is amusing in his own way Agatha really delivers something else when you are reading her In this story, Hamish is trying to find out how and why a young police officer who was tasked to monitor Hamish s movements in the Highlands has been murdered Suspicion automatically falls on Hamish Can he clear his name I think I will focus on Agatha Raisin in future.
Death of a Policeman has convinced me that M.
C Beaton might just have finally lost her groove with the Hamish Macbeth series Gone are the quirky almost mystic cosy qualities of Scottish life with a cheeky Hamish, and in its place is something much darker, almost heading into noir territory Hamish himself may have taken a step away from cheeky and got nearer to nasty and unpleasant I am really not totally happy with this change When I read a Hamish Macbeth mystery, I like to chuckle at the antics of Hamish, not want to ring up the police and report him He breaks and enters, steals evidence, commits acts of vandalisms and then has no qualms about blackmail Don t get me wrong, our cheeky police officer has long had a habit of bending the law to suit his own purposes but in Death of a Policeman he seems to have gone beyond cheeky and stepped into a dark angry place Hamish