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Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Fine Scottish Police Sergeant

Death of a Policeman (Hamish Macbeth, #30)Death of a Policeman by M.C. Beaton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This Hamish MacBeth was a first reads giveaway on Goodreads. Although it is about the 30th installment in the series, it is the first one I've read. There was a BBC show based on the books which I liked and thought it would be fun to read one of the books on which it was based. As often happens the book is better. While I love Robert Carlyle he looks nothing like the flame-haired hero of the book nor does he seem to have the same approach to the work. These are easy books to read with wonderful characterization and interesting plots. Not great literature, perhaps, but enjoyable fast reading that helps to pass away an unseasonably cold Spring day or an early dark winter's evening. Think I'll start at the beginning and get to know Hamish and his town, Lochdubh, better. It seems Detective Chief Inspector Blair has been a thorn in his side for quite awhile now and in this installment he is attempting to have MacBeth spied upon by a young officer, Cyril Sessions, who gets himself killed. Blair has been directed to help determine which local police stations should be closed in a Scottish effort to cut costs. This murder causes his plan, that Lochdubh be high on the list, to back-fire and gives MacBeth yet another opportunity to prove his value to Scottish law enforcement.

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