Death of An Honest Man

Death of An Honest Man

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"Sergeant Hamish Macbeth--Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman--returns in M.C. Beaton's new mystery in her New York Times bestselling series. DEATH OF AN HONEST MAN Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English. Paul had moved to a house in Cnothan, a sour village on Hamish's beat. He attended church in Lochdubh. He told the minister, Mr. Wellington, that his sermons were boring. He told tweedy Mrs. Wellington that she was too fat and in these days of increasing obesity it was her duty to show a good example. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and it was time she wrote literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair. He told Jessie Currie--who repeated all the last words of her twin sister--that she needed psychiatric help. "I speak as I find, " he bragged. Voices saying, "I could kill that man, " could be heard from Lochdubh to Cnothan. And someone did. Now Hamish is faced with a bewildering array of suspects. And he's lost the services of his clumsy policeman, Charlie, who has resigned from the force after Chief Inspector Blair berated Charlie one too many times, and the policeman threw Blair into the loch. Can Hamish find the killer on his own?"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455558315
1455558311
Branch Call Number: FIC BEATO
Characteristics: 244 pages.

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1058kit
Apr 23, 2018

M. C. Beaton may not have been at her BESTEST - as the book is a bit choppy. But ALL of her books are excellent. Best read in order as a lot of the characters travel through 2-3 of the books.

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BGeist
Apr 14, 2018

This series never was great literature-- but enjoyable because of the rather loveable Macbeth character, a man who knows what is important in life, and where he's happiest, and some other recurring characters. The writing, tho never great, wasn't noticeably bad, and most of the books have been satisfying when one wants a lightly humorous cozy. But this entry is not only the worst of the the series, it is probably also the worst written book I've ever read....The prose is choppy, there's little continuity between paragraphs, and in general could have been written better by most highschoolers. Did Beaton actually write it? My guess is that someone took her raw notes and rather crudely put them together. I did read the whole thing, hoping it was going to improve, but it never did.......the story involves the death of a cartoonishly rude man, who improbably was having an affair with a dowdy, widowed minister; a wildcat whom Macbeth believes is his beloved Sonsie (and everyone else believes is evil); Macbeth's boss Blair being even more crooked than usual; missed connections between Macbeth and the two women he's loved; and more new police partners....silly plot(s); no believeable characters, boring writing....I'm going to give up on this series, I think.

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