Death of A Village

Death of A Village

A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

Book - 2003
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Constable Hamish Macbeth heads for the quaint village of Stoyre to investigate why its citizens are leaving in droves and encounters an unusual series of baffling goings-on, dangers, and mysteries, including the a sunken World War I German ship containing a fortune in gold bullion. 40,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
During the eerie half-light of a far north summer night, a crime spree - from scams to burglary - strikes the Highlands. Suddenly Hamish Macbeth, never an ambitious man, has more police work than he desires.
After all, Macbeth's preferred activity is watching the waves dance on the loch. Yet as he deftly investigates the summer's high crimes and misdemeanors, he attracts the attention of his superiors. They feel a promotion and transfer will give him a larger playing field than Lochdubh. That's the last thing Macbeth wants. Now the laconic lawman needs a clever way to quash the move without losing his job entirely.
He also needs to solve one more case - the baffling problem in Stoyre. The inhabitants of this remote fishing village are acting, well, fishy. On a routine visit, Macbeth finds the pub empty, and the church unexpectedly full.
Faces are hostile, mouths tightly closed. Fear permeates the very air. Then an explosion levels a holiday cottage, and locals call the blast an "act of God."
Macbeth disagrees. He has an outrageous theory about Stoyre that can make national news...if he's right. With the help of journalist Elspeth Grant, and an assist from his dog Lugs, he's dreamt up a scheme to ferret out the truth without alerting his superiors to what may be another stroke of his special genius. Or a complete disaster. As any good Scotsman knows, the best laid plans oft go awry. And Macbeth's may go desperately wrong with an old friend's death, a scandalous rumor, and the loss of one so brave and true that it might break his heart.

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Constable Hamish MacBeth heads for the village of Stoyre to investigate why its citizens are leaving in droves and encounters a series of baffling events, dangers, and mysteries.

Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780892966776
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY BEATO...M


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Jun 24, 2015

Death of a Village --- by --- M. C. Beaton.
It is always a pleasure to read of the adventures of Constable Hamish Macbeth. The Scottish mists, the heather, the whiskey all contribute to painting a wonderful, soft setting for these stories. Highly recommended.

Oct 12, 2014

Good quick read. Still cannot picture Hamish with anyone but Priscilla.
The Currie sisters, Archie, the Brodies and Mrs. Wellington and of course Hamish are my favorites in this series.


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