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Hamish hated change almost as much as he hated work. He had the tenancy of some croft land next to the police station at Lochdubh, where he kept a small herd of sheep, now being looked after by a neighbor. He earned quite good money on the side from his small farming, his poaching, and the prize money he won for hill running at the Highland Games in the summer. All that he could save went to his mother and father and brothers and sisters over in Cromarty. He did not anticipate any easy pickings in Cnothan.
-Death of an Outsider


Given all that, and the taciturn nature of the locals, it's understandable that Hamish is awfully grumpy about being sent to Cnothan for three months to cover for a vacationing colleague. But if he thinks it's tough on him being an outsider, that's nothing compared to how an obnoxious Englishman gets treated. When the latter is murdered it brings Inspector Blair to town and makes things even worse for our hero.

This entry in the very fine series contains the lobster incident that featured in the first episode of the different, but equally good, tv show. Ms Beaton had really hit her stride here, just a few books into the Hamish Macbeth mysteries, and it's an immensely enjoyable read.


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Grade: (A)

  

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M. C. Beaton Links:

    -ESSAY: Why I Chose The Edwardian Era (Marion Chesney (aka M. C. Beaton), St. Martin's Minotaur)
    -Marion Chesney (Wikipedia)
    -Hamish Macbeth (Wikipedia)
    -Author of the Month: M.C. Beaton [July 2003] (MyShelf.com)
    -M.C. Beaton (pseudonym of Marion Chesney) (Notes in the Margin)
    -M.C. Beaton 1936-
    -SHOW SITE: Hamish MacBeth (BBC America)
    -The Hamish Macbeth Book Page!
    -EPISODE GUIDE: Hamish Macbeth (a Titles and Air Dates Guide) (George Fergus)
    -Hamish MacBeth, Gossip from Lochdubh
    -The Real Lochdubh (BBC America)
    -Plockton Web: Hamish Macbeth
    -Memorable Television The TV Shows (1990's) Hamish Macbeth
    -Ann Mackenzie's Hamish Macbeth page
    -ESSAY: A Wonderful Place for A Murder (MARILYN STASIO, January 12, 1997, NY Times Book Review)
    -ARCHIVES: "m. c. beaton" (Find Articles)
    -REVIEW: of Death of a Perfect Wife by M.C. Beaton (Marilyn Stasio, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Death of a Perfect Wife (JP, Mystery Reader)
    -REVIEW: of Death of a Hussy by M. C. Beaton (Marilyn Stasio, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Death of a Charming Man by M. C. Beaton (Marilyn Stasio, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Death of a Scriptwriter (Marilyn Stasio, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Death of an Addict by M.C. Beaton (Kay Black, Mystery Reader)
    -REVIEW: of Death of an Addict (Bill Peschel)
    -REVIEW: of Death Of A Village by M. C. Beaton (Luke Croll, Book Ideas)
    -REVIEW: of Death of a Dustman by M. C. Beaton (Marilyn Stasio, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham by M. C. Beaton (Kay Black, Mystery Reader)
    -REVIEW: of Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by MC Beaton (Mary Andrea Clarke, Shots Mag)
    -REVIEW: of Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House by M. C. Beaton (Celebrity Cafe)

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