Hamish Macbeth

M.C. Beaton

Hamish Macbeth

Hamish Macbeth is a lanky, tall, red-haired unambitious man who wants nothing more than a quiet life with his beloved dog, but being the police constableof Lochdubh, this is a pleasure that is denied to him as he investigates many peculiar and singular crimes in his beloved Scottish highlands.
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A Highland Christmas

By M.C. Beaton

In dark, wintry Lochdubh, Christmas Cheer is about as welcome as a flat tyre on a deserted road. The Calvinist element in town has always resisted what they view as secular frivolity, so for most of the townsfolk there'll be no carols, feasting, gifts - or even whisky on Christmas Day!

And for PC Hamish Macbeth there's no holiday from crime - he finds himself hunting for a missing cat belonging to a lonely spinster. Curt and unfriendly, the woman is convinced her pet has been stolen but once behind her heavily-bolted door, Hamish can spot her true problem - she lives in fear, though of who or what he cannot guess.

Then someone steals a Christmas tree and lights from the nearby village of Cnothan. So it is up to Hamish to sort all these problems out - and he had better do it quickly, for the church bells will soon peal on the eve of Christmas.

This one-off standalone story is a special Christmas treat for all fans of Hamish Macbeth and can be read at any point in the ongoing series.

Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series:

'First rate ... deft social comedy and wonderfully realized atmosphere.' Booklist

'It's always a treat to return to Lochdubh.' New York Times

'Readers will enjoy the quirks and unique qualities of the cast ... Beaton catches the beauty of the area's natural geography and succinctly describes its distinct flavour.' Library Journal

'Befuddled, earnest and utterly endearing, Hamish makes his triumphs sweetly satisfying.' Publishers Weekly

A special Christmas standalone story for all fans of Hamish Macbeth. And it could be Hamish's toughest case - to bring some festive cheer to a town long dampened by the spirit of Scrooge.

A double helping of Hamish Macbeth festive treats!

In dark, wintry Lochdubh, Christmas cheer is about as welcome as a flat tyre on a deserted road. The Calvinist element in town has always resisted what they view as secular frivolity, so for most folk there'll be no carols, feasting, gifts - or even whisky on Christmas Day!

And for PC Hamish Macbeth there's no holiday from crime - he finds himself hunting for a missing cat belonging to a lonely spinster. Curt and unfriendly, the woman is convinced her pet has been stolen, but once behind her heavily-bolted door, Hamish can spot her true problem - she lives in fear, though of who or what he cannot guess.

Then someone steals a Christmas tree and lights from the nearby village of Cnothan. Now the lanky policeman must use all his Highland charm and detective skills to make things right. And he had better do it quickly, for the church bells will soon toll for Christmas Eve.

Also features the first UK publication of a Hamish Macbeth short story, Knock, Knock, You're Dead!

Praise for M C Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

A wonderful Christmas gift for those thousands of Hamish Macbeth fans.After 31 outings and worldwide sales of 3 million copies, Hamish Macbeth has just undergone a makeover with an exciting new cover treatment which is bright, funny and tongue in cheek . . . very much like Hamish himself!For the 8th year running, M. C. Beaton is the most borrowed adult, UK authorM. C. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which has aired as a two-hour dramatic series on Sky1, and has eight further episodes airing in 2016AMAZING FAN BASE: M. C. has incredibly dedicated fans, with 20,000 Facebook followers and 3,500 newsletter subscribersM. C. Beaton is the doyenne of detective fiction!
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Death of a Gossip

By M.C. Beaton

When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joins the local fishing class she wastes no time in ruffling the feathers - or should that be fins? - of those around her.

Among the victims of her sharp tongue is Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth, yet not even Hamish thinks someone would seriously want to silence Lady Jane's shrill voice permanently - until her strangled body is fished out of the river.

Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must steer a course through the choppy waters of the tattler's life to find a murderer. But with a school of suspects who aren't willing to talk, and the dead woman telling no tales, Hamish may well be in over his head for he knows that secrets are dangerous, knowledge is power, and killers when cornered usually do strike again.

M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books are a delight: clever, intricate and sardonic. The flavour is reminiscent of Compton MacKenzie's Whisky Galore and I'm very glad to own a complete setThe much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life.The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh.The very first book in the bestselling Hamish Macbeth crime series - reissued with a stunning new cover

When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joins the local fishing class she wastes no time in ruffling feathers - or should that be fins? - of those around her.

Among the victims of her sharp tongue is Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth, yet not even Hamish thinks someone would seriously want to silence Lady Jane's shrill voice permanently - until her strangled body is fished out of the river.

Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must steer a course through the choppy waters of the tattler's life to find a murderer. But with a school of suspects who aren't willing to talk, and the dead woman telling no tales, Hamish may well be in over his head for he knows that secrets are dangerous, knowledge is power, and killers when cornered usually do strike again.

Praise for M C Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

After 31 outings and worldwide sales of 3 million copies, Hamish Macbeth has just undergone a makeover with an exciting new cover treatment which is bright, funny and tongue in cheek . . . very much like Hamish himself!For the 8th year running, M. C. Beaton is the most borrowed adult, UK authorM. C. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which has aired as a two-hour dramatic series on Sky1, and has eight further episodes airing in 2016.AMAZING FAN BASE: M. C. has incredibly dedicated fans, with 20,000 Facebook followers and 3,500 newsletter subscribers.M. C. Beaton is the doyenne of detective fiction!
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Death of a Ghost

By M.C. Beaton

There are many ruined castles in Scotland. One such lies outside the village of Drim. Hamish begins to hear reports that this castle is haunted and lights have been seen there at night, but he assumes it's some children or maybe the local lads going there to smoke pot, or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Hamish says to his policeman, Charlie 'Clumsy' Carson, that they will both spend a night there.

The keening wind explains the ghostly noises, but when Charlie falls through the floor, Hamish finds the body of a dead man propped up in a corner of the cellar. After Charlie is airlifted to the hospital, Chief Detective Inspector Blair arrives to investigate the body, but there is none to be found. Dismissed as a drunk making up stories, Hamish has to find and identify the body and its killer before the "ghost" can strike again.

The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books are a delight: clever, intricate and sardonic. The flavour is reminiscent of Compton MacKenzie's Whisky Galore and I'm very glad to own a complete setThe much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life.It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh.M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books are a delight: clever, intricate and sardonic. The flavour is reminiscent of Compton MacKenzie's Whisky Galore and I'm very glad to own a complete setThe much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life.The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh.Hamish Macbeth - Lochdubh's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman - is back in his 32nd mystery.

Sergeant Hamish Macbeth - Lochdubh's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman - is back in his 32nd mystery.

When Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth hears reports of a haunted castle near Drim, he assumes the eerie noises and lights reported by the villagers are just local teenagers going there to smoke pot or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Still, Hamish decides that he and his policeman, Charlie "Clumsy" Carson, will spend the night at the ruined castle to get to the bottom of the rumours once and for all.

There's no sign of any ghost . . . but then Charlie disappears through the floor. It turns out he's fallen into the cellar. And what Hamish and Charlie find there is worse than a ghost: a dead body propped against the wall. Waiting for help to arrive, Hamish and Charlie leave the castle just for a moment - to eat bacon baps - but when they return, the body is nowhere to be seen.
It's clear something strange - and deadly - is going on at the castle, and Hamish must get to the bottom of it before the "ghost" can strike again . . .

Praise for M. C. Beaton

'The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series . . . a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life' The Good Book Guide

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

'First rate . . . deft social comedy and wonderfully realised atmosphere' Booklist

'M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books are a delight: clever, intricate and sardonic. The flavour is reminiscent of Compton MacKenzie's Whisky Galore and I'm very glad to own a complete set' Kerry Greenwood

After 31 outings and worldwide sales of 3 million copies, Hamish Macbeth has just undergone a makeover with an exciting new cover treatment which is bright, funny and tongue in cheek . . . very much like Hamish himself!For the 8th year running, M. C. Beaton is the most borrowed adult, UK authorM. C. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which has aired as a two-hour dramatic series on Sky1, and has eight further episodes airing in 2016.AMAZING FAN BASE: M. C. has incredibly dedicated fans, with 20,000 Facebook followers and 3,500 newsletter subscribers.M.C. Beaton is the doyenne of detective fiction!
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Death of a Nurse

By M.C. Beaton

James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr. Harrison to welcome him to the neighborhood, the old man treats him very rudely. Gloria apologises for her employer's behavior, and Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out for dinner.

On the appointed evening, Hamish waits for Gloria at the restaurant. And waits. But Gloria never shows up.

Four days later, Gloria's body washes up on the beach near Braikie. She's been strangled. Now, without a date and without his former policeman Dick Fraser - who left the force to buy a bakery - Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland, and why, before the murderer strikes again . . .

M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books are a delight: clever, intricate and sardonic. The flavour is reminiscent of Compton MacKenzie's Whisky Galore and I'm very glad to own a complete setThe much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life.The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh.Hamish Macbeth - Lochdubh's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman - is back in his 31st mystery.

Hamish is stood up on a first date. But his no-show isn't at home washing her hair - she's dead!

James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr. Harrison to welcome him to the neighborhood, the old man treats him very rudely. Gloria apologises for her employer's behavior, and Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out for dinner.

On the appointed evening, Hamish waits for Gloria at the restaurant. And waits. But Gloria never shows up.

Four days later, Gloria's body washes up on the beach near Braikie. She's been strangled. Now, without a date and without his former policeman Dick Fraser - who left the force to buy a bakery - Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland, and why, before the murderer strikes again . . .

Praise for M C Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

After 31 outings and worldwide sales of 3 million copies, Hamish Macbeth has just undergone a makeover with an exciting new cover treatment which is bright, funny and tongue in cheek . . . very much like Hamish himself!For the 8th year running, M. C. Beaton is the most borrowed adult, UK authorM. C. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which has aired as a two-hour dramatic series on Sky1, and has eight further episodes airing in 2016.AMAZING FAN BASE: M. C. has incredibly dedicated fans, with 20,000 Facebook followers and 3,500 newsletter subscribers.M.C. Beaton is the doyenne of detective fiction!
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Death of a Cad

By M.C. Beaton

When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiancé home to Lochdubh, everyone in town is delighted. . . except for love-smitten Hamish Macbeth. Yet the affairs of his heart will have to wait.

Vile, boorish Captain Bartlett, one of the guests at Priscilla's engagement party, has just been found murdered - shot while on a grouse hunt. Now with so many titled party guests as prime suspects, each with their own reason for snuffing out the despicable captain, Hamish must smooth ruffled feathers as he investigates the case. . . and catch a killer, before they fly the coop!

M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books are a delight: clever, intricate and sardonic. The flavour is reminiscent of Compton MacKenzie's Whisky Galore and I'm very glad to own a complete setThe much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural lifeThe detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult statusIt's always a special treat to return to LochdubhSuperb entertainment, as rich and warming as a fine malt whisky, and every bit as addictiveAn enchanting series....M.C. Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mysteryBeaton, a Scot herself, excels at giving readers a taste of Highland life and creating a believable character in the lonely, brilliant, continually frustrated-in-love MacbethRecommended for all mystery collectionsThe second Hamish Mcbeth crime mystery, delightfully recovered and re-issued for all the fans of Agatha Raisin.After 31 outings and worldwide sales of 3 million copies, Hamish Macbeth has just undergone a makeover with an exciting new cover treatment which is bright, funny and tongue in cheek . . . very much like Hamish himself!For the 8th year running, M. C. Beaton is the most borrowed adult, UK author.M. C. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which has aired as a two-hour dramatic series on Sky1, and has eight further episodes airing in 2016.AMAZING FAN BASE: M. C. has incredibly dedicated fans, with 20,000 Facebook followers and 3,500 newsletter subscribers.M.C. Beaton is the doyenne of detective fiction!
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Death of a Perfect Wife

By M.C. Beaton

Hamish Macbeth is savouring the delights of a Highland summer, but as fast as the rain rolls in from the loch his happy life goes to hell in a handbasket.

The trouble begins when his beloved Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns to Lochdubh with a new fiancé on her arm. His miseries multiply when clouds of midges descend on the town. And then a paragon of housewife perfection named Trixie Thomas moves into Lochdubh with her cowed husband in tow.

The newcomer quickly convinces the local ladies to embrace low-cholesterol meals, ban alcohol and begin bird-watching. Soon the town's menfolk are up in arms and Macbeth must solve Lochdubh's newest crime - the mysterious poisoning of the perfect wife.

M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books are a delight: clever, intricate and sardonic. The flavour is reminiscent of Compton MacKenzie's Whisky Galore and I'm very glad to own a complete setThe much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life.The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.Beaton, a Scot herself, excels at giving readers a taste of Highland life and creating a believable character in the lonely, brilliant, continually frustrated-in-love Macbeth.Superb entertainment, as rich and warming as a fine malt whisky, and every bit as addictiveIt's always a special treat to return to LochdubhAs usual, Beaton delivers a delightfully old-fashioned, absorbing village mystery.This fictional world-part cozy, part unsparing-can be highly addictive.The fourth in the much loved Hamish Macbeth series from the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series - with a delightful new jacket style.After 31 outings and worldwide sales of 3 million copies, Hamish Macbeth has just undergone a makeover with an exciting new cover treatment which is bright, funny and tongue in cheek . . . very much like Hamish himself!For the 8th year running, M. C. Beaton is the most borrowed adult, UK author.M. C. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which has aired as a two-hour dramatic series on Sky1, and has eight further episodes airing in 2016.AMAZING FAN BASE: M. C. has incredibly dedicated fans, with 20,000 Facebook followers and 3,500 newsletter subscribers.M.C. Beaton is the doyenne of detective fiction!
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Death of an Outsider

By M.C. Beaton

The most hated man in the most dour town in Scotland is sleeping with the fishes, or - more accurately - has been dumped into a tank filled with crustaceans. All that remains of the murdered victim are his bones. But once the lobsters have been shipped off to Britain's best restaurants, the whole affair quickly lands on the plate of Constable Hamish Macbeth.

Exiled to the dreary outpost of Cnothan, Macbeth sorely misses his beloved Lochdubh, but before he can head back home he has to contend with a detective chief inspector who wants the murder hushed up, a dark-haired lassie who is out to seduce him, and a killer who has made mincemeat of his last victim, and will no doubt strike again . . .

M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books are a delight: clever, intricate and sardonic. The flavour is reminiscent of Compton MacKenzie's Whisky Galore and I'm very glad to own a complete setThe much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural lifeThe detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult statusIt's always a special treat to return to LochdubhBeaton, a Scot herself, excels at giving readers a taste of Highland life and creating a believable character in the lonely, brilliant, continually frustrated-in-love MacbethLooking for escape? Tired of waiting for Brigadoon to materialise? Time for a trip to Lochdubh... where M C Beaton sets her beguiling whodunits featuring Constable Hamish MacbethThe third in the much loved Hamish Macbeth series from the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series - reissued and rejacketed.After 31 outings and worldwide sales of 3 million copies, Hamish Macbeth has just undergone a makeover with an exciting new cover treatment which is bright, funny and tongue in cheek . . . very much like Hamish himself!For the 8th year running, M. C. Beaton is the most borrowed adult, UK author.M. C. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which has aired as a two-hour dramatic series on Sky1, and has eight further episodes airing in 2016.AMAZING FAN BASE: M. C. has incredibly dedicated fans, with 20,000 Facebook followers and 3,500 newsletter subscribers.M.C. Beaton is the doyenne of detective fiction!
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Death of a Snob

By M.C. Beaton

Murder in Paradise...

When Jane Wetherby offers PC Hamish Macbeth a holiday at her 'Happy Wanderer' health farm on the isle of Eileencraig, he is more than happy to accept.

Unfortunately the visit doesn't prove to be the pampering experience he had been hoping for. Windswept Eileencraig is inhabited by hostile islanders, many of whom would be more than happy to be rid of the 'Happy Wanderer' and its proprietor.

And the company at the health farm is hardly better. The volatile party includes an ex-husband, an illicit lover, and Morag Todd, an unadulterated snob who criticizes everybody and everything. So when Morag is found lying at the foot of a cliff with a broken neck, no one seems too broken up about the event - leaving it up to Hamish to solve the death of a snob.

The sixth Hamish Macbeth mystery from the bestselling author of Agatha Raisin.

Murder in Paradise...

When Jane Wetherby offers PC Hamish Macbeth a holiday at her 'Happy Wanderer' health farm on the isle of Eileencraig, he is more than happy to accept.

Unfortunately the visit doesn't prove to be the pampering experience he had been hoping for. Windswept Eileencraig is inhabited by hostile islanders, many of whom would be more than happy to be rid of the 'Happy Wanderer' and its proprietor.

And the company at the health farm is hardly better. The volatile party includes an ex-husband, an illicit lover, and Morag Todd, an unadulterated snob who criticizes everybody and everything. So when Morag is found lying at the foot of a cliff with a broken neck, no one seems too broken up about the event - leaving it up to Hamish to solve the death of a snob.

Praise for M C Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

After 31 outings and worldwide sales of 3 million copies, Hamish Macbeth has just undergone a makeover with an exciting new cover treatment which is bright, funny and tongue in cheek . . . very much like Hamish himself!For the 8th year running, M. C. Beaton is the most borrowed adult, UK author.M. C. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which has aired as a two-hour dramatic series on Sky1, and has eight further episodes airing in 2016.AMAZING FAN BASE: M. C. has incredibly dedicated fans, with 20,000 Facebook followers and 3,500 newsletter subscribers.
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Death of a Prankster

By M.C. Beaton

Stabbed and stuffed in a closet...

When police constable Hamish Macbeth receives the news that there has been a murder at Arrat House, home of the relentless practical joker Arthur Trent, he doesn't race to the scene of the crime. After all, last time he was called to investigate a death at the isolated Scottish manor, the 'victim' turned out to be Trent's manservant covered in fake blood.

Thus prepared for another prank, Hamish arrives to find that Trent has been most decidedly murdered and for suspects there is a houseful of greedy relatives, all of whom are more than interested in the contents of the will rather than the crime at hand. And when the Chief Inspector arrives on the scene and his former flame, Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, gets involved as well, Hamish quite clearly has his hands full.

The seventh Hamish Macbeth mystery from the bestselling author of Agatha Raisin

Stabbed and stuffed in a closet...

When police constable Hamish Macbeth receives the news that there has been a murder at Arrat House, home of the relentless practical joker Arthur Trent, he doesn't race to the scene of the crime. After all, last time he was called to investigate a death at the isolated Scottish manor, the 'victim' turned out to be Trent's manservant covered in fake blood. Thus prepared for another prank, Hamish arrives to find that Trent has been most decidedly murdered and for suspects there is a houseful of greedy relatives, all of whom are more than interested in the contents of the will rather than the crime at hand. And when the Chief Inspector arrives on the scene and his former flame, Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, gets involved as well, Hamish quite clearly has his hands full.

Praise for M C Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

After 31 outings and worldwide sales of 3 million copies, Hamish Macbeth has just undergone a makeover with an exciting new cover treatment which is bright, funny and tongue in cheek . . . very much like Hamish himself!For the 8th year running, M. C. Beaton is the most borrowed adult, UK author.M. C. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which has aired as a two-hour dramatic series on Sky1, and has eight further episodes airing in 2016AMAZING FAN BASE: M. C. has incredibly dedicated fans, with 20,000 Facebook followers and 3,500 newsletter subscribers.
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Death of a Hussy

By M.C. Beaton

A tart with a heart of stone...

Maggie Baird is neither kind or generous, but she is very, very rich. So when her car catches fire, with her inside it, there are five likely candidates for the role of murderer. All five had been houseguests at her luxurious Highlands home - Maggie's timid niece and four former lovers, one of whom Maggie had intended to pick for a husband.

All five are utterly broke and all had ample opportunity to tamper with Maggie's car. So finding out who did it will require all of PC Hamish Macbeth's extraordinary common sense and insight into human nature; especially when the killer appears to be the wrong person entirely...

The fifth mystery story featuring Hamish Macbeth from the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series

A tart with a heart of stone...

Maggie Baird is neither kind or generous, but she is very, very rich. So when her car catches fire, with her inside it, there are five likely candidates for the role of murderer. All five had been houseguests at her luxurious Highlands home - Maggie's timid niece and four former lovers, one of whom Maggie had intended to pick for a husband. All five are utterly broke and all had ample opportunity to tamper with Maggie's car. So finding out who did it will require all of PC Hamish Macbeth's extraordinary common sense and insight into human nature; especially when the killer appears to be the wrong person entirely...

Praise for M C Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

After 31 outings and worldwide sales of 3 million copies, Hamish Macbeth has just undergone a makeover with an exciting new cover treatment which is bright, funny and tongue in cheek . . . very much like Hamish himself!For the 8th year running, M. C. Beaton is the most borrowed adult, UK author.M. C. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which has aired as a two-hour dramatic series on Sky1, and has eight further episodes airing in 2016.AMAZING FAN BASE: M. C. has incredibly dedicated fans, with 20,000 Facebook followers and 3,500 newsletter subscribers.
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Death of a Charming Man

By M.C. Beaton

Now that Priscilla Halburton-Smythe has agreed to marry him, Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth can't imagine a more perfect life. There's not much crime in his remote Scottish village of Lochdubh, nothing much at all to do but fish, drink coffee, and slouch around. And now to spend time with lovely Priscilla.

But his days aren't as tranquil as his dreams. For one thing, Priscilla's renovation schemes are driving him out of his cottage. Not to mention her ambitious plans for his career as a policeman away from Lochdubh. This might be a good time to find out why Peter Hynd's arrival in nearby Drim was causing so much trouble.

An attractive, unmarried man with an independent income would always attract attention in such a small place. But this time Hynd's arrival seems to have caused bitter rivalry among the women of Drim. Hamish finds their petty fights amusing and a clever excuse to avoid Priscilla and her schemes for a new electric stove (to replace his beloved woodburning appliance), a posh new bathroom, and virtuous nutrition. Amusing, that is, until death threats, physical abuse, and murder make statistical history in one of Scotland's most picture postcard-perfect towns.

Praise for M C Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

M.C. Beaton is the doyenne of Cosy Crime has worldwide sales of over 10 million copies.The entire Hamish Macbeth series will be re-issued with brand new covers in 2013.
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Death of a Glutton

By M.C. Beaton

Her table manners were a crime. But she didn't deserve to die!

There's not a cloud in Hamish Macbeth's sky - just plenty of warm sunshine but not quite enough of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. But as eight hopeful members of the Checkmate Singles Club converge on Tommel Castle Hotel for a week of serious matchmaking, the clouds roll in.

The four couples, carefully matched by dating director Maria Worth, immediately dislike one another. And the arrival of Maria's gross, greedy business partner, Peta, kills the last vestige of romance. And as love goes out the window, murder comes in the door.

Peta soon slurps up her last meal and Hamish is left with the baffling puzzle: Who shared the fateful outing that left Peta dead with a large rosy red apple in her mouth...

The eighth Hamish Macbeth mystery from the bestselling author of Agatha Raisin.

Her table manners were a crime, but she didn't deserve to die!

There's not a cloud in Hamish Macbeth's sky - just plenty of warm sunshine,although not quite enough of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe as he'd like.

But as eight hopeful members of the Checkmate Singles Club converge on Tommel Castle Hotel for a week of serious matchmaking, the clouds roll in. The four couples, carefully matched by dating director Maria Worth, immediately dislike one another. And the arrival of Maria's gross, greedy business partner, Peta, kills the last vestige of romance.

And as love goes out the window, murder comes in the door. Peta soon slurps up her last meal and Hamish is left with the baffling puzzle: who shared the fateful outing that left Peta dead with a large rosy red apple in her mouth?

Praise for M C Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

Sales of M C Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.C & R Crime will be re-issuing the entire Hamish Macbeth series with fresh new covers in 2013.
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Death of a Travelling Man

By M.C. Beaton

It's springtime in the Highlands and murder is in bloom!

Hamish Macbeth's life is going to pot. He has - horrors! - been promoted, his new boss is a dunce, and a sinister self-proclaimed gypsy and his girlfriend have parked their rusty eyesore of a van in the centre of the village.

Hamish smells trouble and as usual he's right. The doctor's drugs go missing. Money vanishes. And neighbours suddenly become un-neighbourly... Nobody wants to volunteer a single scrap of information, so canny Hamish sets about the delicate task of worming the facts out of the villagers. And in the process he uncovers a story so bizarre that neither he nor the locals may ever recover from it...

Praise for M C Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

M.C. Beaton has sold over 10 million copies of her books worldwide.The entire Hamish Macbeth series will be re-issued with fresh and humorous new covers in 2013.
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Death of a Ghost

By M.C. Beaton

There are many ruined castles in Scotland. One such lies outside the village of Drim. Hamish begins to hear reports that this castle is haunted and lights have been seen there at night, but he assumes it's some children or maybe the local lads going there to smoke pot, or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Hamish says to his policeman, Charlie 'Clumsy' Carson, that they will both spend a night there.

The keening wind explains the ghostly noises, but when Charlie falls through the floor, Hamish finds the body of a dead man propped up in a corner of the cellar. After Charlie is airlifted to the hospital, Chief Detective Inspector Blair arrives to investigate the body, but there is none to be found. Dismissed as a drunk making up stories, Hamish has to find and identify the body and its killer before the "ghost" can strike again.

The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books are a delight: clever, intricate and sardonic. The flavour is reminiscent of Compton MacKenzie's Whisky Galore and I'm very glad to own a complete setThe much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life.It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh.M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books are a delight: clever, intricate and sardonic. The flavour is reminiscent of Compton MacKenzie's Whisky Galore and I'm very glad to own a complete setThe much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life.The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh.Hamish Macbeth - Lochdubh's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman - is back in his 32nd mystery.

Sergeant Hamish Macbeth - Lochdubh's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman - is back in his 32nd mystery.

When Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth hears reports of a haunted castle near Drim, he assumes the eerie noises and lights reported by the villagers are just local teenagers going there to smoke pot or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Still, Hamish decides that he and his policeman, Charlie 'Clumsy' Carson, will spend the night at the ruined castle to get to the bottom of the rumours once and for all.

There's no sign of any ghost . . . but then Charlie disappears through the floor. It turns out he's fallen into the cellar. And what Hamish and Charlie find there is worse than a ghost: a dead body propped against the wall. Waiting for help to arrive, Hamish and Charlie leave the castle just for a moment - to eat bacon baps - but when they return, the body is nowhere to be seen.

It's clear something strange - and deadly - is going on at the castle, and Hamish must get to the bottom of it before the 'ghost' can strike again . . .

Praise for M. C. Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

After 31 outings and worldwide sales of 3 million copies, Hamish Macbeth has just undergone a makeover with an exciting new cover treatment which is bright, funny and tongue in cheek . . . very much like Hamish himself!For the 8th year running, M. C. Beaton is the most borrowed adult, UK authorM. C. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which has aired as a two-hour dramatic series on Sky1, and has eight further episodes airing in 2016.AMAZING FAN BASE: M. C. has incredibly dedicated fans, with 20,000 Facebook followers and 3,500 newsletter subscribers.M.C. Beaton is the doyenne of detective fiction!
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Death of an Honest Man

By M.C. Beaton

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.

Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English.

Paul 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. 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 throwing Chief Inspector Blair into the loch. Can Hamish find the killer on his own?

Praise for M. C. Beaton

'The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series . . . a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life' The Good Book Guide

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

'First rate . . . deft social comedy and wonderfully realised atmosphere' Booklist

'M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books are a delight: clever, intricate and sardonic' Kerry Greenwood

A complex murder plot is well sustained by quick pen sketches of the Highland scenery . . . twists in the clever plot lead you up many a mountain path in the company of Hamish Macbeth!Fans'll love this Highland hullabalooWith plenty of one-liners, beautiful descriptions of Scotland and a whole load of unexpected happenings, you are in for a real treat hereNew York Times bestselling author M. C. Beaton is back with a new mystery featuring Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman.M.C. Beaton is the author of both the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series, as well as numerous Regency romances. Her Agatha Raisin books are currently being turned into a TV series on Sky. She lives in Paris and in a Cotswold village that is very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely.

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.

Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English.

Paul 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. 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 throwing Chief Inspector Blair into the loch. Can Hamish find the killer on his own?

Praise for M. C. Beaton

'The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series . . . a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life' The Good Book Guide

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

'First rate . . . deft social comedy and wonderfully realised atmosphere' Booklist

'M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books are a delight: clever, intricate and sardonic. The flavour is reminiscent of Compton MacKenzie's Whisky Galore and I'm very glad to own a complete set' Kerry Greenwood

BESTSELLING SERIES: Recent Hamish Macbeth books Death of a Policeman and Death of Yesterday hit the New York Times hardcover extended list.AMAZING FAN BASE: M.C. Beaton has incredibly dedicated fans, with 22,000 Facebook followers and 3,500 newsletter subscribers. She was the most-borrowed author in the entire UK library system in 2015.TELEVISION NEWS: M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin mystery series has been turned into an 8-episode series on Sky 1, starring Ashley Jenson. The Hamish Macbeth series has also been optioned for television by the same company that produced the Agatha series.
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Death of a Nag

By M.C. Beaton

A busman's holiday for Hamish . . .

After losing both his promotion and the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish Macbeth decides the best cure for a broken heart is a week's break at the charming coastal village of Skag.

When he arrives at the Friendly House B&B, however, he finds the ambience chilling, the food inedible and his fellow guests less than neighbourly. They include the annoying Miss Gunnery; a family from London; and Bob Harris, who so nags his wife that everyone wants to kill him. And then somebody does.

Now it is up to Hamish to act - to dig deep into the past and deliver something more daunting than merely the culprit: justice.

Praise for M.C. Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

Beaton's Hamish MacBeth stories are always good, but the latest is a standout. The plot is even better than usual, the characters are more engaging, and even the mostly dour and serious Hamish is funnier and more likable than usual.Beaton has fine-tuned her MacBeth series into something altogether winning. In this 11th entry, her plot is top-notch, a few somber notes demonstrate her touch for understated compassion and, as always, Hamish and his highland cohorts are lovingly rendered.The eleventh Hamish Macbeth mystery, beautifully republished with a brand new cover.

A busman's holiday for Hamish . . .

After losing both his promotion and the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish Macbeth decides the best cure for a broken heart is a week's break at the charming coastal village of Skag.

When he arrives at the Friendly House B&B, however, he finds the ambience chilling, the food inedible and his fellow guests less than neighbourly. They include the annoying Miss Gunnery; a family from London; and Bob Harris, who so nags his wife that everyone wants to kill him. And then somebody does.

Now it is up to Hamish to act - to dig deep into the past and deliver something more daunting than merely the culprit: justice.

Praise for M.C. Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

Sales of M C Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.C & R Crime will be re-issuing the entire Hamish Macbeth series with fresh new covers in 2013.
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Death of a Dentist

By M.C. Beaton

An untimely death wipes the smile from Hamish's face . . .

In Scotland, where thrift and a 'nice set of dentures' are generally admired, Dr Frederick Gilchrist's cheap rates and penchant for pulling teeth have gained him quite a clientele. However, wiser Highlanders - like Hamish Macbeth - opt to steer clear of this reputed womanizer's all-too-busy hands. Only jaw-throbbing agony drives Hamish to Gilchrist's surgery, but what he finds there is the dentist's dead body - putting several angry husbands in the frame for murder . . .

Praise for M.C. Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

A gem of a book, a gem of a plot, a gem of a hero.Splendid fun.The much-love Hamish Macbeth series . . . a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life.The 13th outing for M C Beaton's highland bobby Hamish Macbeth, now with a gorgeous new cover.

An untimely death wipes the smile from Hamish's face . . .

In Scotland, where thrift and a 'nice set of dentures' are generally admired, Dr Frederick Gilchrist's cheap rates and penchant for pulling teeth have gained him quite a clientele. However, wiser Highlanders - like Hamish Macbeth - opt to steer clear of this reputed womanizer's all-too-busy hands. Only jaw-throbbing agony drives Hamish to Gilchrist's surgery, but what he finds there is the dentist's dead body - putting several angry husbands in the frame for murder . . .

Praise for M.C. Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

The 13th mystery featuring Hamish Macbeth from the bestselling M.C. Beaton.Sales of M C Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.C & R Crime will be re-issuing the entire Hamish Macbeth series with fresh new covers in 2013.
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Death of a Macho Man

By M.C. Beaton

The unconventional Hamish Macbeth finds that his own impetuousness places him at the center of a murder investigation.

Death accompanies a tattooed stranger to a tiny Highland town...

Everyone in Lochdubh knows about the Macho Man - a mean bully claiming to be a professional wrestler and part-time explorer. His insults at the pub have caused brawls, while his furtive sneaking around arouses suspicion he is romancing some of the local wives. And when he challenges Hamish Macbeth to a public bout, it triggers an epidemic of betting.

Everyone expects Hamish to take a pounding, but no one anticipates a murder instead. And amid all the excitement it's up to level-headed Hamish to track down the heartless killer of the brutal Macho Man . . .

Praise for M C Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

Lochdubh's locals are as entertaining as ever; and Hamish is at his charming, exasperating best.An outstanding read from one of the real masters of mystery.The 12th mystery featuring Hamish Macbeth from the bestselling M.C.Beaton, author of the Agatha Raisin series

Death accompanies a tattooed stranger to a tiny Highland town...

Everyone in Lochdubh knows about the Macho Man - a mean bully claiming to be a professional wrestler and part-time explorer. His insults at the pub have caused brawls, while his furtive sneaking around arouses suspicion he is romancing some of the local wives. And when he challenges Hamish Macbeth to a public bout, it triggers an epidemic of betting.

Everyone expects Hamish to take a pounding, but no one anticipates a murder instead. And amid all the excitement it's up to level-headed Hamish to track down the heartless killer of the brutal Macho Man . . .

Praise for M C Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

Sales of M.C. Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.C & R Crime will be re-issuing the entire Hamish Macbeth series with fresh new covers in 2013.
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Death of a Dustman

By M.C. Beaton

Grime and punishment . . .

When Fergus Macleod, Lochdubh's abusive, drunk dustman is put in charge of the local recycling centre and is dubbed 'Environment Officer', Hamish Macbeth smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus, imbued with his new powers, becomes a bullying tyrant and when his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one is sorry - including his long-suffering family.

But Hamish is surprised to find that many of the despicable dustman's victims refuse to talk - and when violence strikes again, the lanky lawman must quickly unearth the culprit among a litter of suspects . . . before the killer makes a clean getaway!

Praise for M.C. Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

The 16th Hamish Mcbeth crime mystery, delightfully recovered and re-issued for all the fans of Agatha Raisin.

Grime and punishment . . .

When Fergus Macleod, Lochdubh's abusive, drunk dustman is put in charge of the local recycling centre and is dubbed 'Environment Officer', Hamish Macbeth smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus, imbued with his new powers, becomes a bullying tyrant and when his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one is sorry - including his long-suffering family.

But Hamish is surprised to find that many of the despicable dustman's victims refuse to talk - and when violence strikes again, the lanky lawman must quickly unearth the culprit among a litter of suspects... before the killer makes a clean getaway!

Praise for M C Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

The 16th mystery featuring Hamish Macbeth from the bestselling M.C. Beaton.Sales of M C Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.
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Death of a Scriptwriter

By M.C. Beaton

Truth is stranger than fiction...

Patricia Martyn-Broyd, now in her seventies, has retired to the Highlands. She hasn't written a word in years and her books are out of print. But now a television company is about to film her last detective story, featuring the aristocratic Scottish detective Lady Harriet Vare. Even though the snobbish Miss Martyn-Broyd doesn't care to mix with the locals, she can't help but share her excitement with local policeman Hamish Macbeth.

Imagine her horror when Miss Martyn-Broyd discovers that the screenwriter is known for his violent and scurrilous scripts and that Lady Harriet Vare is to be portrayed as a pot-smoking hippy by the scene-stealing trollop Penelope Gates. But a contract is a contract, as Ms Martyn-Broyd quickly learns. And when she is accused of murdering both the scriptwriter and the leading lady, she turns to her one friend in Lochdubh, Hamish Macbeth, to help her.

Praise for M.C. Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

The 14th outing for M.C. Beaton's Highland bobby Hamish Macbeth, now with a gorgeous new cover.

Truth is stranger than fiction . . .

Author Patricia Martyn-Broyd, now in her seventies, has retired to the Highlands. She hasn't written a word in years and her books are out of print. But now a television company is about to film her last detective story, featuring the aristocratic Scottish detective Lady Harriet Vere. Even though the snobbish Miss Martyn-Broyd doesn't care to mix with the locals, she can't help but share her excitement with local policeman Hamish Macbeth.

Imagine her horror when she discovers that the screenwriter is known for his violent and scurrilous scripts and that Lady Harriet Vere is to be portrayed as a pot-smoking hippy by the scene-stealing trollop Penelope Gates. But a contract is a contract, as Miss Martyn-Broyd quickly learns. And when she is accused of murdering both the scriptwriter and the leading lady, she turns to her one friend in Lochdubh, Hamish Macbeth, to help her.

Praise for M. C. Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

The 14th mystery featuring Hamish Macbeth from the bestselling M.C. Beaton.Sales of M C Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.
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Death of an Addict

By M.C. Beaton

Are drugs responsible for a sighting of Nessie's long lost relative?

Recovering addict Tommy Jarret has just rented a chalet to check out reports of a sea monster near the village of Drim. But when he turns up dead, apparently from a drug overdose, Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth finds the lad's demise to be particularly fishy . . . and not of the local salmon variety.

Deciding to go undercover, Hamish infiltrates the illicit drug trade in nearby Strathbane. But his scheme springs a leak when he's teamed up with a tough Glaswegian detective inspector named Olivia Chater, aka Concrete Knickers. For the lanky lawman investigating drugs and sea monsters it's time to sink or swim - and it would be equally dangerous to flounder . . . or fall in love.

Praise for M.C. Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

The 15th mystery featuring Hamish Macbeth from the bestselling M.C.Beaton, author of the Agatha series.

Are drugs responsible for a sighting of Nessie's long lost relative?

Recovering addict Tommy Jarret has just rented a chalet to check out reports of a sea monster near the village of Drim. But when he turns up dead, apparently from an overdose, Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth finds the lad's demise to be particularly fishy . . . and not of the local salmon variety.

Deciding to go undercover, Hamish infiltrates the illicit drug trade in nearby Strathbane. But his scheme springs a leak when he's teamed up with a tough Glaswegian detective inspector named Olivia Chater. For the lanky lawman investigating drugs and sea monsters it's time to sink or swim - and it would be equally dangerous to flounder . . . or fall in love.

Praise for M.C. Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

The 15th mystery featuring Hamish Macbeth from the bestselling M.C. Beaton.Sales of M C Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.
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Death of a Poison Pen

By M.C. Beaton

A sudden outbreak of maliciousness strikes the town of Lochdubh in the form of a rash of poison pen letters. Things turn deadly when the local postmistress is found hanged in her room... with a vicious note beneath her dangling feet. Though his superiors call it suicide, PC Hamish Macbeth pronounces it murder. But Hamish is soon distracted by Jenny Ogilvie, a friend of his ex-fiancee, who arrives in Lochdubh to seduce him. And then he's ambushed by local reporter Elspeth Grant, who sets out to land the story - and Hamish - for herself.

Caught in the middle of this volatile case, Hamish faces dangerous romances... and a blackhearted culprit wielding a mighty - and lethal - pen.

Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series:

The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series. beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life. - Good Book Guide.

It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh. - New York Times Book Review.

The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of o.utrageous black comedy, have reached cult status. - Anne Robinson, The Times

The 19th Hamish Macbeth murder mystery delightfully re-jacketed.

Murderous missives . . .

A sudden outbreak of maliciousness strikes the town of Lochdubh in the form of a rash of poison pen letters. Things turn deadly when the local postmistress is found hanged in her room . . . with a vicious note beneath her dangling feet. Though his superiors call it suicide, PC Hamish Macbeth pronounces it murder. And then he's ambushed by local reporter Elspeth Grant, who sets out to land the story - and Hamish - for herself.

Caught in the middle of this volatile case, Hamish faces dangerous romance . . . and a blackhearted culprit wielding a mighty, and deadly, pen.

Praise for M C Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

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Death of a Village

By M.C. Beaton

Trouble is afoot in the remote Scottish fishing village of Stoyre, where the inhabitants are acting kind of... fishy. On a routine visit, Hamish Macbeth finds the pub empty, the church unexpectedly full, and the very air permeated with fear. Then an explosion levels a holiday cottage which the locals call 'an act of God'. Hamish has another theory, one that will make the national news. With the help of sharp-eyed journalist Elspeth Grant and Lugs (his dog) he begins to winkle out the truth. But Hamish's best laid plans soon go awry when an old friend dies, a scandalous rumour erupts, and someone close to his heart may be lost forever...

Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series:

The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series. beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life. - Good Book Guide.

It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh. - New York Times Book Review.

The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of o.utrageous black comedy, have reached cult status. - Anne Robinson, The Times

The 18th Hamish Macbeth murder mystery delightfully re-jacketed.

A town without pity . . . or a good pub

Trouble is afoot in the remote Scottish fishing village of Stoyre, where the inhabitants are acting kind of . . . fishy. On a routine visit, Hamish Macbeth finds the pub empty, the church unexpectedly full and the very air permeated with fear. Then an explosion levels a holiday cottage, which the locals call 'an act of God'.

Hamish has another theory, one that will make the national news. With the help of sharp-eyed journalist Elspeth Grant and his dog Lugs, he begins to winkle out the truth. But Hamish's best laid plans soon go awry when an old friend dies, a scandalous rumour erupts and someone close to his heart may be lost forever . . .

Praise for M C Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

Sales of M C Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.
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Death of a Celebrity

By M.C. Beaton

Amazing news is spreading like wildfire across the Scottish countryside: the most famous of all Lochdubh, remotely nestling in the Highlands, is perfectly anonymous... until well-known TV reporter Crystal French races into town in her bright new BMW. And PC Hamish Macbeth, dourly wed to duty rather than the fiancée who dumped him, promptly gives her a ticket for reckless driving. Outraged, Crystal makes Macbeth's life a misery with a TV report on policing in the Highlands... but when she also rakes up old local scandals for her new hit show, Macbeth notes that someone besides himself might be dead keen to stop her. And then someone does.

Now, finding out who did away with the nosy reporter will lead the laconic Macbeth down roads he never envisioned... and perhaps a crisis of the heart all his own.

The 17th Hamish Mcbeth crime mystery, delightfully recovered and re-issued for all the fans of Agatha Raisin.

When reality TV becomes a little too real . . .

Remote Lochdubh, nestling in the Highlands, is perfectly anonymous . . . until well-known TV reporter Crystal French races into town in her bright new BMW. And PC Hamish Macbeth, dourly wed to duty rather than the fiancée who dumped him, promptly gives her a ticket for reckless driving. Outraged, Crystal makes Macbeth's life a misery with a TV report on policing in the Highlands . . . but when she also rakes up old local scandals for her new hit show, Macbeth notes that someone besides himself might be dead keen to stop her. And then someone does.

Now, finding out who did away with the nosy reporter will lead the laconic Macbeth down roads he never envisioned . . . and perhaps to a crisis of his own heart.

Praise for M C Beaton:

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

Sales of M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series in the UK exceed 500,000
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Death of a Maid

By M.C. Beaton

Done, dusted . . . and dead!

Armed with a bucket and mop, Mrs Gillespie brings misery into the quiet life of Hamish Macbeth when he wins her cleaning services in a church raffle; she is likely to do more snooping than hoovering. Yet Hamish has more upsetting issues to ponder - his former girlfriend, reporter Elspeth Grant, is back in Lochdubh for a holiday with her new boyfriend.

Hamish feels an ill wind coming and sure enough, Mrs Gillespie is soon found dead under suspicious circumstances. And as he investigates the case, Elspeth's presence torments the red-haired bobby, making him resort to foolish antics instead of concentrating on the murder in hand. And what should really occupy Macbeth are the town's hidden secrets - ones that will force a killer to lash out in deadly, irrevocable acts . . .

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' Anne Robinson, The Times

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

The 22nd Hamish Mcbeth crime mystery, delightfully recovered and re-issued for all the fans of Agatha Raisin.M.C. Beaton is the author of both the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series, as well as numerous Regency romances. Her Agatha Raisin books are currently being turned into a TV series on Sky. She lives in Paris and in a Cotswold village that is very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely.

Done, dusted . . . and dead!

Armed with a bucket and mop, Mrs Gillespie brings misery into the quiet life of Hamish Macbeth when he wins her cleaning services in a church raffle; she is likely to do more snooping than hoovering. Yet Hamish has more upsetting issues to ponder - his former girlfriend, reporter Elspeth Grant, is back in Lochdubh for a holiday with her new boyfriend.

Hamish feels an ill wind coming and sure enough, Mrs Gillespie is soon found dead under suspicious circumstances. And as he investigates the case, Elspeth's presence torments the red-haired bobby, making him resort to foolish antics instead of concentrating on the murder in hand. And what should really occupy Macbeth are the town's hidden secrets - ones that will force a killer to lash out in deadly, irrevocable acts . . .

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' Anne Robinson, The Times

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

Sales of M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series in the UK exceed 500,000C&R Crime will be re-jacketing the complete Hamish Macbeth backlist in 2013.
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Death of a Dreamer

By M.C. Beaton

She couldn't paint to save her life - so someone's given her a lesson by taking it!

Most newcomers don't stay long in remote Lochdubh - usually boredom, dampness and nosy locals drive them out. But it looks as if artist Effie Garrard has come to stay. When Hamish Macbeth calls on her he's amazed to find the woman in residence after a particularly harsh winter. Unfortunately, Effie is also quite delusional, having convinced herself that fellow local artist Jock Fleming is in love with her and that they are engaged. But after a lover's scrap with Jock, Effie is found dead, poisoned by hemlock.

Suicide or murder? It's up to Hamish to find out whether the dreamer's death is the result of something much more serious than a broken heart . . .

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' Anne Robinson, The Times

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

The 21st Hamish Mcbeth crime mystery, delightfully recovered and re-issued for all the fans of Agatha Raisin.M.C. Beaton is the author of both the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series, as well as numerous Regency romances. Her Agatha Raisin books are currently being turned into a TV series on Sky. She lives in Paris and in a Cotswold village that is very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely.

She couldn't paint to save her life - so someone's given her a lesson by taking it!

Most newcomers don't stay long in remote Lochdubh - usually boredom, dampness and nosy locals drive them out. But it looks as if artist Effie Garrard has come to stay. When Hamish Macbeth calls on her he's amazed to find the woman in residence after a particularly harsh winter. Unfortunately, Effie is also quite delusional, having convinced herself that fellow local artist Jock Fleming is in love with her and that they are engaged. But after a lover's scrap with Jock, Effie is found dead, poisoned by hemlock.

Suicide or murder? It's up to Hamish to find out whether the dreamer's death is the result of something much more serious than a broken heart . . .

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' Anne Robinson, The Times

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

Sales of M.C. Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.C&R Crime will be re-jacketing the complete Hamish Macbeth backlist in 2013.
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Death of a Bore

By M.C. Beaton

Not bored to death but murder most foul . . .

Celebrated author John Heppel is known in Lochdubh as a self-important bore, prone to belittling the scribblings of the locals in his creative writing class. So when he's found dead, his mouth oozing ink, it seems a fitting fate.

But for PC Hamish Macbeth the murder is more than a disruption to idyllic village life - especially when the media arrive, trailing in their wake DCI Heather Meikle, a maneater with a taste for bachelor police constables. Hamish must rekindle an old flame to escape her clutches and pull out all the stops to find the killer . . .

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' Anne Robinson, The Times

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

Great stuff, as usual.Once again M C Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages.From the author of the ever-popular Agatha Raisin series, this is the 20th outing for the Highland's most famous PC, Hamish Macbeth.M.C. Beaton is the author of both the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series, as well as numerous Regency romances. Her Agatha Raisin books are currently being turned into a TV series on Sky. She lives in Paris and in a Cotswold village that is very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely.

Not bored to death but murder most foul . . .

Celebrated author John Heppel is known in Lochdubh as a self-important bore, prone to belittling the scribblings of the locals in his creative writing class. So when he's found dead, his mouth oozing ink, it seems a fitting fate.

But for PC Hamish Macbeth the murder is more than a disruption to idyllic village life - especially when the media arrive, trailing in their wake DCI Heather Meikle, a maneater with a taste for bachelor police constables. Hamish must rekindle an old flame to escape her clutches and pull out all the stops to find the killer . . .

Praise for M.C. Beaton

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status' Anne Robinson, The Times

'The books are a delight: clever, intricate, sardonic and amazingly true to the real Highlands' Kerry Greenwood

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times .

Sales of M C Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.All of the Hamish Macbeth series will be re-issued with modern and fresh covers in 2013.
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Death of an Honest Man

By M.C. Beaton

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.

Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English.

Paul 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. 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 throwing Chief Inspector Blair into the loch. Can Hamish find the killer on his own?

Praise for M. C. Beaton

'The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series . . . a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life' The Good Book Guide

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

'First rate . . . deft social comedy and wonderfully realised atmosphere' Booklist

'M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books are a delight: clever, intricate and sardonic' Kerry Greenwood

A complex murder plot is well sustained by quick pen sketches of the Highland scenery . . . twists in the clever plot lead you up many a mountain path in the company of Hamish Macbeth!Fans'll love this Highland hullabalooWith plenty of one-liners, beautiful descriptions of Scotland and a whole load of unexpected happenings, you are in for a real treat hereNew York Times bestselling author M. C. Beaton is back with a new mystery featuring Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman.M.C. Beaton is the author of both the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series, as well as numerous Regency romances. Her Agatha Raisin books are currently being turned into a TV series on Sky. She lives in Paris and in a Cotswold village that is very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely.BESTSELLING SERIES: Recent Hamish Macbeth books Death of a Policeman and Death of Yesterday hit the New York Times hardcover extended list.AMAZING FAN BASE: M.C. Beaton has incredibly dedicated fans, with 22,000 Facebook followers and 3,500 newsletter subscribers. She was the most-borrowed author in the entire UK library system in 2015.TELEVISION NEWS: M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin mystery series has been turned into an 8-episode series on Sky 1, starring Ashley Jenson. The Hamish Macbeth series has also been optioned for television by the same company that produced the Agatha series.
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Death of a Kingfisher

By M.C. Beaton

PC Hamish Macbeth can't help but admire the resourcefulness of the Highlanders during the Recession - in tough times they have to lure tourists to their sleepy towns and the quaint village of Braikie has come up with a novel solution. It really doesn't have that much to offer apart from a place of rare beauty called Buchan's Wood, which the clued-up local tourist board director has rechristened 'The Fairy Glen' and has had brochures printed with a beautiful kingfisher rising from a lake on the cover.

It isn't long before coach tours begin to arrive but just as the town's luck starts to turn, a kingfisher is found hanging from a branch in the woods with a noose around its neck. As a wave of vandalism threatens to ruin Braikie forever it is up to Hamish to get involved... and his investigation quickly turns from mistreatment of birds to murder...

Once again M C Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages.It's always a pleasure to return to Loch Dubh.Breezy fun.Explosive and engaging.The 27th mystery for M.C. Beaton's famous Highlands PC, Hamish Macbeth!From the author of the ever-popular Agatha Raisin series, this is the 27th outing for the Highland's most famous PC, Hamish Macbeth!The quaint village of Braikie has little to offer except beautiful Buchan's Wood. So, to boost visitor numbers, the local tourist board rechristens it The Fairy Glen and highlights its beautiful kingfishers. When coach tours start arriving, the town's luck seems to have changed - until a kingfisher is found hanged in the woods. As a wave of vandalism threatens Braikie's future, PC Hamish Macbeth's investigation turns from mistreatment of birds to murder.
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Death of a Bore

By M.C. Beaton

Not bored to death but murder most foul . . .

Celebrated author John Heppel is known in Lochdubh as a self-important bore, prone to belittling the scribblings of the locals in his creative writing class. So when he's found dead, his mouth oozing ink, it seems a fitting fate.

But for PC Hamish Macbeth the murder is more than a disruption to idyllic village life - especially when the media arrive, trailing in their wake DCI Heather Meikle, a maneater with a taste for bachelor police constables. Hamish must rekindle an old flame to escape her clutches and pull out all the stops to find the killer.

Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series:

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status'. - Anne Robinson, The Times.

'First rate ... deft social comedy and wonderfully realized atmosphere.' Booklist.

'It's always a treat to return to Lochdubh.' New York Times.

'Readers will enjoy the quirks and unique qualities of the cast ... Beaton catches the beauty of the area's natural geography and succinctly describes its distinct flavour.' Library Journal.

'Befuddled, earnest and utterly endearing, Hamish makes his triumphs sweetly satisfying.' Publishers Weekly.

Great stuff, as usual.Once again M C Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages.From the author of the ever-popular Agatha Raisin series, this is the 20th outing for the Highland's most famous PC, Hamish Macbeth.Sales of M C Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.All of the Hamish Macbeth series will be re-issued with modern and fresh covers in 2013.
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Death of a Witch

By M.C. Beaton

Returning from holiday Hamish becomes unaccountably worried - it's as if he senses a dark cloud of evil hanging over Lochdubh. He soon learns that there is a newcomer to the village, a woman called Catriona Beldame, and that the villagers have decided she is a witch.

At first Hamish is charmed by her, but is dismayed when he finds out she's been supplying dangerous potions to certain local people. No one seems willing to listen to his warnings and when she is found murdered, poor Hamish is the prime suspect. Obviously, he must solve the murder to clear his own name and bring contentment back to his beloved Lochdubh.

Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series:

'First rate... deft social comedy and wonderfully realized atmosphere.' Booklist.

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh.' New York Times Book Review.

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.' Anne Robinson, The Times.

The 24th Hamish Mcbeth crime mystery, delightfully recovered and re-issued for all the fans of Agatha Raisin.Sales of M.C. Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.C&R Crime will be re-jacketing the complete Hamish Macbeth backlist in 2013.
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Death of a Macho Man

By M.C. Beaton

The unconventional Hamish Macbeth finds that his own impetuousness places him at the center of a murder investigation.

Everyone in the Scottish Highlands village of Lochdubh called Randy Duggan 'the Macho Man'. Duggan went around the village and bragged about everything he had done and said he once was a wrestler in America and an explorer in the Middle East. At first his outrageous stories drew an admiring crowd at the local pub, but soon his bullying ways lead to anger and violence.

When Hamish tries to break up a fight, Duggan challenges him to a public fistfight. But on the day of the scheduled fight, Duggan is found shot to death. Of course, Macbeth's superiors get wind of the fight and suspend him during the investigation. Macbeth has some suspicions about Duggan's real background - and the mysterious banker, John Glover, who shows up at the posh Tommel Castle Hotel shortly before Duggan's death. And what about Rosie Draley, the sex-crazed romance writer, who had been having an affair with the two-timing Duggan?

Once again, Macbeth is in hot water and he must find a murderer to clear his name - and to get back his job and the cushy life (fishing and mooching around the village) he leads.

Lochdubh's locals are as entertaining as ever; and Hamish is at his charming, exasperating best.An outstanding read from one of the real masters of mystery.The 12th mystery featuring Hamish Macbeth from the bestselling M.C.Beaton, author of the Agatha Raisin seriesSales of M.C. Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.C & R Crime will be re-issuing the entire Hamish Macbeth series with fresh new covers in 2013.
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Death of a Dentist

By M.C. Beaton

Just when Hamish most needs him - the dentist turns up dead...

In Scotland, where thrift and a 'nice set of dentures' are generally admired, dental surgeon Dr Frederick Gilchrist's cheap rates and penchant for pulling teeth have gained him a clientele. However, wiser Highlanders (like Hamish Macbeth) opt to steer clear of this reputed womanizer's all-too-busy hands. Only jaw-throbbing agony drives Hamish to Gilchrist's surgery, but what he finds is the dentist's dead body - putting several angry husbands in the frame for murder...

A gem of a book, a gem of a plot, a gem of a hero.Splendid fun.The much-love Hamish Macbeth series . . . a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life.The 13th outing for M C Beaton's highland bobby Hamish Macbeth, now with a gorgeous new cover.The 13th mystery featuring Hamish Macbeth from the bestselling M.C. Beaton.Sales of M C Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.C & R Crime will be re-issuing the entire Hamish Macbeth series with fresh new covers in 2013.
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Death of a Sweep

By M.C. Beaton

In the south of Scotland, residents get their chimneys vacuum-cleaned. But in the isolated villages in the very north of Scotland, the villagers rely on the services of the itinerant sweep, Pete Ray, and his old-fashioned brushes. Pete is always able to find work in the Scottish highlands, until one day when Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the floor of a villager's fireplace, and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney.

The entire town of Lochdubh is certain Pete is the culprit, but Hamish doesn't believe that the affable chimney sweep is capable of committing murder. Then Pete's body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens. Once again, it's up to Hamish to discover who's responsible for the dirty deed - and this time, the murderer may be closer than he realizes.

Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series:

The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series. beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life. - Good Book Guide

It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh. - New York Times Book Review

The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status. - Anne Robinson, The Times

Great stuff, as usual.Once again M C Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages.From the author of the ever-popular Agatha Raisin series, this is the 26th outing for the Highland's most famous PC, Hamish Macbeth.Sales of M C Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.All of the Hamish Macbeth series will be re-issued with modern and fresh covers in 2013.
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Death of a Gentle Lady

By M.C. Beaton

Mrs Gentle has fooled everyone into thinking she is as sweet as she sounds - Gentle by name and gentle by nature. But local constable Hamish Macbeth isn't fooled. He believes this little old lady is actually quite sly and vicious, but he's in a minority of one. Or is he?

When Mrs Gentle dies under unusual circumstances the villagers of Lochdubh are shocked and outraged. Chief Detective Inspector Blair suspects that members of her family may be involved but Hamish thinks there's much more to the story - and is willing to get rough to solve the riddle of Mrs Gentle's mysterious demise.

The 23rd Hamish Mcbeth crime mystery, delightfully recovered and re-issued for all the fans of Agatha Raisin.Sales of M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series in the UK exceed 500,000C&R Crime will be re-jacketing the complete Hamish Macbeth backlist in 2013.

The Hamish Macbeth Highland Murder Mysteries
M. C. Beaton

Lochdubh's most famous police constable, Hamish Macbeth, is getting a makeover ...

After 27 outings and world-wide sales of 3 million copies, he's being made bigger and better, with an exciting new cover treatment that is bright, funny and tongue-in-cheek - a bit like Hamish himself. All 27 titles will be reissued between April and August 2013 as B-format paperbacks.

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Death of a Maid

By M.C. Beaton

Amazing news is spreading like wildfire across the Scottish countryside: the most famous of all Highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, is planning to marry at last! Everyone in the village of Lochdubh adores Josie McSween, Hamish's newest constable and blushing bride-to-be. While locals think she is quite a catch, Hamish has a severe case of pre-nuptial jitters... after all, if it wasn't for the recent murder of a beautiful woman in a neighbouring village there wouldn't be a wedding in the first place.

For it was a mysterious Valentine's Day card - delivered to the victim before her death - which initially drew Hamish and Josie together in the investigation. And now, as they work side by side, they soon discover that the woman's list of admirers was endless - confirming Hamish's suspicion that love can be deaf, blind... and deadly!

The 22nd Hamish Mcbeth crime mystery, delightfully recovered and re-issued for all the fans of Agatha Raisin.Sales of M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series in the UK exceed 500,000C&R Crime will be re-jacketing the complete Hamish Macbeth backlist in 2013.
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Death of Yesterday

By M.C. Beaton

A dead witness. A forgotten crime. Hamish Macbeth never had it so hard as in this newest Highlands mystery!

Morag Merrilea is working at the Shopmark Fashions factory during her summer holidays to earn some extra cash. But when the art student complains to Hamish about the theft of her sketchbook in the pub, he doesn't take her too seriously. After all, she had been drinking and can't quite remember what happened... and then turns out to be snippy when Hamish questions her further.

But then her body is discovered -- and Hamish is forced to investigate a crime where the only witness has been murdered . . .

A dead witness. A forgotten crime. Hamish Macbeth never had it so hard as in this newest Highlands mystery!

'It's always a pleasure to return to Loch Dubh.' New York Times Book Review
A dead witness. A forgotten crime. Hamish Macbeth never had it so hard as in this newest Highlands mystery!

Morag Merrilea is working at the Shopmark Fashions factory during her summer holidays to earn some extra cash. But when the art student complains to Hamish about the theft of her sketchbook in the pub, he doesn't take her too seriously. After all, she had been drinking and can't quite remember what happened... and then turns out to be snippy when Hamish questions her further.
But then her body is discovered -- and Hamish is forced to investigate a crime where the only witness has been murdered . . .
'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.' Anne Robinson, The Times

'The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series . . . beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life.' Good Book Guide

From the author of the ever-popular Agatha Raisin series, this is the 28th outing for the Highland's most famous PC, Hamish Macbeth!The last Hamish Macbeth paperback Death of a Kingfisher has sold 10,000 copies.Robinson re-jacketed the entire Hamish Macbeth series with a modern and humorous new look in 2013.The many Hamish Macbeth fans are always eager to grab the latest book as soon as it is published.

When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn't remember what happened the previous evening, he's not unduly worried. After all, she'd been out drinking and he'd prefer not to be bothered with such an arrogant and annoying woman.


But when her body is discovered in a ditch, Hamish is forced to investigate a crime that the only known witness - now dead - has forgotten.

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Death of a Policeman

By M.C. Beaton

A pen pusher from Head Office soon finds himself pushing up the daisies...

Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure and this presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Hamish does every day. On hearing of Blair's plans Hamish is fully prepared to ensure young Cyril returns back to headquarters with a full report... but before he can do that, Cyril is found dead and Hamish very quickly becomes the prime suspect for his murder...

The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural lifeThe detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult statusIt's always a special treat to return to LochdubhLochdubh's most famous police officer is gearing up for his 29th adventure!

A pen pusher from Head Office soon finds himself pushing up the daisies!

Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure and this presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Hamish does every day. On hearing of Blair's plans Hamish is fully prepared to ensure young Cyril returns back to headquarters with a report under his arm and flea in his ear. but before he can do that, Cyril is found dead and Hamish very quickly becomes the prime suspect for his murder!

Praise for M C Beaton:

'The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series. a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life.'
The Good Book Guide

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh.'

New York Times

'First rate. deft social comedy and wonderfully realised atmosphere.'
Booklist

After 29 outings and worldwide sales of 3 million copies, Hamish Macbeth has just undergone a makeover with an exciting new cover treatment which is bright, funny and tongue in cheek... very much like Hamish himself!M C Beaton is the third most borrowed author in UK libaries with over 1 million library loans in 2011-12M C Beaton is the doyenne of detective fiction!

Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure and this presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth.


Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young officer, visit Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Hamish does every day. But when Cyril is found dead, Hamish very quickly becomes the prime suspect for his murder.

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Death of a Liar

By M.C. Beaton

Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is alarmed to receive a report from a woman in the small village of Cronish in the Scottish Highlands. She has been brutally attacked and the criminal is on the loose. But upon further investigation, Hamish discovers that she was lying about the crime. So when the same woman calls him back about an intruder, he simply marvels at her compulsion to lie. This time, though, she is telling the truth. Her body is found in her home and Hamish must sort through all of her lies to solve the crime.

Praise for Death of a Valentine:

'A fun new read.' Woman's World

'An inventive, constantly surprising plot...explosive and engaging.' Booklist

Praise for Death of a Witch:

'Full of the author's trademark zest and wit...Beaton fans will be delighted.' Publishers Weekly

'A sound mystery featuring a generous portion of Hamish's complicated relationships and the usual delightful Highland descriptions.' Kirkus

The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life.The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh.New York Times bestselling author M. C. Beaton is back with a new mystery featuring Scotland's most laconic and low-tech policeman. This is the 30th Hamish Macbeth book.

Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is alarmed to receive a report from a woman in the small Highlands village of Cronish. She has been brutally attacked and a dangerous criminal is on the loose... but upon further investigation it would appear she was lying about the crime.

When the same woman calls Hamish back a few days later about an intruder in her house, he takes her claim with a pinch of salt - only this time it would appear she was telling the truth as her body is found in her home... and Hamish must sort through all her lies to solve the mystery of her murder.

Praise for M C Beaton:

'The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life' The Good Book Guide

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times

'First rate... deft social comedy and wonderfully realised atmosphere' Booklist

After 30 outings and worldwide sales of 3 million copies, Hamish Macbeth has just undergone a makeover with an exciting new cover treatment which is bright, funny and tongue in cheek... very much like Hamish himself!M.C. Beaton is the third most borrowed adult author in UK libraries with over 1 million library loans in 2011-12M.C. Beaton is the doyenne of detective fiction!
C & R Crime

Death of an Addict

By M.C. Beaton

Recovering addict Tommy Jarret has rented a chalet to check out reports of a sea monster near the village of Drim. Then he turns up dead, apparently from a drug overdose, and constable Hamish Macbeth finds the lad's demise particularly fishy. Deciding to go undercover, Hamish infiltrates the local drug dealing trade.But his plans looks doomed when he's teamed up with a tough Glaswegian detective inspector named Olivia Chater, aka Concrete Knickers. For the Lochdubh lawman it would be equally dangerous to flounder...or fall in love.


Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series:

'An enchanting series... M C Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery.' New York Times Book Review

`Readers will enjoy the quirks and unique qualities of the cast... Beaton catches the beauty of the area's natural geography and succinctly describes its distinct flavour.' Library Journal

The 15th mystery featuring Hamish Macbeth from teh bestselling M.C.Beaton, author of the Agatha series.Sales of M.C. Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.C & R Crime will be re-issuing the entire Hamish Macbeth series with fresh new covers in 2013.
C & R Crime

Death of a Travelling Man

By M.C. Beaton

It's springtime in the Highlands but storms are brewing for Hamish Macbeth. His life is going to pot. He has - horrors! - been promoted, his new boss is a dunce, and a sinister self-proclaimed gypsy and his girlfriend have parked their rusty eyesore of a van in the middle of the village.

Hamish smells trouble and as usual he's right. The doctor's drugs have gone missing. Money vanishes. And neighbours suddenly become unneighbourly. Nobody wants to talk either, so canny Hamish faces the delicate task of worming the facts out of the villagers.

In the process he uncovers a story so bizarre that neither he nor the locals may ever be able to forget it...

Looking for escape? Tired of waiting for Brigadoon to materialize? Time for a trip to Lochdubh, the scenic if somnolent village in the Scottish highlands where Beaton sets her beguiling whodunits featuring Constable Hamish Macbeth and his eccentric neighbours.The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.The ninth Hamish Macbeth mystery, beautifully republished with a brand new cover.M.C. Beaton has sold over 10 millions copies of her books worldwide.The entire Hamish Macbeth series will be re-issued with fresh and humorous new covers in 2013.
C & R Crime

Death of a Scriptwriter

By M.C. Beaton

Patricia Martyn-Broyd, now in her seventies, has retired to the Highlands. She hasn't written a word in years and her books are out of print. But now a television company is about to film her last detective story, featuring the aristocratic Scottish detective Lady Harriet Vare. Even better, a London publisher is bringing the book into print. Even though the snobbish Miss Martyn-Broyd doesn't care to mix with the locals she can't help but share her excitement with local policeman Hamish Macbeth.

Imagine her horror when Miss Martyn-Broyd discovers that Lady Harriet Vare is portrayed as a pot-smoking hippy, that the screenwriter is known for his violent and scurrilous scripts and that Lady Harriet is going to be played by the scene-stealing trollop Penelope Gates. But a contract is a contract, Ms Martyn-Broyd quickly learns and when she is accused of murdering the scriptwriter and the leading lady, she turns to her one friend in Lochdubh, Hamish Macbeth, to help her.

The 14th outing for M.C. Beaton's Highland bobby Hamish Macbeth, now with a gorgeous new cover.Sales of M.C. Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.C & R Crime will be re-issuing the entire Hamish Macbeth series with fresh new covers in 2013.
C & R Crime

Death of a Dustman

By M.C. Beaton
When Fergus Macleod, Lochdubh's abusive, drunk dustman is put in charge of the local recycling centre and is dubbed the 'Environment Officer', Hamish Macbeth smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus, imbued with his new powers, becomes a bullying tyrant and when his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one is sorry - including his long-suffering family. But Macbeth is surprised to find that many of the despicable dustman's victims refuse to talk - and when violence strikes again, the lanky lawman must quickly unearth the culprit among a litter of suspects... before the killer makes a clean getaway!The 16th Hamish Mcbeth crime mystery, delightfully recovered and re-issued for all the fans of Agatha Raisin.Sales of M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series in the UK exceed 500,000C&R Crime will be re-jacketing the complete Hamish Macbeth backlist in 2013.
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Death of a Nag

By M.C. Beaton

After a romantic disappointment and an undeserved demotion, Scots village bobby Hamish Macbeth decides a week's holiday at the coastal village of Skag might be just the ticket.

He's dead wrong, of course: the food is dire, and the man in the next room nags his wife so loudly and continuously that more than one person at the Friendly House bed-and-breakfast wishes him dead, though only Hamish is heard threatening him.

When this chap's body is found floating in the river Skag, Hamish is the prime suspect. While clearing his name, the lanky Scot has to deal with the widow who's suddenly making eyes at a refined bachelor, two leather-skirted Glaswegian beauties intent on raising disco hell, and the rude revelation of one family man's secret life. Some holiday!

Praise for M.C. Beaton:

The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status. Anne Robinson, The Times

Beaton's Hamish MacBeth stories are always good, but the latest is a standout. The plot is even better than usual, the characters are more engaging, and even the mostly dour and serious Hamish is funnier and more likable than usual.Beaton has fine-tuned her MacBeth series into something altogether winning. In this 11th entry, her plot is top-notch, a few somber notes demonstrate her touch for understated compassion and, as always, Hamish and his highland cohorts are lovingly rendered.The eleventh Hamish Macbeth mystery, beautifully republished with a brand new cover.Sales of M C Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.C & R Crime will be re-issuing the entire Hamish Macbeth series with fresh new covers in 2013.
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Death of a Charming Man

By M.C. Beaton

Now that Priscilla Halburton-Smythe has agreed to marry him, Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth can't imagine a more perfect life. There's not much crime in his remote Scottish village of Lochdubh, nothing much at all to do but fish, drink coffee, and slouch around. And now to spend time with lovely Priscilla.

But his days aren't as tranquil as his dreams. For one thing, Priscilla's renovation schemes are driving him out of his cottage. Not to mention her ambitious plans for his career as a policeman away from Lochdubh. This might be a good time to find out why Peter Hynd's arrival in nearby Drim was causing so much trouble.

An attractive, unmarried man with an independent income would always attract attention in such a small place. But this time Hynd's arrival seems to have caused bitter rivalry among the women of Drim. Hamish finds their petty fights amusing and a clever excuse to avoid Priscilla and her schemes for a new electric stove (to replace his beloved woodburning appliance), a posh new bathroom, and virtuous nutrition. Amusing, that is, until death threats, physical abuse, and murder make statistical history in one of Scotland's most picture postcard-perfect towns.

Praise for M.C. Beaton:

The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status. Anne Robinson, The Times

Beaton's tremendously likable policeman stars here in a tightly wrought tale, with a gem of an ending in which Hamish manages to be both dead right and dead wrong.Beaton's low-key police procedural doesn't offer white-knuckle suspense, blood and gore, fast-paced action, or stunning climaxes. What it does offer is an intimate look at life in a small Scottish village, striking insights into human nature, carefully detailed, highly accurate descriptions of police work, splendid dry humor, and a story that's as satisfying as a cozy cup of tea.The tenth Hamish Macbeth mystery, beautifully republished with a brand new cover.M.C. Beaton is the doyenne of Cosy Crime has worldwide sales of over 10 million copies.The entire Hamish Macbeth series will be re-issued with brand new covers in 2013.
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Death of a Celebrity

By M.C. Beaton

Amazing news is spreading like wildfire across the Scottish countryside: the most famous of all Lochdubh, remotely nestling in the Highlands, is perfectly anonymous... until well-known TV reporter Crystal French races into town in her bright new BMW. And PC Hamish Macbeth, dourly wed to duty rather than the fiancée who dumped him, promptly gives her a ticket for reckless driving. Outraged, Crystal makes Macbeth's life a misery with a TV report on policing in the Highlands... but when she also rakes up old local scandals for her new hit show, Macbeth notes that someone besides himself might be dead keen to stop her. And then someone does.

Now, finding out who did away with the nosy reporter will lead the laconic Macbeth down roads he never envisioned... and perhaps a crisis of the heart all his own.

The 17th Hamish Mcbeth crime mystery, delightfully recovered and re-issued for all the fans of Agatha Raisin.Sales of M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series in the UK exceed 500,000C&R Crime will be re-jacketing the complete Hamish Macbeth backlist in 2013.
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Death of a Village

By M.C. Beaton

Trouble is afoot in the remote Scottish fishing village of Stoyre, where the inhabitants are acting kind of... fishy. On a routine visit, Hamish Macbeth finds the pub empty, the church unexpectedly full, and the very air permeated with fear. Then an explosion levels a holiday cottage which the locals call 'an act of God'. Hamish has another theory, one that will make the national news. With the help of sharp-eyed journalist Elspeth Grant and Lugs (his dog) he begins to winkle out the truth. But Hamish's best laid plans soon go awry when an old friend dies, a scandalous rumour erupts, and someone close to his heart may be lost forever...

Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series:

The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series. beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life. - Good Book Guide.

It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh. - New York Times Book Review.

The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of o.utrageous black comedy, have reached cult status. - Anne Robinson, The Times

Great stuff, as usual.Once again M C Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages.The 18th Hamish Macbeth murder mystery delightfully re-jacketed.Sales of M C Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.All of the Hamish Macbeth series will be re-issued with modern and fresh covers in 2013.
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Death of a Poison Pen

By M.C. Beaton

A sudden outbreak of maliciousness strikes the town of Lochdubh in the form of a rash of poison pen letters. Things turn deadly when the local postmistress is found hanged in her room... with a vicious note beneath her dangling feet. Though his superiors call it suicide, PC Hamish Macbeth pronounces it murder. But Hamish is soon distracted by Jenny Ogilvie, a friend of his ex-fiancee, who arrives in Lochdubh to seduce him. And then he's ambushed by local reporter Elspeth Grant, who sets out to land the story - and Hamish - for herself.

Caught in the middle of this volatile case, Hamish faces dangerous romances... and a blackhearted culprit wielding a mighty - and lethal - pen.

Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series:

The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series. beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life. - Good Book Guide.

It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh. - New York Times Book Review.

The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of o.utrageous black comedy, have reached cult status. - Anne Robinson, The Times

Great stuff, as usual.Once again M C Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages.The 19th Hamish Macbeth murder mystery delightfully re-jacketed.Sales of M C Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.All of the Hamish Macbeth series will be re-issued with modern and fresh covers in 2013.
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Death of a Prankster

By M.C. Beaton

Stabbed and stuffed in a closet...

When police constable Hamish Macbeth receives the news that there has been a murder at Arrat House, home of the relentless practical joker Arthur Trent, he doesn't race to the scene of the crime. After all, last time he was called to investigate a death at the isolated Scottish manor, the 'victim' turned out to be Trent's manservant covered in fake blood.

Thus prepared for another prank, Hamish arrives to find that Trent has been most decidedly murdered and for suspects there is a houseful of greedy relatives, all of whom are more than interested in the contents of the will rather than the crime at hand. And when the Chief Inspector arrives on the scene and his former flame, Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, gets involved as well, Hamish quite clearly has his hands full.

An enchanting series... M C Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery.The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.The seventh Hamish Macbeth mystery from the bestselling author of Agatha Raisin.Sales of M C Beaton's works exceed 10 million copies worldwide.C & R Crime will be re-issuing the complete Hamish Macbeth series with fresh new covers in 2013.
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Death of a Glutton

By M.C. Beaton

Her table manners were a crime. But she didn't deserve to die!

There's not a cloud in Hamish Macbeth's sky - just plenty of warm sunshine but not quite enough of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. But as eight hopeful members of the Checkmate Singles Club converge on Tommel Castle Hotel for a week of serious matchmaking, the clouds roll in.

The four couples, carefully matched by dating director Maria Worth, immediately dislike one another. And the arrival of Maria's gross, greedy business partner, Peta, kills the last vestige of romance. And as love goes out the window, murder comes in the door.

Peta soon slurps up her last meal and Hamish is left with the baffling puzzle: Who shared the fateful outing that left Peta dead with a large rosy red apple in her mouth...

An enchanting series... M C Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery.The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.The eighth Hamish Macbeth mystery from the bestselling author of Agatha Raisin.Sales of M C Beaton's books exceed 10 million copies worldwide.C & R Crime will be re-issuing the entire Hamish Macbeth series with fresh new covers in 2013.
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Death of a Gossip

By M.C. Beaton

When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joins the local fishing class she wastes no time in ruffling feathers - or should that be fins? - of those around her.

Among the victims of her sharp tongue is Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth, yet not even Hamish thinks someone would seriously want to silence Lady Jane's shrill voice permanently - until her strangled body is fished out of the river.

Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must steer a course through the choppy waters of the tattler's life to find a murderer. But with a school of suspects who aren't willing to talk, and the dead woman telling no tales, Hamish may well be in over his head for he knows that secrets are dangerous, knowledge is power, and killers when cornered usually do strike again.

Beaton, a Scot herself, excels at giving readers a taste of Highland life and creating a believable character in the lonely, brilliant, continually frustrated-in-love Macbeth.An enchanting series....M.C. Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery.Recommended for all mystery collections.Superb entertainment, as rich and warming as a fine malt whisky, and every bit as addictive

The very first book in the bestselling Hamish Macbeth crime series - reissued with a stunning new cover

Sales of M.C.Beaton's Agatha Raisin series in the UK exceed 500,000C&R Crime will be re-jacketing the complete Hamish Macbeth backlist in 2013.

The Hamish Macbeth Murder Mysteries
M. C. Beaton

Lochdubh's most famous police constable, Hamish Macbeth, is getting a makeover ...

After 28 outings and worldwide sales of millions of copies, he's being made bigger and better, with an exciting new cover treatment, which is bright, funny and tongue-in-cheek - a bit like Hamish himself. All 28 titles will be re-issued between April and August 2013 as B-format paperbacks.

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Death of a Hussy

By M.C. Beaton

A tart with a heart of stone...

Maggie Baird is neither kind or generous, but she is very, very rich. So when her car catches fire, with her inside it, there are five likely candidates for the role of murderer. All five had been houseguests at her luxurious Highlands home - Maggie's timid niece and four former lovers, one of whom Maggie had intended to pick for a husband.

All five are utterly broke and all had ample opportunity to tamper with Maggie's car. So finding out who did it will require all of PC Hamish Macbeth's extraordinary common sense and insight into human nature; especially when the killer appears to be the wrong person entirely...

The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.Beaton's newest continues one of the finest and most offbeat police procedural series around.Splendid fun.The fifth mystery story featuring Hamish Macbeth from the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series - delightfully reissued with a new jacket style.Sales of M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series in the UK exceed 500,000.C&R Crime will be re-jacketing the complete Hamish Macbeth backlist in 2013.
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Death of a Valentine

By M.C. Beaton

Amazing news is spreading like wildfire across the Scottish countryside: the most famous of all Highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, is planning to marry at last! Everyone in the village of Lochdubh adores Josie McSween, Hamish's newest constable and blushing bride-to-be. While locals think she is quite a catch, Hamish has a severe case of pre-nuptial jitters... after all, if it wasn't for the recent murder of a beautiful woman in a neighbouring village there wouldn't be a wedding in the first place.

For it was a mysterious Valentine's Day card - delivered to the victim before her death - which initially drew Hamish and Josie together in the investigation. And now, as they work side by side, they soon discover that the woman's list of admirers was endless - confirming Hamish's suspicion that love can be deaf, blind... and deadly!

The 25th Hamish Macbeth crime mystery, delightfully recovered and re-issued for all the fans of Agatha Raisin.Sales of M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series in the UK exceed 500,000C&R Crime will be re-jacketing the complete Hamish Macbeth backlist in 2013.
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Hamish Macbeth Omnibus (Books 1-4)

By M.C. Beaton

Death of a Gossip

When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joins the local fishing class she wastes no time in ruffling feathers - or should that be fins? - of those around her.
Among the victims of her sharp tongue is Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth, yet not even Hamish thinks someone would seriously want to silence Lady Jane's shrill voice permanently - until her strangled body is fished out of the river.
Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must steer a course through the choppy waters of the tattler's life to find a murderer. But with a school of suspects who aren't willing to talk, and the dead woman telling no tales, Hamish may well be in over his head for he knows that secrets are dangerous, knowledge is power, and killers when cornered usually do strike again.

Death of a Cad
When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiancé home to Lochdubh, everyone in town is delighted... except for love-smitten Hamish Macbeth. Yet the affairs of his heart will have to wait.
Vile, boorish Captain Bartlett, one of the guests at Priscilla's engagement party, has just been found murdered - shot while on a grouse hunt. Now with so many titled party guests as prime suspects, each with their own reason for snuffing out the despicable captain, Hamish must smooth ruffled feathers as he investigates the case... and catch a killer, before they fly the coop!

Death of an Outsider
The most hated man in the most dour town in Scotland is sleeping with the fishes, or - more accurately - has been dumped into a tank filled with crustaceans. All that remains of the murdered victim are his bones. But once the lobsters have been shipped off to Britain's best restaurants, the whole affair quickly lands on the plate of Constable Hamish Macbeth.
Exiled to the dreary outpost of Cnothan, Macbeth sorely misses his beloved Lochdubh, but before he can head back home he has to contend with a detective chief inspector who wants the murder hushed up, a dark-haired lassie who is out to seduce him, and a killer who has made mincemeat of his last victim, and will no doubt strike again...

Death of a Perfect Wife
Hamish Macbeth is savouring the delights of a Highland summer, but as fast as the rain rolls in from the loch his happy life goes to hell in a handbasket.
The trouble begins when his beloved Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns to Lochdubh with a new fiancé on her arm. His miseries multiply when clouds of midges descend on the town. And then a paragon of housewife perfection named Trixie Thomas moves into Lochdubh with her cowed husband in tow.
The newcomer quickly convinces the local ladies to embrace low-cholesterol meals, ban alcohol and begin bird-watching. Soon the town's menfolk are up in arms and Macbeth must solve Lochdubh's newest crime - the mysterious poisoning of the perfect wife.

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A Highland Christmas

By M.C. Beaton

In dark, wintry Lochdubh, Christmas Cheer is about as welcome as a flat tyre on a deserted road. The Calvinist element in town has always resisted what they view as secular frivolity, so for most of the townsfolk there'll be no carols, feasting, gifts - or even whisky on Christmas Day!

And for PC Hamish Macbeth there's no holiday from crime - he finds himself hunting for a missing cat belonging to a lonely spinster. Curt and unfriendly, the woman is convinced her pet has been stolen but once behind her heavily-bolted door, Hamish can spot her true problem - she lives in fear, though of who or what he cannot guess.

Then someone steals a Christmas tree and lights from the nearby village of Cnothan. So it is up to Hamish to sort all these problems out - and he had better do it quickly, for the church bells will soon peal on the eve of Christmas.

This one-off standalone story is a special Christmas treat for all fans of Hamish Macbeth and can be read at any point in the ongoing series.

Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series:

'First rate ... deft social comedy and wonderfully realized atmosphere.' Booklist

'It's always a treat to return to Lochdubh.' New York Times

'Readers will enjoy the quirks and unique qualities of the cast ... Beaton catches the beauty of the area's natural geography and succinctly describes its distinct flavour.' Library Journal

'Befuddled, earnest and utterly endearing, Hamish makes his triumphs sweetly satisfying.' Publishers Weekly

Just the sort of thing that fits the bill at Christmas, a heart-warming simple tale about what the festive season really ought to be about.A special Christmas standalone story for all fans of Hamish Macbeth. And it could be Hamish's toughest case - to bring some festive cheer to a town long dampened by the spirit of Scrooge.A Highland Christmas (9781845298906) sold over 6,000 copies in hardback.A wonderful Christmas gift for those thousands of Hamish Macbeth fans.Beautiful cover by Francis Farmar that will delight the fans.