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The third Hamish Macbeth crime mystery, from internationally bestselling author 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 . . .

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

Reviews

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
The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life
Good Book Guide
The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status
Anne Robinson, The Times
It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh
The New York Times
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
Booklist
Looking 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 Macbeth
New York Times Book Review
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
The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life
Good Book Guide
The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status
Anne Robinson, The Times
It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh
The New York Times
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
Booklist
Looking 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 Macbeth
New York Times Book Review