I just finished this, the 30th (I can hardly believe I’ve known Hamish that long) outing in the Hamish MacBeth series by M.C. Beaton. I do feel as though these books are like visiting an an old friend. I’ve followed Hamish through his ups and downs in his romantic and professional life and through various threats to his beloved station in Lochdubh.
In this book, there is another threat to Hamish’s posting in Lochdubh. Small stations are closing all over and Hamish obviously doesn’t want that to happen. Blair sends a young officer, Cyril, to spy in Hamish. Cyril ends up dead with Hamish as a suspect. With that opening, the mystery is up and running. This book had a slightly different feel than others in the series, a bit faster pacing, more violence (murders), and more twists and turns in the mystery and in both Hamish and Dick’s personal (romantic) lives. It actually came across as a more modern soft boiled mystery than a cozy.
I hope that there will be many more Hamish mysteries to come. This one is a highly recommended read!