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Summary

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.

©2015 M.C. Beaton (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Murder capital of Europe

By density of population Sutherland's murder & suicide rate surely exceeds that of Midsomer, maybe NY or Chicago! Sad to say, the body count and level of violence seems to be growing, in line with the present fashion for explicit butchery, but it hasn't YET reached the point that I stop listening/reading to the series.
Hamish is getting more crabbit and thrawn. He can be kind and wise, but he's more often abrupt and unsociable. His unwanted live-in constables, remarkably domesticated to a man, find true love, whereas Hamish just can't do relationships of a constant nature.
The antics of the egregious Blair (the other one) would get Holyrood in a right stooshie if at all likely. Unfortunately I've got fond of many of the peripheral folk - the Currie twins, the Brodies, Wellingtons, Mr Patel, Archie, the ex-polis Hamish has driven to catering, etc, so unless the abattoir factor gets too much, or a new narrator is employed, I'll have to keep on listening.

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Puerile

‘light reading / diversion / entertainment is fine & had been my expectation but this is characterised & narrated for primary school, with hideously incongruous grownup elements clunkily / thoughtlessly sellotaped-on..cue sqeaky parodied ‘lady voice’ “Ive been raped”; awful, small-minded nonsense.

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Entertaining

As always a great listen - with familiar figures and a new Murder with its twists and turns, mystery, romance and humour all in one story - enough to keep one’s interest - on a wet windy winter day !!

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Hugely enjoyable

Once again the wonderful stories of Hamish Macbeth as a policeman in the Scottish highlands doesn't fail to enchant and delight.