Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton

I’ve been consistently reading this series for the last few months. I’m up to, Death of a Poisen Pen, which is book #20.

While the books are basically the same: setting, characters, murder, tea and cakes, Scotland, Hamish solving the crimes and not accepting promotion; they’re different also. It’s hard to understand to some people why I love these types of mystery series. But, I’ll try and explain.

Mystery series that have multiples in it such as this Hamish series, are well written. And why they may have the same base, the contents poured into it are slightly different each time. And that is what makes you, well, me, come back and read the next and the next.

Hamish Macbeth is a great character. You can easily picture this long and lanky, red haired man walking around Lochduhb. Said, lock-doo. A great sign of writing is making the reader want to visit a place and search out a local copper for a picture. Silly? Perhaps, but I told my husband Scotland is a place we must go now. All thanks to M.C. Beaton and her Hamish Macbeth.

One of the things that does bother me is the character Priscilla. She frustrates me to no end. Just stop being snobby and do something already. You’re 30-something, make your own mind up and marry or don’t. Which that could be said for Hamish. He needs to forget about Priscilla.

Most of the books are set in a small town of Lochduhb. And you see the goings on of a small town set in a rural area of Scotland. How gossip travels faster than the speed of light and how people will stick up for you to strangers but talk right dirty about you to neighbors. It’s really funny, and so well written that you want to read more in the next book and next book.

Pick up the first in the series! Death of a gossip.

5 out of 5  stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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