The stories take place in the northern highlands of Scotland and are as cozy as a mystery series can get. Police Constable Macbeth loves his village of Lochdubh, and no matter how good he is at solving murders, he doesn't want to be promoted and he doesn't want to move to the city. The townspeople complain that Hamish is lazy and a moocher, but they will defend him to outsiders if anyone else criticizes him.
In Death of a Macho Man, the twelfth in the series, Hamish lets his temper get the best of him when he agrees to fight the town bully, Duggan. But before the fistfight starts, Duggan is found dead, and Hamish is on the list of suspects. Although he's banned from investigating the case, he can't help getting involved. Of course he discovers the killer, but his job remains in jeopardy because police officers aren't supposed to get into fights. Will Hamish be able to talk his way out of a suspension?
If you're looking for a detailed police procedural, Hamish Macbeth won't be for you. The books are as much about Hamish's personal life and the doings in Lochdubh as they are about the murder. Most of the characters, including Hamish's on-again, off-again love interest, appear in almost every book, and it's a lot of fun getting to know them. I read the series because I find the stories light and entertaining; the murder is secondary.
Another big draw for me is Davina Porter, who narrates the audiobooks. Porter knows her Scottish accents--yes, there are several--and her expressive reading is well suited to Hamish Macbeth. You can hear the humor in her voice, and she is one of the reasons I've stuck with the series. Death of a Macho Man is 6 hours, 41 minutes long and was produced by Recorded Books.
Buy Death of a Macho Man at a bookstore near you.
Published by Hachette Book Group / Grand Central Publishing, 1997
Source: Bought (see review policy)
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