Death of A Policeman

Death of A Policeman

Large Print - 2014
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"Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure. This presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Macbeth does every day. Macbeth hears about Blair's plan and is prepared to insure that Cyril returns back to headquarters with a full report. But Cyril is soon found dead and Hamish quickly becomes the prime suspect in his murder"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014
Edition: First large print edition
ISBN: 9781455576258
1455576255
Branch Call Number: LT BEATON, M
Characteristics: 341 pages (large print) ; 22 cm

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reeread
Sep 03, 2016

All the policeman in this one are sailing even closer to the wind than normal. Hamish has to stoop low to keep his police station open.

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maipenrai
Aug 20, 2016

29th in series

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zipread
Mar 14, 2016

Death of a Policeman --- by --- M.C. Beaton
Here’s part of a review that appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer as it appeared in the fly-leaf of “Death of a Policeman”. I thought it summed the book up so well. “For those who like their mysteries cozy --- though with Beaton the rose-colored glasses are, as usual, tinged with noir”. Thoroughly enjoyable; impossible to put down.

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cedarmillard
Jan 14, 2015

Very good.

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Palomino
Jul 22, 2014

It always cheers me up to read about Hamish Macbeth. You can't say these books are demanding intellectually, but the plot in this one was pretty good. I love how big, real-life issues of love and death and corruption and people making and fixing the big mistakes in their lives, are all described in a short, simple way, more like stage directions than poetry. If there was an award for least-pretentious author, Beaton would win.

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shilohsmom
Jun 30, 2014

This series just gets worse as it goes along. The books are starting to read like they are written by committee for some sort of over the top American crime series. The bodies are EVERYWHERE and nothing is related to anything else in anything but the sketchiest of ways. The fun has gone right out of this series. End it now - retire Hamish with his pets and get it over with.

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QED
Apr 01, 2014

Another Beaton classic. Fun to read and entertaining.

bookfanatic1979 Mar 06, 2014

I am torn between admiring Beaton for deftly handling so many small, seemingly unrelated, cases before bringing them all together at the end…and decrying the superfluity of suspects. It isn’t a sloppily-written book by any means, but the reader definitely has to pay attention in order to keep track of what’s going on.

alexica Mar 05, 2014

This is excellent MC Beaton. Great plot but no plot development, eccentric villagers, average writing and not a lot of detail or character growth. Beaton's specialty is coincidence. People pop up fortuitously to add their contributions and then leave, just as abruptly. The villains are always dark, the good guys really, really good. Hers are fun books to read but not great crime novels. We just like Hamish and his pet animals to death.

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