Death of a Ghost

Death of a Ghost

by M. C. Beaton


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Sergeant Hamish Macbeth—Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman—returns in M.C. Beaton's new mystery in her New York Times bestselling series. From the author of the Agatha Raisin series.

When Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth hears reports of a haunted castle near Drim, he assumes the eerie noises and lights reported by the villagers are just local teenagers going there to smoke pot or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Still, Hamish decides that he and his policeman, Charlie "Clumsy" Carson, will spend the night at the ruined castle to get to the bottom of the rumors once and for all.
There's no sign of any ghost...but then Charlie disappears through the floor. It turns out he's fallen into the cellar. And what Hamish and Charlie find there is worse than a ghost: a dead body propped against the wall. Waiting for help to arrive, Hamish and Charlie leave the castle just for a moment—to eat bacon baps—but when they return, the body is nowhere to be seen.
It's clear something strange—and deadly—is going on at the castle, and Hamish must get to the bottom of it before the "ghost" can strike again...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594829775
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Series: Hamish Macbeth Series , #32
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 92,373
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

M. C. Beaton has won international acclaim for her New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth mysteries. The BBC has aired 24 episodes based on the series. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which is now a television show starring Ashley Jensen, available on Acorn and coming soon to PBS. She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. For more information, you can visit

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Death of a Ghost 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an excellent read. I highly recommend this book. Hamish is his usual lazy self, being chased by women, and solving crimes. You won't be able to put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts out slow but gets better and better until you hate to see it end . These books are like potato isn't enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Atmosphere, characters, clever story lines, dialog and characterizations sparkling with intelligence and originality. I want Lochdubh to be real and Hamish Macbeth lazily lying in the heather with his flaming red hair ruffled in the highland breeze and the shorebirds squawking and screaming, announcing yet another change in the weather. I'll bring him a bacon bap and some beer and we will have a chat about his latest case.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hamish is so cool. Fun plot, great characters. I need more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the realism and wonder on these characters. They read as though they might pop off he page at any moment, and I love the mysteries that only Macbeth- the most unambitious hard worker I've ever encountered can solve. Pour yourself some tea and settle in for a cozy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So very much enjoyed this novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Hamish MacBeth is back in true Hamish fashion. This is a series that I find people either love it or not. Hamish is a very distinct personality. He loves living in Lochdubh and has no interest in moving up the ladder in the police force. His sidekick, Charlie, is a large, clumsy lovable man who also does not want to leave the area. The problem is, these two inevitably solve cases and have to give the credit to others. This story sees Hamish and Charlie investigating a number of crimes in the Highland area they are responsible for. Between murders, smugglers, drugs, abused wives and children, they are kept hopping. Despite the fact that their superiors think they have solved the murders, Hamish is not so sure and keeps investigating. There are so many suspects as usual, that it takes a lot of deduction, perseverance and investigating to get to the bottom of these situations, all of which Hamish does well. The main characters in the Hamish MacBeth series are quite complex and have human foibles galore. Hamish is a man who would like to find the right woman, but always finds fault with the one he is with. The women in the village are trying to get him to settle down as he seems to have difficulty finding someone on his own, that does not work out as planned. He is quite blunt and often ends up inadvertently hurting a person's feelings. Charlie continues to become smitten with women that do not work out. He lives in the castle due to the station being too small to accomodate a man of his size. He is kind, calm and friendly. The many secondary characters in the villages are very typical Highlanders. The Colonel makes several appearances in this book helping both Charlie and Hamish in their quests to remain in Lochdubh. Of course this time around Chief Detective Blair is present but not a thorn in Hamish's side as much as in previous books. He still does not like Hamish but is outwitted everytime he tries to cause problems for him. This was an enjoyable read with many more details and situations than in previous books. Once again, Hamish figures out what has happened, and is successful in giving the credit to others. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
“Death of a Ghost” is author M.C. Beaton's 32nd visit to Hamish Macbeth and the Scotland Highlands village of Lochdubh. I fear that the series has lost its newness – after 32 books, that really shouldn't be a surprise; rather, one should celebrate that after 32 books the author is still able to find themes worth writing about and worth our reading. We expect that the colorful locals will make an appearance, occasionally meaningful to the plot but typically just a cameo. We know that new characters will be introduced – some may become recurring characters, others will turn out to be criminals and/or murder victims, and the rest will vanish into the literary mists. “Comfortable” and “innovative” are normally opposites. After over 30 books, Miss Beaton (and her editor and publisher) are aiming for comfortable, and achieve it. In “Death of a Ghost”, a visit to an allegedly haunted castle doesn't turn up a ghost, nor the mechanisms for faking one – but a recently deceased corpse IS found in a hidden area, and then vanishes before an entire investigative team can come from Strathbane. A few other corpses turn up throughout the novel – are the murders being committed by the same person? Are they even related? I miss Hamish's over the top antics. Miss Beaton recently made an attempt to re-introduce them in a recent book in this series – I remember a scene with Hamish hurdling downhill in a coffin on casters – but those are absent once again in this most recent book. The author DOES judiciously toss in a few words that I had no idea that she actually knew – words that this site would have a FIT if I attempted to quote in this review. I was shocked, but not really offended. (I DID appreciate her making a throwaway tip of the hat to one of my favorite authors, Stuart Macbride!) I fear that the series needs a bit of a jolt to keep it relevant. I hope that the ending of this novel hints at a new development and change of pace in the life of our favorite Highlands policeman – I suspect not, but I can hope ... RATING: 4 stars.
cozylibrarian More than 1 year ago
Hamish Macbeth is a longtime police officer in Lochdubh Scotland. This cozy mystery has him investigating a complaint of a “ghostly howling ” in an old castle. Soon his investigation leads to a string of murders that his superiors seem eager to consider the killer identified and the case solved. Hamish believes otherwise and continues to dig his way into the web of deceit! I am a loyal reader and fan of M.C. Beaton, having read all her Hamish Macbeth series. This book struck me as being a bit darker than earlier stories. Instead of fun, caring characters, I felt like they all took a twist into becoming brooding, malicious ones. Even Hamish is not himself, being extra morose and pathetic. I really missed the humor of the regular Lochdubh characters and the comradery of Hamish and Jimmy Anderson. I always enjoyed jimmy before this book and now he is an unlovable lush. Officer Blair has gone from an irritating superior to a possible killer. Too much darkness in the lovable life of Hamish! I still love the series and definitely recommend this book and the Hamish MacBeth series to lovers of mystery. Death of a Ghost (Hamish Macbeth, #32) is now available from Grand Central Publishing. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.