Death of an Honest Man

Death of an Honest Man

by M. C. Beaton

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Sergeant Hamish Macbeth--Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman--returns in this New York Times bestselling mystery series from the creator of Agatha Raisin.

Nobody loves an honest man--or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English. Paul had moved to a house in Cnothan, a sour village on Hamish's beat, where he immediately started to stir up outrage among his neighbors.

Paul first attended church in Lochdubh and told the minister, Mr. Wellington, that his sermons were boring. He then told tweedy Mrs. Wellington that she was too fat and should set a better example in these days of increasing obesity. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and that she should write real literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair. He told Jessie Currie--who compulsively repeats all the last words of her twin sister--that she needed psychiatric help.

"I speak as I find," he bragged. A refrain of "I could kill that man," could be heard from Lochdubh to Cnothan.

And someone did.

Now Hamish is faced with a bewildering array of suspects, this time without the services of his clumsy policeman, Charlie, who resigned from the force after one too many confrontations with Hamish's incompetent boss, Chief Inspector Blair. But can Hamish find the killer on his own?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455558322
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 50,249
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

M. C. Beaton has won international acclaim for her New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth mysteries, and the BBC has aired twenty-four episodes based on the series. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin novels, which aired as an eight-episode dramatic series on PBS, starring Ashley Jensen. M. C. Beaton's books have been translated into seventeen languages. She lives in the Cotswolds. For more information, you can visit

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Death of an Honest Man (Hamish Macbeth Series #33) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mystery, loves thenemding. I Hope for more books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Hamish Macbeth books. They never get old. They never get stale. And, again, I can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best hamish m c beth ever.
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rretzler More than 1 year ago
When Paul English comes to live in the village of Cnothan, he offends everyone he comes in contact with, including police sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Hamish tries to warn English that honesty is not necessarily the best policy, but English doesn’t take his advice and ends up being murdered. Since Charlie Carter, Hamish’s police constable, has resigned, Hamish will have to find the murderer on his own, hampered, as always, by Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who will do anything he can, to sabotage Hamish. Death of an Honest Man is the 33rd book in the Hamish Macbeth series by MC Beaton in as many years. I received a copy from NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I have been a fan of this series for many years and have read all the previous books. I feel that the quality of the writing and editing has gone downhill with the recent additions to the series. There are several instances in the book where Hamish acts uncharacteristically – making an off-color joke and trusting DCI Blair are two examples. The book also has a few continuity issues and a couple of huge run-on sentences. At this point, I read the books more because I have come to feel that the characters are old friends. I love to drop in on them to know what Beaton has planned for their lives, but I don’t always enjoy the stories anymore. If you are a fan of MC Beaton and the Hamish Macbeth series, you will want to read this book; otherwise, I recommend that you start the series at the beginning
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
All the familiar characters and nuances of the Hamish Macbeth mysteries are present in this novel. That does not diminish the charm of the tale, which begins with a new arrival in the Scottish sergeant’s patch, one Paul English. The newcomer prides himself for stating honest observations, which are really insults. For instance, telling an overweight woman she’s fat, or the minister his sermons are boring. And, of course, there’s always Chief Inspector Blair and his hatred for Macbeth, and his constant attempts to take credit for crimes Macbeth solves. Well, English’s mouth actually results in his misfortune, and he is murdered. With any number of potential suspects, Macbeth has his work cut out for him. A couple of subplots round out the novel: first is Macbeth’s fixation on his wild cat who apparently is no longer with him, and he finds and nurtures another in the hope that it is his lost pet; and then there is the constant loss of his assistants to the food industry. The addition of a new novel to this long-running series is always a joy to read and “Honest Man” is good fun, and is recommended.
Jennifer_Houle More than 1 year ago
DEATH OF AN HONEST MAN is the thirty-third book in M.C.Newton's Hamish Macbeth series. In it, we find Hamish searching for the murderer of a newcomer so brutally honest that every person he meets hates him, making it all that much more difficult to narrow down suspects. Some changes in this book not seen in the series before. There's no visit to see the old seer and the sisters are only mentioned in passing. Also, we've got to start wondering how many new cops can Hamish get and then lose before Strathbane considers it being HIS fault theory all move on so quick. Why does no one age? It's a series question that always bugs me. Entire years go by, but every is the same age as they were 32 books ago.
Twink More than 1 year ago
3.5 Death of an Honest Man is the 33rd (!) entry in M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth series. I have a copy of this latest to give away to one lucky reader courtesy of Grand Central Publishing. Paul English has retired to the Scottish Highlands. He prides himself on his 'honesty'. But that honesty is often cruelty - and one of the recipients of his candor has taken exception - and killed Paul. The murder has happened in Police Sergeant Hamish MacBeth's beat. For those unfamiliar with this series, Hamish is quite content to live in his remote Scottish village. In fact, he usually solves the cases and lets someone else take the credit, so he doesn't get promoted. Beaton has created a cast of recurring characters from those quirky inhabitants of the village of Lochdubh, to the higher ups in the police department, both friend and foe. His romantic life is an ongoing saga and I don't see any resolution happening now or in the future. The rotating constables and ongoing pet saga are also mainstays of the plotting. And that's the fun of this series - the continuity and the revisiting of familiar characters. The clues come fast and furious, the logic leaps sometimes mystify me and some of the goings on require a few grains of salt, but again that's also part of the charm of the series. They're quick little reads, perfect for a dreary day. Hamish had developed a bit of a sharp edge in the last few books that I didn't enjoy. I'm happy to say that's not the case with this latest, as he seems to be back to his old self.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So cute! I feel that I’ve been on a visit to Scotland to see some old friends!
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
From the publisher: In the latest mystery featuring Scotland’s most quick-witted but unambitious police sergeant, Hamish Macbeth, when newcomer Paul English moves to a house in Cnothan, a sour village on Hamish’s beat, Hamish tries to tell him that nobody loves an honest man, but he wouldn’t listen. He attended church in Lochdubh and told the minister that she was too fat and in thee days of increasing obesity it was her duty to how a good example. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and it was time she wrote literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair. He told Jessie Currie - - who repeated all the last words of her twin sister - - that she needed psychiatric help. “I speak as I find,” he bragged, while voices saying, “I could kill that man,” could be hard from Luchdubh to Cnothan. And then someone did. With Hamish’s clumsy policeman Charlie resigned from the force after throwing Chief Inspector Blair into the loch, Hamish is left to solve the mystery on his own. This charming novel brings back Inspector Macbeth in an entry every bit as delightful as the earlier entries, beginning with the quotes that precede each chapter, beginning, of course, with Chapter One and this from Oscar Wilde: “A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.” Others include offerings from Groucho Marx: “The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made;” Jane Austen; Mark Twain: “There’s one way to find out if a man is honest: ask him. If he says yes, you know he’s crooked,” and Robert Burns, among several others, even including one from Jules Verne. A perfect introduction to this book and its many clever lines. Hamish’s beat was the entire county/village of Luchdubh, helped by his “amiable although clumsy” sidekick, P.C. Charlie Carter, who shortly after the book opens decides to resign from the police, putting Hamish in the difficult position of finding a suitable replacement. What Mr. English actually said to Hamish was “You gay men are always dying your hair.” Not a way to endear yourself to the local cop. Two days later, when the no-longer-young housekeeper is fired by English and cannot be found, Hamish reports her as missing, it appears that she may have committed suicide. When Hamish comes upon Paul in a bar, obviously drunk and planning to drive home, Hamish arrests and handcuffs him, although before Hamish can take him to the police station he apparently decided to go off by himself, still handcuffed, although no one can find him when a search is conducted. Charlie tells Hamish that the man’s mistress is none other than the minister, and they quickly go to her home, where she tells them that she and English are engaged to be married. When the search finally finds English, it is his body that is found, partly buried in the peat bog. The search for the killer, with so many people on the list of possible suspects, is the bulk of the remainder of the book, but side plots, such as the gorgeous, sexy blonde to whom Hamish had been engaged, and Hamish’s pets, his dog, Lugs, and his missing cat, Sonsie, are as engaging as the mystery. And how can anyone not love a tale that includes a few lines about “the magic of chocolate . . . Better than a tranquilliser any day.” The novel is, of course, highly recommended.