Hamish Macbeth - Lochdubh's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman - is back in his 31st mystery.
James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr. Harrison to welcome him to the neighborhood, the old man treats him very rudely. Gloria apologises for her employer's behavior, and Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out for dinner.
On the appointed evening, Hamish waits for Gloria at the restaurant. And waits. But Gloria never shows up.
Four days later, Gloria's body washes up on the beach near Braikie. She's been strangled. Now, without a date and without his former policeman Dick Fraser - who left the force to buy a bakery - Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland, and why, before the murderer strikes again . . .
M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books are a delight: clever, intricate and sardonic. The flavour is reminiscent of Compton MacKenzie's Whisky Galore and I'm very glad to own a complete set
The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life. - Good Book Guide
The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status. - The Times
It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh. - The New York Times