Death of a Chimney Sweep: Hamish Macbeth Mystery Series, Book 26
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From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series...

DEATH OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

In the south of Scotland, residents get their chimneys vacuum-cleaned. But in the isolated villages in the very north of Scotland, the villagers rely on the services of the itinerant sweep, Pete Ray, and his old-fashioned brushes. Pete is always able to find work in the Scottish highlands, until one day when Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the floor of a villager's fireplace, and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney. The entire town of Lochdubh is certain Pete is the culprit, but Hamish doesn't believe that the affable chimney sweep is capable of committing murder. Then Pete's body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens. Once again, it's up to Hamish to discover who's responsible for the dirty deed—and this time, the murderer may be closer than he realizes.

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        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 will air as an eight-episode dramatic series on Sky1, starring Ashley Jensen. She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. For more information, you can visit MCBeaton.com.

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From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series...

DEATH OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

In the south of Scotland, residents get their chimneys vacuum-cleaned. But in the isolated villages in the very north of Scotland, the villagers rely on the services of the itinerant sweep, Pete Ray, and his old-fashioned brushes. Pete is always able to find work in the Scottish highlands, until one day when Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the floor of a villager's fireplace, and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney. The entire town of Lochdubh is certain Pete is the culprit, but Hamish doesn't believe that the affable chimney sweep is capable of committing murder. Then Pete's body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens. Once again, it's up to Hamish to discover who's responsible for the dirty deed—and this time, the murderer may be closer than he realizes.

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From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series...

DEATH OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

In the south of Scotland, residents get their chimneys vacuum-cleaned. But in the isolated villages in the very north of Scotland, the villagers rely on the services of the itinerant sweep, Pete Ray, and his old-fashioned brushes. Pete is always able to find work in the Scottish highlands, until one day when Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the floor of a villager's fireplace, and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney. The entire town of Lochdubh is certain Pete is the culprit, but Hamish doesn't believe that the affable chimney sweep is capable of committing murder. Then Pete's body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens. Once again, it's up to Hamish to discover who's responsible for the dirty deed—and this time, the murderer may be closer than he realizes.

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        December 6, 2010
        Bestseller Beaton offers breezy fun rather than gripping suspense in her 26th mystery featuring her lovable smalltown Scottish detective, Police Sgt. Hamish Macbeth (after 2010's Death of a Valentine). Capt. Henry Davenport and his wife, Milly, have recently moved into a decrepit Georgian mansion on the outskirts of the sleepy village of Drim. A cranky and elusive man, Davenport goes for a walk one day and turns up dead in the chimney of his home that afternoon. While the town chimney sweep appears the likely culprit, no one quite believes that sweet Pete Ray would be capable of such a crime. But when Pete dies in a suspicious motorcycle accident on the moors, Macbeth realizes a killer is after something—or someone—that the fiend will stop at nothing to find. Cozy fans who value amusing characters over intricate plotting will be well satisfied.

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        December 1, 2010

        Murder is the byproduct when newcomers to the village of Drim, Scotland, call for the chimney sweep.

        Captain Henry Davenport and his browbeaten wife Milly have been leading a life of self-imposed isolation until Davenport is found dead in the chimney. Because the sweep is among the missing, his bosses are eager to blame him, even after his body is soon found among objects stolen from the house. But Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth (Death of a Valentine, 2010, etc.) is sure that he's innocent. Further investigation shows that the sweep was framed, presumably by one of the many enemies Davenport made when he was a con man swindling people out of their money. Four former army buddies living in England were among his victims, but they all have alibis for the day of the crime. The four are not above harassing Milly for the money, however, and when she finds it buried in the garden, she keeps it a secret. Every time Hamish follows a clue that might break the alibis, someone else ends up dead. In the meantime, Hamish is dismayed to learn that Davenport had also swindled several local people. Certain that none of them could be guilty, he redoubles his efforts to find the killer with help from several former ladyloves and his ever-helpful pets.

        Apart from the puzzle, Hamish's latest advances the career and love life of the clever, stubborn Scot.

        (COPYRIGHT (2010) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

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