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  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (March 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446608289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446608282
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 11.1 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 18 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the fifteenth book in a most enjoyable series of cozy mysteries. Featuring lovable Highlander, Hamish Macbeth, a constable in the remote village of Lochdubh in Scotland, it is a series to which its fans are devoted. With its engaging depiction of village life with all the quirky and wonderful characters who live their, it is certainly a series well worth reading if one is a fan of the cozy mystery genre.

In this book, however, the author decides to transform Hamish into an undercover drug dealer. What could be more laughable? It just does not fit with the portrait of Hamish Macbeth that has already been so skillfully painted by the author. Consequently, this ill conceived idea does not ring true, and the book falls flat.

To make matters worse, the local villagers are not an integral part of this book, losing yet another element that propels this series into readers' hearts. To further add insult to injury, the murder of a local drug addict takes a back seat to the hoopla of Hamish portraying a drug dealer and is almost forgotten, until the thread of his murder is picked up again late in the book as an afterthought.

While this book was certainly a disappointment, fans that are addicted to this series will read it anyway and derive a modicum of enjoyment from it. One can only hope that the author will get back on track with the next book in the series.
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Life looks simple enough as the book opens. Lochdubh's finest, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth, checks out a former heroin addict, Tommy Jarret, and is quickly convinced the young man has kicked the habit and wants to stay clean. Imagine Hamish's shock when Jarret dies of a heroin overdose soon thereafter. Detective Chief Inspector Blair and Detective Jimmy Anderson of Strathbane are quickly convinced it's an accidental overdose and the case is closed. Hamish isn't convinced. Jarret had been writing a book about his drug-using days and all but the first chapter has disappeared. Also, Jarret also had a sedative in his bloodstream. Jarret's parents are also skeptical and persuade Hamish to keep an investigation going.

Hamish takes his vacation so he can investigate on the quiet. His searches begin with a sex-obsessed church that seems to be a cover for something else. Confronting Jarret's former roommates, Hamish decides on the spot to pretend to be a drug dealer who wants to buy a big quantity of heroin. Hamish calls for help, and soon a large police operation is mounted with the inexperienced and uncomfortable Hamish at the middle.

To make matters complicated, the operation is headed by the very attractive Detective Chief Inspector Olivia Chater of Glasgow who will play the role of Hamish's "wife." DI Chater wants no messing around and she plans to wear the pants. The role playing develops into all kinds of giggling situations as they find themselves sharing bedrooms, beds, and needing to put on a good show for the drug dealers' minions who trail them.

Naturally, Hamish cannot control his need to wander around and soon gets himself into an embarrassing situation in Amsterdam.
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This is the second Hamish McBeth book I have read, and it is a disappointment. It lacks the folksy charm of the first. The plotting is weak, and the situations absurd. I suppost if you want a simple, easy weekend read this would do. If I had a cottage, that is where I would put this lightweight piece of nonesense.
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I loved this story. I look forward to each new addition to this wonderful series and this one did not disappoint! In it we see Hamish at his most exasperating and endearing best. When a young recovered(?) drug addict is found dead in his rented chalet, Hamish feels that something doesn't add up. Although Strathbane writes it off as another dead junkie, Hamish thinks the young fellow was murdered. While trying to pursue this theory on his own, he is thrown into the drug buying and selling scene in Scotland. One thing leads to another and it turns out that Hamish is put undercover with a rather fetching Detective Inspector to expose a big drug ring in Strathbane. Hamish finds himself in hot water, and is exposed to all manner of nefarious people, but you can bet he triumphs in the end. He also determines just what happened to young Tommy Jarret. Lots of fun.
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This is the fifteenth in a series of wonderful mysteries featuring the detective work of small town, Highland Scottish detective Hamish Macbeth, P.C. In this book, when an ex-heroin addict is found dead of an overdose, the Strathbane police chalk it up as the well-deserved death of another junky. However, something tells Hamish that this death was no accident. When he goes to Strathbane to infiltrate the local drug scene, he quickly finds himself swimming in deeper waters then he could ever have expected. Teamed up with a non-nonsense woman Detective Inspector, Hamish faces one of the deadliest of drug lords, and keeping himself alive might prove hard work indeed!
This is another great M.C. Beaton (pseudonym of Marion Chesney) book! I love the setting and characters of these books, especially Hamish Macbeth himself. The author does an excellent job of swinging the story between lighthearted humor and deadly action. Indeed, this may be one of the most intense Hamish Macbeth books I have read.
Yep, this is another great Hamish Macbeth mystery, one that would make an excellent addition to your library!
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