When an agonizing toothache drives Constable Hamish Macbeth to the office of the local tooth extractor, Dr. Fredrick Gilchrist, who also has a roving eye for the local ladies, Hamish thinks he has prepared himself for the worst. Little does he know that his expectations will be exceeded when he arrives at Dr. Gilchrist's office. While Hamish had prepared himself to have a tooth pulled, he was not prepared to find the very dead body of Dr. Gilchrist.
As Hamish investigates the murder, it appears that suspects abound, as Dr. Gilchrist was certainly no angel. While investigating the murder, Hamish comes up against a number of other crimes, keeping his hands full. As always, his hands are somewhat tied by the boss we all love to hate, Detective Chief Inspector Blair. Still, Hamish prevails, finding his way through the myriad of twists and turns his investigations takes.
This is the thirteenth book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring lovable Highlander, Hamish Macbeth, the constable for the sleepy village of Lochdubh in northern Scotland. In this book, the quirky village characters beguile the reader, giving the book its cozy feel. The book is laced with sly humor throughout that is engaging, keeping the mood of the book light and highly enjoyable. One does not read these books for their literary value. One reads them purely for the fun of it.
As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery. While the mysteries are intriguing, they are the framework around which the characters evolve. In the endearing character of Hamish Macbeth, the author has created a sure fire winner, who has won over the many fans of the cozy mystery genre.