When blustery, braggart Randy Duggan takes a holiday cottage in Lochdubh, little does he know his days are numbered. In the short time before this macho man meets his maker, he manages to get the locals, men and women, all riled up. He even challenges the local constable, Hamish Macbeth, to a fight. Waiting patiently for his opponent at the appointed time, little does Hamish know that the macho man will not be making any more appointments.
Unfortunately, Detective Chief Inspector Blair is determined to wreck Hamish Macbeth's career and manages to get him off the investigation. Still, Hamish will not be silenced, working behind the scene to discover just who hated the macho man enough to murder him in cold blood.
This is the twelfth 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, village life takes center stage and the village characters beguile the reader, giving the book that cozy feel. Moreover, readers will enjoy the dynamics between Hamish and is ex-fiancée, Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, as they try to achieve a détente and resolve their relationship. The book is laced with sly humor throughout that is engaging, keeping the mood of the book light and highly enjoyable.
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.