Death of a Chimney Sweep by M. C. Beaton
(Hamish Macbeth Mystery)

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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.

About M. C. Beaton

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M.C. Beaton lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. In addition to the Hamish Macbeth series, she writes the Agatha Raisin mystery series.
Published February 1, 2012 by Robinson Publishing. 224 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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DEATH OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP takes readers to the remote Scottish Highlands, where Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth has spent many a year solving crime in his inimitable fashion, while also finding time to mooch food from various people, poach fish from streams, and assiduously dodge various lovelorn w...

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Although she makes no mention of what other matters might have been occupying Macbeth's time for the duration, her plot unfolds in realistic time frames – months, not days.

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To help him in his pursuit of the murderer, Hamish calls upon his reporter friend Elspeth Grant and Lesley Seaton, the new forensics expert who appears to have her sights set on Hamish.

Mar 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Death of a Chimney Sweep (Ham...

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