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Posted on August 16, 2017 at 10:32 AM by Lindsey Kult
I’m (Lindsey) getting married today and headed to Scotland tomorrow! So I had to choose whether to write a Series Saturday on a romantic series or a mystery series that takes place in Scotland… I chose Scotland! To be fair, the Scottish mystery series that I chose is also by one of my favorite mystery authors – M.C. Beaton. This series is closer to cozy mystery than say Sue Grafton, but there is the occasional curse word. The reader follows village constable Hamish MacBeth, as he attempts to stay under the higher ups’ radar and avoid promotion. Unfortunately for Hamish, he just keeps finding murderers!
Location in Howard Miller:
Mystery, MYS BEATON
Meet the Characters:
Hamish MacBeth is an underachieving village constable who is content with his life in Lochdubh (Lock-due), a tiny village in the Highlands. Like many Beaton characters, he is deeply flawed character that you cannot help but like. He is lazy, (sometimes) freeloader, stubborn, caring, intelligent, and a romantic all in one stereotypically Scottish package. He is motivated by three things: 1. His love for Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. 2. His devotion to providing for his parents. He is willing to illegally poach on Priscilla’s father’s land to send them extra food and money. 3. Driving Chief Inspector Blair crazy. Whether the other villagers are fond of Hamish seems to vary. Some find him fair and easy to work around, while others see him as a waste of space. Hamish does not care about their opinions, however. He has the all the company he needs in his dog Towser and his friendship with Priscilla.
Priscilla Halburton-Smythe is a beautiful young blonde. Her family owns the castle in Lochdubh and do not share her affection for Hamish. She is adventurous and clever, but is often conflicted with her future role in higher society and the fun she experiences with Hamish.
Chief Inspector Blair is a jerk. He’s rude, hates Hamish, and mocks Highland villages. He is constantly trying to make a name for himself by undermining anyone who gets in his way. One of the reasons he detests Hamish so much is his inability to solve cases.
Jimmy Anderson is one of Blair’s men. He realizes he is never going to be promoted while working with Blair - so he acts as Hamish’s unassuming inside man. As long as Hamish provides the whiskey, Anderson prefers his company.
Number in the Series:
32! There are a lot of books in this series! It is why I did not make my own book cover collage for this series. We do not own all of these books so here is the link to place the first few on hold. To be honest, these books don’t need to be read in order. It can be fun, but the plots are rarely connected.
This is a fun, light series that transports you to Scotland. It’s a good series to listen to on CD so you can get the full accent. Unlike other protagonists, Hamish is flawed and definitely not perfect – but you like him anyway! The supporting cast is fun and you’ll be drawn into their antics. Like I said earlier, there is some language but nothing scandalous. We hope you enjoy these Highland mysteries!