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Death of a Liar by M. C. Beaton

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By page 24, we have three dead bodies, one of which appears to be a compulsive liar. She cried rape on the phone to the police and wasn’t, so when she cried ‘intruder’ no one believed her. If they had she might still be alive. Alongside her tale run the conversion of the local school house and the arrival of two Londoners, very unpleasant characters. This is a Sergeant Hamish Macbeth Scottish mystery full of black humour and rural observations. Those familiar with the series know what to expect. Those new to the series can start anywhere and love them all. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The remote Highland town of Lochdubh has seen its fair share of baffling crimes over the years, and Hamish Macbeth’s tricky new case is no exception. It is a cautionary tale about crying wolf and, judging by appearances, laid-back local policeman Hamish is horrified when a woman from a nearby village reports a brutal assault – until evidence suggests she is lying about the attack. The next time she calls to report a break-in at her house, his impulse is to write her off as a compulsive liar, until shortly afterwards, her body is found. Hamish must pick through the victim’s catalogue of lies to find the killer, aided and hampered by an eccentric collection of local characters, distracted by his own unlucky romantic life, with his arch enemy Chief Inspector Blair always ready to throw a spanner in the works, in this humorous – and grisly – addition to M C Beaton’s much-loved series.
~ Susie Cogan


Death of a Liar by M. C. Beaton

Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is alarmed to receive a report from a woman in the small village of Cronish in the Scottish Highlands. She has been brutally attacked and the criminal is on the loose. But upon further investigation, Hamish discovers that she was lying about the crime. So when the same woman calls him back about an intruder, he simply marvels at her compulsion to lie. This time, though, she is telling the truth. Her body is found in her home and Hamish must sort through all of her lies to solve the crime. Praise for Death of a Valentine: 'A fun new read.' Woman's World 'An inventive, constantly surprising plot...explosive and engaging.' Booklist Praise for Death of a Witch: 'Full of the author's trademark zest and wit...Beaton fans will be delighted.' Publishers Weekly 'A sound mystery featuring a generous portion of Hamish's complicated relationships and the usual delightful Highland descriptions.' Kirkus


'The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life.' Good Book Guide

'The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.' -- Anne Robinson, The Times

'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh.' The New York Times

About the Author

M. C. Beaton

M. C. Beaton is the renowned bestselling author of the Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series. She has written many detective and romance novels alongside having an illustrious career on Fleet Street. Already a household name and, according to Anne Robinson, a ‘national treasure’, she is ranked among John Grisham and Maeve Binchy as a heavyweight of the publishing world. She divides her time between Paris and a village in the Cotswolds that is very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely.

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4th February 2016


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Constable an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


272 pages


Crime / Mystery
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