Death of A Liar

Death of A Liar

Book - 2015
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"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"--
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, [2015].
Copyright Date: ©2015.
Characteristics: 261 pages ;,22 cm.


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Oct 16, 2019

Cozy mystery. Protagonist Sergeant Hamish MacBeth. Scottish Highlands. Multiple murders in multiple jurisdictions makes it hard to solve the crimes. Dissension and backstabbing in the office adds a dimension.

Sep 09, 2019

I read one book and was charmed but then ordered more only to learn that Hamish is basically the Archie to his Betty and Veronica so he bounces between these two women with the occasional "I should marry her..." with a different women once in a while. He whinges about anyone who comes to work with him and then whinges when they go away. His superiors are all disinterested in anything that doesn't bring them unearned glory which suits himself as it's oft mentioned he's lazy though no evidence of actual laziness ever appears. It should be noted that Scotland must have the most unethical and casually criminal police force in current time as himself had no problem with his underling tossing a body off a cliff in one volume because it saved on paperwork and that's only one incidence through the series. Any and all females from away who attracts his attention have the magical power to put weight on their thighs and/or waist by looking at a sweet.

It would be a good series except for the repetitiveness of things like the weight gain, the endless whinging, the drunken superiors who seriously lack ethics but suffer no consequences for it and the ongoing, no progress EVER made on Hamish's relationships of any kind so it's a constant regurgitation of who doesn't like him, who hates him, who doesn't respect him, who exploits him and, of course, his two constant sometimes almost romantic relationships with the Scottish answer to Betty and Veronica though he can begrudge his 'friends' a solid relationship for books on end.

He's above average in intelligence though emotionally immature but the mysteries are quite enjoyable if you can get past his Peter Pan thoughts about anything personally involved with himself.

Feb 02, 2019

well, she's not a liar, more a fibber, and a confabulator--i'm sure, just like many of the sisters/mothers we all love to love, and be loved by. . . ( sounds like a david bowie song).

Sep 17, 2017

Hamish continues to walk the fine line between being clever and insightful but appearing dull witted enough to avoid promotion and the closure of his beloved comfortable Lochdubh police station and the lifestyle he enjoys.

Dec 15, 2016

(Book 30 in the Hamish Macbeth series)

Jan 01, 2016

Death of a Liar --- by --- M. C. Beaton
Hamish Macbeth, police constable in the far north of Scotland is one again called upon to solve not just one murder but this time, three of them. And as always, he’s up to the job. In the meantime there’s the usual inter-police department rivalry and skullduggery; there’s a love interest; and plenty of false leads to keep the reader quite occupied trying to outguess Hamish and figure out the clues. The weather in this rugged part of Scotland is given a lead role: storms, sleet, snow, and more storms. Makes one sometimes wonder that Hamish might get blown clear all the way to Norway. A good book to read.

May 30, 2015

I have given this 5 stars not because M C Beaton will ever win the Man Booker prize, but because the author has excelled herself at what she does. The main character, Hamish, is very likable and you feel as if he is an old friend. The story abounds with quiet, subtle humour that makes me laugh out loud. I am reading it slowly so as to relish every bit of it.

Apr 01, 2015

Loved the book, and needless to say, enjoyed it. I found that planned spring cleaning had to be put on hold so I could finish it because I was getting into it so much. I don't know how Miss Beaton does it. After 20 something Hamish books, she still can capture my attention and still spins a good yarn. I just wish Blair would go away, and I used to like Daviot, but now, he's turning into someone unsavory, but still prefer him to Blair. Oh, well, can't have everything we want. I can't wait for the next book. As much as I love Agatha Raisin, I think I love Hamish just a tad bit better. One complaint, and I realize she has to use it because some readers don't read her books chronologically, but wish Miss Beaton would stop with talking about how Hamish used to be engaged to Priscilla and Elspeth and how the Tomel Castle was his idea but the odious Colonel Halburton-Smyth keeps saying its his idea. Other than little things like that, I hope she keeps bringing out the Hamish and Agatha books.

MedinaReads Mar 02, 2015

Sergeant Hamish MacBeth received a report that a woman, Liz Bentley, had been attacked. When he went to investigate he found out that she lied. As a matter of fact , she's a habitual liar. He soon forgets about her. When a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Leigh, are found murdered, Hamish gets caught up in the investigation. Suddenly he gets a call from Liz Bentley again. This time she is claiming that someone is trying to kill her. He ignores her and tells her to get help for her lying. But then her body is found. He begins to wonder if her murder is connected to the murder of the Leighs when he discovers she was tortured like they were. But who are the Leighs? Is that really even their name? And who really is Liz Bentley and what is her connection to the Leighs? follow along with Hamish as he tries to untangle the whole mess and as he finally discovers what's really going on.
Recommended by C.L., Seville Library, MCDL

Feb 13, 2015

I do love a Hamish Macbeth. Perhaps not one of the better ones, but still such a pleasure. Hamish remains his brave, sometimes bumbling, but honourable self, and the other characters, though written small, are sharp and true.

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