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Death of a Policeman (Hamish Macbeth Murder Mystery) [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

M C Beaton
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20. Februar 2014 Hamish Macbeth Murder Mystery (Buch 72)
A pen pusher from Head Office soon finds himself pushing up the daisies...Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure and this presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Hamish does every day. On hearing of Blair's plans Hamish is fully prepared to ensure young Cyril returns back to headquarters with a full report ...but before he can do that, Cyril is found dead and Hamish very quickly becomes the prime suspect for his murder...


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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: Constable & Robinson (20. Februar 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1780331061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780331065
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,8 x 14,2 x 2,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 674.211 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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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 New York Times

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This is M C Beaton's 29th Hamish Macbeth novel. She is also the author of 24 Agatha Raisin mysteries, a quartet of Edwardian murder mysteries and numerous Regency romances, also published by Constable & Robinson. She lives in Paris and a Cotswolds village that is very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Deeply Disappointing 27. Februar 2014
Von Eva
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I’ve read all 29 previous entries in M. C. Beaton’s Hamish Mcbeth series, and I’m sad to say that this will probably be the last. I loved the humor of the early books, and while the series has always had some serious undertones, every book used to have at least a few places that would make me laugh. After reading this book though, I was feeling rather depressed. For me, the series has lost its charm.

It’s not just all the seemingly gratuitous violence (by the end of the book the body count is up in the double digits). There’s also at least one gaping plot hole and the overall plot is rather meandering. We read lots of scenes that add absolutely nothing to the resolution of the plot and have no connection to the original crime. They seem more like ‘fillers’, like the author had to reach a certain word count according to her contract. The writing itself seems rather listless in places – it comes across almost like a list: first this happens and then this and then this and then that and so on …

Hamish himself has lost much of his appeal, too. He always had his problems, but he was basically a man content and happy in his life. In this book, he comes across as deeply unhappy. Maybe even morose. It permeates the whole atmosphere of the book.

It’s still not a bad book, but it’s much less than it could be. If the next book gets really good reviews, I might reconsider my decision. Until then, I’ll save my money.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Und ewig grüßt das Murmeltier... 22. Juli 2014
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Die ersten Bücher, bei denen der unambitionierte Hamish Macbeth im Mittelpunkt steht, fand ich sehr unterhaltsam. Die Marotten und Eigenheiten der einzelnen Charaktere waren amüsant beschrieben. Doch nach ein paar Bänden hörte ich auf, die Reihe weiterzulesen, weil sich Buch für Buch viele Beschreibungen fast wortwörtlich wiederholten.

Umso gespannter war ich auf diesen aktuellen Band, der ungefähr 20 Jahre später geschrieben wurde: Was hatte sich alles in den vergangenen zwei Jahrzehnten im Dorf und im Leben von Hamish geändert?
Zu meinem großen Erstaunen musste ich jedoch feststellen, dass Hamish nach all den vielen Dienstjahren immer noch unglaubliche Anfang Dreißig ist. Auch die kühle, immer perfekt gekleidete und frisierte Priscilla und die weniger auf Äußerlichkeiten bedachte Reporterin Elspeth mit den Zigeuneraugen kommen und gehen nach wie vor in seinem Leben ein und aus. Wie schon in früheren Bänden taucht eine weitere Frau auf, die eventuell ein "love interest" werden könnte, aber nicht wird.

Bis auf einen neuen Constable, einen anderen Hund und eine Katze konnte ich keine nennenswerten Weiter- oder Neuentwicklungen entdecken. Die Hauptcharaktere scheinen stagniert zu sein, z. B.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Oh well 5. Juli 2014
Von Rhys
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I started out loving the crime fictions by Beaton, but by now the repetitiveness and the carelessness of the writing quite frequently annoy me. Words and entire phrases are rehashed again and again, and in this novel, two criminals are bound and gagged and cast out in a freezingly cold shed. They're found after two weeks (!) and lo and behold, one of them is still alive! It's too bad that Beaton undermines her original ideas with such inattention.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Seems to have stayed from cozy and fallen into noir 18. März 2014
Von S. Roddom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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DEATH OF A POLICEMAN has convinced me that M.C. Beaton might just have finally lost her groove with the Hamish Macbeth series. Gone are the quirky almost mystic cosy qualities of Scottish life with a cheeky Hamish, and in its place is something much darker, almost heading into noir territory. Hamish himself may have taken a step away from cheeky and got nearer to nasty and unpleasant. I am really not totally happy with this change. When I read a Hamish Macbeth mystery, I like to chuckle at the antics of Hamish, not want to ring up the police and report him. He breaks and enters, steals evidence, commits acts of vandalisms and then has no qualms about blackmail. Don’t get me wrong, our cheeky police officer has long had a habit of bending the law to suit his own purposes but in DEATH OF A POLICEMAN he seems to have gone beyond cheeky and stepped into a dark angry place. Hamish is downright miserable and mean and I just don’t want to be around him anymore. Normally I love visiting Lochdubh, I always feel as though I am visiting old friends, but the heart seems to have gone out of the long-time villagers – there is no longer any depth to them – it’s just like they are going through the motions of living. The new characters are not much better; they just didn’t come alive for me at all, and some didn’t stay around that long for us to get to know them better anyway. As the blurb tells you a police officer is murdered but in the course of the investigation the body count rises alarmingly, people are killed by shotgun blasts, bashed in heads, covered in petrol and set on fire, left to die of starvation, and blackmailed into suicide. This is not what I expect in my cosy highland mysteries, well not all in the one story anyway! I also need to add that I didn’t understand the reasoning behind some of these murders they just happened almost gratuitously from left field as if M.C. Beaton thought to herself time for another body!

So bring back the nice Hamish who is basically happy, carefree and a little bit naughty, find him a woman and give up on dragging his exes back every book. Then bring back the quirky Scottish village and it’s even quirkier residents. I want to have more mystery and less horrible nasty violence. I want to laugh occasionally while I’m reading Hamish, not end up feeling down in the dumps and depressed. DEATH OF A POLICEMAN is not really a bad book if you like meatier murder mysteries, however, that is NOT what I am looking for when I pick up a Hamish Macbeth book.

Rating: D (2 star) – Average – it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish whatever redeemable aspects there were to this book, they were not fleshed out enough for me to truly enjoy it.

With thanks to Grand Central Publishing and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A Move To the Dark Side 13. März 2014
Von Mr. D. L. Drong - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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My wife and I have enjoyed twenty-nine Hamish Macbeth stories over the last three years. We have delighted in his impish approach to the limits of the law, his bright, happy life in Lochdubh, the idiosyncrasies of the personalities of his village and his wit and cleverness in dealing with his superiors.

We have immersed ourselves to the point that when my wife and I read these stories to each other, we even give voices to the varied characters and indulge in the charms of places and personalities along with the tensions and the mysteries, even to the extent of considering the most suitable inflection of voice for key passages. So you will understand I feel like I can and should address this story with some authority.

Something has gone wrong.

Hamish Macbeth now approaches breaking and entering and warrantless searches with less scruples or principle. He has committed malicious vandalism by anonymously hurling a rock through the window of a business under dark of night. He even has stooped to blatant blackmail of the kind he rails against in the first part of the story when he finds his archbane, Blair doing exactly the same. There is the hint of a heretofore unknown, hidden and alien malevolence in Macbeth that one feels compelled to deny but obliged to admit.

Then there are the bodies. (Spoiler alert.) Constable Cyril Sessions -- shotgun blast. Prostitute Jessie McTavish -- stabbed or shot (I would check, but I have returned the book). Maitre d' Paolo Gonzalez -- bludgeoned. Sleazy businessman Murdo Bentley and his mol, Anna Eskdale -- bound, abandoned and dehydrated. Book agent (name forgotten) -- shot. Book editor (name forgotten) -- gut shot. Reclusive author (name forgotten) -- prison suicide by hanging. Exprostitute but charmingly endearing friend of constable Dick -- suicide by insulin overdose. Shadowy "businesswoman" Beryl Shuttleworth -- immolated. Sweet but busybody mother of Diarmuid, a young man who should have moved out of his mother's home long ago -- shotgun blast.

Many of these deaths did nothing to advance a plot or subplot. The characters could as easily been arrested, taken a different turn in life or simply faded away. But the author chose to go beyond using murders for driving the plot. She (or the one working for her) has chosen to change Hamish Macbeth stories from "cozies" to something like dark "highland noir". It is gratuitous, demeaning to a much loved character and an imposition on the long established expectations of a readership.

And... the dark side of Hamish Macbeth is now what we remember -- and reject.

We will be hesitantly willing to start the next Hamish Macbeth story. We will not, (repeat) not commit to finishing it. That may be the last one we pick up.

Ll.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Death of a policeman 3. März 2014
Von Embarrassment - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Sadly, I won't be ordering any more books by m c Beaton. She cannot be writing them now, and it was physically painful to read the last two. 'Cream in your jeans...' Really... This cannot be her writing because she could make the awful, elegant, and, surprise, surprise to this young generation of editors, but there is a beauty to letting us read between the lines. Less is more. For me it is the end of a delightful era. I hope I meet her when I cross over to the next dimension so that I can tell her how many smiles she brought to my face!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen It's Still Hamish, but... 4. März 2014
Von S. Schwartz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I found that this book was a bit of a disappointment. I have loved Hamish Macbeth for a long time, and enjoyed all the books. I love Hamish and his idyllic life in Lochdubh. I love the recurring characters like Willie Loman and Archie MacDonald. It's like visiting old friends when I read a Hamish Macbeth mystery. But this book, I found, did a lot of jumping around and violent episodes kept on occurring with no lead-up or explanation. It felt like I was on a runaway train at times. But it is still Hamish, and I love his character. The shock and awe that keeps occurring in this book did confuse me somewhat. It certainly didn't seem like good old sleepy Lochdubh with all the violent murders and bad guys running around.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Deeply Disappointing 27. Februar 2014
Von Eva - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I’ve read all 29 previous entries in M. C. Beaton’s Hamish Mcbeth series, and I’m sad to say that this will probably be the last. I loved the humor of the early books, and while the series has always had some serious undertones, every book used to have at least a few places that would make me laugh. After reading this book though, I was feeling rather depressed. For me, the series has lost its charm.

It’s not just all the seemingly gratuitous violence (by the end of the book the body count is up in the double digits). There’s also at least one gaping plot hole and the overall plot is rather meandering. We read lots of scenes that add absolutely nothing to the resolution of the plot and have no connection to the original crime. They seem more like ‘fillers’, like the author had to reach a certain word count according to her contract. The writing itself seems rather listless in places – it comes across almost like a list: first this happens and then this and then this and then that and so on …

Hamish himself has lost much of his appeal, too. He always had his problems, but he was basically a man content and happy in his life. In this book, he comes across as deeply unhappy. Maybe even morose. It permeates the whole atmosphere of the book.

It’s still not a bad book, but it’s much less than it could be. If the next book gets really good reviews, I might reconsider my decision. Until then, I’ll save my money.
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