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From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series...DEATH OF A LIAR: A Hamish Macbeth MysterySergeant 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.From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series...DEATH OF A LIAR: A Hamish Macbeth MysterySergeant 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....

Title : Death of a Liar
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ISBN : 24427045
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Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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Death of a Liar Reviews

  • Jean
    2019-06-07 01:35

    It's always a pleasure to read the newest Hamish Macbeth book and this is the thirtieth in the series. The plot is not the point. The storyline wanders around until Hamish manages to solve the crime, often through luck or coincidence. The point is to spend time with Hamish, the crazy group of villagers, and Hamish's current infatuation and current live-in coworker. Over the years I've developed an affection for Beaton's Highlands and the characters that populate it.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-06-10 05:01

    This reading experience was a bit...odd. I was expecting a cozy British mystery, but what a got was a British mystery book that was apparently trying very hard to be funny, but failed. At least for me it failed. There were so many weird things happening all the time, two spinster sisters accusing the main character, Hamish Macbeth of being a Casanova every time he was seen with a woman, a woman getting bit by a fox, a woman finding a dead body and then she stumbles and hits her head and dies, etc. But it wasn't funny, in any way. The case in itself could have been more interesting, a woman with mythomania gets killed and it all leads to a religious cult. But it lacked depth in both the characters and the story and Macbeth's women problems get a bit too much attention.This is the first Hamish Macbeth book I read, so perhaps you have to read them from the beginning to appreciate the books and its "humor"...2 starsThank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!Review also posted on And Now for Something Completely Different and It's a Mad Mad World

  • Una Tiers
    2019-06-13 03:38

    Beaton's plot is better in this book than it has been for a while. The plot wanders but twists too. The joy in the story in probably the visit with the regular characters.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-06 00:39

    A "must read" only for die-hard followers of the series. Alas, I no longer find Hamish as congenial as I did early in the series. I don't know which of us has changed, but I doubt we'll be meeting again. Hamish seems to me to have become somewhat bitter and set in his ways, the male version of the archetypal old maid. The best part of the book was the story about the fox, near the end.

  • Kathy
    2019-06-07 01:35

    Author M.C. Beaton is hilarious to follow on Facebook. Give it a try. The same humor is utilized in her Hamish MacBeth and Agatha Raisin books. I love Agatha to pieces and Hamish is also quite a character!The Hamish MacBeth books are always fast paced and Death of a Liar is no exception. Hamish is still the head policeman at the Lochdubh Station in the Sutherland region of Northern Scotland. Beaton describes this region so beautifully as well as realistically with its harsh cold and wind. In winter it is dark there the majority of the time. There are an endless amount of villains in this region and MacBeth has managed to stumble upon most of them!Death of a Liar is an entertaining mystery full of all of the familiar characters like Blair and Daviot as well as MacBeth's endless quest for the perfect female companion.I highly recommend this entire series and definitely Death of a Liar which is out on February 3rd. This can be read as a stand alone as well.

  • Mark
    2019-06-11 05:02

    Hamish MacBeth is back on the case when he rushes to some small vilage-ish where a woman called for his help claiming to have been raped. It turns out that the woman has too large a fantasy and has done so numerous times in the past, she is well known for fibbing. So when the woman calls again and claims that there are intruders in her house Hamish kinda does not believe her. The next morning he feels a bit guilty and does go out there to have a peek and the lady who cried wolf once too often is found murdered in her garden, she was tortured before her death.. This is the beginning of a crime wave of Hamish neck of the woods, new comers in Hamish village turn up to be murdered and tortured and these people turn out to be something different than they pretended to be.WHat has that extremely popular church and its pastor to do with this case, why are there attempts on Hamish life with brute force. And how does Hamish love life develop in this installment? In in what way does Hamish want to get rid of Dick this time?A lot of questions and murder, mayhem and fraudulent activities to untangle while Blair, Hamish adversary, does make a bloody mess of things. And yet when Hamish returns home at the last page he is happy. So the end is alright but in between there is a lot of action, eating and talking. And the highlands prove to be a place of grand gossip.Another very enjoyable outing in Macbeths Highlands, the stories have not yet been boring or written on an automatic pilot. May mrs Beaton long continue to tell the tales of the tall ginger policeman that lacks any ambition and is so unlucky in love.

  • Gerry
    2019-06-26 01:39

    I do so enjoy MC Beaton titles as a rule but this one was not in the same class as the others. The plot was wandering all over the place, so much so I wondered what the main thrust of it was, and Hamish Macbeth was more interested in his love life and the various women that he thought he fancied and his own domestic arrangements at the police house than he was in policing the district. So all in all it was a somewhat disappointing read.The death of the liar is an isolated incident in the early stages of the book as a woman, well known for telling untruths, calls from nearby Cromish village to say that she is being attacked. Hamish goes to investigate but discovers that it is once again one of her little lies. However, some days later she calls again to say that an intruder is in her home. Once more Hamish visits but this time he discovers that she was telling the truth as she is found murdered in her home.This triggers off the other miscellaneous strands to the story but, unfortunately, at the end of it all I was confused as to who did what and why. As this is the 30th Hamish Macbeth story, perhaps the series has possibly run its course, for many more in this vein could well diminish MC Beaton's fantastic reputation.

  • Dagny
    2019-05-31 03:48

    A pleasant read. Everything seems to move along at a leisurely pace in the Highlands with the occasional flurry of crime. Poor Hamish, he can't catch a break where the women in his life are concerned. At least he is beginning to realize that it could be his own fault.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-16 23:39

    M C Beaton enjoys international acclaim with her Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth novels. I have read all of them but, sadly, think she should now wind these series up once and for all. There are several reasons why I have come to this conclusion... Firstly, and most importantly, they try too hard to be funny but no longer make me laugh: Hamish has become an extremely selfish and disagreable cynic with a one track mind, who treats women as mindless, disposable entities. Then it is hardly an exaggeration to say that on every other page we are offered an update on the Highland weather conditions. And lastly, I am not sure whether it is the actual writing or the disgraceful editing which is at fault, but it often reads like a bad primary school reader: most of the sentences do not exceed 5 words, some paragraphs hang in the air like last minute ideas, forgotten, then jammed in between two other paragraphs, without any thought of style or natural flow, just like the very short paragraphs that suddenly contain 3 completely different threads.I found the last Beaton novels scarcely acceptable reading matter. This 31st MacBeth is actually worse, and I have begun to hate Hamish, the main character, who I found so endearing in the early books. It is a sad fact that some series run on far too long. Goodbye Mrs Beaton.

  • Dawn Michelle
    2019-06-13 05:39

    Oh how I love these books - this one kept you guessing and had Hamish all over the place. The narrator is also very good and I enjoyed this one very much!!

  • Correen
    2019-06-09 00:34

    Aargh. I have read so many of Beaton's books that I automatically select the next one. After reading this one, however, I think Beaton has run this series about as far as it can go without a redirection. I suggest she marry off her protagonist and all his fine ladies and the either redirect the series or end it. This book read like Keystone Cops in the Highlands, plied well with alcohol. Beaton adds some new characters in this book, of which at least two or perhaps three appear to be there for more stories. Beaton, aka Marion Chesney has been writing for a long time under her own and several pen names. I have only read her Agatha Raisin and Hamish McBeth series but have enjoyed them very much. They are cozy, humorous, zany and a bit of a spoof on serious mystery writing. She has been cranking out, I think, two or three books a year that have served her, her publisher, and her audio-reader well, and have amused a large reading audience.

  • Kristi | Hidden Staircase |
    2019-06-03 07:38

    M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series is one of my favorites, and her latest book does not disappoint. The charm of these books is not the mystery itself, but Hamish and his relationships; particularly with the people of Lochdubh. Death of a Liar focuses on Hamish and the police force for the most part, with a little Lochdubh sprinkled here and there throughout. As always, Detective Chief Inspector Blair is out to steal the spotlight from Hamish, while Hamish just wants to be left alone to his small village.As a fan of the series, I enjoyed this book. The author brings many old favorites back for guest appearances throughout the story. I think a new reader will like the story, but may wonder why these minor characters pop in and out of chapters so quickly, when they are not necessarily related to the mystery plot. Many, many thanks to the Goodreads first reads program for providing me with this advanced readers copy.

  • Lela
    2019-06-02 06:51

    SPOILERSRecommended for fans of this series.Another charming Hamish McBeth adventure. All the usual characters with a sprinkling here and there of more "slightly" eccentric highland folks who always cause trouble and who Hamish cherishes. Hamish has his usual struggles looking for a woman to marry - even after his two failed engagements. Both women make appearances and, as usual, have ideas that help Hamish solve whatever crime/mystery he is seeking to solve.Two new lovely ladies become thrown into the mix of Hamish's romantic stew. The one he fancies seems quite happy sharing a bakery with his former assistant policeman but Hamish still lusts after the beautiful Polish Baker. The one who fancies him doesn't seem to warm the cockles of his anything. The mystery is a little convoluted with no real surprises. There is also a subtle look at fox hunting/killing. I enjoyed the book because I enjoy the characters but I wouldn't recommend it as the book in this series to be your first.

  • Amanda
    2019-06-21 06:59

    An enjoyable read with an interesting story plot. I always look forward to a new Hamish Macbeth story each year. The character is fun to read, between his constant falling in and just as fast, falling out of love with either Elspeth or Priscilla. It makes you wonder, if or when, Hamish will make up his mind between which one he loves. I'm glad to see, Sonsie and Lugs, Hamish’s pets, playing a bigger role in this story than they have in the last few books. Hamish, and the rest of the cast, is in great form here. Everyone it seems had a great part to play in the story. The mystery was fun and at times gripping. Hope the next story will be as fun as this one was.

  • Jessica
    2019-06-11 07:38

    Goodness knows I love Hamish, and all the murders and craziness that he seems to attract. But for the love of all that's holy, we need to find him a woman! This book frankly addresses the bad luck he's had with the ladies, as Hamish tries his luck one last time with Priscilla, Elspeth, and even a couple of new ladies that meets. Poor Hamish! His ill-fated dates overshadow the string of murders and the drug ring that is causing problems throughout his beat, but honestly, I'm not reading these for the murders! I do wish that Beaton would settle Hamish down and end the series, much as I love these books, because I just think it's time.

  • Ellen
    2019-05-28 00:35

    You would think that this series would get old, but Beaton's Hamish Macbeth doesn't disappoint. A policeman in the Scottish Highlands, Hamish gets mixed up in all kinds of murders and mayhem. A quick read.

  • Hilary
    2019-06-26 00:43

    A light mystery built around local characters (in both senses of the word) and set in the Scottish highlands - about as far north as you can go on the mainland. It's well into an established series, none of which I've previously read, so I expected to flounder a little with characters and subplots, but that wasn't the case: there wasn't enough depth for floundering. Gentle paddling, maybe.I felt a lack of subtlety all through it, and couldn't subdue my internal critic enough to find any enjoyment, just ploughing through because I knew I needed to write this review. (view spoiler)[Hamish knows he should be discreet, but shares details of the investigation with someone he's just met, probably because he's apparently desperate to find a woman. A suspect could be Mexican or even North African, because people with those ancestries look so much alike. People are dying of heart attacks all over the place, and when faced by potential suspects who have very shaky hands his first thought is fear rather than drugs, even though the first murders seem to be due to drug trafficking. There's even both a local seer and a psychic; I know this is the highlands, but honestly...(hide spoiler)] Maybe I would be less sceptical/critical had I already read other books in the series, but from where I am it was all completely overdone.Disclaimer: I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Grey853
    2019-05-29 02:03

    I've been reading this series from the beginning. I used to like it, but the last book wasn't very good and this one is worse. Hamish has become a character I don't recognize. He's nothing like he was in the beginning. Now, he's not even likeable. He treats people horribly and worries more about his love life, or lack of it, than the torture/murders in his village. I don't really understand the evolution of the character. I keep hoping it'll go back to the guy who worked for and cared about the people he policed. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening.

  • Miles
    2019-06-22 04:38

    An entertaining romp in the Scottish Highlands, Hamish Macbeth is back for his 30th adventure in Death of a Liar and he doesn’t appear to have aged at all, the writing and ideas are as fresh today as they were when they began with Death of a Gossip in 1985. Funny, charismatic and a real cad, Macbeth is one of those literary characters you simply devour and can't wait to read his next adventure.As reviously mentioned (above) a woman calls Hamish to report a crime, she’s been raped, but when Hamish investigates he discovers that the woman has a rather lengthy track record of lying. A short time later, a few cross words exchanged, Hamish receives another call that an intruder is in the house and is threatening to kill her. Macbeth being Macbeth puts the phone down and goes back to sleep, certain the woman is lying again. Little does Macbeth know that the woman for once is telling the truth.Macbeth investigates her murder but is convinced that her death is linked to the disappearance of two new villagers in Lochdubh. What follows is an effortless and imaginative narrative, drawing the reader in to the host of characters, all with their own personality but it's Macbeth most readers are interested and it's easy to see why.Hamish is his usual self, one minute he likes Dick's company at the police station, the next he's plotting how to get rid of him. Add to that his fickle attraction and interest to new and past romantic conquests and I'm amazed that poor old Hamish has time to do any police work! Beaton brings the area to life with a wonderful and descriptive prose, a prose that appears to rely on the ever changing weather for inspiration!Another wonderful Hamish Macbeth adventure, simply put .....we want more!

  • Bill
    2019-06-26 01:54

    Here’s your chance to head for the Scottish Highlands and meet an old friend, Hamish Macbeth, and if you don’t know him yet, join him at the pub for a wee sip.Hamish Macbeth, police sergeant at his Highland outpost, investigates a woman claiming she had been brutally raped, only to find she is a well known liar in her village.Then a new couple moves to town, yet unlike other new comers, they are rude and nasty to Hamish and the other townspeople – when they disappear, and when one is found partly buried in the garden, Hamish investigates, and then he gets another phone call from that notorious liar further north, claiming someone is breaking in and about to kill her.Hamish goes back to sleep, only to discover that she has been killed and soon he finds himself deep in a case involving drugs, a scamming preacher with a fake church, a gorgeous Polish woman who bakes the best breakfast rolls, his long time police assistant swept away by the Polish woman, and unlucky again with women.Join Hamish, his adopted wild Scottish cat, his floppy eared, blue-eyed dog and characters you that will have you glad you’re in the Highlands and perhaps making plans to travel and live there yourself!

  • Cindy Rollins
    2019-05-27 01:02

    Ok, I read this because I had read the other 30 books in the series and just like the one before it this one felt like it was just a hack filling in the formula. There is really no reason on Earth for anyone to read these unless they are already reading the series and they happen to walk into the library and the book is displayed in their face making them feel somehow incomplete if they do not read it because they have read the others. I still like Hamish himself and getting a few insights into the character of the highlands but...just but.

  • Susan Kraft
    2019-06-23 01:53

    I love the entire Hamish McBeth series and this one was no different! Hamish is called out to check on a supposed attack of a woman in a small village in the Scottish Highlands, but when he arrives he discovers it was a lie. When she later calls in another report he ignores her and tragedy occurs. Wonderful story, great characters, absolutely in love with the village copper with the flaming red hair!

  • Kay
    2019-05-28 02:54

    One of the most fun of the Hamish Macbeth series, this one features both of Hamish's ex-fiancées and some other girlfriends besides, none of whom makes much progress but it is cheering to see the coffees and dinners and a bit of yearning. This one also has a couple of slapstick scenes that are delightful, if, like slapstick must, overdone. Wonderful rollicking read! What happiness to hang out with Hamish for a while--this is one of the best of them!

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-30 07:34

    Hamish, the villages and people of the Scottish Highlands, and the machinations of the police force remain as amusing and charming as ever, even if the mysteries continue to feel like a last minute addition to the story. Fans of Hamish and his series will enjoy.

  • Tasula
    2019-06-16 03:53

    Another comfortable Hamish Macbeth mystery, where Hamish finds the murderer but is still unlucky in love. The author trots out Hamish' old girlfriends and some new attractive faces, but Hamish continues to sleep alone.

  • Harvee
    2019-06-25 23:35

    Another enjoyable read about the amusing and endearing Macbeth, the Highlands copper who solves more crimes and maneuvers to avoid a career promotion so he can remain in his beloved village.

  • Meredith
    2019-06-18 06:48

    These are getting worse and worse. Hamish is not an appealing character any more; I'm tired of people becoming engaged after two days ... this is not a Regency romance series!; I have no idea what the fox incident had to do with anything; the editing is sloppy (two same explanations for the Mrs. Daviot photo) and I can't keep track of half the random characters. BUT I WILL STILL DOWNLOAD THE NEXT ONE BECAUSE I CAN'T HELP IT.Also, shouldn't Hamish be like 50 now, not 33?

  • Susan Webb
    2019-06-23 07:54

    I love Hamish Macbeth

  • Sheila
    2019-06-18 02:45

    A woman that makes up stories is murdered.

  • Erin L
    2019-06-04 02:48

    3.5 really. Good read.