Thursday, January 15, 2015

Death of a Liar by M. C. Beaton

Hamish Macbeth is back and he's still no good with women.  He needs to take a class on how to act with females.  Especially the ones he's interested in.  Unfortunately, he seems to judge them all by looks.  And he likes to look.

Grand Central Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity read this book for review (thank you).  The book will be published February 3rd, so make a note to grab it then.

When Hamish gets a call to respond to a rape, he grabs his partner and heads out.  When he finds out that she has lied to him, he checks with others in town and discovers that's all she does.  Tell tales about trips and experiences and life events that are untrue.  He's determined not to let her bother him again.

Then she calls late at night and says there's someone pounding on her door, he tells her to stop lying and hang up.  He feels very guilty about that when he finds her behind her house, shot dead.  And it doesn't endear him with his supervisor either.

Hamish always seems to have misfortunes.  He tries to make the most of it.  Often when he muddling through he finds the answer on the way.  I always wonder if he's actually going to make it.

Two new people have moved to the village and when he calls on them, they're rude.  He decides to leave them to themselves.  After a few weeks no one sees them anymore and no one misses them.  Then a young boy comes up to Hamish and tells him there's a foot sticking out of some worked up ground behind the house.  He's sent out to find the missing husband and another detective is brought in to work his case.  He's not happy about that but he does what he's told.

What Hamish unearths is an international drug smuggling ring.  While he's sorting out the players and trying to find connections between the dead, he's also struggling with which woman he likes.  The frosty blonde he was going to marry is out of his life.  The new lady in forensics is pretty and nice.  But when he meets a model pretty chef, he knows she's the one.  He might know it, but she doesn't.

It's another long, hard road for Hamish in this book and his romantic life isn't going anywhere.  He gets a new cop to assist him, though, and I'm anxious to read more about him.  He's another unique character.

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