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Death of Yesterday (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries) Hardcover – March 26, 2013

4.2 out of 5 stars 221 customer reviews
Book 29 of 33 in the Hamish Macbeth Series

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In the twenty-eighth installment of this series, murder once again disrupts Scottish Highlands Sergeant Hamish Macbeth’s quiet routine of loch gazing and tending to his massive dog and wild cat. In the best tradition of the cozy, whoever is either new to the village or is the least popular resident (Macbeth patrols two villages—Cnothan and Lochdubh—along with great swatches of countryside) is always the next to go. The first victim here is a completely graceless, acerbic young woman, an art student working at a Highlands clothes factory during the summer, who seeks out Macbeth to report that she was raped the previous night. Macbeth follows up on the charge, finding intriguingly confusing bits of information about her. Three weeks later, her body is found in a dumpster outside the factory. And, as the number of murder victims rises, Macbeth does what he does best: ignore the bureaucratic grumblings of his superiors in the ugly big city of Strathbane, follow his instincts, and demonstrate the fine art of interviewing. Completely satisfying. --Connie Fletcher

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"Delightful...Cozy fans are in for a treat."―Publishers Weekly

"This red-headed police sergeant living in the small village of Lochdubh, Scotland is such a hoot and a howl that you never want to see this character come to an end...There's never a dull moment in the life of Hamish Macbeth and, thankfully, this author keeps churning out books so Hamish's fans can sit back and enjoy the fun. A+!"―New England News --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hamish Macbeth Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Apparent First Edition edition (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455504769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455504763
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
They say that "all good things must eventually come to and end," and I am extremely sad to tell you that this particular series has probably hit that point. This is (as far as I know) number 29 in my beloved Hamish Macbeth Mysteries. These books have been around since the mid 1980s when I first started reading them and I can assure you I have read them all...several of which I have read multiple times. Hamish, the local constable in a small Scottish village, has become almost a friend in my mind and I have to tell you I miss him. He certainly was not present in this cozy mystery nor was he present in the novel which preceded this one, "Death of A Kingfisher."It breaks my heart to write a review such as this.

This current novel, "Death of Yesterday," (Where on earth did the author come up with this title?), I had high hopes for feeling that the previous novel may have been just a fluke. I was wrong. While this one is not as wretched as Kingfisher, it most certainly is a mess and comes pretty close.

Being extremely familiar with all the books in this series I can assure you that this current offering is merely a cut and paste job, a very thin shadow of what was one of my top five cozy mystery series. The author has used the same ploys, plot twists, and indeed, almost the same sentences and paragraphs from previous novels. I could read one line, any line, of this current book and pretty well know almost to the word what was coming next...arrrrgh! The entire story seemed to be hurried and the author threw in so many unnecessary and superficial characters that it became quite difficult to follow the story.

And the body count...oh, my! When I read a cozy I normally expect one, sometimes two, very mild murders. Hey that is part of the genre.
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I was very disappointed in this book. In my opinion, it had the feel of being a combination of excerpts that were deleted from other books. I actually could not wait until the book was completely read through, just to get it over with. I am a big fan of the previous books in this series. Please judge for yourself.
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I have read all the Hamish MacBeth books and either lover or liked them very much! However, this one bored me so much that I think I will never buy any more of them. Every twist in the plots that this book had came from a previous one! I'd read this part and it would be a rehash of Death of a Maid! Read on and remember that the next twist came from Death of a Kingfisher! Etc... Then comes the part where the evil doer escapes over and over and over again! Seemed like if you put her in a lead coffin, welding the lid on, dumped that into a ten foot deap pool of cement, dropped that into a volcano on another planet she would be back in your parlor in about twenty minutes. And the once again rehash of Hamish getting engaged to Elspeth, only to have Priscilla entering the scene to mess things up is the last time I could read it! In fact I threw the book into the give away pile without finishing it when that happened! Beaton may have run out of new ideas, or she may have just typed this out without thinking to earn money! But because of whichever reason she has inadvertantly retitled this book "Death of Hamish MacBeth!".
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I have been a huge fan of M.C. Beaton--particularly the Hamish Macbeth series--for so long that I get very excited every time I see a new book in the series. So excited, in fact, that I seem to forget all of the problems the books have had over the years, especially recently.

When I first started reading them, I was charmed by the backwards village of Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands, a place that seemed untouched by modernity and was, as a result, at least twenty years behind the values of modern society. Villagers all knew each other and worried more about raising sheep and catching fish than, say, keeping up with the stock market or latest celebrity gossip. Of course, people would also gloss over drunk driving and spousal abuse as "private matters" and would be shocked by outsiders with their flashy clothes and promiscuous ways. Independent women, artists, homosexuals and anyone with a non-Scottish accent were criticized harshly. Still, I stuck with the books because I understood why the village would be twenty years or so behind the times. They were isolated in the Highlands and slow to change.

But now the series itself is nearly thirty years old (the first book was published in 1985, I believe) and not much has changed. It's hard to keep thinking of the villagers' small-mindedness as "charming" when they are now closer to fifty years behind the times.

And it's not just the cultural values that are hopelessly (and implausibly) stagnant. It's also Hamish himself. He still, after nearly three decades, pines for the beautiful Priscilla, his one-time fiancée (they were engaged for, I would say, less than an hour but it was evidently enough to make him moan about it for the rest of his natural life).
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I think I am suffering from Hamish Burn Out. How can he be so smart with everyone except women and so perceptive in every relationship except his own. I am beginning to suspect he deserves to be alone.
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