Death of a macho man by M. C. Beaton

Very short synopsis:

Unpleasant guy gets killed, but is he really who he says he is? Hamish investigates independently once more.

Cover Death of a Macho Man by M. C. Beaton

I read it in: English

I liked it:    no

For people who like: cozy mysteries, the Scottish Highlands, who are hardcore Hamish fans


This is definitely the weakest of all Hamish Macbeth books so far. No reader can possibly be interested in finding out who killed the victim. Not because he is an unpleasant lout (most victims are), but because we don’t really get to know him. Then the little that we do know turns out to be a complete lie, the victim has taken on a false identity, so in the end it seems like we never knew the victim at all.

The solution to the problem is so disconnected to the story that it is impossible to guess why the victim was killed, so reading the mystery was no fun at all. Just like a Deus ex machina the solution is there. Yes, we have met the murderer before (so it was not as bad as it could have been, I guess), but still the end was extremely unsatisfying.

Not to speak of the “Gentleman Jim” gangster character appearing! How trite can you get? Gentleman Jim! I was surprised that Gentleman Jim didn’t wear spats!

This felt like a book that needed to be cranked out at an even quicker pace than usual and the story was made up as the author went along.

And just really quick on the “relationship” between our hero and the Belle of the village…

It is obvious why Hamish and Priscilla had to split up and can never be a couple. More than once Priscilla used her social position to get Hamish out of trouble, either by just being who she is and at the same time being a friend of Hamish’s (obviously being friends with the rich and noble is enough for Hamish to be above suspicion or reproach) or by using her status deliberately to pull strings with Hamish’s superior’s wife. That woman’s social aspirations would all fall to pieces if Priscilla wasn’t friends with her anymore, so she does everything (including dissuading her husband from firing Hamish) to stay on Priscilla’s good side. What sort of light this throws on her husband I don’t even want to think about.

If Priscilla was married to Hamish, she would be reduced to being a constable’s wife, living in a cottage, and where would that leave her social influence? No superintendent’s wife would beg for an invitation to a Bobby’s cottage! So for Hamish’s sake he and Priscilla need to stay apart under any circumstances.

Product info and buy link :

Title Death of a macho man
Author M. C. Beaton
Publisher Robinson Publishing
ISBN 9781845299071
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