Death of A Chimney Sweep

Death of A Chimney Sweep

Book - 2011
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In the south of Scotland, residents get their chimneys vacuum-cleaned. But in the isolated villages in the very north of Scotland, the villagers rely on the services of the itinerant sweep, Pete Ray, and his old-fashioned brushes. Pete is always able to find work in the Scottish highlands, until one day when Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the floor of a villager's fireplace, and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney. The entire town of Lochdubh is certain Pete is the culprit, but Hamish doesn't believe that the affable chimney sweep is capable of committing murder. Then Pete's body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens. Once again, it's up to Hamish to discover who's responsible for the dirty deed--and this time, the murderer may be closer than he realizes.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780446547390
Branch Call Number: M BEA
Characteristics: 247 p. ;,22 cm

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readbooks_dk_4ever
Nov 14, 2017

It was fine for a lightweight murder mystery. Enjoyed learning new Scottish terms.

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pheasant44
Jul 29, 2016

just started reading this author and I will read the entire series! great read

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Preeceville56
Oct 17, 2014

Good quick read.

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chromybaby33
May 31, 2014

I enjoy MC Beaton's writing a lot. It is light and fun. I do wish she would develop Sonsie and Luggs beyond foisting them off on others or letting them out to run at random doing who knows what to the local wildlife on the beach or in the heather. I especially enjoyed this installment as it lets the reader travel a bit with the characters.

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DL7173
Jun 07, 2011

Well - despite one critical review - I enjoyed her as usual!

bookfanatic1979 Mar 30, 2011

For the first time, I think Beaton has missed her mark. The storyline was awkward, the characters less-than-loveable, and there was a distinctly unsatisfying resolution at the end. Beaton has been such a reliably wonderful author; I hope this isn't the beginning of a downward spiral.

debwalker Jan 26, 2011

The Scottish Highlands that Beaton depicts with such skill are beautiful and sinister, a fitting backdrop to her Hamish Macbeth series and especially to this one, her 26th craggy-cozy. The mystery centers in the tiny Highlands village of Drim, “a huddle of white-washed cottages” on the banks of a sea loch, where mountains rise up at water’s edge. There, the body of the posh new owner of a long-abandoned estate is found, stuffed up the chimney. The chimney sweep himself, who was to have been cleaning the estate chimney, is found dead on the motorway, an apparent accident victim, a few hours later....

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