Death of a Liar by M.C. Beaton
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Description: The 31st book in the Hamish Macbeth series takes us back to the Scottish Highlands and to the small village of Cronish. There we meet the liar. Liz Bentley, is a woman who calls and insists that she was brutally attacked. Hamish makes his way to the village only to find out that not only was she lying about this attack but there have been many other lies. Disgusted he heads home and dismisses the next call he receives from her. Except that one wasn't a lie.
Why I Picked This Book: Something about seeing Beaton's name on a cover makes me buy them even though I don't always love them. This is actually only the 2nd Macbeth I've read but I love my visits to the Scottish highlands.
Pro: Once again Beaton has produced an entertaining and fast paced mystery. The premise is interesting on this. There's a lot going on here - which lie could Liz have told that really angered someone enough to kill her? Is this connected with a double murder that happened around the same time? There are a couple of plot leaps that weren't handled in the most believable way but it didn't really bother me. Also, what is a bap? Hamish falls in love with a baker who apparently makes delicious ones and they spend a good bit of time talking about them. They sound amazing though I don't quite know what they are or where I can find them here! This is a great mystery for a cold grey day when you can stay inside with a cozy blanket and a steaming cup of tea! Not perfect but a non-cutesy cozy in a great setting with interesting characters.
Con: This is actually one of my main problems with Beaton's mysteries in general - we get too much of Hamish's (or Agatha Raisin's in her books) love life. Yes, you may find this new woman attractive but do we have to hear about it regularly? Or have ex-fiance's tumbling into every other page? I'd really much rather just focus on the mystery. I really enjoyed the premise of this one and there was a lot going on connected to the murders so all the personal drama seemed unnecessary.
Overall: If you've read an M.C. Beaton book before you know basically what to expect from this one. If you haven't and are curious this would be a great place to start. Even though this is the 31st in the series this is definitely one you can jump in anywhere.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes! I always enjoy an M.C. Beaton mystery though I do probably prefer Agatha Raisin
Would I Recommend this Book?: I think most mystery readers would enjoy this one!
Challenges Met? Alphabet Soup (D)