Death of a Policeman by M.C. Beaton
I very much enjoy the easy read of a Hamish Macbeth story by M.C.Beaton. Ms Beaton is an inspirational writer. She still produces two books a year: one in her Hamish Macbeth series and another in her Agatha Raisin series. Her books, The Death of a Kingfisher https://bookreviewstoday.info/2014/03/26/the-death-of-a-kingfisher-by-m-c-beaton/ and The Death of a Travelling Man https://bookreviewstoday.info/2013/11/27/the-death-of-a-travelling-man-by-m-c-beaton/ are reviewed on this site.
Death of a Policeman starts differently to any of the other Hamish Macbeth stories I have read in that there is a very bloody murder of a policeman early in the book. Thereafter the novel reverts to a familiar romp through the beautiful Scottish Highlands with Hamish, his friends and enemies until the crime is solved.
The author adds extra tension to the story by introducing the threat that the little police staion in Loch Dubh may be closed and Hamish re-assigned to a bigger town, perhaps even to Inverness. Our hero wants to avoid this at all costs!
I also enjoyed the vignettes where the dog, and cat (a wild cat) are taken for walks or out to play in the countryside. That made me laugh.
All in all, I really did enjoy The Death of a Policeman by M.C.Beaton and I highly recommend it. It would be an excellent book club read.