Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is a very interesting protagonist. The story is set in the Scottish Highlands. Hamish's sought after tranquility is shattered with a series of gruesome murders. He struggles to solve them with little help from his superiors.
Macbeth is a bit of a rapscallion. His attitude toward police work is very pragmatic without the reservations of political correctness that permeates American police work. Breaking the law to catch a criminal is hardly foreign to the stalwart Macbeth. Only one reference is made to his physical presence but apparently he is 6'5" and has bright red hair. This would seem to preclude him doing any covert surveillance.
Macbeth's personality and short comings are the foundation of the book. The mystery and the mayhem seem almost secondary to the character study of Macbeth. His insecurities and very practical approach to life are counterpointed by his tenacity and his concern for his constituents.
The Scottish Highlands seem foreboding and excessive alcohol consumption seems almost reasonable considering the living conditions. Beaton's subtle humor is well utilized.
The mystery and plot were well done and I would like to read more of Beaton's work.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.