Death of a Liar

Death of a Liar

by M. C. Beaton

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/08/2019

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New York Times bestselling author M.C. Beaton is back with a new mystery featuring Scotland's most laconic and low-tech policeman. This is the 30th Hamish Macbeth book.

Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is alarmed to receive a report from a woman in the small village of Cronish in the Scottish Highlands. She has been brutally attacked and the criminal is on the loose. But upon further investigation, Hamish discovers that she was lying about the crime.

So when the same woman calls him back about an intruder, he simply marvels at her compulsion to lie. This time, though, she is telling the truth. Her body is found in her home and Hamish must sort through all of her lies to solve the crime.

ISBN:
9781472124661
9781472124661
Category:
Crime & Mystery
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-08-2019
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
272
Dimensions (mm):
196x126x20mm
Weight:
0.2kg

"The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series... a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life."
Good Book Guide

"The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status."
The Times

"It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh."
The New York Times

M. C. Beaton

M.C. Beaton was born in Glasgow, Scotland. She started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department at John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she received an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly rose to become their theatre critic.

She left Smith’s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing experience, but quickly got the job of fashion editor instead. She then moved to the Scottish Daily Express where she reported mostly on crime. This was followed by a move to Fleet Street to the Daily Express where she became chief woman reporter.

After marrying Harry Scott Gibbons and having a son, Charles, Marion moved to the United States where Harry had been offered the position of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian. They subsequently moved to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes. Both then got jobs at Rupert Murdoch’s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New York.

Anxious to spend more time at home with her small son, Marion, supported by her husband, started to write Regency romances. After she had written close to 100, and had gotten fed up with the 1811 to 1820 period, she began to write detective stories under the pseudonym of M. C. Beaton. On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Hamish Macbeth story.

Marion and Harry returned to Britain and bought a croft house in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep. When her son graduated, and both of his parents tired of the long commute to the north of Scotland, they moved to the Cotswolds, where Agatha Raisin was created.

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