Monday, February 28, 2011

DEATH OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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DEATH OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP
BY M. C. BEATON

ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.

About Author

M.C. Beaton lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. In addition to the Hamish Macbeth series, she writes the Agatha Raisin mystery series.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
M.C. Beaton is the author of 12 mysteries first published by Ivy, and now Bantam Books, featuring Hamish Macbeth (the local bobby in the sleepy Scottish Highland village of Lochdubh) and his eccentric neighbors. Macbeth is a quiet, artfully lazy man who often wonders why no one else "understands the happiness and contentment of the truly unambitious man." Hamish's peaceful life is disrupted throughout the series, however, as he is faced with murders in his orderly town. The victim is almost always some meddlesome outsider who seems to have invited his or her own demise. Macbeth solves the murders in his easygoing Highland style.

Beaton's Hamish Macbeth is now featured in a television series in England. It has been written and produced by the same people who produced Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse. The title character is played by Robert Carlyle, who has played in the the feature films Trainspotting, Priest and Riff Raff.
   
Beaton also writes a mystery series featuring retired London public-relations executive Agatha Raisin. In the first book, AGATHA RAISIN AND THE QUICHE OF DEATH, Agatha has sold her public-relations firm and retired to the picturesque Cotswold village of Carsely. Blunt and pushy, Agatha makes a mess out of her first aggressive attempts to fit into village life. Determined to gain acceptance among the villagers, the undomestic Agatha cheats in the local bake-off by entering a store-bought quiche. Her secret is revealed when the judge dies -- poisoned by her quiche. Agatha hopes to save face by finding his murderer -- and thus becomes the local village sleuth. Her adventures continue in AGATHA RAISIN AND THE VICIOUS VET.

M.C. Beaton also writes under the name of the regency romance author, Marion Chesney. She lives in a Cotswold village
with her husband.

MY REVIEW:
M. C. Beaton brings her multitude of fans to Loch Dubh, back to the Highlands of Scotland in her latest Hamish Macbeth Mystery, DEATH OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP.  Ah, but for those who don’t know Beaton’s clever, cozy type mysteries, don’t start singing “Chim chim-in-ey” and looking for Mary Poppins just yet. DEATH OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP is about a closed case, according to local authorities, that Police Constable Hamish Macbeth decides needs to be reopened.

Hamish Macbeth thinks that solving the murder of con artist/retired Army Captain, Henry Davenport, was just too easily solved. Henry Davenport had too many enemies and Macbeth thinks the wrong suspect was given credit for the horrible murder.

Davenport was found stuffed in his chimney, and chimney sweep Pete Ray was the last person seen working around the house, according to authorities so naturally, Ray, the local chimney sweep, is accused. Case closed…until as Macbeth points out, Ray was found dead soon after of a supposed motorbike accident. Followed by more murders, and a close call even for Hamish making a serial killer on his radar for sure, the typical Beaton mystery winds round for the reader. Leaving clues to make you think one thing and then another, DEATH OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP keeps your attention as one tries to figure out the “who done it”. Showing just how greed can make some people do anything, this is Beaton at her best. 


GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO BRIANNE AND THE GOOD FOLKS AT
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, I HAVE 3 COPIES
OF DEATH OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP TO GIVE AWAY
 
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118 comments:

PoCoKat said...

Huge fan of this series and MC Beaton books so would love to win.

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M.C. Beaton is actually Marion Chesney who is known primarily for the more than 100 historical romance novels she has published under her own name

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Karen B said...

Another series I haven't read but have on TBR list.
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After she had written over 100 Regency romances and "getting fed up with 1811 to 1820," she began writing detectives stories.
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This is one of my favorite series. I would love to see how hamish solves the crimes.
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I learned that a course at a fishing school, inspired her to write hamish macbeth.
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Book Bird Dog said...

I love that Beaton's has written 12 Macbeth books in the series.

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I also enjoy Beaton's Agatha Raisin series and am amazed she has time to also write another series, under a different name, which I have not read as yet.

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Steve Capell said...

I have read a number of reviews of this book and they are all positive and being that this is a genre that I love to read I am hooked! Now I wonder how Hamish solves the crimes.

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Haven't read this author but love a good mystery series and have read good reviews on this.

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Love that though she knew no typing or shorthand that she rose to the level of fashion editor and then to the crime beat. Awesome!

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Jolee said...

Good ole' Hamish...thinking the case was too easily solved and therefore, it must be wrong. Kind of typical. Love this series. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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This series is great and this new one would be enjoyable. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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I want to find out how Hamish solves this mystery!

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mamabunny13 said...

Inside of a chimney is such a strange place to find a dead body. That's what made me want to read this book.
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Carol N Wong said...

Somehow I missed this series in my favorite genre! Love that there are quirky characters and that it is set in Scotland. Want to read this book!!!

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Sandra K321 said...

I haven't read a good mystery lately so I would especially enjoy this one that takes place in Scotland.
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Anonymous said...

I like the fact that this was a closed case that Hamish wants to re-open. I can't remember that happening in other books with Hamish and I think I've read them all.

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I like that the author admits that she is a lousy housekeeper ---s so am I so I guess we have that in common..

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Cindy W. said...

I am just a huge fan of mysteries and good cover art draws me in. Love the cover of Death of a Chimney Sweep! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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holdenj said...

I have enjoyed Agatha Raisin over the years--I'm sure Hamish would become well-loved as well.
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Enamored Soul said...

I have heard SO much about MC Beaton, and seeing as I love the "Mystery/Thriller" genre, and love detective novels - I'd love to win this.

What I especially like about the synopsis is that this is a re-opened case. Reading about that made me think of "The Innocent Man" by John Grisham, which happens to be one of the books I absolutely love!

Thanks for hosting this giveaway! :D

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Enamored Soul said...

Oh, I visited the "Agatha Raisin" website - and me, oh my! There are way too many interesting things about author MC Beaton to choose merely one interesting thing!

1) I love how she wrote under so many Pseudonyms - although I'd love to ask her why it was that she chose to write under so many different names, and not her own.

2) I also, especially, love how after having lost their jobs, her husband and she worked at a greasy spoon as a waitress and dishwasher. It is heart-warming, and especially relatable, that this author found no job beneath her -- makes you respect her not just as an author, but also as a person!

3) "In a nutshell my philosophy is...Stop projecting. Tomorrow's a mystery. This is not a rehearsal. I'm on stage now." is MC Beaton's philosophy - what more needs to be said about this woman! I love it! :D

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I like stories set in quaint, Scottish villages and the interaction between the locals. Everyone knows everyone which makes the murder mystery even more personal.

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There are several reasons I want to read this one. I have a few others in the series and like it very much being the main reason.

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justpeachy36 said...

Agatha Raisin is a very interesting character too.. I would love to read some of Beaton's other books as well. I wish she had a website.

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bison61 said...

wow-Davenport was found stuffed in his chimney, sounds like a great mystery book

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I want to win this book because I love the stories written by MC Beaton. She reminds me of Miss Marple.

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I want to read it because it is set in Scotland.

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Agatha Raisins worst habit is procrastination. I wonder how she meets her writing deadlines.

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I love that Hamish is willing to stick up for the humble chimney sweep. I've never read any of this series so I'd love to win this one. Thanks!

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MRWriter said...

I've heard about this series featuring Hamish before but haven't started in yet. This would be a great start.

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Marion Chesney has published under her own name and under several pseudonyms: Helen Crampton, Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, and Charlotte Ward. But M.C. Beaton is the pseudonym she reserves for her mystery novels.

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After reading about the book and the author I was excited that I had recently purchased one of MC Beaton's books "A Spoonful of Poison" an Agatha Raisin Mystery. I would be honored to win "Death of a Chimney Sweep and get into the Hamish Macbeth mysteries.

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