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The 30th installment in this long-running series (after 2013's Death of Yesterday) finds Sgt. Hamish Macbeth facing another threat to his cozy setup in the Scottish Highlands. With the impending closure of local police stations across Scotland and reduction in staffing, Detective Chief Inspector Blair sees his chance finally to rid himself of Hamish. He sends Cyril Sessions, a handsome constable, to Lochdubh to spy on Hamish and report back. Although Hamish quickly discovers Cyril's identity, he still is angered by Cyril's presence and Blair's trickery. When Cyril is murdered, Hamish is briefly considered a suspect. Attention soon turns, however, to an influential restaurateur and his shady business dealings. While Hamish's investigation uncovers dark secrets and more dead bodies, Hamish struggles to find Cyril's killer and to sort out his messy love life. Sidekick Dick's infatuation with a young pretty librarian (and her love-hungry fellow librarian's infatuation with Cyril, Hamish, and Dick) provides many funny moments. Verdict Series fans will welcome another visit to Lochdubh. Cozy readers, while they might be surprised by the grisly deaths and the high body count, will enjoy reading about the charming and tenacious Hamish Macbeth.-Lynnanne Pearson, Skokie P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.