By M. C. Beaton
Minor author John Heppel has a problem--he's a consummate bore. whilst he is came across useless in his cottage, there are many suspects. yet without doubt boredom isn't reason for homicide, or so thinks Constable Hamish Macbeth.
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Extra resources for Death of a Bore (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 21)
It’s Strathbane’s task, yet they consistently stroll on eggshells by way of tv. ” “We’ll ask him,” acknowledged Matthew cheerfully. “Let me be aware of what he says. ” Hamish became to Freda. “I’ve acquired to begin paintings early day after today. may you brain if we went domestic? ” Freda pouted. She had meant to bop till the small hours. yet returning with Hamish intended she may get this policeman whom her associates came across so beautiful all to herself. at the lengthy highway again to Lochdubh, Freda chattered approximately this and that, yet Hamish spoke back in monosyllables. He was once engulfed with a strange eager for Elspeth, and but he had now not thought of her all that a lot considering the fact that she had left for Glasgow. used to be Matthew Campbell simply one other reporter? They appeared a great deal relaxed in each one other’s corporation. He acquired open air the automobile at Freda’s domestic. She positioned her stand up to be kissed, yet he didn’t detect, his strategies being nonetheless focussed on Elspeth. What a waste of a night, notion Freda, observing his lengthy determine make its approach alongside the waterfront to the police station. one of many many faults of Detective leader Inspector Blair was once that once the click misplaced curiosity in a case, he was once apt to become bored in it in addition. He had placed the homicide of John Heppel to the again of his brain and the research to the again of his workload. He used to be in a foul temper simply because even supposing the raid on Dimity Dan’s have been successful—drugs discovered in addition to teenage drinkers—his second of glory have been all too short. Hamish Macbeth had despatched over a computerised document on how he had requested Callum to carry the field of garbage to the police station; it contained a press release from Callum and witness statements from Freda and Callum to boot. in some way the record had chanced on its solution to his boss’s table. Daviot had despatched for him the morning after the raid. thankfully Blair remembered within the nick of time that it used to be Peter Daviot’s daughter’s birthday and rushed out and purchased a massive field of candies and a card. “That is so form of you. Sheila may be delighted,” stated Daviot, who loved his eldest daughter. “I needs to say, you’re particularly like one of many relatives. ” And the blistering lecture he had intended to offer Blair was once converted to a gentle reprimand. “I’m shocked you probably did no longer point out Macbeth on your document. ” “I’m correct sorry, sir,” grovelled Blair. “It needs to ha’ slipped my brain. I should still ha’ given Macbeth the credits. yet i believe there’s a reason behind that. Macbeth insists on being a village bobby, and in some way you don’t give some thought to the village bobby by way of an important raid. ” “You have some extent there,” acknowledged Daviot with a sigh. “How is the research into the homicide of John Heppel going? ” “We’re nonetheless engaged on it. ” Blair was once unexpectedly struck with what he considered an excellent inspiration. “I used to be deliberating pulling my males out of Lochdubh,” he stated, omitting to assert that he already had, “and letting Hamish Macbeth get on with it. Softly, softly procedure, sir. He is aware the locals. ” “Are the click nonetheless ? ” “No, they’ve given up. ” “Let’s test Macbeth for, say, every week, and notice how he will get on.