Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth, much pined-for sworn bachelor of the Scottish Highlands, may at last have met his match. The trouble starts when a local beauty from a neighboring town is sent a deadly valentine and Hamish and his new constable, Josie McSween, are thrown together to solve the case. Though the entire town of Lochdubh is smitten with the pretty, bright-eyed and bouncy Josie, Hamish himself is less than enthusiastic with her attempts at romance and completely unimpressed with her detective abilities (or lack thereof). Somehow, Hamish must solve the case of the murdered beauty queen - who also had her share of unwelcome admirers - while trying his best to avoid the attentions of an inept partner and wannabe Valentine.
M. C. Beaton's cozy Scottish mysteries are a treat to curl up with on a chilly February night. This is the 26th book in the Hamish Macbeth series, but it is not necessary to have read the others to jump into the series as just enough background information is given in the first quick chapters to get caught up. It is easy to quickly become attached to the colorful, eccentric characters of Lochdubh who add humor and atmosphere to each mystery. Beaton's unobtrusive use of regional dialect further helps transport the reader to this tiny town in the blustery Highlands - which has more than its share of crime and intrigue. You can pick up this series with any of the 28 books, but if you're looking for a Valentine's Day mystery with a touch of Scottish charm, Death of a Valentine is a good one to start with.
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