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Death of a Bore (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 21) by M. C. Beaton

By M. C. Beaton

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DEATH OF A BORE: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

Minor author John Heppel has a problem--he's a consummate bore. while he is chanced on useless in his cottage, there are many suspects. yet absolutely boredom isn't reason for homicide, or so thinks Constable Hamish Macbeth.

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He got up and went to the fire. He noticed the peat was gleaming damply. He leaned into the fireplace and touched it. Then he stood up and frowned. He could swear water had been thrown on that fire to put it out. Hamish could hear sirens in the distance. He removed his gloves, slid the tongue depressor into his pocket, and walked outside. The great oak tree growing over the cottage groaned in a rising north wind, and as one old branch rubbed against another, making a creaking sound, Hamish shivered and thought that a gibbet with a body on it would have sounded like that in the old days.

We met in secret. ” “The eagle,” corrected John crossly. ” “Aye, well,” said Hamish, determinedly getting to his feet. ” “Oh, must you? ” Hamish jammed on his cap. “Don’t get up,” he said. ” He noticed that a wax coat hanging by the door was wet. He was just getting into the Land Rover when John ran out after him. ” Hamish took it from him and threw it onto the passenger seat and drove off at great speed. He won’t last the winter, he told himself, unaware at that time that John Heppel was to leave the Highlands but not in a way that Hamish Macbeth expected.

Hamish walked into the classroom, where the children still sat behind old·fashioned desks: the oldest at the back and the youngest at the front. He walked to the front of the room. “I’m here to talk to you about the racist graffiti on the wall of the general store. This is a disgrace and should not be allowed to happen in Lochdubh. ” Solemn faces stared back at him, but nobody spoke. “Now, some of you may know something but don’t want to tell me in front of the others. ” A small boy put his hand up.

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