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. Then Pete´s body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens. Once again, it´s up to Hamish to discover who´s responsible for the dirty deed - and this time, the murderer may be closer than he realizes.
Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series:
The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series. beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life. - Good Book Guide
It´s always a special treat to return to Lochdubh. - New York Times Book Review
The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status. - Anne Robinson, The Times