Death of a Chimney Sweep (Hamish Macbeth, Book 26) by M. C. Beaton

Police Procedurals

By M. C. Beaton

Within the south of Scotland, citizens get their chimneys vacuum-cleaned. yet within the remoted villages within the very north of Scotland, the villagers depend on the prone of the itinerant sweep, Pete Ray, and his outdated brushes. Pete is often capable of finding paintings within the Scottish highlands, until eventually sooner or later whilst Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the ground of a villager's hearth, and a lifeless physique filled contained in the chimney. the whole city of Lochdubh is bound Pete is the offender, yet Hamish doesn't think that the affable chimney sweep is able to committing homicide. Then Pete's physique is located at the Scottish moors, and the secret deepens. once more, it's as much as Hamish to find who's answerable for the soiled deed--and this time, the assassin can be nearer than he realizes.

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Mutation Mink, three gone. I started off with a dozen of each shade. Trinidad Tiger - good heavens, nine gone! Rather a common sort of red, that one. Here we are, Arctic Sable, four gone. ’ Burden said encouragingly that he was being most helpful. ‘We do have a regular clientele, what you might call a segment of the affluent society. I don’t want to sound snobbish, but I do rather eschew the cheaper lines. I remember now. Miss Clements from the estate agent’s had one. No, she had two, one for herself and one for someone’s birthday present.

A green and white dress. Well, white with green flowers on it, and a yellow cardigan. Oh, and sandals. ’ ‘She never carried a handbag. She doesn’t smoke or use make-up, you see. She wouldn’t have any use for a handbag. ’ ‘Appendicitis scar,’ Parsons said, flushing again. Gates ripped the sheet from the typewriter and Wexford looked at it. ‘Tell me about yesterday morning, Mr Parsons,’ he said. ‘How did your wife seem? Excited? ’ Parsons slapped his hands down on to his spread knees. It was a gesture of despair; despair and exasperation.

The vet arrived by four and from then until five-thirty the manager, Edwards and Traynor had remained together. During this hour and a half, Traynor said, Bysouth had gone to fetch the cows in and put them in the milking shed. In order to do this he had had to pass the wood twice. Wexford questioned him closely, but he insisted that he had seen nothing out of the way. He had heard no untoward sound and there had been no cars either in the lane itself or parked on the Pomfret road. According to the other three men he had been even quicker than usual, a haste they attributed to his anxiety as to the outcome of the farrowing.

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