Death of a Dentist (Hamish Macbeth, Book 13) by M. C. Beaton

Police Procedurals

By M. C. Beaton

Unique book: 1997

Lovable Scottish constable Hamish Macbeth -- who may otherwise be fishing than detecting -- needs to root out one other legal in his 13th charmingly shrewdpermanent case.

As the small village of Lochdubh has no dentist, locals trip 20 miles to Frederick Gilchrist's dental surgical procedure within the city of Braikie. even if Lochdubh's one-man police strength, Hamish Macbeth, prefers the extra smooth, painless methods practiced by means of dentists within the urban of Inverness, a stunning toothache one morning convinces him to offer Gilchrist a test. Upon arriving, Hamish reveals the dentist useless at the flooring, a sufferer of nicotine poisoning. studying that the deceased was once a non-smoker, Hamish needs to placed his personal toothache on ice -- to extract a assassin at the unfastened.

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Next he opened the kitchen window a crack, lowered the shutters, and checked that there was a spare key in the vase outside his door. If he had to be away for a long time, he would ask a neighbor to walk his dog. M. He was still upset by his dream. A hand had seized hold of his heart and shaken it; he could still feel a soreness inside. Elise was gone. No, more than gone, she no longer existed at all. And here he was, dragging on alone for the ninth year. His legs carried him along, steadily and evenly.

He took his hand away—he had ruined what little was left, could feel it sliding off, losing its shape like a rotten plum. And then it released him. Anxiously he took a breath, and then he felt his face slip back into place. He blinked several times, and opened and shut his mouth. But as he was about to move forward he felt a deep pain in his chest, the sharp claws of an invisible monster. He doubled over, wrapping his arms around his torso to restrain the force that was yanking the skin of his breast tighter and tighter.

A story that was repeating itself. Something occurred to him. "Why are you dragging that case around with you? " "No," the boy replied, planting one foot on either side of the case, as if he were afraid it would be confiscated. "It's just a few things that I always take with me. " The officer gave him a penetrating look. The boy was apparently defiant, but underneath lay fear, as if someone had frightened him to the bone. Gurvin called Guttebakken—the home for boys with behavioral problems—and talked to the superintendent.

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