Death of A Dustman

Death of A Dustman

Book - 2001
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From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series... DEATH OF A DUSTMAN: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery The garbage collectors in Britain are still called dustmen, and Lochdubh's dustman is an abusive drunk named Fergus Macleod. When Fergus is put in charge of a recycling center and dubbed the "environment officer," Constable Hamish Macbeth smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus soon becomes a bullying tyrant with his new power. And after his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one's sorry-including his long-suffering family. But Macbeth is surprised to find that many of the despicable dustman's victims refuse to talk. And when violence strikes again, the lanky lawman must quickly unearth the culprit among a litter of suspects . . . before a killer makes a clean getaway.
Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, 2001.
ISBN: 9780892966318
0892966319
9780446609319
0446609315
Characteristics: 215 p. ;,22 cm.

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LauraSteinert
Jan 12, 2019

Both previous reviewers are correct. Most of the book is the usual mixture of silliness and sleuthing, and as such is not depressing. Some of the book--having to do with alcoholics (even tho' we all hate Blair) wife beating, sexism, and lying--does lead to the least cheerful ending of this series. There is a moment or two near the end when you say to yourself "There is no hope for humans," but the last chapter gives you a bit of lift. If you are not READING IN ORDER you will not enjoy this book. It is #15, and Beaton is not boring her loyal fans by repeating everything we need to know from previous stories.

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1058kit
Feb 19, 2017

Not sad. A very good story line.

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maipenrai
Aug 19, 2016

(Book 16 in the Hamish Macbeth series) AUDIOBOOK AVAILABLE THRU MNLink. NO BOOK FORMAT AT HENN CTY. 16TH IN SERIES

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Preeceville56
Oct 10, 2014

Good story but also very sad.

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LauraSteinert
Jan 12, 2019

Secretary at accounting firm who just served tea: I missed out.
Hamish: On what?
Secretary: On women's lib, that's what. You won't get the young things these days to make tea.
Hamish: Then you shouldn't do it if you don't want to.
Secretary: I can't stop. I'm the generation that makes tea for men.

(Moments later)
Secretary (dusting shelves): Have you noticed something else about women of my generation? We've aye got a duster or cloth in our hands. Wipe wipe, wipe, like a nervous tic.
Hamish: You could change.
Secretary: At my age?

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