Where to Start with M.C. Beaton’s Hamish MacBeth Mysteries

Where to Start with MC Beaton's Hamish MacBeth Mysteries_NovelSuspectsMarion Chesney has won international acclaim for her suspenseful yet cozy mystery stories. Don’t know the name? She has written under many aliases, including M.C. Beaton. Among Beaton’s best-loved creations is Constable Hamish MacBeth, a Scottish investigator charged with protecting the citizens of quaint but isolated (and murder-prone) Lochdubh. As far as detectives go, MacBeth is a little strange, and his talent for solving tough crimes has not translated to solving the mystery of maintaining a successful relationship. But don’t hold that against him: he (with occasional help from his beloved pets) never fails to get the job done. This popular series even inspired a TV show, Hamish MacBeth, that ran from 1995 to 1997.

With so much material to choose from, it is easy for newcomers to feel a bit lost. Which of the nearly three dozen Hamish MacBeth cozy mysteries should you start with? The very best are listed below, starting with the greatest. These five books received the highest Goodreads ratings out of all the books in the series, so you can be sure they contain the most challenging, most exciting, and most dangerous cases of Constable MacBeth’s long and storied career.


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