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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Death of a Chimney Sweep

I'm working through my TBR pile, which seems to grow on it's own, and came across Death of a Chimney Sweep. I was fortunate to win this as a giveaway on the Mason Canyon site Thoughts in Progress.

M.C. Beaton is one of my favorite cozy mystery writers and although I prefer the Agatha Raisin series, Death of a Chimney Sweep was a good read.

From the cover: 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 the day Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping on to the floor of a villager's fireplace and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney.

7 comments:

K9friend said...

Another one to put on the list! Thanks, Ann!

Pat
www.critteralley.blogspot.com

Kris said...

I saw this at the library the other day and almost grabbed it - I'll have to snag it next time.

Karen Russell said...

Ha! I think you're one of the few who likes Agatha better than Hamish. I like them both but people usually get all red-faced and angry when I try to talk about Agatha.

I listened to this one on audio and quite liked it. Glad you did, too.

Mason Canyon said...

Ann, thank you so much for the mention. I'm glad you enjoy the book. It was a fun read for me and a first time to read this author (but not the last).

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Karen @ Scobberlotch said...

This does sound like a fun read. And my TBR pile is growing each day, too! Thanks for stopping by!

djskrimiblog said...

I have only read one of each series, but like Karen, I quite liked both Agatha and Hamish. And I know all about that TBR which expands while your back is turned so I am on a similar read-my-TBR mission this summer.

Beatnik Mary said...

I love M.C. Beaton as well--definitely one of my favourites! (I prefer Hamish to Agatha) I was so excited when this book finally came out because I had finally finished all of the old Hamish Macbeth books and was anxious for a new one in the series. I have to say, though, I was a little disappointed. It was so...gruesome. Now I'm by no means squeamish (I was reading Stephen King in the first grade!) but...well, it hardly seemed cozy anymore! I reviewed it on my blog too if you care to see (sorry for the shameless plug of my blog!)
http://seeteacherididmyhomework.blogspot.com/2011/06/death-of-chimney-sweep-hamish-macbeth.html