Not the most popular of men in the village of Drim, retired Army Captain Henry Davenport has a penchant for conning people out of their hard earned cash and then he brazenly claims he’s done nothing wrong.
When the nefarious con man is found stuffed up the fireplace chimney of his cottage, the list of potential suspects is a lengthy one, although village chimney sweep Pete Ray is at the top of the suspect list since he was last seen working in the house.
Of course, when Pete’s body is then discovered out on the Scottish moor outside the village, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth has to turn to other suspects in this baffling case. In fairly short order, though, the Captain’s sister, an Edinburgh hooker, and a television researcher all follow the first two victims to the grave.
If ever there were a time for the wily country cop to dig deep into his bag of tricks to find a killer, this would seem to be it. In fact, the dangerous psychopath is far from being finished and even Hamish will have a near fatal brush with the villain.
As he has done in the past, Hamish will work around his “superiors” and call upon his vast store house of unconventional methods to solve this case.
With the help of some media friends, the locals and a few well placed department colleagues who are kept lubricated with the occasional wee dram of whiskey, Hamish will uncover the perpetrator.
This long running series has many fans both in North America and Great Britain. There's much to like about this laidback policeman and the simple life he enjoys in northwest Scotland. But to misjudge him as a country bumpkin is a grave mistake. More than one clever miscreant has made this mistake and rued the day he ever crossed Hamish’s path.
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 one day when Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the floor of a villager's fireplace, and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney. The entire town of Lochdubh is certain Pete is the culprit, but Hamish doesn't believe that the affable chimney sweep is capable of committing murder. Then Pete's body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens. Once again, it's up to Hamish to discover who's responsible for the dirty deed--and this time, the murderer may be closer than he realizes.