Saturday, March 14, 2009

Death of a Dustman by M.C. Beaton

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 piling up. Sure enough, Fergus becomes a bullying tyrant with his new power, issuing unwarranted fines and blackmailing residents. And when his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one's sorry, including his long-suffering family. But the lawman's inquiries hit a wall when he finds that many wronged residents are strangely reluctant to spread the dirt on the nefarious dustman. And when violence strikes again, Hamish must quickly sift through the litter of lies and dark secrets...before a killer's grime overruns the town.

This was the unabridged audiobook on CD edition (5 discs/5 hours).

I loved that no one saw anything during the time of the murder because they were all inside watching Inspector Morse. The idea of the villagers watching Morse was just too perfect!

I didn't much care for the reader. He was okay, but certainly not as good as Davina Porter. Perhaps that affected my enjoyment of the story also. He was just rather bland.

This one gets seven stars. It didn't hold my attention as usual. I just wasn't feeling it for some reason - perhaps because I'd listened to the Christmas book that came before it out of order and that threw the time frame off slightly for me. Who knows. I did like Clary though. And Hamish and his underpants!! Poor thing!

Rating: ★★★★★★


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