Hamish Macbeth is a character and mystery series by Scottish author Marion Chesney (as M.C. Beaton). The series is set in the Scottish Highlands and follows the Hamish Macbeth character in his adventures as a cop. He is lazy and an underachiever who purposely sabotages any chance of a promotion.

M.C. Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth series began in 1985 with Death of a Gossip. Virtually every novel in the Hamish Macbeth series begins with “Death of a.” The series consists of nearly 30 novels at this time. Below is the order of the Hamish Macbeth series in order of when the books were originally released:

Publication Order of Hamish Macbeth Books


Death of a Gossip(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Cad(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of an Outsider(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Perfect Wife(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Hussy(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Snob(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Prankster(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Glutton(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Travelling Man(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Charming Man(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Nag(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Macho Man(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Dentist(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Scriptwriter(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of an Addict(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Highland Christmas(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Dustman(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Celebrity(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Village(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Poison Pen(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Bore(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Dreamer(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Maid(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Gentle Lady(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Witch(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Valentine(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Chimney Sweep(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Kingfisher(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of Yesterday(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Policeman(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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  • dianna cole

    I can’t imagine why an author would want to completely destroy her main character and the entire series with Death of a Policeman. I was sick when I read what she had done. Just can’t believe it.
    She must be either senile or just plain crazy.