Hamish spots a beautiful woman in the village. She is dressed like candy striper in a traditional uniform. She works for Harrison, an old invalid who has a hunting box. Hamish doesn’t waste any time fixing a date with her. As happens very often, he is stood up. But the reason is out of anyone’s control. A couple of days later, the nurse’s body is found on some cliffs in a nearby village. The police machinery kicks in and the investigation begins.
After you read a few books in a series, you start recognizing patterns. I wish it wasn’t so. This Hamish Macbeth mystery follows a similar path. Hamish has a new constable Charlie. Charlie is large, attractive and clumsy. Hamish doesn’t like sharing the tiny police station with him. There is not much of local flavor this time, with hardly a conversation with the Currie sisters or Archie the fisherman. There aren’t many women either. Priscilla makes a couple of appearances, but she hardly has a one on one with Hamish. There is no sharing of police secrets, no sleuthing together. Elspeth has a short appearance but she just warns Hamish with her sixth sense.
Old nemesis Blair tries to trap Hamish a couple of times. Life goes on as usual. The mystery is spaced over several months as is common in these books. There is one notable event in Hamish’s life, and I wonder why that was put in. Angela Brodie tells Hamish to learn to look beneath the surface, look beyond the face. Dare we say our red haired police man will stop falling for beautiful maidens in the future?
Overall, Death of a Nurse is business as usual. I have said this before too – I would like the back story to move ahead or change in some way. Something must surely change in Hamish’s life?