Mystery Review and Giveaway: Death of a Chimney Sweep by M.C. Beaton (Ends 3/4) CLOSED

Friday, February 18, 2011 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
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.


My Review
Death of a Chimney Sweep is my first encounter with M.C. Beaton's work, and I just could not put it down. It's difficult to review a mystery without revealing too much but this is a great read that shows just how far ordinary people can go because of greed. The writing is excellent, the characters are well-drawn and very realistic, and the story kept my attention. 

This book is the 27th of the mystery series featuring Hamish Macbeth, a police constable / detective in a small village in the Scottish Highlands. Death of a Chimney Sweep is hitting the shelves next week, on February 25. Marion Chesney, the writer behind the M.C. Beaton mysteries, is the author of numerous other novels, including historical romance and the Agatha Raisin mysteries. She has published under her real name and under several pseudonyms. Now that I've met Hamish Macbeth, I will be checking out Ms. Chesney's other titles! 



The Giveaway
Thanks to publisher Hachette Book Group, I am hosting a giveaway for three (3) copies of Death of a Chimney Sweep by M.C. Beaton.

To enter, please comment below if you've read any of Ms. Chesney's books.

You may do any and all of the following for extra chances to win:

  • follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway, feel free to copy and paste: "#Win 1 of 3 copies of new mystery Death of a Chimney Sweep by M.C. Beaton! #Giveaway ends 3/4 @aitmama #contests #books http://tiny.cc/xswk8" – you may do this once a day;
  • go here for additional ways to get extra entries.
The deadline to enter is March 4, 2011, 11:59pm EST. The winners will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail. They will have 72 hours to get back to me, or alternates will be chosen. Subject to this site's Official Rules.

Open to residents 18+ of U.S. and Canada only. No P.O. box addresses, please. Winners will be subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if they win the same title in two or more contests, they will receive only one copy of the title in the mail. Winners will receive their prizes directly from Hachette Book Group.
  

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art, prizes and book description courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.

187 comments:

  1. debbie said...

    I have read almost all of them. They are my favorites.
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  3. holdenj said...

    I really enjoy her Agatha Raisin series, would love to win and read Hamish!
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  8. PoCoKat said...

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  13. Book Bird Dog said...

    I've read all of the Agatha Raisin series and many of the Hamish Macbeth books. Marion is one of my favorite cozy mystery writers!

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  15. Diane said...

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  18. Maureen said...

    I have never read any of her books.
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  23. BusyWorkingMama said...

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  33. Risingsouth said...

    I have not read any of Ms. Chesney's books.

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  34. Risingsouth said...

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  35. Rhonda said...

    I am a huge fan of her Agatha Raison series. I would love to read this Hamish mystery

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  37. BusyWorkingMama said...

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  38. Rhonda said...

    I follow on twitter and I tweeted
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  42. Marjorie said...

    I have never read a book by this author, but I would like to start with this one.


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  43. Marjorie said...

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  44. Marjorie said...

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  46. DarcyO said...

    I haven't read any yet, but this series sounds good.

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  47. DarcyO said...

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  49. Cindy W. said...

    Would love to be entered, I love a good mystery.

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  50. Cindy W. said...

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  51. Cindy W. said...

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  52. Cindy W. said...

    I forgot to say that I have never read any of M.C. Beaton's books.

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  53. Tore said...

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  54. Tore said...

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  55. Tore said...

    I have never read any of her books. Please enter me in contest. I would like to read her books. Tore923@aol.com

  56. rubynreba said...

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  60. Jessica said...

    haven't read any of her books, would love to try!
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  67. bitt said...

    Never have, but I'd like to!

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  69. andalene said...

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  71. Anonymous said...

    I would love to try this book
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  72. Diana D said...

    I have not read any of the author's books but would certainly like to do so. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway


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  73. Diana D said...

    I am an email subscriber. Thanks


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  75. Nancy said...

    I have been reading both sets of series by MC Beaten for a couple of years. Hammish is so different from Agatha.

  76. Nancy said...

    I am now following you via email letters.

  77. Nancy said...

    I have asked to be a freind on FB. Love Hamish

  78. Nancy said...

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  79. Norma said...

    I have no read any of the author's books, but I'd like to!
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  80. LAMusing said...

    I read one of the Hamish books - I can't recall the title but I do remember I loved it.
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  84. Norma said...

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  85. Raven In A Blue Room said...

    I have not read any of Ms. Chesney's books

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  86. Raven In A Blue Room said...

    following you on twitter @left_the_stars
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  87. Raven In A Blue Room said...

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  88. Raven In A Blue Room said...

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  89. Raven In A Blue Room said...

    I am a friend of yours on facebook (Louis Here)

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  90. Raven In A Blue Room said...

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  91. afineday said...

    I haven't read any of Ms. Chesney's books. This sounds like an interesting book!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  92. afineday said...

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  93. corey said...

    haven't read any of Ms. Chesney's books -open to it though.
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  94. corey said...

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  95. skkorman said...

    I have not read any of her books as of yet—perhaps this can be my first!

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  96. Susan said...

    This author is new to me, and this books sounds great.

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  97. Susan said...

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  100. Kristie said...

    I have not read any of Ms. Chesney's books. Perfect time to start, I think. :) kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  101. winnie said...

    I have not read any of Ms. Chesney's books either. Would love to win this to get started! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  105. Nancy said...

    I don't believe I have ever read any of Ms. Chesney's books.

  106. Nancy said...

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  107. Nancy said...

    I subscribe via RSS feed.

  108. Elizabeth said...

    i have not read any books by the author yet!

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  116. Anita Yancey said...

    No, I haven't read any of Ms. Chesney's books, but I would love to read this one. Please enter me. Thanks!

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  117. Anita Yancey said...

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  122. AnneLoyd said...

    I have not read any books by this author.

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  128. Bonita12 said...

    I have not read any of the books but would love a good mystery.
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  131. jhitomi said...

    sorry to say I haven't read any of them, but this would be a great way to be introduced to him.
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  132. jhitomi said...

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  135. Meredith said...

    I have not read any of Ms. Chesney's books.

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  136. Meredith said...

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  141. CherylS22 said...

    I haven't read an of Ms. Chesney's books - I just recently learned about them on the blogs.
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  142. CherylS22 said...

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  149. Ms. Appel said...

    Following you on google reader. I love Ms.Beaton's books and have read nearly all of them. I would LOVE to win!

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  150. goldangel69 said...

    I have not read any of her books, but love a good mystery! rengold69@yahoo.com

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  154. mrsshukra said...

    Ms. Chesney is a new author to me!

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  155. mrsshukra said...

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  159. moonsword said...

    I have not read any of Ms. Chesney's books, but this one sounds like a great place to start. Thanks!

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  162. Sarah E said...

    Ms. Chesney is a new author for me. Please enter me in this giveaway!

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  165. Linda Kish said...

    I haven't read any yet but it's time to start.

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  166. Laura H. said...

    Thanks for the giveaway! No, I have not ready any of Ms. Chesney's books but she does have some great covers!

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  168. Anonymous said...

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  176. Sarafan2 said...

    I have not read any of Mrs. Chesney's stories.

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