By M. C. Beaton
Getting back from a overseas vacation, Hamish Macbeth is concerned simply because he senses a dismal cloud of evil placing over the Highland
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Her eyes were half closed. Hamish repressed a sigh. He guessed Ellie was already seeing herself on the front page of some newspaper. “You’ll do nothing of the sort,” snapped Hamish. “You’ll lie down behind your counter as soon as they come in. Now, Willie and Clarry here will be in the post office, looking at cards or something. ” The day dragged on. Hamish, hidden in the back shop, yawned and fidgeted. Willie and Clarry, tired of reading the rhymes of the greeting cards to each other, yawned as well with boredom.
Hamish pulled out a chair and sat down. “Now, there’s a thing. ” “Aw, come on, Hamish. ” “Policewoman. ” “Off duty today. Och, Hamish. You just can’t think . ” “Of anything else,” said Hamish. ” Jimmy applied himself to the computer and then said, “Here it is. Write it down. Eight Bannoch Brae. That’s down near the docks. Not a tower block. ” “Neat, quiet. Come on, laddie. ” “It iss worth a try,” said Hamish angrily, the sudden sibilance of his accent showing he was uneasy. ” “Suit yourself. ” But Hamish was already walking away.
He surrendered the pulpit to Mr. Wellington and went and sat in a pew at the back. At the end of the service, he slipped out of the church and went back to the police station. He planned to visit Catriona after he had eaten his lunch. But there was a knock at the kitchen door and then the Currie sisters walked in. “This is a bad business,” said Nessie. “Bad business,” echoed Jessie, who always repeated the end of her sister’s sentences. “I thought you pair would ha’ known about it before this,” said Hamish.