The Hamish MacBeth books chronicle the exploits of the somewhat lazy and admiration-averse police constable Hamish MacBeth. The series follows Hamish as he investigates and solves multiple mysteries in the Scottish Highland town of Lochdubh. The series offers an amusing, light-hearted style and features a recurring cast of characters.
The series falls into the cozy mystery genre. According to reviews, the Hamish MacBeth books are short, enjoyable books that are typified by a distinctive strain of black humor.
Author M.C. Beaton published the first Hamish MacBeth novel, "Death of a Gossip," in 1985. As of November 2015, the series includes 31 novels.