Death of a Village - M.C. Beaton Hamish MacBeth is a walking crime squad, an infinite repository of local knowledge, who cheerfully solves any number of crimes from a nursing home killing patients (with the help of a Miss Marple wannabe), a husband-beater who marries gullible men for their money, and a village that seemingly has found God, but actually.... well, read the book. All the while conspiring with Jimmy, a detective constable, to avoid being promoted, so he won't have to leave his little corner of the world.

Some people will argue these books have become formulaic. Then again the formula for my favorite pizza never seems to get old and neither does this series. Hamish is such a likable character it's hard not to enjoy these pieces of fluffery. But they are just the thing to pass the time and to listen to in audio form.