THE T&I crew is fond of “destination fiction” (novels with a sure sense of place) and English “village green” reads and these two newies combine both. Death of a Liar by MC Beaton (Murdoch Books, $35) stars police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, and who didn’t love that telly series of the mid 90s set in Lochdubh, western Scotland, starring Robert Carlyle as the kind-hearted and keenly observant copper. Beaton’s Macbeth is tall and red-headed (unlike Carlyle), still unmarried and without Wee Jock, the Westie that captured viewers’ hearts, but pining, a little, for his ex-girlfriend, journalist Elspeth, now a telly star, who flies in with her camera crew to cover a spate of unusual murders. Are they linked? Can Macbeth save the day? A delightful read, preferably with a wee dram and shortbreads to elbow. Equally cosy is The Whitstable Pearl Mystery by Julie Wassmer (Murdoch Books, $29.99; out April 1) set in this picturesque fishing town on the north coast of Kent in England’s southeast. It’s a cocktail of killings, drownings, red herrings and intriguing flashbacks, with a multitasking restaurateur cum would-be detective named, of course, Pearl. A pint of cider and a dozen of Whitstable’s finest, au naturel, thanks.