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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.


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