Sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English that nobody loves and honest man. But unfortunately his advice is ignored, and Paul proceeds to "truthfully" insult his way through the population of Lochdudh. "I speak as I find," he bragged, and voices saying "I could kill that man!" could be heard from Lochdubh to Cnothan... until someone did. Now faced with a bewildering array of suspects, can Hamish identify the killer?