Hamish Macbeth is once again in the middle of police politics and murder suspects. It begins when a retired policeman calls him to his castle to investigate a ghost. Hamish and Charlie are going to spend the night and try to locate the source of the sounds that are scaring the townsfolk from the area. Charlie manages to fall through the floor of the tower and they find a body. However, by the time the crime scene investigators arrive the body has disappeared. When Hamish discovers a tunnel to the loch, he suspects smugglers, most likely drug smugglers. Along the way he meets lots of interesting people and there are two more bodies discovered. So what is going on and who is responsible? Death of a ghost / M.C. Beaton.