Sam Smith Mystery Series Characters #3

Detective Inspector ‘Sweets’ MacArthur

When the Sam Smith Mystery Series opens with Sam’s Song, Sam has no idea who her father might be because he walked out on her when she was a baby. Understandably, his absence and neglect left a big hole in her life. That hole was partially filled when, in her late twenties, she founded her enquiry agency and met Detective Inspector ‘Sweets’ MacArthur. Sweets and Sam struck up an immediate friendship and from that point on he kept a parental eye on her.

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Sweets assists Sam with the mystery strand of the stories and, occasionally, clashes with her as well. They have a prickly friendship at times, though it is a friendship founded on mutual respect.

Sweets’ nickname is explained in Sam’s Song along with his habit of constantly wearing a trilby. One of Sweets’ main characteristics is his penchant for jokes, and here is an example of his humour, from Sam’s Song…

A burglar is burgling a house when he hears someone say, ‘Jesus is watching you.’ To his relief, he discovers that it’s just a parrot. The burglar says to the parrot, ‘What’s your name?’ The parrot says, ‘Moses.’ The burglar says, ‘What sort of person calls their parrot Moses?’ The parrot replies, ‘The sort of person who calls his Rottweiler ‘Jesus’…

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