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M.C. Beaton
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7 Feb 2013 Hamish Macbeth (Book 27)
PC Hamish Macbeth can't help but admire the resourcefulness of the Highlanders during the Recession - in tough times they have to lure tourists to their sleepy towns and the quaint village of Braikie has come up with a novel solution. It really doesn't have that much to offer apart from a place of rare beauty called Buchan's Wood, which the clued-up local tourist board director has rechristened 'The Fairy Glen' and has had brochures printed with a beautiful kingfisher rising from a lake on the cover.It isn't long before coach tours begin to arrive but just as the town's luck starts to turn, a kingfisher is found hanging from a branch in the woods with a noose around its neck. As a wave of vandalism threatens to ruin Braikie forever it is up to Hamish to get involved... and his investigation quickly turns from mistreatment of birds to murder...

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (7 Feb 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1472103025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472103024
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M C Beaton was born in Scotland. She worked for many years as a journalist on Fleet Street.

As well as the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, she is the author of the acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries.

She divides her time between the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely, and Paris.

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Once again M C Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages. (Publishers Weekly )

It's always a pleasure to return to Loch Dubh. (New York Times Book Review )

Breezy fun. (Publishers Weekly )

Explosive and engaging. (Booklist )

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The 27th mystery for M.C. Beaton's famous Highlands PC, Hamish Macbeth!

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Even Lugs and Sonsie can't save this one. 8 Aug 2012
The focus of this series of novels has always been on village life with its eccentric characters.The engaging personality of Hamish Macbeth as he solves cases,avoids promotion and fights off the ladies (well,sometimes)has kept me reading these novels even when the quality of the writing wavers.Unfortunately,these elements that ensured the longevity of the series are missing in this book-the villagers only have walk-on parts and Hamish has lost his spark,becoming very unpleasant in the process.The plot is peculiar:it starts off in a recognisable way with trouble at Lochdubh,but then escalates unbelievably into a rapidly sketched story involving psychopaths and Russian gangsters and a great deal of violence.I think I read these now because I was hooked on the earlier novels,but there has been a sharp downward curve in quality.Not recommended at all.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Hamish but it's nonsense! 20 Mar 2012
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As a big fan of the Hamish Macbeth series, I am always happy to see a new mystery appear and never want the series to end. This latest story suggests it may well be time for Beaton to leave Hamish and Loch Dubh in peace though. The book reads as if she has dictated it hurriedly and with no enthusiasm. The same characters appear as always which is nice but a change or two would be good and a bit more believable.

Credibility is the biggest issue here along with the rushed plot that conveniently skips forward all the time to ensure there's less writing to be done. the clever but unlikely plots of earlier books is replaced with lazy and totally unbelievable brutality. The plot isn't credible and the ending is dissatisfying and unresolved. It's a sad thing to say but Beaton's writing now seems tired and if US reviewers really do think she's up to date with life in Scotland then a trip to the UK is in order.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the others 1 May 2012
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Ive read all of M C Beatons books and I was eagerly looking forward to a new one, however right from the start it didnt flow as well as the others. Like another reviewer it seemed rushed and it just wasnt the same standard as the rest. I have noticed her books dont seem to be as good as they used to be, whether it be about Hamish or Agatha.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad days at Black Loch 2 May 2012
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Marion Chesney's first novel was published around 33 years ago, and a further hundred or so novels have appeared since then. Just over half of these were written under the nom-de-plume 'M C Beaton', all but one featuring either the Cotswold investigations of the unlikely-named Agatha Raisin or the adventures of PC (now Sergeant) Hamish Macbeth in the small fictional town of Lochdubh, located somewhere in the north-western wilderness of the former County of Sutherland.

If you are new to the Hamish Macbeth books, you may be influenced by memories of the TV series broadcast in the mid 1990s, which did much to launch the career of actor Robert Carlyle. Although the 20 episodes were both successful and enjoyable, it's as well to put them out of your mind, as apart from the name of a handful of lead characters and the principal location (Lochdubh) there was little to connect the plotlines and character development of the TV series with any of the ten or eleven HM books published at the time it was filmed. The Lochdubh of the books is a small town, clearly somewhat bigger than the village of Plockton where the series was filmed, and Hamish himself is tall, thin and red-haired - a sort of emaciated Rob Roy McGregor - and cannot be readily reconciled with the dashing, dark-haired hero of the small screen.

'Death of a Kingfisher' is the 28th book in the series; the first appeared in 1985, so the average ia almost exactly one novel a year. This time, the recession is biting in rural Sutherland just as much as in the rest of Europe. Tourism is a very important part of the local economy, and the small nearby town of Braikie is determined to make the most of its limited assets.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I first thought... 11 Jun 2012
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... that it was me, who is getting bored with Mrs. Beatons books. But then my husband read this one, too, and he wasnt too much taken in by it either. Somehow she seems to get bored with her own creations. Is she putting a "knitting pattern" in front of her when she is starting to write a new book? One cant help thinking of the old Little Britain sketch where Dame Markham is dictating to her secretary " Yes, I will marry you, I will, I will, I will. Howe many pages? 12. Do you know the bible...." My Husband and I have been reading her books for many years, but have found the last couple of new ones rather mediocre and a far cry from interesting. Will we keep on reading them... we dont quite know yet. I am sure she will make enough money without us as fans.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Things are not what they used to be- 10 Jun 2012
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I have been reading the MacBeth and Raisin books for about 8 years. I have managed to gather them all and have read all of them.
They have always meant a pleasant afternoon's easy reading of the latest adventures.
However this latest Hamish Macbeth hasn't exactly lost the plot - it simply has too many unlikely plots and far too many unlikely characters - to the point I had to re-read pages to make sure I was following the thread. It was as if there wasn't really a plot to start with - and the story meanders to a ridiculous conclusion.
It's a huge disappointment.

This happened in the last Agatha Raisin too - and like the last Agatha book - there was a long meandering and unlikely epilogue about characters that are nothing to do with the main character, Hamish.
I found myself losing patience with Hamish with and his snappy attitude to his constable - and with the previous love interests.
He seems to blame them for his failure - and it's always been HIS failure in the relationships.
For the first time Hamish seemed weak, snappy and churlish. Please give us back out old Hamish - or have his station closed and he move in with the Currie twins.

Hamish is better when he's like Lochdubh - simple and straightforward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hamish Macbeth is a delight, no wonder women fall for him
Yet another enjoyable read from the author, Hamish Macbeth is a delight, no wonder women fall for him, the stories are always fun and the regular characters are as familiar as... Read more
Published 9 days ago by D. M. Melia
4.0 out of 5 stars I really love the Hamish Macbeth mysteries - have read just about ...
I really love the Hamish Macbeth mysteries - have read just about all of them and would give most of them 5 stars. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mascaroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy
Took it on holiday.Easy read
Published 29 days ago by jutrav
5.0 out of 5 stars See my remaks above
Can't get enough of Hamish Macbeth always the charmer but, oh dear, he does like his own company and that of his animals. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. M. A. Bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamish at his best!
Enjoyed every moment. Always love catching up with Hamish his love life and exploits. Setting and characters maintain ones interest through many adventures.
Published 1 month ago by sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable book.
A nice easy read, that you can just enjoy, and forget everything else! Ideal for holiday reading, or rainy days.
Published 3 months ago by Nanny Mo
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars
I have read all the Hamish MacBeth books up to this one and this is the worst I have read. A kingfisher and his family are murdered followed by a grumpy old lady who lived nearby. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Elaine Tomasso
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent MC Beaton
I thoroughly enjoyed this with the usual twists which we have come to expect from MC Beaton. Glad to see Hamish McBeth back again.
Published 6 months ago by Ray Macpherson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamish Macbeth
Another very good read, I really enjoyed reading this, as I do with all the books in this series. Thanks
Published 7 months ago by Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Another good read in this series, I do enjoy M C Beatons books, her characters are so believable and the descriptions of the area make you feel you are thee with them.
Published 9 months ago by S Knight
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