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Death of a Scriptwriter (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 17 Oct 2003


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Reprint edition (17 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446606987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446606981
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,393 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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"SUPERB ENTERTAINMENT, AS RICH AND WARMING AS FINE MALT WHISKEY, AND EVERY BIT AS ADDICTIVE".-- Houston Chronicle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A Hamish Macbeth mystery. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE on 27 Mar 2000
Format: Hardcover
In "Death of a Scriptwriter," M.C. Beaton brings us the fourteenth installment of the Hamish Macbeth series--and she is in her element!
Set in the Scottish Highlands, in the village of Lochdubh, this series is a nice read--nothing too complicated, full of local Scottish color (with both its characters and its setting), lots of delightful red herrings, and logical solutions. This series, the titles of which always begin with "Death of a...," is quite a successful one and one which takes little time to read. Macbeth, the local constable, is proud of the fact that he is not an ambitious soul. Despite the fact that he has solved thirteen previous murders, he is still a constable. He refuses to be promoted as he claims he is too happy in Lochdubh to want to advance to a larger city. He is filled with lots of common sense and while often the villagers give him a hard time ("He's too lazy," they claim.), they highly respet him and have come to his rescue more
than once.
He's not so lucky with his own love life, however, and seems to fall in love with any woman who shows interest. The real love, Priscilla Smythe-Halliburton, has moved to London, after he had broken off the engagement, and appears intermittently in all the books of the series.
In "Death of a Scriptwriter," a television crew appears in Macbeth's bailiwick to film a novel written by an English spinster who has moved to Lochdubh. Her books were never much of a success, but this one was picked up by the BBC. She is delighted that at long last, fame is coming her way. She is so overjoyed that she fails to retain the complete rights to her book; a screen writer is hired to "modernize" the plot and characters (in other words, to add lots of sex and violence to the rather staid Victorian tale).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 May 1998
Format: Hardcover
Septuagenarian Patricia Martyn-Broyd used to be a prolific writer, but has not written anything in years. Her books are out of print and mostly forgotten. However, that changes when executive producer Harry Frome decides to make a movie out of Patricia's novel, The Case of the Rising Tide.
Patricia's ecstasy soon turns to horror when she observes the poetic license the film-maker is taking with her beloved novel. Not only have they changed the time and place, they have added nude scenes that shock the elderly spinster. However, nothing is more shocking than the murder of the screenwriter. Scotsman Hamish Macbeth, the local constable, begins to investigate, but is abruptly removed from the case by his officious superiors, who want a fast solution. A second murder occurs and Hamish believes that the outside investigators are looking in the wrong direction. He renews his inquiries even though he knows that it may cost him his career for ignoring a direct order.
DEATH OF A SCRIPT WRITER is one of the best entries in the long running Macbeth series. The novel is simply an enjoyable who-done-it due to the intriguing puzzle with its many viable suspects. The gentle Hamish's lust for life deservedly makes him a revered character. M.C. Beaton continues to provide some of the top Scottish cozies of the nineties.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun 1998
Format: Hardcover
Our favorite highland detective does it again! M.C. Beaton returns us to Lochdubh, Cnothan, and Drim to help Hamish solve another case. I read this book in one sitting--now what to do all summer? This book is consistent with the rest of the MacBeth series, the settings and characters are old friends. I find that I personally care less about the resolution of the murder than I do about the wonderfully quirky characters and their daily lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Mar 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
From the moment that a group of filmmakers arrive in a town near the village Lochdubh in northern Scotland, Constable Hamish Macbeth has his hands full. The filmmakers are there to film a television series based upon some genteel cozy mysteries. The author's work, however, has undergone a complete revamp at the hands of a completely odious scriptwriter, who has changed the author's work into an unrecognizable sexual romp.

It appears that the aging author, in her initial delight at having her cozy mysteries being singled to be televised, did not read the fine print of her contract. Needless to say, the author is outraged at this travesty and is without recourse, having to grin and bear it. After all, she did sign a binding contract giving the filmmakers the right to make any changes in her work they see fit. Moreover, to add fuel to the fire, it appears that the local yokels have become star struck and are acting somewhat foolishly.

As dead bodies start to pile up, the author, villagers, cast, and crew get a thorough going over by Hamish. There are many twists and turns in this book, as any number of the characters in the book have had some sort of axe to grind with the dead. As always, the journey to discover just who the murderer is is great fun. The book is peppered with sly humor, some dotty villagers, and enjoyable characters. Those characters who are bumped off are usually quite unlikable, leaving the reader with no regrets about their departure. In this fourteenth book of the Hamish Macbeth series of cozy mysteries, the author does not disappoint.

As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery.
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