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Death of a Scriptwriter (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries) [Hardcover]

M. C. Beaton
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Jun 1998 Hamish Macbeth Mysteries
Patricia Martyn-Broyd, now in her seventies, has retired to the Highlands. She hasn’t written a word in years and her books are out of print. But now a television company is about to film her last detective story, featuring the aristocratic Scottish detective Lady Harriet Vare. Even better, a London publisher is bringing the book into print. Even though the snobbish Miss Martyn-Broyd doesn’t care to mix with the locals she can’t help but share her excitement with local policeman Hamish Macbeth. Imagine her horror when Miss Martyn-Broyd discovers that Lady Harriet Vare is portrayed as a pot-smoking hippy, that the screenwriter is known for his violent and scurrilous scripts and that Lady Harriet is going to be played by the scene-stealing trollop Penelope Gates. But a contract is a contract, Ms Martyn-Broyd quickly learns and when she is accused of murdering the scriptwriter and the leading lady, she turns to her one friend in Lochdubh, Hamish Macbeth, to help her.
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  • Hardcover: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press (Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892966440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892966448
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 14.1 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,003,123 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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A Hamish Macbeth mystery. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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M. C. Beaton worked as a Fleet Street journalist. She is the author of the Agatha Raisin novels, the Hamish Macbeth series and an Edwardian murder-mystery series. She divides her time between Paris and the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha Raisin’s beloved Carsely. --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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beaton's 'Last Writes' a Good One! 27 Mar 2000
By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE
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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5.0 out of 5 stars THE PLOT THICKENS... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars M.C. BEATON HAVING FUN 11 July 2011
A television film crew descends on nearby dour Drim, the village "a living grave with resident ghouls". Elderly Patricia Martyn-Broyd's genteel detective novel is being dramatised, she unaware of the raunchy updating with a porn star as its lead....

Here is a volatile group comprising director, producer, stars, extras, long suffering assistants. Inflated egos, posturing frauds, ominous undercurrents are rampant - conditions ripe for a death or two. Scriptwriter Jamie Gallagher, an odious drunken bully, is the first to go - he found with crows pecking out his eyes. Hamish Macbeth discovers the body but, as usual, is shoved aside as blustering DCI Blair takes over the case.

One can imagine M.C. Beaton chuckling as she wrote this fourteenth adventure - the television crew that adapted her Hamish Macbeth stories, of course, NOTHING like this lot. Admittedly, though, they DID make many changes which irritated lovers of the books - the series nonetheless immensely popular. Watch out for one or two in-jokes. Plockton in Ross is suggested as a possible location. ("Plockton!" sneered Jamie. "Thon village has been used in two detective series already.") In fact it doubled as TV Hamish's Lochdubh. Anxious to challenge the restraints inflicted on peak time weekend viewing, Jamie asks, "Who the hell is going to object to pot smoking these days?" (Controversy flared when it was leaked Robert Carlyle's Hamish would be doing that on screen.)

The fun here includes the wily, unconventional constable continuing to hack into DCI Blair's computer (the everchanging password always an expletive), a minister's wife destined to shock her dour control freak husband, Hamish yet again triumphing as his bosses gape.

Yes, this is a glorious addition to the series - M.C. Beaton and Hamish both at their best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best served cold
Revenge is a dish .... and here it is chilled to perfection. If, like me, you love the wit and wisdom of MC Beaton and were surprised, to say the least, at how little the TV series... Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
as usual a great read, really enjoyed. m c beat on never lets you down. always enjoy Agatha raisin and hamish mcbeth
Published 4 months ago by linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying
I find this series a good read. The characterisation is good with a lot of sly humour and there are enough plot twists to keep me guessing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Elaine Tomasso
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamish Mcbeth
As with all MC Beaton misteries,humour,murder and pathos play a big part in the stories about the village policeman,Hamish Mcbeth.A great holiday read.
Published 6 months ago by terry prue
5.0 out of 5 stars another great read from mcb
I am a big fan of m c beaton, and this book did not let me down Hamish Macbeth solves another murder.
Published 7 months ago by susanm
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle story in lovely surroundings
A lovely Hamish Macbeth tale, they all make me want to be up in the highlands. Nice gentle stories, often with a twist, nothing too horrid with good characters and descriptions. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mrs susan leedale
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good read
such an easy and relaxing read, would highly recommend. would also recommend agatha raisin series if you have enjoyed this book
Published 11 months ago by Pearl
4.0 out of 5 stars Hamish at his sneaky best.
The outcome was going to be a clear up for Hamish but the twist in the tail was different. Easy reading and enjoyable. Nothing to dislike. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Archie
5.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Scriptwriter
This is a very easy relaxing read where we find Hamish trying to investigate the death of the scriptwriter who was a nasty piece of goods who thought he was the king of the castle. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. A. L. Maddocks
5.0 out of 5 stars What a story
Double intrigue. the lengths that some writers will go to. But as always Hamish has plodded on and solved the murder.
Published 16 months ago by k lawrence
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