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5.0 out of 5 stars Another homerun for M.C. Beaton!
This is the nineteenth (not eighteenth, you must include A Highland Christmas) in a series of mysteries featuring the detective work of small town, Highland Scottish detective Hamish Macbeth, P.C. In this book, Hamish must work overtime to avoid a promotion out of his beloved Lochdubh. But, that is not all of his problems. During a recent visit to the tiny village of...
Published on 16 Feb. 2004 by Kurt A. Johnson

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3.0 out of 5 stars "A TRULY UNAMBITIOUS MAN"
Hamish has a problem: any success increases the chance of promotion, departure forever from his beloved Lochdubh.

What hope for him now after solving a whole string of cases! Not just those weird goings-on in remote Stoyre, but a major insurance fraud, a killer wife, murders in a nursing home and a missing child. Surely transfer to ghastly Strathbane is...
Published on 17 July 2011 by Mr. D. L. Rees


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5.0 out of 5 stars Another homerun for M.C. Beaton!, 16 Feb. 2004
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Kurt A. Johnson (Marseilles, IL USA) - See all my reviews
This is the nineteenth (not eighteenth, you must include A Highland Christmas) in a series of mysteries featuring the detective work of small town, Highland Scottish detective Hamish Macbeth, P.C. In this book, Hamish must work overtime to avoid a promotion out of his beloved Lochdubh. But, that is not all of his problems. During a recent visit to the tiny village of Storye, he finds that the people there are acting quite strange, as if some sort of religious mania has gripped them. When the situation there turns dangerous and then deadly, Hamish knows he must get to the bottom of whatever it is that is going on.
This is another homerun for M.C. Beaton (pseudonym of Marion Chesney)! This story is every bit as good (excellent) as the other Hamish books, and makes for some gripping reading. Somehow, the author succeeds in making the Hamish Macbeth stories swing effortlessly between lighthearted humor to deadly mystery, all without losing the seeming reality of the story.
The characters in this story are likable and interesting, the story is gripping and entertaining, and the mystery quite fascinating. I think that this is a great book, one that you should consider buying!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A TOWN WITHOUT PITY..., 8 Mar. 2012
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This is the nineteenth book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring lovable Highlander, Hamish Macbeth, in charge of law and order in the village of Lochdubh and its environs in the north of Scotland. As always, the book is laced with sly humor throughout that is engaging, and the dialogue creates a feeling of authenticity of place, making the book highly enjoyable. One does not read these books for their literary value. One reads them purely for the fun of it.

This time, Hamish is called to the isolated village of Storye, where something is just not quite right, as the normally god fearing, Calvinist population has seemingly taken fear of the Almighty to new heights, and are now seemingly fearful of everything. Just what is going on in Storye? Well, that is what Hamish tries to discover, that is, when he is not daydreaming about his ex-fiancée Priscilla, who is now engaged to be married to someone else, or sparring with local news reporter Elspeth Grant, who seems to have taken a shine to our local constable.

As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery, and the characters are certainly quirky and entertaining, adding to the charm of the series. With the oddly endearing Hamish Macbeth, the author has created a character that is a winner. I love this series of cozy mysteries!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Religious revival in Stoyre, 21 Dec. 2010
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There seems to be a religious revival on Stoyre but none of the villagers are willing to talk about it. Hamish is determined to get to the bottom of it especially after one of the villagers of Lochdubh appears to have been frightened to death when she visits the village.

Before the mystery can be solved though there is the strange business of the old people's home, whose owners appear to have a novel way of making money. One of the Lochdubh residents is keen to move in to find out what it going on, but Hamish has doubts about her putting herself in danger.

This is one of the most exciting of the Hamish Macbeth stories which I have read so far with some nail biting incidents which could go either way for Hamish towards the end of it. Village life and manipulation of the press are much to the fore in this story with Hamish once again in danger of earning the promotion he does not want. I really enjoyed this book and liked the way the many different characters are portrayed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Find Out How a Village Can Die . . . Very Interesting!, 8 Jun. 2007
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Death of a Village has to be the most intriguing title in the Hamish Macbeth series. In all of the other titles, there's a reference to a death of a single person . . . who can be spotted in the first few pages of the book. In this case, you'll have a strong suspicion which village is doomed . . . but you won't know what's coming until it happens.

Normally, Hamish Macbeth manages to solve one major crime during the course of a book. Well, in Death of a Village, Hamish is a positive crime-stopping superman . . . with a little help from his friends.

The book opens in an odd fashion: Hamish makes a rare visit to off-the-beaten-path Stoyre and finds a curious quiet and reticence in the town. But he's even more amazed to find that the church is full for services during the day on a Monday. That's some religious revival!

Intrigued by the change, Hamish recruits local reporter, horoscope writer, and frustrated Hamish-chaser, Elspeth Grant, to help him find out what's going on. Nosing around and taking in Sunday services reveals nothing out of the ordinary . . . except to confirm the curious quiet and reticence that Hamish spotted on the first visit. But, before long, there's a surprise in Stoyre. Hamish eventually decides to take a holiday and spend it in Stoyre to get the lay of the land.

His concern is quickly distracted by a break-in at the grocery in Braikie, where all the wine and spirits have been taken. But Hamish senses that something funny is going on. Using his initiative, Hamish checks out the records of the grocer's supplier and makes several surprising finds. But the success backfires when Hamish adds to his local reputation as a woman chaser.

Before the first case is done, he gets a call from a frightened Bella Comyn and her fear of her husband. Pretty soon, the husband is missing and Hamish is puzzled by odds and ends of the case. Sleuthing again leads to unexpected evidence.

A visit to a Lochdubh widow, Mrs. Annie Docherty, leads Hamish to hear a surprising accusation which he decides to investigate with Mrs. Docherty's help. It quickly becomes curiouser and curiouser.

Through all of these investigations, Hamish achieves successes that are quite impressive. Once again, promotion threatens and Hamish has to pull out all the stops to derail being uprooted from his beloved Lochdubh.

M. C. Beaton packed enough mysteries and action into this story to make three regular Hamish Macbeth stories.

If you like Hamish Macbeth, you'll love Death of a Village.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Find Out How a Village Can Die . . . Very Interesting!, 8 Jun. 2007
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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 127,000 Helpful Votes Globally) - See all my reviews
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Death of a Village has to be the most intriguing title in the Hamish Macbeth series. In all of the other titles, there's a reference to a death of a single person . . . who can be spotted in the first few pages of the book. In this case, you'll have a strong suspicion which village is doomed . . . but you won't know what's coming until it happens.

Normally, Hamish Macbeth manages to solve one major crime during the course of a book. Well, in Death of a Village, Hamish is a positive crime-stopping superman . . . with a little help from his friends.

The book opens in an odd fashion: Hamish makes a rare visit to off-the-beaten-path Stoyre and finds a curious quiet and reticence in the town. But he's even more amazed to find that the church is full for services during the day on a Monday. That's some religious revival!

Intrigued by the change, Hamish recruits local reporter, horoscope writer, and frustrated Hamish-chaser, Elspeth Grant, to help him find out what's going on. Nosing around and taking in Sunday services reveals nothing out of the ordinary . . . except to confirm the curious quiet and reticence that Hamish spotted on the first visit. But, before long, there's a surprise in Stoyre. Hamish eventually decides to take a holiday and spend it in Stoyre to get the lay of the land.

His concern is quickly distracted by a break-in at the grocery in Braikie, where all the wine and spirits have been taken. But Hamish senses that something funny is going on. Using his initiative, Hamish checks out the records of the grocer's supplier and makes several surprising finds. But the success backfires when Hamish adds to his local reputation as a woman chaser.

Before the first case is done, he gets a call from a frightened Bella Comyn and her fear of her husband. Pretty soon, the husband is missing and Hamish is puzzled by odds and ends of the case. Sleuthing again leads to unexpected evidence.

A visit to a Lochdubh widow, Mrs. Annie Docherty, leads Hamish to hear a surprising accusation which he decides to investigate with Mrs. Docherty's help. It quickly becomes curiouser and curiouser.

Through all of these investigations, Hamish achieves successes that are quite impressive. Once again, promotion threatens and Hamish has to pull out all the stops to derail being uprooted from his beloved Lochdubh.

M. C. Beaton packed enough mysteries and action into this story to make three regular Hamish Macbeth stories.

If you like Hamish Macbeth, you'll love Death of a Village.

Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "A TRULY UNAMBITIOUS MAN", 17 July 2011
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Hamish has a problem: any success increases the chance of promotion, departure forever from his beloved Lochdubh.

What hope for him now after solving a whole string of cases! Not just those weird goings-on in remote Stoyre, but a major insurance fraud, a killer wife, murders in a nursing home and a missing child. Surely transfer to ghastly Strathbane is inevitable?

Although a voracious reader of Hamish Macbeth adventures, I had problems here - this rather a clutter, with too little standing up to close scrutiny. The main plot concerning Stoyre seemed ludicrous - its development largely dependent on people acting stupidly. (The account of that catastrophic storm WAS convincing, though, and I enjoyed the ingenious way Hamish ensured a future for the villagers.) The less said the better about the tailpiece to that saga - Hamish so implausibly yet again close to death.

By the way, what happened to reporter Elspeth Grant's supernatural powers? They would have come in handy here, with Hamish on at least three occasions almost killed. Did she also have no inkling of the storm that was to do so much damage?

The best books in this series are character-based, less reliant on creaking contrivances. Those seeking a light, undemanding read may well find much to enjoy. Others may be a little disappointed. Hopefully future adventures will prove more credible.

Long may Hamish enjoy Lochdubh and we enjoy him!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!, 6 Oct. 2013
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Having read all the Macbeth books in order I eagerly await my time off to start the next one. This is one I wish I missed out on. Several sub plots within the main story, sadly all very predictable and if you have read previous Macbeth books you'll have no problem predicting the end. I feel really sad to write this as a review as I normally thoroughly enjoy Hamish and his antics. Beaton definitely not at her best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Hamish story, 26 July 2013
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I have been enjoying M.C Beaton's Hamish McBeth stories for some time, and hope to have the complete series eventually ! I feel that I know many of the residents of Lochdubh, The story line in Death of a Village is excellent and the characters, as always seem to come to life! Be warned, this is difficult to put down!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hamish and the new-age church, 7 Aug. 2011
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I didn't enjoy this episode of the Hamish Macbeth saga as much as usual.

I couldn't interest myself in why the picturesque hamlet of Stoyre was undergoing a religious revival and Elspeth's exortions to Hamish to better himself and get promotion just annoyed me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspend your disbelief, 14 Jan. 2014
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Elaine Tomasso (Troon. Uk) - See all my reviews
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This is the usual Hamish working on instinct and guile. I don't want to say too much about the plot but the villagers' gullibility does stretch credibility. There are, however, plenty of subplots to keep you interested. This is another good read in the series.
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