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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Hamish Macbeth mystery!
This is the fifteenth in a series of wonderful mysteries featuring the detective work of small town, Highland Scottish detective Hamish Macbeth, P.C. In this book, when an ex-heroin addict is found dead of an overdose, the Strathbane police chalk it up as the well-deserved death of another junky. However, something tells Hamish that this death was no accident. When he...
Published on 28 Oct 2003 by Kurt A. Johnson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Take an Aspirin and Wait!
M.C. Beaton's "Death of an Addict" presents us with her 15th Hamish Macbeth mystery. For those familiar with both Beaton and Macbeth, naturally, the plot, the circumstances, the characters, the resolution--they are all the same. The Macbeth series is a Formula One ride--little will surprise the devout. However, that said, Beaton treats us once again to what we have...
Published on 27 Mar 2000 by Billy J. Hobbs

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 7 Jun 1999
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I may be giving up MC Beaton after her last two books, Death of an Addict and The Wizard of Evesham. After reading The Wizard of Evesham, I had great hopes that my beloved Hamish series would not take the same nose dive but alas it did. I still love the characters and the setting but the plot?! Obviously the reason for the murder was to have Hamish and company have the adventure in Amsterdam, but Ms. Beaton simply dropped the ball on a satisfying ending. Let's hope she gets out of her slump with both the MacBeth and Raisin series to once again delight her fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you M.C. Beaton, 12 May 1999
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The "Death of a ..." series is superb. This one is not the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Armani dressed undercover Hamash refreshes the series, 24 April 1999
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In Lochdubh, Scotland, former dug addict Tommy Jarrat has lived a quiet life for the past six months. So when he dies from an overdose, police officer Hamish Macbeth is a bit shocked, especially when the autopsy revealed the lad had a sleeping drug in his system. When Tommy's parents ask Hamish to investigate, he jumps on the case.
Hamish offers a plan to the chief superintendent in which he would infiltrate the mob of drug boss Jimmy White. However, his superiors modify Hamish's plan. Another cop, Glasgow detective inspector Olivia Chater will pose as his wife. Even as the duo fight and fall in love with each other, they unite in an attempt to bring down the White gang. However, neither Hamish nor Olivia is prepared for the betrayal that may result with both of them dead.
The Hamish series remains one of the freshest fictional police procedurals on the market today even though DEATH OF AN ADDICT is his fifteenth appearance. The story line is entertaining as Hamish goes undercover, changing from farm clothing to Armani suits. Olivia lives up to her reputation as the "Concrete Knickers" until she and Hamish soften one another's edges. Though the story line seems to be a bit confusing at times, fans of police procedurals have another entertaining tale to read.

Harriet Klausner
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1.0 out of 5 stars sad and sorry Hamish, 30 April 2010
M Hisbent "silkiemh" (Oxford, UK) - See all my reviews
I am sad and sorry because I prefer that reviewers who have nothing good to say about a book keep quiet. However ......... I chose to buy and read this story from the Hamish Macbeth series as part of a review of the depiction of drugs related crime in fiction set in Scotland. As a comedy-drama I expected whimsical, tragic and entertaining - nothing as hard edged as the grittier tartan-noir currently available.
I wasn't prepared for this preposterous tale of a Scottish Bobbie dressing in Armani, schmoozing up to his superior officer whilst swanning around the Highlands and the Netherlands like a Gaelic version of John Shaft. None of the plotlines or dialogue hang together and it shifts creakily from drugs crime to Nessie search to Love story to the revenge of a jealous colleague like badly shifting gears on a bike. There is no aura of menace - just the aura of pantomime as drugs barons swallow his daft disguise hook, line and sinker. Not going to happen in real life, honestly it is not!
The sub plot of Hamish falling in love with `concrete knickers' was condescending to female police officers (not least in that nick-name) who apparently can't concentrate on the job long enough not to fall for Hamish's supposed Highland charms. It felt bolted on to the main story only to give him a love interest in the same way 007 can't go a dozen pages without some lovely crossing his path. Not remotely credible.
I defer to fans of the series who revel in these stories and long may they enjoy them. We all have our favourites. I can't see why this series is so popular if any of the rest of the books are so disjointed.
The only positive thing I took out of this was the certainty that Robert Carlyle was woefully miscast as Hamish on tv. It ought to have been Neil Duncan who played Detective Sergeant Peter Livingstone in the original Taggart in my opinion. Discuss........
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