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Macbeth: the dread Scot of the Highlands!
on 2 July 2012
I've read (and reviewed most of them) all 20 in the Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton, so far. Once again, Ms Beaton features the lovable, affable, and quite wily Macbeth, once again solving the local murders no one else can. Once again, he's in trouble with Blair (his boss) and once again Priscilla figures in in what most readers probably hope will be "the" time, when, for once and all they get married.
Sigh, sigh, sigh. Nothing is changed in "Death of a Poisoned Pen." Taken by itself, or if one hasn't read all 20, perhaps the same old same old is new and innovative and creative and clever. Alas it's not.
That said, however, Ms Beaton's following is huge and she continues to entertain nicely, thank you, even if she's not come up with anything new, creative, or clever (ala the later Agatha Christie works). So that said, be prepared for the usual: but it's a usual that I, for one, no doubt, will continue to read. Violence aside, it's nice to read that SOME folks have virtue and moral turpitude (although Lochdubh has its share of those who don't!). And as for local color, Ms Beaton, it seems, does capture the Scottish countryside well.