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Good introduction to Hamish
on 5 April 2013
I have to say that the very first book of the series - Death of a Gossip - is pretty bad. It is set in the 1980's and every character is a cringeworthy stereotype of the time. Things do improve as the series continues although all the books follow much the same format: someone unpleasant is murdered, the crack team of inspectors are called in but fail to solve the crime, Hamish lusts after Priscilla the posh girl, Hamish solves the crime, the murderer is generally as unliked as their victim. The End.
I like M C Beaton, but for me Agatha Raisin is a better, grittier, more realistic character than Hamish who is just a bit too wet.