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Being a bore can be deadly,
This review is from: Death of a Bore: Hamish Macbeth Murder Mystery No. 20 (Paperback)
John Heppel - a prize winning author - moves to the area and decides to hold a writing class in Lochdubh. But the classes consist of John giving a monologue about his career and this quickly leads to discontent among the villagers and they're soon demanding their money back. This doesn't stop them continuing their writing and many computers are delivered to the village.
When John Heppel is found dead Hamish Macbeth is reluctant to suspect the villagers and tries to find other suspects especially among the staff of Strathbane Television which is making an episode of a popular soap from a script by John Heppel. Hamish's boss - the irascible Blair - is keen to pin the blame on the villagers. Hamish's former girlfriend - journalist Elspeth Grant is sent from Glasgow to cover the story.
I think this is one of my favourite Hamish Macbeth stories. There are plenty of strands to the plot and an exciting conclusion. The villagers of Lochdubh feature in the story much more than they do in some of the books and it is far from clear who has committed the murder. I liked the way Hamish was continually trying to escape from Heather - the boss who temporarily replaces Blair - when she starts to pursue him carrying a bottle of whisky. Hamish wonders whether being continually abused by Blair is preferable to such a boss.