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MURDER AND MYSTERY...,
This review is from: Death of a Celebrity (Hamish Macbeth) (Paperback)
This is the eighteenth 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. 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.
As always, the author kills off a thoroughly unlikable character. This time, the deceased is an ambitious tabloid TV news reporter who had a personal beef with Hamish after he stopped her for speeding. The deceased had also been hell bent on exposing highland village scandals for her muckraking television segments in hopes of a ratings boost, a fact that did not sit well with many of the locals. Moreover, the deceased also had professional and personal issues with those with whom she worked. So, suspects abound, as Hamish, once again, tries to separate the wheat from the chaff and come up with the murderer.
While trying to figure out just who the murderer is, Hamish is assisted by Elspeth Grant, who writes the horoscope column for the local newspaper and is clearly interested in Hamish, though he is still trying to get over his breakup with the coolly beautiful and patrician Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. 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!