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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (19 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472105362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472105363
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new Beaton is a cause for celebration. Booklist An enchanting series... M C Beaton has the foolproof plot for the village mystery. --New York Times Book

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the eighteenth in a series of mysteries featuring the detective work of small town, Highland Scottish detective Hamish Macbeth, P.C. When a television star attempts to make a career by exposing all of the secrets hidden in the quiet Highlands, she quickly becomes the most hated woman around. And when she turns up murdered, it's up to Hamish Macbeth to find who the murderer is. But, this is no simple case; suspects abound, and Hamish finds that he is getting the unwanted help of the local newspaper's astrologer! Can Hamish unravel this particularly tough knot? You bet!
I now consider myself something of a Hamish fan (thanks to my loving wife), and I must say that I deeply enjoyed this book. As with all of the other Hamish Macbeth books, I enjoyed the stories, the setting and the interesting characters. I wasn't totally thrilled with the inclusion of a psychic character, but it didn't ruin the story for me. Overall, I thought that this is a great book, and I highly recommend it to you.
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An imminent Texas book critic has called M.C. Beaton the "Barbara Cartland" of police procedurals, if not in quantity in formula! That said, of course, readers of Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series will once again welcome her newest addition, "Death of a Celebrity," the 18th episode about her affable and honest constable from the
affable yet murderous village of Lochdubh somewhere in the Scottish Highlands.
To call "Death of a Celebrity" a "Scottish fling" would be a bad pun, but still. Once again, an outsider has come to the fair village, this time in the role of an irritating local television host who revels in making people miserable. Insufferable herself, TV "star" Crystal French sets about offending yea and nay, giving just about everyone but the Archbishop in Edinburgh a motive for killing her. In true Beaton style (and by page 30), we have our corpse.
Enter our Hamish, still a-fretting about his long lost love Priscilla Halburton-Smythe who's just announced her impending marriage to another, who quickly lines up "all the usual suspects." Thus, Beaton treats us to another littany of local characters, many of whom we've met in previous episodes (after all Lochdubh is a small village!).
Thus, working alone, working with a new boss, and working with a new romantic interest, Macbeth bounces here and there and eventually it is his insight, his perseverance, his knowledge of human nature that lead him, inevitably, to the solution
No surprises here, of course, and perhaps the Beaton followers (and I'm one of them) don't want or expect anything else. A P.D. James or Ruth Rendell she is not; but her fans don't confuse her with those two. They love her as she is.
If you want predictability and you do not wish to have to think about solving the case, any and all of the Hamish Macbeth books are for you. They're fun to read. (Billyjhobbs@tyler.net)
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This is the 18th Hamish Macbeth book in this long running murder mystery series and sadly after reading this book the series seems to be getting a bit tired, plots are getting boring, characters bland and predictable
The small highland village of Lochdubh is quiet and anonymous until a television company takes interest in all the scandals that have happened there over the years making the reporter Crystal French a rather unpopular person. As usual the suspects are numerous and it is Macbeth versus the big boys at Strathbane CID.
The book failed to grasp my attention and as the plot meandered round and round, I got the impression that the plot was drawn out just so the author could fulfill her word quota set by the publisher.
Having read all the previous Hamish books, I am inclined to give the next one a go but with this one I was really close to giving up on it, only persevering because I don't give up on books lightly and with it being part of a series I felt obliged to finish it. The most disappointing Hamish book so far.
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This is a relaxing read. Hamish is investigating the murder of a local muck raking TV journalist who has more enemies, including Hamish, than anyone can count due to her personality and interviewing style. As with all Ms Beaton's book's Hamish is either aided or handicapped by the villagers (depending on your point of view), fails in the romance stakes and solves the crime. This is all done with wry humour and a message about the consequences of journalism's wider excesses. If you like well done, undemanding reading this may be the book for you.
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M C Beaton does it again with another Hamish. This time a TV presenter decides to go on a muck raking trip and tries to discover peoples secrets and make a TV series out of it. Before she gets to far, she is murdered and it is left to Hamish to catch the killer or killers!!!

Good read. Would recommend.
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Mar. 2012
Format: 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!
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