- Mass Market Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Reprint edition (17 Oct. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446606987
- ISBN-13: 978-0446606981
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.6 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,317,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death of a Scriptwriter (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 17 Oct 2003
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Set in the Scottish Highlands, in the village of Lochdubh, this series is a nice read--nothing too complicated, full of local Scottish color (with both its characters and its setting), lots of delightful red herrings, and logical solutions. This series, the titles of which always begin with "Death of a...," is quite a successful one and one which takes little time to read. Macbeth, the local constable, is proud of the fact that he is not an ambitious soul. Despite the fact that he has solved thirteen previous murders, he is still a constable. He refuses to be promoted as he claims he is too happy in Lochdubh to want to advance to a larger city. He is filled with lots of common sense and while often the villagers give him a hard time ("He's too lazy," they claim.), they highly respet him and have come to his rescue more
He's not so lucky with his own love life, however, and seems to fall in love with any woman who shows interest. The real love, Priscilla Smythe-Halliburton, has moved to London, after he had broken off the engagement, and appears intermittently in all the books of the series.
In "Death of a Scriptwriter," a television crew appears in Macbeth's bailiwick to film a novel written by an English spinster who has moved to Lochdubh. Her books were never much of a success, but this one was picked up by the BBC. She is delighted that at long last, fame is coming her way. She is so overjoyed that she fails to retain the complete rights to her book; a screen writer is hired to "modernize" the plot and characters (in other words, to add lots of sex and violence to the rather staid Victorian tale).Read more ›
This was a good, easy but enjoyable read which (like the previous book) kept me guessing to the very end.
Here is a volatile group comprising director, producer, stars, extras, long suffering assistants. Inflated egos, posturing frauds, ominous undercurrents are rampant - conditions ripe for a death or two. Scriptwriter Jamie Gallagher, an odious drunken bully, is the first to go - he found with crows pecking out his eyes. Hamish Macbeth discovers the body but, as usual, is shoved aside as blustering DCI Blair takes over the case.
One can imagine M.C. Beaton chuckling as she wrote this fourteenth adventure - the television crew that adapted her Hamish Macbeth stories, of course, NOTHING like this lot. Admittedly, though, they DID make many changes which irritated lovers of the books - the series nonetheless immensely popular. Watch out for one or two in-jokes. Plockton in Ross is suggested as a possible location. ("Plockton!" sneered Jamie. "Thon village has been used in two detective series already.") In fact it doubled as TV Hamish's Lochdubh. Anxious to challenge the restraints inflicted on peak time weekend viewing, Jamie asks, "Who the hell is going to object to pot smoking these days?" (Controversy flared when it was leaked Robert Carlyle's Hamish would be doing that on screen.)
The fun here includes the wily, unconventional constable continuing to hack into DCI Blair's computer (the everchanging password always an expletive), a minister's wife destined to shock her dour control freak husband, Hamish yet again triumphing as his bosses gape.
Yes, this is a glorious addition to the series - M.C. Beaton and Hamish both at their best.
It appears that the aging author, in her initial delight at having her cozy mysteries being singled to be televised, did not read the fine print of her contract. Needless to say, the author is outraged at this travesty and is without recourse, having to grin and bear it. After all, she did sign a binding contract giving the filmmakers the right to make any changes in her work they see fit. Moreover, to add fuel to the fire, it appears that the local yokels have become star struck and are acting somewhat foolishly.
As dead bodies start to pile up, the author, villagers, cast, and crew get a thorough going over by Hamish. There are many twists and turns in this book, as any number of the characters in the book have had some sort of axe to grind with the dead. As always, the journey to discover just who the murderer is is great fun. The book is peppered with sly humor, some dotty villagers, and enjoyable characters. Those characters who are bumped off are usually quite unlikable, leaving the reader with no regrets about their departure. In this fourteenth book of the Hamish Macbeth series of cozy mysteries, the author does not disappoint.
As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Writing in this series has become absolutely dire at this point, with pantomime-style dialogue and plot and forced relationships that are deeply embedded in sexist stereotypes. Read morePublished 9 months ago by maya
Having just watched the tv series of Agatha Raisin it makes one wonder??Published 10 months ago by Mrs Mary Reeves
The Hamish Macbeth series are set in the Highlands of Scotland and are traditional police stories about the village policeman, the locals and their life. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Miriam Smith