Death of a Village: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries) Hardcover – 1 Feb 2003
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A perennially entertaining series. (Booklist)
The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy... have reached cult status. (Anne Robinson The Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The 18th Hamish Macbeth murder mystery from the bestselling M.C. Beaton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This is another homerun for M.C. Beaton (pseudonym of Marion Chesney)! This story is every bit as good (excellent) as the other Hamish books, and makes for some gripping reading. Somehow, the author succeeds in making the Hamish Macbeth stories swing effortlessly between lighthearted humor to deadly mystery, all without losing the seeming reality of the story.
The characters in this story are likable and interesting, the story is gripping and entertaining, and the mystery quite fascinating. I think that this is a great book, one that you should consider buying!
This time, Hamish is called to the isolated village of Storye, where something is just not quite right, as the normally god fearing, Calvinist population has seemingly taken fear of the Almighty to new heights, and are now seemingly fearful of everything. Just what is going on in Storye? Well, that is what Hamish tries to discover, that is, when he is not daydreaming about his ex-fiancée Priscilla, who is now engaged to be married to someone else, or sparring with local news reporter Elspeth Grant, who seems to have taken a shine to our local constable.
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!
As part of his local beat, Hamish has to visit the town of Stoyre but something is up, the villagers are all behaving very oddly - the pub is empty but the church is full. A serious incident in the village further raises the suspicions of Macbeth.
This was a very run of the mill murder mystery. Perfectly readable but no different to the previous 18 books. Personally I am only continuing to read the series as I am the sort of person who when they start a series feels an obligation to complete them!
Before the mystery can be solved though there is the strange business of the old people's home, whose owners appear to have a novel way of making money. One of the Lochdubh residents is keen to move in to find out what it going on, but Hamish has doubts about her putting herself in danger.
This is one of the most exciting of the Hamish Macbeth stories which I have read so far with some nail biting incidents which could go either way for Hamish towards the end of it. Village life and manipulation of the press are much to the fore in this story with Hamish once again in danger of earning the promotion he does not want. I really enjoyed this book and liked the way the many different characters are portrayed.
What hope for him now after solving a whole string of cases! Not just those weird goings-on in remote Stoyre, but a major insurance fraud, a killer wife, murders in a nursing home and a missing child. Surely transfer to ghastly Strathbane is inevitable?
Although a voracious reader of Hamish Macbeth adventures, I had problems here - this rather a clutter, with too little standing up to close scrutiny. The main plot concerning Stoyre seemed ludicrous - its development largely dependent on people acting stupidly. (The account of that catastrophic storm WAS convincing, though, and I enjoyed the ingenious way Hamish ensured a future for the villagers.) The less said the better about the tailpiece to that saga - Hamish so implausibly yet again close to death.
By the way, what happened to reporter Elspeth Grant's supernatural powers? They would have come in handy here, with Hamish on at least three occasions almost killed. Did she also have no inkling of the storm that was to do so much damage?
The best books in this series are character-based, less reliant on creaking contrivances. Those seeking a light, undemanding read may well find much to enjoy. Others may be a little disappointed. Hopefully future adventures will prove more credible.
Long may Hamish enjoy Lochdubh and we enjoy him!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great books. Very enjoyable to read as they have the mystery of who did it with a little humour thrown in.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Got for a present for someone + she really enjoys these books, have ordered more + will probably be ordering more for her.Published 9 months ago by Hannah