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Death of a Kingfisher (Hamish Macbeth) Hardcover – 15 Mar 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Constable; First UK Edition edition (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849010226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849010221
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Once again M C Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages. (Publishers Weekly)

It's always a pleasure to return to Loch Dubh. (New York Times Book Review)

Breezy fun. (Publishers Weekly)

Explosive and engaging. (Booklist)

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'Once again MC Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages ... Breezy fun.' (Publishers Weekly)

'It's always a pleasure to return to Loch Dubh.' (The New York Times Book Review)

'Explosive and engaging.' (Booklist) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I like Hamish very much and I enjoyed this story up to the point when it suddenly got very, very silly and a Russian villian appeared. Beaton must have got bored or written herself into a corner. The sentences become stacatto and the narrative rushed. The two ghastly brats could not possibly have got into those situations, even with the most inept police and social services. Spoilt ending I'm afraid.
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Brilliant as usual
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very good reading
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Highly recommended
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The focus of this series of novels has always been on village life with its eccentric characters.The engaging personality of Hamish Macbeth as he solves cases,avoids promotion and fights off the ladies (well,sometimes)has kept me reading these novels even when the quality of the writing wavers.Unfortunately,these elements that ensured the longevity of the series are missing in this book-the villagers only have walk-on parts and Hamish has lost his spark,becoming very unpleasant in the process.The plot is peculiar:it starts off in a recognisable way with trouble at Lochdubh,but then escalates unbelievably into a rapidly sketched story involving psychopaths and Russian gangsters and a great deal of violence.I think I read these now because I was hooked on the earlier novels,but there has been a sharp downward curve in quality.Not recommended at all.
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As a big fan of the Hamish Macbeth series, I am always happy to see a new mystery appear and never want the series to end. This latest story suggests it may well be time for Beaton to leave Hamish and Loch Dubh in peace though. The book reads as if she has dictated it hurriedly and with no enthusiasm. The same characters appear as always which is nice but a change or two would be good and a bit more believable.

Credibility is the biggest issue here along with the rushed plot that conveniently skips forward all the time to ensure there's less writing to be done. the clever but unlikely plots of earlier books is replaced with lazy and totally unbelievable brutality. The plot isn't credible and the ending is dissatisfying and unresolved. It's a sad thing to say but Beaton's writing now seems tired and if US reviewers really do think she's up to date with life in Scotland then a trip to the UK is in order.
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Marion Chesney's first novel was published around 33 years ago, and a further hundred or so novels have appeared since then. Just over half of these were written under the nom-de-plume 'M C Beaton', all but one featuring either the Cotswold investigations of the unlikely-named Agatha Raisin or the adventures of PC (now Sergeant) Hamish Macbeth in the small fictional town of Lochdubh, located somewhere in the north-western wilderness of the former County of Sutherland.

If you are new to the Hamish Macbeth books, you may be influenced by memories of the TV series broadcast in the mid 1990s, which did much to launch the career of actor Robert Carlyle. Although the 20 episodes were both successful and enjoyable, it's as well to put them out of your mind, as apart from the name of a handful of lead characters and the principal location (Lochdubh) there was little to connect the plotlines and character development of the TV series with any of the ten or eleven HM books published at the time it was filmed. The Lochdubh of the books is a small town, clearly somewhat bigger than the village of Plockton where the series was filmed, and Hamish himself is tall, thin and red-haired - a sort of emaciated Rob Roy McGregor - and cannot be readily reconciled with the dashing, dark-haired hero of the small screen.

'Death of a Kingfisher' is the 28th book in the series; the first appeared in 1985, so the average ia almost exactly one novel a year. This time, the recession is biting in rural Sutherland just as much as in the rest of Europe. Tourism is a very important part of the local economy, and the small nearby town of Braikie is determined to make the most of its limited assets.
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