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Death of a Dreamer (Hamish Macbeth Series #21)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2006

    Enjoyable Highlands Mystery

    Hamish MacBeth is back, and the Highlands village constable has two murders on his hands. One is a lonely and unbalanced woman who's rented a cottage near the village and is passing off someone else's art as her own, in addition to deluding herself that a visiting artist wants to marry her. The other is a retired businessman who doesn't seem to be popular with anybody. How are these two murders connected? Hamish deals with a variety of village visitors who may have clues, as well as old loves who resurface in his life with the usual complications. As always, a nice and nondemanding read for a quiet afternoon.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    strong Macbeth who-done-it

    Residents of Sutherland County in the extreme northern Scotland are used to harsh winters, but this year¿s series of blizzards was the most savage in memory. Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth knows the horrendous weather kept crime down as few from the south ventured this far, but he also feels guilty for not calling on new neighbor Effie Garrard during the adverse season. Hamish goes to visit Effie expecting her home shuttered tight and she in the warmer south, but instead he sees she weathered the winter reasonably well. --- Effie insists that visiting landscape painter Jock Fleming loves her while the artist says that is not so as he treasures all the beautiful women. When Jock dines with summer-bird Priscilla Halburton-Smyth dreamer Effie argues with him that he belongs to her while he insists no way. Not long afterward, Effie is found dead, a victim of hemlock poisoning. Though some say suicide as the fantasist could not cope with the end of her relationship with Jock and others assume the artist killed her, Hamish thinks the case is much more complex. He looks into who turned the dreamer¿s world into a nightmarish death even as a second victim dies. --- The first half of this fine locality piece is more a character study as the villagers begin to come out of the wintry cocoon and introduce readers to the key players besides Hamish. About a little more than a third of the way into the fine story line the death of the fantasist occurs at that point Hamish goes into constable mold and the tale twists into a fine Scottish police procedural with the villagers offering their opinions until the second death occurs. M.C. Beaton provides another strong Macbeth who-done-it. --- Harriet Klausner

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