Death of a Kingfisher (Hamish Macbeth Series #27)

Death of a Kingfisher (Hamish Macbeth Series #27)

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by M. C. Beaton
     
 

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When Scotland is hit by the recession, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns. The quaint village of Braikie doesn't have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan's Wood, which was bequeathed to the town. The savvy local tourist director

Overview

When Scotland is hit by the recession, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns. The quaint village of Braikie doesn't have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan's Wood, which was bequeathed to the town. The savvy local tourist director renames the woods "The Fairy Glen," and has brochures printed with a beautiful photograph of a kingfisher rising from a pond on the cover.

It isn't long before coach tours begin to arrive. But just as the town's luck starts to turn, a kingfisher is found hanging from a branch in the woods with a noose around its neck. As a wave of vandalism threatens to ruin Braikie forever, the town turns to Hamish Macbeth. And when violence strikes again,the lawman's investigation quickly turns from animal cruelty to murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446547352
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
12/18/2012
Series:
Hamish Macbeth Series, #27
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
154,742
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

M.C. Beaton lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. In addition to the Hamish Macbeth series, she writes the Agatha Raisin mystery series.

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Death of a Kingfisher (Hamish Macbeth Series #28) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been reading the books in this series for quite a long time & have loved everyone one of them including this new one. Hamish is quite the character & his most of the time quiet village is an interesting place. The people in this village are funny & really add alot to the plots. It's fun to follow Hamish as he patrols & protects his juristiction in the rugged hills of Notheren Scotland. His home is quite different - small, but room for his 2 wild cats. Even though he is considered the best detective in his area, he doesn't want a promotion because he does not want to leave his beloved town members. This is a cozy read with good characters & mysteries. Love these books & think you will too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite Macbeth mysteries.   This time our Bobby Sherlock has  a Watson partner named Dick.  It added a lot of depth to the story.  The book was 190  pages compared to the normal 120 pages in M. C. Beaton books.  More story...more mystery...a  Win win for the Macbeth Mystery fans.  Good job!
Laughofcrime More than 1 year ago
As usual, MC Beaton has done it again. I love her way of portraying these people in their humanity. No one perfect. All with their own quirks. Enough mystery but also humor interwoven. Great fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this mystery as much as all the others in the series. The characters are fun to read about and the quirks so human! Since I know the area that the writer describes it is easy to visualize the scenes as well as the weather.
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ReadalotNC More than 1 year ago
Another great one. Hard to put down the farther I got into it. In the end I had to finish it even though it was after midnight when I was done. Great plot twists nnd I love all the characters.
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M.C. Beaton has characters in her books that keep you coming back for more. Her Agatha Raisin series and the Hamish Macbeth series are always interesting, and the continuing characters make them even more appealing. So far, I have never been disappointed in any of her books, and I always look forward to the next book in either series.
dimps More than 1 year ago
Death of a Kingfisher is another delightful romp with Hamish Macbeth. These characters are as familiar as my nextdoor neighbors, and often more friendly. A well-thought-out mystery that holds ones interest to the last page. I highly recommend it to lovers of Hamish.
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
This was my first Hamish Macbeth book and it was the perfect example of a cozy mystery set in Scotland. I definitely want to read more. When the death of the Kingfisher sets into motion a sting of murders, Hamish conducts the investigation like a true police detective. The characters are extremely realistic and believable and well thought out, they could be real people involved in a real police investigation. Hamish and his side kick Dick are village bobbies who have both humorous and serious sides as they undertake the investigation of numerous murders. This was a great read that keeps you guessing about who did it. If you love mysteries I would highly recommend this series. Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Net Galley for sending me this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hamish and pets are adorable
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This one has NONE of the charm of the earlier Hamish MacBeth stories. It appears to be just a jumble of loosely-related sentences thrown down almost at random on the page. Don't waste your money.
DillCT More than 1 year ago
How can I write a review when the book is not in my nook yet? I doesn't come out until Feb. I'm sure it will be great as they all are in this series.