Death of a Scriptwriter (Hamish Macbeth Series #14)

Death of a Scriptwriter (Hamish Macbeth Series #14)

by M. C. Beaton
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Death of a Scriptwriter (Hamish Macbeth Series #14) by M. C. Beaton

Scotland's lovable Hamish Macbeth--the one-man village police force--investigates the death of an actress and a television writer in this latest episode in the popular series.

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ISBN-13: 9780446606981
Publisher: Warner Books (NY)
Publication date: 06/28/1999
Series: Hamish Macbeth Series , #14
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 395,113
Product dimensions: 6.72(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

M. C. Beaton has won international acclaim for her New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth mysteries. The BBC has aired 24 episodes based on the series. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which will air as an eight-episode dramatic series on Sky1, starring Ashley Jensen. She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. For more information, you can visit

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In ¿Death of a Scriptwriter,¿ M.C. Beaton brings us the fourteenth installment of the Hamish Macbeth series--and she is in her element! 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 than once. 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). Disagreements among the TV crew members erupt and, viola, the screenwriter (an impossible sort, unliked and unloved by anybody, and quite impossible to work with) is found dead; shortly thereafter, the star of the film (who is to appear nude in some scenes) is killed when she ¿falls¿ off a boulder; her alcoholic husband has also been found dead! (Bodies seem more plentiful than the last act of ¿Hamlet¿!) Everyone seems to be a suspect! Macbeth, in his plodding, but thorough way, of course, leads us to the conclusion, wherein all deaths are solved, and the reader then is set up to await the next installment. This book is a fun-read. Ms Beaton is in her element--she¿s writing about what she seems to know a lot about herself--authors, screenwriters, and television crews (this series is being filmed in England and we can only hope that A&E or PBS will bring it to us over here!). Beaton devotees will love this one!
Anonymous 6 days ago
Love the Hamish books. This one was great with a great side story. My only complaint is they are too short for $7.99.
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