Date: February 2003
of a Village
A Hamish MacBeth Mystery
In Death of a Village, Highland
Police Officer Hamish MacBeth almost has more trouble than he can
handle. Something is terribly wrong in the remote fishing village
of Stoyre. The people are behaving strangely and are more inhospitable
than usual, but when questioned, refuse to admit anything is wrong.
When a holiday cottage is blown up, the locals call it an act of
God and refuse to help in any way. Later, when an old woman is frightened
to death no one will admit to knowing anything. Back at home in
Lochdubh, a wife beater disappears and a young child is missing.
When Hamish returns to Stoyre after solving those mysteries, two
attempts are made on his life.
I have read and enjoyed so many Hamish
MacBeth Mysteries that reading Death of A Village felt like a visit
with old friends. In this series, M C Beaton has managed to create
an entire village of people that I feel as if I know. Along with
Hamish, who is my favorite literary sleuth, I always look forward
to seeing villagers such as Angela, Archie, Willie, and newcomer
As usual, M C Beaton has managed to
skillfully blend an intriguing and complex mystery with a sense
of humor that is totally addicting. Her easy, warm style continues
to breathe life into the people of Lochdubh. I always begin reading
an M C Beaton mystery with high hopes, expecting to be entertained
and amused. In Death of a Village, she does both. I can highly
recommend Death of a Village for those seeking an engrossing
and thoroughly enjoyable mystery.
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