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Hamish Macbeth - Book XVII

by M C Beaton


Strathbane Television scrapes along showing reruns of old shows, and just about the only thing it actually makes itself is Countryside. As this show is entirely in Gaelic, it has a somewhat limited audience. To boost ratings, the bosses decide to swap the tired old programme for a new approach, and thus Highland Life is born. The presenter is to be glamorous TV reporter Crystal French who soon comes roaring into town in her green BMW. Her idea of a good TV show is one that rakes up old scandals, and exposes the sins of various local people for all to see. Naturally, she is not popular, and nobody is surprised when she is found dead. But who out of the many suspects actually did the deed?

This is reminiscent of Death of a Scriptwriter and perhaps does not have a great deal more to add. But it is unsurprisingly another engaging tale, and one where we continue to learn more about the inhabitants of Lochdubh and the surrounding villages. As ever, Strathbane is held up to be all that is wrong with modern cities, and serves as a somewhat extreme foil to the sleepy village of Lochdubh. There is a new girl in town whom Hamish is determined not to romance, which makes for less entertaining—but surely less predictable—reading. The star of the book is the plot, which keeps readers on their toes and entertained, although this is not one of the strongest entries in the series due to it not having anything to add to what is already present in the rest of the series.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Death of a Gossip #1
Death of a Cad #2
Death of an Outsider #3
Death of a Macho Man #12
Death of a Dentist #13
Death of a Scriptwriter #14
Death of an Addict #15
A Highland Christmas #15.5
Death of a Dustman #16  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Celebrity #17  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Village #18
Death of a Poison Pen #19
Death of a Bore #20  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Dreamer #21 [audio] [book 1 ] [book 2]
Death of a Maid #22  [review 1] [uk review 2]
Death of a Gentle Lady #23  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Witch #24  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Valentine #25  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Chimney Sweep #26  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of a Kingfisher #27  [review 1] [review 2]
Death of Yesterday #28  [audio] [ book]
Death of a Policeman #29  [audio] [book]
Death of a Liar #30  [audio] [book]
Death of a Nurse #31  [audio] [book]
Death of a Ghost #32 [audio] [book]

Death of an Honest Man #33 [audio] [book]

The Book

Robinson (Constable and Robinson)
September 2009
1849010773 / 9781849010771
Mystery / 2002 Highlands, Scotland
NOTE: US edition is different

The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2009
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