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.
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