Death of a Celebrity
Mysterious Press, January, 2002.
Hardcover, 259 pages.
Constable Hamish Macbeth is determined to resist promotion, in order to remain the town constable of the Scottish town of Lochdubh. But when a murder occurs sometimes Hamish regrets his decision, because the CID promptly takes over any interesting case, relegating the unfortunate Hamish to the background. When the local tv station decides it needs a ratings boost, it hires barracuda newswoman Crystal French, whose specialty is humiliating villagers on her show. Naturally, Crystal gets murdered, and Hamish is determined to find the killer. There are any number of suspects to vet, but Hamish gets some help -- and more than a little aggravation -- from local reporter Elspeth Grant.
A trip to Lochdubh is a cozy treat that is best enjoyed with a hot cup of Earl Grey tea at your side. M. C. Beaton presents a delightful village mystery, with eccentric characters, beautiful scenery and, of course, the long-suffering Hamish who's most faithful companion is his dog, Lugs. Beaton does a wonderful job of portraying the charm of a Scottish village in this excellent addition to the popular series.
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This review was published in the July-August, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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