After a few shaky books, Beaton, her narrator, and the village of Lochdubh are back on track. Unfortunately, Hamish seems to have turned mean and spiteful. This time, I had no sympathy at all for any of the people who died, and wouldn't have minded if a couple more had gotten knocked off. Blair had to sit out most of the book--yeah!--and Jimmy finally gets a chance to shine. Sadly, no laugh out loud passages as most of the book's tone is gloom and misery.
(Book 21 in the Hamish Macbeth series)
Death of a Dreamer --- by --- M.C. Beaton.
For sometime now, I’ve been a fan of M.C. I don’t know how that came to be but I am glad it did. She writes the most delightful murder mysteries: either involving private eye Agatha Raisin and set in the Cotswolds or featuring Hamish Macbeth in Sunderland, northern Scotland. Well, Dreamer features constable MacBeth, a bright copper alright, so bright that he doesn’t want to leave “his” village of Lochdubh for the flesh pots of Glasgow. So while he solves the crime (there isn’t much in his village) he is always careful to throw the credit on someone else.
Beaton’s characters are credible: what they do is real. They have broken hearts and they listen to too much gossip. Open this book in an easy chair by the fire, fetch a draw of whisky (for authenticity) and enjoy an evening or two with Hamish.
Good book. Too bad about Mr. Daviot .
i am a new reader of M.C Beaton , i found this novel very well written, i could'nt put it down...every chapter had a new twist..all the way to the last page...
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