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The mystery itself seems straightforward enough, but Beaton has provided more than the usual number of suspects and subplots. All of these spike the reader's interest while her wicked characterizations of both the locals and the inhabitants of TV-land are hilarious, and very occasionally thought-provoking. The real strength of the book, and indeed Beaton's work in general, is the way in which she evokes the genuine isolation of Macbeth's rural Highlands and blends it with breezy renderings of murder, mayhem, and cozy cups of tea. In some ways it's a bit of an incongruous mix, but Beaton successfully keeps the tone on the lighter side. Death of a Scriptwriter will certainly intrigue mystery fans as well as those who have wondered about the creations of the PBS/BBC series Mystery! --K.A. Crouch --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is another addition to an excellent series. I love this series ! the main character, Hamish , is a man content with his lot & more than happy with his life, someone I feel I... Read morePublished 11 months ago by David Bailie
In this book we see Hamish at his best. He's charming and endearing. This book portrays the life of an aging mystery writer in the way only M.C. Beaton can. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004 by S. Schwartz
Readers who do not like M. C. Beaton's Hamish McBeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries are missing the point. Read morePublished on May 11 2000 by Kathryn B. Gurkin
I have not read any book in this series before. Perhaps other books by this author are better. However, "Death of a Scriptwriter" is mystery by the numbers. Read morePublished on Aug. 15 1999 by E. Bukowsky