|Publisher:||Grand Central Pub|
|Publish Date:||Jan 2007|
|Number of Pages:||277|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.3|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.0 x 6.75 x 0.75|
M. C. Beaton's real name is Marion Chesney. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1936. She has written over a hundred books under her own name and other pseudonyms: Ann Fairfax, Helen Crampton, Jennie Tremaine, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester. She started her writing career while working as a fiction buyer for a bookstore in Glasgow. Working at one time or another as a theater critic, newspaper reporter, and editor, she used her British background to write a series of regency romances set in England and Scotland.
Some of her regency romances include The Folly, Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue, and Regency Gold. In 1986, she was awarded the Romantic Times Award for Outstanding Regency Series Writer. She has also written two mystery series under the pseudonym M. C. Beaton: The Hamish Macbeth Series, which became the inspiration for a television show in England, and The Agatha Raisin Series, about a retired advertising executive. Her title His and Hers made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.
Lanky police constable Hamish Macbeth is surrounded by a number of women in this excellent installment of the series. Hamish begins to dread the arrival of any newcomers, as they always seem to bring crime and murder with them. Charismatic artist Jock Fleming attracts the attention of delusional Effie Garrard, who quickly turns an innocent conversation into an imaginary engagement and pregnancy. Sure enough, a bottle of wine laced with antifreeze leads to the discovery of Effie's body on a cliff overlooking the isolated Highland village of Lochdubh.
Of course Hamish is the only one who doesn't think Effie's death is a suicide. Meanwhile, Jock's agent Betty, the ambitious young detective Elspeth, and Effie's sister arrive in the Lochdubh area. All the flavor of the Scottish Highlands can be heard in the narration by actor Graeme Malcolm. As is often the case, the least successful episodes are Malcolm's attempts at an American accent. There are several laugh-out-loud moments and an especially good plot in this latest Hamish Macbeth mystery. Recommended for all public libraries. B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Memorial Lib., Sag Harbor, NY
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The bodies do pile up in this 21st Macbeth tale, set in the Scottish Highlands. First, a romantic dreamer of an artist is found dead with her ring finger cut off. Then an obnoxious American tourist goes missing, the possible killer of both is shot, and the real murderer dies as well. More melodramatic than most in the series, it still is lots of fun, and Beaton's fans are legion. She is a Scot who lives in England.
The rugged landscape of Scotland attracts dreamers who move north, wrapped in fantasies of enjoying the simple life. They usually don't last, but it looks as if Effie Garrard has come to stay. When Constable Hamish Macbeth calls on her, he's amazed that she weathered the difficult winter. But Effie is quite delusional, imagining that she's engaged to local artist Jock Fleming. Later, Effie is found in the mountains, poisoned by hemlock.