[Reviews] Death of a Witch

Unfocused and a little silly, this book is another example of the series performing at considerably less than its best.

[Reviews] Death of a Gentle Lady

I really love the title. The book? Maybe not so much...

[Reviews] Death of a Maid

Beaton experiments a bit with her classic formula in places, but mostly this is just typical of the series (and thus quite good).

Death of a Dreamer

The recurring theme in "Death of a Dreamer," the 22nd book in M. C. Beaton's series about Scottish police constable Hamish Macbeth, seems to be that women are at least a little bit bonkers, most of them. I suppose there are other ideas in evidence, as well, but that's the main one.

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Death of a Bore

Perhaps because I fancy myself a writer of fiction, I find it especially easy to enjoy mystery stories that relate in some way to novelists, whether the characters in question are the clever sleuths who point the finger at a killer, or just the victims of the foul crime of murder.

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Death of a Poison Pen

I vaguely recall an Agatha Christie novel about a small village where someone was writing malicious letters and a string of murders resulted. Perhaps the term "poison pen" was even used in that volume, but awareness of the term didn't ever really stick in my head until I read "Death of a Poison Pen," the 20th installment in M. C. Beaton's series of novels about fictional police constable Hamish Macbeth.

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Death of a Village

"Death of a Village," the 19th entry in M. C. Beaton's popular series of novels about Scottish police constable Hamish Macbeth, feels to me like a miscalculation. In "A Highland Christmas," Beaton tied together a few events with a holiday theme, and that experiment worked. The newer novel tries the same thing on a larger scale, mostly, but somehow is less successful without the festive feel.

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