[Reviews] Death of a WitchUnfocused and a little silly, this book is another example of the series performing at considerably less than its best.
Weep for poor Hamish, who inspires all sorts of foolish women to love him and complicate his life and investigation. Or don't.
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.
Another generally enjoyable tour of the fictional town of Lochdubh, requisite dead body aside.
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.
Stuff happens, and most of it is mildly entertaining, but returning readers have seen better from the setting and characters.
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.
New to the series? Start somewhere else. A returning fan? Read it, I suppose, but don't do so with high expectations.
"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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