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Death of a Dreamer | [M. C. Beaton]

Death of a Dreamer

Effie Garrand is quite delusional, having convinced herself and everyone else that local artist Jock Fleming is in love with her, and that they are engaged. After a huge fight with Jock, Effie is found in the mountains, poisoned by hemlock. Now, it's up to Hamish to find the dreamer's killer before any more nightmares unfold.
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Publisher's Summary

Occasionally, the rugged landscape of Scotland attracts dreamers who move north, wrapped in fantasies of enjoying the simple life. They usually don't last, defeated by the climate or by inhospitable locals.

But it looks as if Effie Garrand has come to stay. When local constable Hamish Macbeth calls on her, he is amazed to find the small woman still in residence after a particularly hideous winter. Unfortunately, Effie is also quite delusional, having convinced herself and everyone else that local artist Jock Fleming is in love with her, and that they are engaged.

After a huge fight with Jock, Effie is found in the mountains, poisoned by hemlock. Now, it's up to Hamish to find the dreamer's killer before any more nightmares unfold.

Great Scot! Don't miss more of Hamish Macbeth's cases.

©2006 Marion Chesney; (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

"Beaton's flawless 21st installment in her popular Hamish Macbeth series...boasts amusing local color and singularly savvy sleuthing." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Michele Charles Mountain View, OK, US 08-29-08
    Michele Charles Mountain View, OK, US 08-29-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "A warm and welcome place"

    I just love M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series! I can't get enough of them. I've read them all and I love the audio books as well. Death of a Dreamer is not a disappointment if you love Hamish.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy South Charleston, WV, United States 03-12-08
    Timothy South Charleston, WV, United States 03-12-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Yep, a good one"

    Excellent narration, story, and character development. You will be in Scotland and enjoy the people and environment as the mystery evolves and gives up its secrets.

    I am difficult to please, but this one is superb.

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    Jan H. Wolfe El Paso, TX 03-05-12
    Jan H. Wolfe El Paso, TX 03-05-12 Member Since 2009

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    I am a great fan of this series and this book does not disappoint. The characters are still fascinating and the story is fresh, but I did guess the murderer before Macbeth did!

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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 04-22-14
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I wanted some lovely escapist fun and this one was perfect. It had enough depth to be interesting, but without becoming painfully real. Most of the bad guys got their comeuppance in the end, which is great or 'grand', as Hamish would say. Hamish has women all around him and none of them changing his life much at all, which was fun. The real constants are his pets and his work.

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