Independant-spirited Constable Hamish Macbeth - Lochdubh's one-man police force - has his hands full after a glitzy TV company arrives in search of higher ratings. Ever since a British television crew began filming a mystery series nearby Castle Drim, Hamish has watched tension building. Middle-aged townsfolk and flashy filmmakers are clashing, the younger locals are vying for bit parts, and rumors are flying about vicious quarrels among the crew. But trouble really escalates after one of the scriptwriters is found dead, and Hamish discovers a full cast of suspects lurking behind the scenes.
Mystery fans around the world are captivated with M. C. Beaton's cunning humor, quirky characters, and vibrant local color.
Why is it that many writers want to advance their stories using only dialogue? Why don't they just write plays? One of the reasons I read at all is to escape the constant and for the most part unnecessary chatter of daily life, including all the cell phone conversations we are now required to overhear.
This book was less about Hamish Macbeth and more about the minutiae in the lives of the TV crew. I liked the other Hamish Macbeth books because they were more about his life in Lochdubh, his internal thought process and the northern Scottish small village ambiance. This book was lacking in all!
And what happened to the ironic tongue-in-cheek writing of M.C. Beaton as shown in the Agatha Raisin series?
The narrator's accents were so thick and her voice so overly dramatic I thought I needed subtitles.
I have enjoyed the other Hamish Macbeth books but I would give this one a "pass".
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Good ol' Hamish Macbeth is back...yet somehow this didn't quite meet my expectations, even though I love Hamish and I have loved Davinia Porter reading other things...the variances with vocal pitch made this quite difficult to listen to and the dialectical differences probably contributed to this problem, even thought Ms. Porter is quite skilled. I kept having to adjust the volume to catch everything and yet not be blasted at other times. Perhaps the recording mechanisms themselves are to blame for the problems listening to this book.
Still...a good Hamish story and still a good reader.
Death of a Scriptwriter has impelling characters, a believable and complicated plot, setting is lovely(as always), and loaded with humor! I have enjoyed Davina Porter's narration in many other novels, but her highland brogue sounds Russian. Hamish does not ring true, nor do most of the other local characters. The English characters are fine. Very disappointing.
This is the first book by M C Beaton that I've read. The characters come to life and have a life outside of the plot, which is very intriging.
How could the performance have been better?
Davina Porter does not do it for Hamish character. She made him sound like he had a speech impediment, which is fine but this isn't noted in the series. Graeme Malcolm is second to none.
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Hamish never disappoints- a great murder mystery , they are all so easy to listen too . Only moan, I didn't like a female narrator reading a Hamish story.
Where does Death of a Scriptwriter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Nicely read, well written whodunnit. Quite a clever, meta story too as these books were made into an inoffensive sunday evening tv show. This is the story of an author's mystery novels being turned into a sunday evening tv show, and the murderous consequences.