Hollywood in the Highlands
With the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe away in London, Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth pines for company during the long Scottish winter. He gets his wish - and more - when a troupe of flashy, urbane film makers clambers into the nearby town of Drim. Before long bedlam erupts around their make-believe mystery…and culminates in the sudden appearance of one very real corpse.
The initial suspect in the killing is one Patricia Martyn-Broyd, the aging mystery writer furious that her musty old cozies a regetting a risqué face-lift for their television reincarnation. Yet, going behind the scenes, Hamish soon finds a town full of locals bitten by the movie bug and a cast of quarreling show-business types, all harboring their own secrets, lies, and hidden agendas. And as the culprit strikes again, Hamish must quickly find the right killer - or script the wrong finale to a show gone murderously awry.
What would have made Death of a Scriptwriter better?
Good story as usual but horrible narration.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Squeaky and nasal - almost did not listen to the end.
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I like the Hamish character but the author is very consistent in her portrayal of petty jealousies and hateful snobbery of Scottish village life. Wonder she hasn't been sued by the tourist board.
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I have enjoyed all the Macbeth books and love rereading them every now and then.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I couldn't finish the book. It put me to sleep. Love the series, other narrators were so much better.
Has Death of a Scriptwriter turned you off from other books in this genre?
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shaun Grindell?
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