Goodreads: Scottish highland village cop Hamish Macbeth must find which target was provoked enough to strangle and drown nasty fat widowed tabloid reporter Jane Winters, who revealed many others’ guilty secrets. Much is from the viewpoint of a naive secretary seduced by a blue-blood playboy. Icy blond beauty, aristocratic Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, lends a hand.
This is my first M.C. Beaton book. There are over 30 books in this series starring Hamish Macbeth, I happened to be given the first five by a friend of mine. Today at work I was going through my nook looking for something to pique my interest when this gem jumped out of the 1000+ books I have.
Enjoyed the plot and the easy-going whodunit style – quite a nice little afternoon read. Hamish was a bit sluggish at first but his quirkiness made him seem more charming and affable as the story went on.
Yes, I picked out the killer pretty quickly but I find it easy to do given most of the mystery/crime genre have the same thread through them. But the writing is well done, the characters developed as the plot thickened and I found myself enjoying the book through to the end.
I do plan on reading more of the series – maybe I will start the second one tomorrow. I am curious as to how Hamish develops from one story to the next – the town he lives in seems rather quiet for 30 murders. 🙂 I give the story a B+.