Death of a Scriptwriter review

Death of a Scriptwriter (Hamish Macbeth, #14)

Goodreads: 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 filmmakers clamors 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 are getting a risque face-lift in their TV 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.

Well, Hamish is at it again in the gloomy, dreary town of Drim where a filming company has decided to film a TV series.  Besides the drug issues of uppers and marijuana, the body of the scriptwriter is found by none other than Hamish himself.

It was quite easy to figure out who did it – I knew who the killer was before the man was ever killed.  Still, Hamish is always a delight to read about and his antics, though sometimes questionable, get results when no one else can.  Sometimes he makes a wrong move or lets his sympathies get in the way of rational thought.

However, he always gets his man in the end  The more I read about the Scottish countryside, the more I know I don’t have the slightest desire to visit it.  It sounds formidable at best – I couldn’t take the snow though.

Another great read that lives up to the Hamish Macbeth series.  It read quickly and stays on task the entire way.  I give this one an A.  🙂


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