Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Review: Death of a Celebrity by M.C. Beaton (Hamish Macbeth #18)

Access to Lochdubh is along a single, twisting, one-track road, but even its isolation can't keep Crystal French of Strathbane Television from dragging her crew and cameras into town. There to do a new show focusing on village life, Crystal quickly earns the outrage of the local folks when she rakes up old scandals and intimate secrets - tactics that promptly get her high ratings. Soon, even the local astrology column is hinting that Crystal had better watch her step. And no one, least of all Constable Hamish Macbeth, is surprised when she is killed." "Glum with the news that his former fiancee, the incomparable Priscilla, has found a new love interest, Macbeth fails to notice that the writer of the astrology column, a pretty lady named Elspeth Grant, has taken a fancy to him. He spends his time with his dog Lugs, all the while bucking the police brass with his own theories about who murdered Crystal." Warned off the case by his Strathbane superiors, Macbeth is left to question a troupe of gypsies about quarters stolen from the Lochdubh Laundromat. But when violence again disrupts the placid Highland air, Macbeth finds his theories evaporating. With a new threat appearing on the horizon - one that would forever tear him away from his beloved Lochdubh - everything is unclear in Macbeth's world, except for his own haunting suspicion that the killer is someone he knows all to well ...

This was the unabridged audiobook on CD edition (6 CDs/5.25 hours).

It was nice to visit Lochdubh again since I've been away from it for a while to read the Agatha Raisin series. I do prefer to listen to the Hamish Macbeth books since there are so many names that I'm not sure how to pronounce and it's so much easier to just listen to them and not have to be distracted trying to figure them out.

Really, Priscilla is just too much! She and Agatha Raisin's James should get together - they deserve each other! I do like Elspeth though. She's quite an interesting addition to the cast and I'm looking forward to seeing more of her.

This one gets seven stars. It was a solid, interesting mystery with, of course, a culprit that I didn't suspect. Graeme Malcolm did a nice job with the reading, as usual.

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆


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