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by James Crumley
Warner Books, November 2002
310 pages
ISBN: 044667964X

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Hamish Macbeth has never been an ambitious police detective, out in the Highlands of Scotland, so when his superiors decide that he ought to be promoted and transferred, Macbeth needs to find a way to stop it. In the meantime, there is a spate of burglaries and a bizarre problem in Stoyre, a remote fishing village. Fear permeates the air. Can he solve the mystery?

This was the first Hamish Macbeth mystery that I had read, and I had never been overly struck by the BBC television series, so it was with some trepidation that I approached DEATH OF A VILLAGE’. However, this was unnecessary, as it took only a few lines of Beaton’s jocular, conversational style to draw me into the novel, and hold me tight. Wittily written, it makes for addictive reading and even an average-speed reader should have no problem finishing it in a day or so.

In addition to the humour factor, Beaton’s characters are larger than life and whilst the stories teeter on the verge of implausibility and dare I say it, ridiculousness, this will not bother the reader, since they will be keen to see the further adventures of Hamish Macbeth and his friends. Almost as far away from dark thrillers as you can get, DEATH OF A VILLAGE’ is a very enjoyable novel that will have the reader laughing out loud and eager for more.

Reviewed by Maddy Van Hertbruggen, January 2003

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