Death of a Kingfisher

Death of a Kingfisher

Death of a Kingfisher When Scotland is hit by the recession Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns The quaint vill

  • Title: Death of a Kingfisher
  • Author: M.C. Beaton
  • ISBN: 9780446547369
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Scotland is hit by the recession, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns The quaint village of Braikie doesn t have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan s Wood, which was bequeathed to the town The savvy local tourist director renamesWhen Scotland is hit by the recession, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns The quaint village of Braikie doesn t have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan s Wood, which was bequeathed to the town The savvy local tourist director renames the woods The Fairy Glen, and has brochures printed with a beautiful photograph of a kingfisher rising from a pond on the cover It isn t long before coach tours begin to arrive But just as the town s luck starts to turn, a kingfisher is found hanging from a branch in the woods with a noose around its neck As a wave of vandalism threatens to ruin Braikie forever, the town turns to Hamish Macbeth And when violence strikes again, the lawman s investigation quickly turns from animal cruelty to murder.

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    Okay I'll admit it, Hamish becomes more and more appealing with every book I read. I find him infuriating, selfish, arrogant yet completely endearing. Here he is down at Brailke investigating fairies, kingfishers and psychopaths, whilst trying not to fall in love with a possible suspect. Charming trip back to Scotland to see Hamish, Dick, Lugs and Sonsie.

    I'm a huge fan of this series, but from the first page to the middle of the story, I wondered who had taken over writing these books for MC Beaton and thought he/she needed to go back and read the early books. This (and the book before this) is not the Hamish Macbeth mystery I've come to love and look forward to. The writing style is more choppier than I remember the other books, too. As I got into the book, well in to Chapter 4, it got better and kept my interest. Then, near the end, around Cha [...]

    Another enjoyable one in the Hamish Macbeth series. Part of it I suspected, but not in the way which it came about. Not really fond of the mystery plot, but I love this series for the characters.

    I have read every one of the Hamish MacBeth books, loved everyone and counted the days until the next one came out, but this one was a disappointment! It just wasn't the Hamish we've come to know and love. Dick Fraser, the new constable they gave Hamish to help him was a decent addition. The mystery was too jerky and disjointed. In all there were 6 murders (and that's not counting the Kingfisher and his family!) It really was all over the place and hard to keep track. The two children, 16 and 12 [...]

    Really enjoyed this latest edition to M. C. Beaton's "Death of a " series. I always enjoy going to Lochdubh (in Scotland) and finding Hamis MacBeth in his little police station, staying 10 steps ahead of his superiors in Strathbane. Death of a Kingfisher is a mystery involving the deaths of 2 individuals in the same village. One is a cranky old woman whose family stands to get a lot of money when she dies. However, there is a "problem" with the will. The old woman might not win "Grandmother of t [...]

    I love Hamish Macbeth. I have read all 28 of the books in the series. BUT, I did not enjoy this one as much as the others. I felt the author was reaching too far, the mystery was too complicated, the characters too over the top. Usually her characters are the center of the story. In this one, Hamish was so busy running from place to place and uncovering one bizarre clue after another, that I often felt lost. Then, to add insult to injury, there was no true resolution to the crime. Not good.

    This book was one of the better Hamish Macbeth stories. The mystery was interesting and it didn't dwell too much on Hamish's convoluted love life (except for when it is directly involved in the case). However, I can't help but feel that Beaton doesn't know when to end a story. The mystery seems complete and coming to a natural conclusion, but the story still rambles on for another half hour (I listen to these stories on audiobooks). Still, this book seemed more focused than others and I hope tha [...]

    The latest installment in this series is not your typical Hamish Macbeth story. Hamish is still trying to avoid the limelight and wants nothing more than to stay in his own little village, and maybe find true love at long last. Except there is one thing he wants more than all of these things – justice for those who were wronged and murdered. This tale is one of M. C. Beaton’s more complicated story-lines. As one thing leads to another, and so forth, seemingly unrelated events become connecte [...]

    This was a very quick read, maybe because all the characters are the same? And they don't grow? I am growing weary with this series. Beaton is phoning it in, and it shows. Sociopathic murderers, Russian oil billionaires, and an elaborate county-house murder are all a bit too much when taken together. Blair's behavior is too ridiculous to believe he'd be allowed to stay on the force, and the relentless string of killings are unbelievable in a small community. The thing is, all the elements of a g [...]

    Hamish MacBeth is one of the few male leads in cozy mysteries. He is a terrific character. Perceived as very phlegmatic, he actually has strong emotions, it just seems that he is going at a slightly slower speed than normal while the world around him is going slightly more quickly. The secondary characters are very strong also and the 'evil doers' are only slightly caricatures. But not always. Like in this book. They have a back story and you see why they behave the way they do. The book may see [...]

    Death of a Kingfisher is the 27th book in the Hamish Macbeth mystery series. Buchan's Wood in the village of Braikie in the Scottish Highlands has become a major tourist attraction and becomes targetted by vandalism starting with the murder of a kingfisher and his family and leading to the murder of a nearby resident. It is always a pleasure to catch up with Hamish Macbeth and the villagers of Lochdubh with all their eccentricities. Another fast paced mystery with plenty of happenings to keep Ha [...]

    Oh, I do love my Hamish Macbeth cozy mysteries. Each one is like a delicious chocolate mint you've been waiting to savor. While I'm quite aware that the books in the series aren't great literature, they are full of great characters, humor, mystery, and all things Scottish. For me, they provide a completely relaxing read, where my mind can float lazily in a pool of warm fuzzies. In this particular tale, the reader can even learn a thing or two about the Kingfisher bird. M.C. Beaton has once again [...]

    I think it was Janet who said the killer came out of left-field. Right on. I waited, and waited, and waited for the latest in the Hamish MacBeth series, set in the highlands of Scotland, and was so disappointed by the farfetched ending. It's as if Beaton got tired of writing this one and just "winged it" at the end. I love all the quirky characters but Hamish seems to be in a rut with his police and private life. Come on Beaton, get with it!

    I got hooked on M. C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series back when I used to drive a lot. Notice I said hooked. Rather like a trout in Macbeth's lovely Highland village of Lochdubh, I was caught, and now I can't escape the net.The latest entry in the series is Death of a Kingfisher. The Kingfisher in this instance is a beautiful bird, the showpiece of The Fairy Glen, a new tourist attraction at the nearby village of Braikie.The locals weren't to happy about The Fairy Glen, not at first, but it's bro [...]

    Hamish Macbeth is one of my favourite detectives. He is, indeed, a canny Scot who watches over his patch in the Highlands with loving care but sometimes with the barest patience for his countrymen and fellow coppers. The ginger-haired lanky police constable is saddled with three huge burdens as this story begins: one is Constable Dick Fraser who is lazy beyond belief and has been assigned to Macbeth; another is Mrs. Colchester and her family who are new additions to the village of Braikie in Mac [...]

    I wait patiently for the new Hamish MacBeth book each February and am always delighted after I finish it. Then, I start the wait all over again. After so many MacBeth stories it seems that M.C. Beaton has to stretch to find reasons for more people getting murdered, but the recuring characters always bring a sense of familiarity to the stories. Hamish still struggles with his love life and his past girlfriends, his animals still play an important part in his life and his colleagues remain a const [...]

    Not the Hamish that I have come to know and love. I usually love Hamish Macbeth, but in this book, he just doesn't seem to have his most loveable characteristics such as his usual sudden flashes of enlightment and his doggedness once he's getting close to figuring out the mystery, or his wonderful quick wit which I didn't see much in this book. The book isn't bad, but it just isn't what I have come to expect from this author. The mystery is actually pretty good, but Hamish seemed to be stumbling [...]

    The picturesque Scottish highlands village of Braikie's woodland glen area which has been renamed "Fairy Glen." There's a savvy new tourist director with beautiful blue eyes who turns Hamish's head. When the male member of a family of kingfishers is found hanged, things go from bad to worse. Then the murders start Hamish is one of my favorite characters. Although Beaton's character Agatha Raisin is apparently the more popular, I personally enjoy Hamish so much more. Beaton pokes sly fun at Scotl [...]

    After 27 books it's hard to imagine that the writing in this series would change but it's true. Not that it's great writing, far from it, but there is much more flesh to the story and you have to love Hamish Macbeth no matter what the author does to the story. This time Hamish has another policeman "helping" him and living in the police cottage. Dick is actually a great addition to the story line. I hope he stays for at least a few more books.

    I had read a number of Hamish MacBeth mysteries (this is #27 of 31 so far) several years ago but finally burned out on them. I found this one as an audiobook at the library so I decided to give it another try. It still has the whimsical tone (and I like whimsy but the whimsy in these books finally wore me out) but I found the plot odd and the last quarter of the book was just weird. So probably no more Hamish.

    As a long time Beaton fan, I was glad she returned to a little of her earlier writing style with scenery. Often I stick with a series to see what the usual suspects are doing. Here, Angela Brody, the twin sisters, Priscilla and the Minister's wife were cameo appearances only. The way that Hamish solves the murder came through in his usual cunning style and overall the book is a good read.

    This was not as good as the usual Macbeth mystery. Too many things going on, not enough time in Lochdubh. I did enjoy the new village policeman living with Macbeth, Dick was even lazier than Hamish is.

    I was clipping right along with this entry, marveling at the complexity of the plot. I couldn’t wait to see who the bad guy was. Sigh. Is it me, or did the villain seem to come out of left field with very little preparatory work beforehand?

    Always great fun to read, the Hamish MacBeth series is perfect light entertainment. The explosive death was perhaps just a little over the top, but I suppose after so many novels in the series, creativity must come into play.

    Many, many more layers than I'm used to. I'm still not quite sure who committed what crimes, but I enjoyed myself quite a lot, and found the entire premise interesting. Definitely the most creative murder I've read in a while, be that good or bad.

    Great book! Somehow Beaton found more ways to commit murder! A rocket wheelchair? How cool is that? Must read more of her books and see how many times she murders off characters alike.

    Oh Hamish Macbeth, how much I had missed you. Loved meeting up again, another great if easy read and daft plot!!

    A good read as usual. Beaton has a perfect storytelling ability and has drawn such a fine portrait of Hamish Macbeth that the reader feels he/she knows him personally.

    Love this series and main character - even the bad guys are well drawn and the narration is always terrific -- recommended!

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