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Death of Yesterday (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries) Hardcover – March 26, 2013
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"This red-headed police sergeant living in the small village of Lochdubh, Scotland is such a hoot and a howl that you never want to see this character come to an end...There's never a dull moment in the life of Hamish Macbeth and, thankfully, this author keeps churning out books so Hamish's fans can sit back and enjoy the fun. A+!"―New England News --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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This current novel, "Death of Yesterday," (Where on earth did the author come up with this title?), I had high hopes for feeling that the previous novel may have been just a fluke. I was wrong. While this one is not as wretched as Kingfisher, it most certainly is a mess and comes pretty close.
Being extremely familiar with all the books in this series I can assure you that this current offering is merely a cut and paste job, a very thin shadow of what was one of my top five cozy mystery series. The author has used the same ploys, plot twists, and indeed, almost the same sentences and paragraphs from previous novels. I could read one line, any line, of this current book and pretty well know almost to the word what was coming next...arrrrgh! The entire story seemed to be hurried and the author threw in so many unnecessary and superficial characters that it became quite difficult to follow the story.
And the body count...oh, my! When I read a cozy I normally expect one, sometimes two, very mild murders. Hey that is part of the genre.Read more ›
When I first started reading them, I was charmed by the backwards village of Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands, a place that seemed untouched by modernity and was, as a result, at least twenty years behind the values of modern society. Villagers all knew each other and worried more about raising sheep and catching fish than, say, keeping up with the stock market or latest celebrity gossip. Of course, people would also gloss over drunk driving and spousal abuse as "private matters" and would be shocked by outsiders with their flashy clothes and promiscuous ways. Independent women, artists, homosexuals and anyone with a non-Scottish accent were criticized harshly. Still, I stuck with the books because I understood why the village would be twenty years or so behind the times. They were isolated in the Highlands and slow to change.
But now the series itself is nearly thirty years old (the first book was published in 1985, I believe) and not much has changed. It's hard to keep thinking of the villagers' small-mindedness as "charming" when they are now closer to fifty years behind the times.
And it's not just the cultural values that are hopelessly (and implausibly) stagnant. It's also Hamish himself. He still, after nearly three decades, pines for the beautiful Priscilla, his one-time fiancée (they were engaged for, I would say, less than an hour but it was evidently enough to make him moan about it for the rest of his natural life).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic Hamish Macbeth yarn. Loved it! He must be the most creative, humane Scottish policeman ever. Wish I had downloaded more of the series.Published 1 month ago by almagray
Who doesn't like Hamish?. Very enjoyable characters, stories and setting.Published 2 months ago by coca-cola-girl1
Enjoy reading the mysteries that involve Sergeant Hamish MacbethPublished 4 months ago by Diane Whitaker
Beaton’s latest is set mostly in the unfriendly town of Cnothan, where the townspeople “keep themselves to themselves. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joe Da Rold
I really enjoy the Hamish Macbeth stories,of m c Beaton. So easy to readPublished 4 months ago by chinadog
As always, MC Beaton is a joy to read and I love Hamish; picture him as Robert Carlisle that starred in the TV series. This is great read.Published 6 months ago by Joan