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Death of a Chimney Sweep (Hamish Macbeth Mystery) Hardcover – February 25, 2011
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Sadly, this one was medicore and rather lacking in the series' usual charm. I didn't feel that the village characters were utilized as fully as usual and the plot was rather silly. The body count was reminiscent of a Dirty Harry movie. The story was tied up a little too tidily as punishment rained down upon the villain or villains, (won't give anything away for those who have not read it), in a manner worthy of Biblical wrath.
If you love the Hamish Macbeth series (and I do), by all means, read this book. Just know going in that it's not the best book Ms. Beaton has written. She's capable of better. Here's hoping the next one in the series is less disappointing.
Instead of churning out a book a year to a formula, Ms Beaton should stop, smell the roses and put a bit more time and thought into the next book in the series.
Isn't it about time Hamish was married off as it is all getting rather boring.???
Maybe an example will help. Patrick McManus, the outdoor humor writer, did a piece on summer reading. He said summer reading includes three things: no ideas, illicit sex, and a shark. This book by M.C. Beaton sort of fits the bill in that it has an abundance of silly plot ideas and a shark (no illicit sex to speak of except as part of Angela's new book--which sounds like a real winner). Yes, a shark. This book is summer reading at its worst.
Let's talk about one staple of Beaton's Highland series: the beauty and charm of the Highlands. In most of her early books she fills her books with an appropriate amount of description that makes the reader feel he/she is in the highlands, riding with Hamish over the mountains and along the lochs. The descriptions in this book feel perfunctory. There is no tangible feeling like one gets in earlier books.
Then there are the characters. In earlier books the characters have some flesh and blood. The Highlander characteristics come out in dialogue, and time is taken to make Highland character oddities part of the story. In this book, the characters are flat. They seem to be useful only for moving the various plots along. What effort there is to make these characters real seems perfunctory also. She is careful to throw in a few of her usual character traits for some kind of consistency, but she tells the reader about the traits rather than showing them.
Then there are the plots. These plots are completely unbelievable. Talk about the application of deus ex machina in order to keep the book flowing and not spend too much time on solving a situation realistically.Read more ›
of this book. I have loved most of the
Hamish books but this one (I even feel
embarrassed for him!). All kinds of
killings here and there that it,s hard to
even tie up to each other. I was suprised
at how bad it is.
It seems that the same plot just keeps being used over and over again, using different names. The dialog is so snipped, and you can see way Hamish has no friends; he can't carry on a conversation.
Lets hope for better down the road.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All of the books in this series are excellent, highly recommended. It doesn't get better than this.Published 25 days ago by JJ
Another great book. I keep reviewing and I know I say the same thing but all are good! If you're looking for a great series this is the best!Published 2 months ago by Shirley Alvarez
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