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Hamish MacBeth Collection Good - But Carlyle Was Not the Best Hamish
on July 12, 2013
As an AVID M.C. Beaton reader, I was really disappointed in this version of Hamish. I did not read most of the stories in this collection, but Beaton's Hamish was a tall person with really red hair, so as much as I love Robert Carlyle in everything else I've seen him in, he physically was no match for Hamish. Also, the book Hamish appears somewhat oafish, yet has a strong sense of justice and cares deeply for each of the town's inhabitants (well, most of them anyway). I did not get any of this from the film Hamish. The films are interesting and of course, Beaton's storylines are always fun and invite the reader to try to figure out who the villain is, but this collection just simply did not have the warmth, familiarity between characters, or the overall pizzazz I expected after reading so many of the MacBeth books.
My hope is that someone will make a BBC series out of the Agatha Raisin and the newer Hamish books and do a better job. I would be one of their best audience members.