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This review is from: Death of a Chimney Sweep (Hamish Macbeth Mystery) (Hardcover)
As much as I loved the early Hamish Macbeth mysteries, this author is on auto-pilot now, and "Death of a Chimney Sweep" is a sad mélange of worn-out gags (Archie's suit, the echo sisters, the overbearing minister's wife), and characters treading in the same old ruts. Why doesn't Beaton just lure Hamish to Reichenbach Falls, push him over the top, and put me out of my misery? I keep hoping for a spark of originality from the dying embers of this series, but Jimmy keeps drinking, Blair keeps howling, Sonsie and Lugs keep putting on weight, and the body count (in lieu of a plot) goes right through the roof.
What are we going to do with an author who kills off her characters like Highlanders swatting midges?
"He seized her by the ankles and thrust her through the window. With a long wailing scream, she fell to her death below."
"There was a dark alcove in the close. Just as she was passing it, she received a smashing blow on the skull. She died instantly..."
Many of the deaths in this book have little to do with plot. They're the post-mortem twitches of what used to be a smart, funny mystery series.
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Initial post: Jun 22, 2011, 7:47:27 AM PDT
I got a chuckle from this review. It was well done. I hope the author takes the bad reviews to heart for the next novel because I am a big Hamish fan. Normally I find the cast of characters charming but will simply borrow this one from the library.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2011, 8:31:48 AM PDT
My husband and I both loved the Hamish mysteries, but I didn't even bother telling him about this one. It's sad.
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