Death of A Scriptwriter

Death of A Scriptwriter

Bk. 14 Hamish Macbeth

Book - 1998
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Scotland's lovable Hamish Macbeth -- the one-man village police force -- investigates the death of an actress and a television writer in the latest episode of M. C. Beaton's popular series.

In her day, Patricia Martyn-Broyd was a well-known writer of mysteries featuring the aristocratic detective Lady Harriet Vare. Now in her seventies, the author has settled in the village of Lochdubh to enjoy her retirement. Learning that one of her old novels will be produced for television, she can hardly contain her excitement. Her enthusiasm turns to rage however, when she discovers that the role of Lady Harriet has been transformed into a pot-smoking hippie. And when both the lead actress and the hack scriptwriter are found dead, it's up to Hamish Macbeth to clear the author's finding a murderer with a plot all his own.

Baker & Taylor
The popular Scottish detective, Hamish Macbeth, investigates the slaying of a mystery writer who dares to complain about a television adaptation of her books that turns her aristocratic heroine into a marijuana-smoking hippie. 15,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series...
DEATH OF A SCRIPTWRITER: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
With the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe away in London, Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth pines for company during the long Scottish winter. He gets his wish -- and more -- when a troupe of flashy, urbane filmmakers clamors into the nearby town of Drim. Before long bedlam erupts around their make-believe mystery ...and culminates in the sudden appearance of one very real corpse.
The initial suspect in the killing is one Patricia Martyn-Broyd, the aging mystery writer furious that her musty old cozies are getting a risque face-lift in their TV reincarnation. Yet, going behind the scenes, Hamish soon finds a town full of locals bitten by the movie bug and a cast of quarreling show business types, all harboring their own secrets, lies, and hidden agendas. And as the culprit strikes again, Hamish must quickly find the right killer -- or script the wrong finale to a show gone murderously awry.

& Taylor

Scottish detective Hamish Macbeth investigates the slaying of a mystery writer who dares to complain about a television adaptation of her books that turns her aristocratic heroine into a marijuana-smoking hippie

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, 1998
ISBN: 9780892966448
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 23 cm


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Dec 15, 2016

(Book 14 in the Hamish Macbeth series)

Oct 09, 2014

Did not enjoy this story - TV crew people are awful. The ladies in the town of Drim are nasty to each other. The author is a snob. Hamish did not appear that much in this story which was a disappointment. Read 14 of the Macbeth series and enjoyed all of them but not this one.


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FavouriteFiction Oct 29, 2009

Policeman Hamish MacBeth watches with disdain as a television crew descends into his neighbourhood to film a local author's out-of-print mysteries. Before too long, the scriptwriter, the film's leading actress and the actress' husband are all dead and it is up to Hamish to find the culprit.

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