Death of A Scriptwriter

Death of A Scriptwriter

Book - 1998
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From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series... DEATH OF A SCRIPTWRITER: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery HOLLYWOOD IN THE HIGHLANDS
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.
Publisher: New York :, Mysterious Press,, [1998]
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9780892966448
0892966440
Branch Call Number: M BEAT
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 22 cm

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LauraSteinert
Jan 17, 2019

Well-written, interesting and funny, some jabs at women who let themselves be taken advantage of by saying "women may be liberated, but I'm too old to give up servitude."
When I first read this, I thought it was a response to the way _Hamish Macbeth_ the BBC show was produced. It seems it was written before the series was aired. Now I'm left wondering what is wrong with the people who produce shows for a living yet go out and purchase the rights to a series in which the author has trashed their whole industry?
I like that the people who die aren't really worth letting live, but the tone of the book is off somehow. Lots of hate being spewed by the author through characters and narrator.

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maipenrai
Dec 15, 2016

(Book 14 in the Hamish Macbeth series)

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Preeceville56
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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