Death of A ScriptwritereBook - 2001
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 name...by finding a murderer with a plot all his own.
Baker & 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
Blackwell North Amer
Patricia Martyn-Broyd was not an easy woman to like. The hawk-nosed spinster had retired to Scotland, unable to write another book since her 1965 mystery featuring the aristocratic Scottish detective Lady Harriet Vere. Local constable Hamish Macbeth thought Patricia must be lonely beneath her rigid pride. A bit lonely himself since the breakup of his engagement, he extended his friendship. But that was before fame and the movie people arrived...
A British TV company had decided to feature Lady Harriet in a new series. The constable knew there would be trouble between the middle-aged, dour townsfolk and the flashy, urbane filmmakers. And there was - murder.
When one of the scriptwriters for the series is found dead, the tension escalates on the set and in the streets of Drim. And as Hamish pokes into the town's secrets and the TV people's hidden agendas, he finds a large cast of people who wanted to cut out the writer for good - from the boozehound husband jealous of his actress wife's flagrant flirting to the tough, ambitious producer who was threatened with dismissal.
Hachette Book Group
Patricia Martyn-Broyd, now in her seventies, has retired to the Scottish Highlands. She hasn't written a word in years and her books are out of print. Now a television production company is about to film her last detective story, The Case of the Rising Tide, featuring the aristocratic Scottish detective Lady Harriet Vare. Even better, a London publisher is bringing the book back to print. Even though the class-conscious Miss Martyn-Broyd doesn't care to mix with the locals, she can't help but share her excitement with the local policeman, Hamish Macbeth. Imagine her horror when she discovers that Lady Harriet Vare is portrayed as a pot-smoking hippie, that the screenwriter is known for his violent and scurrilous scripts, and that Lady Harriet is played by the scene-stealing trollop Penelope Gates. But a contract is a contract, Ms. Martyn-Broyd learns quickly. When she is accused of murdering the scriptwriter and leading lady, she turns to her one friend in Lochdubh, Hamish Macbeth, to help her.
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.
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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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