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Death of a Kingfisher (edition 2012)

by M. C. Beaton, Graeme Malcolm (Narrator)

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Title:Death of a Kingfisher
Authors:M. C. Beaton
Other authors:Graeme Malcolm (Narrator)
Info:Audio Bookshelf (2012), Edition: MP3, Audio CD
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Typical Hamish Macbeth novel.
A bird is killed in an area that is being cultivated as a tourist attraction. This, as usual, escalates to murder--and some particularly nasty ones at that.
The usual format is followed--Hamish is side-lined but does most of the detective work.
Nicely narrated as usual too.
Nice, light, undemanding read. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
I would have given this 4 stars but.... it left me with a disquieting uneasiness and definite distaste at the end (which I am not going to tell you about).

The local hunting box & faerie glen has under gone a change of ownership.... The faerie glen has now become a tourist stop and the scene of several crimes. Then there is murder, of the kingfisher & its chicks, the new owner of the hunting box, a local woman, the owner of the faerie box, and other unsavory people.....

Hamish has his hands full with: a seductress, police woman, new constable assigned to his station, two nasty children & their cantankerous grandmother, and the usual characters.

Such unmitigated greed, hatred, ugliness..... with a loose ending.... ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
A typical Haimish book. ( )
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
AUTHOR: Beaton, M.C.
TITLE: Death of a Kingfisher
DATE READ: 01/16/16
RATING: 4/B
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Mystery/ 2012 / Grand Central Publishing / 245 pgs
SERIES/STAND-AL ONE: #28 Hamish Macbeth
CHARACTERS Hamish Macbeth / Police Constable
TIME/PLACE: Present/ Locdubh, Scottish Highlands
FIRST LINES It is a well-known fact that just when a man reaches his early thirties and thinks he is past love, that is when love turns the corner & knocks the feet from under him.
COMMENTS: Hamish Macbeth is called to nearby town of Braikie -- Buchan's Wood a natural area believed to be the home of faeries is situated here. A newcomer has taken it upon herself to make this area a source of profit for the town & herself. When one of the big attractions to the Wood is destroyed … a family of Kingfishers … things get blown out of proportion and the media has gotten hold of the story. This is only the start of the trouble that ensues, from a crabby old woman worth millions, to her distant and cold daughter & son-in-law and their evil children to Russian mobsters. And in this outing Hamish is joined by Dick an older police officer who likes to eat, watch TV and gossip w/ the neighbors more than actually assist Hamish. ( )
  pammykn | Jan 16, 2016 |
Not much romance for Hamish in this story. An introduction to the murderous siblings, tho, ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
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When Scotland is hit by the recession, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns. The quaint village of Braikie doesn't have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan's Wood, which was bequeathed to the town. The savvy local tourist director renames the woods "The Fairy Glen," and has brochures printed with a beautiful photograph of a kingfisher rising from a pond on the cover. It isn't long before coach tours begin to arrive. But just as the town's luck starts to turn, a kingfisher is found hanging from a branch in the woods with a noose around its neck. As a wave of vandalism threatens to ruin Braikie forever, the town turns to Hamish Macbeth. And when violence strikes again, the lawman's investigation quickly turns from animal cruelty to murder.… (more)

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