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Death of a Dreamer (2006)

by M. C. Beaton

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Another Hamish Macbeth - lots of lady trouble. My only complaint is that these books are too short! very good though! ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
"In the Highland village of Lochdubh, every season has its special flavor. Lanky, red-haired constable Hamish Macbeth relishes them all, but spring is the mos grand. ... the winter storms have blown out to sea, the loch is smoth as glass, and Macbeth is content with dog, cat, and cup of tea before his quiet life is shattered by love, lies -- and mruder.

Most newcomers don't stay long in remote Lochdubh. They arrive filled with romantic notions of life in northern Scotland until boredom, dampness, and nosy villagers sent them running back to civilization. Hamish Macbeth is surprised when artist Effice Garrard sticks it out through the winter, especially since her cottage is so far up in the hills that it might take weeks before anyone would know if something happened to her.

"By spring Macbeth fears something has. He takes his Land Rover out to check on her, and for once his uncanny sixth sense is wrong! Effie is fine -- if being a dreamer and a little odd don't count. That problem off his mind, Macbeth's attention turns closer to home. His old flame, Priscilla Hallburton-Smythe has returned to Lochdubh for a long visit, not that Macbeth still cares. And a landscape painter, up from Glasgow, is charming all the ladies in the area, including the elderly twins Nessie and Jessie Currie. Macbeth's famous intuition tells him trouble is in the air. And this time Macbeth is spot on.

"Effie Garrard is found dead, an apparent suicide. Although his superiors close the case, Macbeth feels in his bones it is murder. Worse, things begin going haywire in his own life. Another of his old girlfriends turns up in Lochdubh, his heart is being tugged toward an unwise passion, and he may be dreaming too much himself. Distracted by his personal affairs, Macbeth may not see an evil that's getting too close to him ... or a ruthless killer whose violence will give everyone nightmares."
~~front & back flaps

I love reading about people who don't have a good grip on reality, and then try to bend the world to match their fantasy. They always get their comeuppance in the end, which is satisfying because they seldom do in the real world. I did mention that I enjoy escapist literature, didn't I?

Nice twists and turns in the plot, characters stay true to themselves, and a sense of being in that gorgeous country, as usual. The best thing about this series is that you can always count on it being cozy. ( )
  Aspenhugger | Jan 31, 2014 |
Tea cozy I picked up for Sue. Sweet, short, and not alot extra. I would read these again for a break between books. I mean srsly. A detective in Scottland named Hamish Macbeth?? Of course I will read another. ( )
  purlewe | Apr 1, 2013 |
http://www.cozylittlebookjournal.com/2010/03/death-of-dreamer-by-mc-beaton.html

Wow. This one was quite good, but what a morose ending!

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The epilogue was another murder! I assume Hamish will have solved it by the beginning of the next book...? ( )
  CozyBookJournal | May 15, 2012 |
This isn't the best of the Hamish Macbeth series, but it's still a lot better than many of the British cozies on the market. I didn't love the character of Effie Grant-- I didn't buy her overwrought nature-- but, hey, she doesn't last long. The characterization of the rest of the village is as strong as ever; by 22 books in, you'd expect Beaton to have a strong sense of each character's flaws and strengths and she surely does. ( )
  cehill | Nov 14, 2011 |
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It had been a particularly savage winter in the county of Sutherland at the very north of Scotland.
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ISBN 9781849010870 She couldn't paint to save her life... Newcomers don't last long in remote Lochdubh - banished mostly by boredom, dampness and nosy neighbours. But artist Effie Garrand seems set to stay; following a particularly harsh winter local bobby Hamish Macbeth finds her still in residence, convinced she's still engaged to local artist Jock Fleming. So, when Effie is found dead of hemlock poisoning, no one knows if it's suicide or murder. Enter Hamish, who must establish whether the dreamer's death is about something more serious than a broken heart.
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The rugged landscape of Scotland attracts dreamers who move north, wrapped in fantasies of enjoying the simple life. They usually don't last, but it looks as if Effie Garrard has come to stay. When Constable Hamish Macbeth calls on her, he's amazed that she weathered the difficult winter. But Effie is quite delusional, imagining that she's engaged to local artist Jock Fleming. Later, Effie is found in the mountains, poisoned by hemlock.

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"Most newcomers don't stay long in remote Lochdubh. They arrive filled with romantic notions of life in northern Scotland until boredom, dampness, and nosy villagers send them running back to civilization. Hamish Macbeth is surprised when artist Effie Garrard sticks it out through the winter, especially since her cottage is so far up in the hills that it might take weeks before anyone would know if something happened to her." "By spring Macbeth fears something has. He takes his Land Rover out to check on her, and for once his uncanny sixth sense is wrong. Effie is fine - if being a dreamer and a little odd don't count. That problem off his mind, Macbeth's attention turns closer to home. His old flame Priscilla Halburton-Smythe has returned to Lochdubh for a long visit, not that Macbeth still cares. And a landscape painter, up from Glasgow, is charming all the ladies in the area, including the elderly twins Nessie and Jessie Currie. Macbeth's famous intuition tells him trouble is in the air. And this time Macbeth is spot-on." "Effie Garrard is found dead, an apparent suicide. Although his superiors close the case, Macbeth feels in his bones it is murder. Worse, things begin to go haywire in his own life. Another of his old girlfriends turns up in Lochdubh, his heart is being tugged toward an unwise passion, and he may be dreaming too much himself. Distracted by his personal affairs, Macbeth may not see an evil that's getting too close to him...or a ruthless killer whose violence will give everyone nightmares."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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