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When John Heppel, a visiting writer to Lochdubh, first proposes forming a writers' circle, the idea is met with much enthusiasm from local residents. However, once the classes get underway, attendance quickly falters due to one undeniable fact: John Heppel is a long-winded, consummate bore. But is dullness a motive for murder? Hamish Macbeth wouldn't ordinarily think so. So when Heppel is found dead, Hamish begins looking for deeper meaning in the writer's stories, including a strange, unfinished soap-opera script that seems to suggest a more sinister motive behind its author's unhappy ending.
©2005 Marion Chesney; (P)2005 BBC Audiobooks America
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Critic Reviews

"This fictional world - part cozy, part unsparing - can be highly addictive." (School Library Journal)
"Quirky but well-plotted....offers humor, intrigue, and local color galore." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Graeme Malcolm's cool, dry chameleon voice moves from one well-thought-out choice for a character to the next, giving not just their many different lilts but also their personalities, with the deftest of touches." (AudioFile)
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By E.D. on 05-04-13

Lochdubh rides again

This is a really great series, you can become a member of the community. The tall, lanky copper is like an orange lollipop, but there is much more to him. I had read this before, but for the life of me, I couldn't remember who did it, even as things unfolded! The victim is the sort you'd like to eliminate yourself, but the killer is worse, so you don't feel ambivalent about Hamish taking him/her down. This makes it a cozy

The narrator is excellent, he sounds English, but does well with dialects and accents without making in unintelligible to Americans and Canadians.

There was a short lived TV series with Robert Carlyle, who is quite short. I wish they'd do it again, but with David Tennant. He would also be another good narrator. IMHO

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By Betty on 03-19-08

terrific

This is a delightful book with interesting, quirky characters. The narrator is terrific. What a great way to ease the pain of Houston traffic. I can't wait to read more in the series.

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