Death of a Scriptwriter

  • by M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by Davina Porter
  • 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With this outrageously entertaining whodunit, internationally-acclaimed M. C. Beaton leads you on a fun-filled Highland Fling through scenic Scottish villages and rocky hillsides.Independant-spirited Constable Hamish Macbeth - Lochdubh's one-man police force - has his hands full after a glitzy TV company arrives in search of higher ratings. Ever since a British television crew began filming a mystery series nearby Castle Drim, Hamish has watched tension building. Middle-aged townsfolk and flashy filmmakers are clashing, the younger locals are vying for bit parts, and rumors are flying about vicious quarrels among the crew. But trouble really escalates after one of the scriptwriters is found dead, and Hamish discovers a full cast of suspects lurking behind the scenes.Mystery fans around the world are captivated with M. C. Beaton's cunning humor, quirky characters, and vibrant local color.


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Too Chatty

Why is it that many writers want to advance their stories using only dialogue? Why don't they just write plays? One of the reasons I read at all is to escape the constant and for the most part unnecessary chatter of daily life, including all the cell phone conversations we are now required to overhear.

This book was less about Hamish Macbeth and more about the minutiae in the lives of the TV crew. I liked the other Hamish Macbeth books because they were more about his life in Lochdubh, his internal thought process and the northern Scottish small village ambiance. This book was lacking in all!

And what happened to the ironic tongue-in-cheek writing of M.C. Beaton as shown in the Agatha Raisin series?

The narrator's accents were so thick and her voice so overly dramatic I thought I needed subtitles.

I have enjoyed the other Hamish Macbeth books but I would give this one a "pass".

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- Pamela Harvey

Ack...not this narrator.

How could the performance have been better?

Davina Porter does not do it for Hamish character. She made him sound like he had a speech impediment, which is fine but this isn't noted in the series. Graeme Malcolm is second to none.

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- Juli

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books