Saturday, February 25, 2012

Death of a Kingfisher by M.C. Beaton

9780446547369When the setting becomes a character in the story, then you know the author has done her job placing the reader smack dab in the middle of the plot.

Author M.C. Beaton has a way of doing this in her Hamish Macbeth Mystery series. Her latest release, DEATH OF A KINGFISHER, is no exception.

Braikie, a picturesque village in the Scottish Highlands, plays a key role in this mystery. It is a small acreage called Buchan’s Wood in the quaint town that attracts the suspense, mystery and murder. The small plot of land has been bequeathed to the town.

With the recession hitting the town, savory tourist director Mary Leinster renames the area ‘The Fairy Glen.’  She then begins promoting it as a great site for tourists. It, in fact, has a kingfisher that visit’s the pond and quickly becomes a pull for the tourists.

When a series of mishaps begin happening in and around ‘The Fairy Glen,’ Police Constable Hamish Macbeth sets out to solve the problems. When dead bodies begin turning up, Macbeth knows it’s all connected. He must put the pieces together to save the village from financial ruin, while keeping everyone safe.

Throughout this fast-pace mystery, the author sprinkles bits of humor and vivid descriptions of the lovely village and its unique residents. For fans of the series, there are references to Macbeth’s love life but not so much that new readers are left in the dark.

DEATH OF A KINGFISHER has interesting twists and turns to keep you guessing. The end will leave you wanting more as you wait anxiously for the next installment.

Author M.C. Beaton’s website is

Death of a Kingfisher by M.C. Beaton, A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Grand Central Publishing, @2012, ISBN: 978-0446547369, Hardcover, 256 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.



  1. This sounds like a great read and I love anything set in Scotland. Och aye!

  2. Mason - I so much like the Hamish Macbeth novels! I haven't gotten to this one yet, but you can bet I will. Thanks for highlighting a fine, fine series.

  3. When a setting becomes like one of the characters, I get goosebumps. A good or exotic setting means everything.

    I'm Scottish/Irish (emphasis on Irish). I'd love to visit Scotland.

    Another great review.


  4. I love MC Beaton, she has a way of dumping you in among the villagers so you get a feel for the area.

  5. I love stories in little villages especially in the Scottish Highlands.

  6. I love when authors do this - it's one of my weak points - I'm not great with description. Thanks for the tip on the book!

  7. Hamish McBeth is never boring. I look forward to reading this one.


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