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Mysteries, Jan 2002, 23.95, 259 pp.
ISBN 0892966769

    Hamish Macbeth is the village bobby in Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands. It is an isolated quaint little place where everyone knows everyone else and crime is kept to a minimum. Hamish's home is part of the village jail because major crimes occur so infrequently. He resents newcomers who make more work for him. If it were up to the local bobby, there would be a gate preventing any outsiders from coming into the village.
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    Hamish is aghast and disgusted when Strathbane Television sends BBC reporter Crystal French into Lochdubh to do a show about a Highland Village. Crystal is more interested in getting scandals individual crofters want to hide than in doing an informative show. She gets a lot of people riled up and the next thing Hamish realizes is that she's shot to death in an isolated part of the village. Her replacement is also shot and Hamish has to find out who killed whom while fighting off the advances a woman who wants a relationship with him.

    M.C. Beaton paints a quite a picture of village life in the Highlands of Scotland due to her characters feeling so real. This enables the reader to picture the lifestyle of the locals. Her protagonist is an interesting person, who prefers being the local constable to join and preferring the sedate pace and the wholesome virtues of village life rather than join New Scotland Yard. DEATH OF A CELEBRITY is a wonderful police procedural story that makes reading fun.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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