Death of A Kingfisher

Death of A Kingfisher

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When Scotland is hit by the recession, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns. The quaint village of Braikie doesn't have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan's Wood, which was bequeathed to the town. The savvy local tourist director renames the woods "The Fairy Glen," and has brochures printed with a beautiful photograph of a kingfisher rising from a pond on the cover. It isn't long before coach tours begin to arrive. But just as the town's luck starts to turn, a kingfisher is found hanging from a branch in the woods with a noose around its neck. As a wave of vandalism threatens to ruin Braikie forever, the town turns to Hamish Macbeth. And when violence strikes again, the lawman's investigation quickly turns from animal cruelty to murder.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781455506460
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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Feb 13, 2019

Another brilliant installment in the highly addictive Hamish Macbeth series. WARNING, this is the first Hamish story (it is the 27th story) that is not a cozy mystery--it breaks three of the rules for "cozy" but it is still a page turner. Once I started, I read straight through without interruption. Did I mention Highly addictive? I find that I am completely out of patience with other cozy writers and their three page descriptions of how to make a sandwich, 30-something women acting like hormone driven 13-year-olds, and long boring, turn by turn directions of how to get some place that doesn't exist in a make-believe town. Every sentence in the Hamish series is a gem. Read these in order!

The small village of Braikie, Scotland, is looking for ways to bring tourists to their area to help the town deal with the effects of the recession. Town council decides to change the name of Buchan’s Woods, a lovely wood with a pond, to Fairy Glen. Fairy Glen is advertised as a magical place a where brightly coloured kingfishers nest. The advertising is successful and the coach tours roll in. The town is shocked when the kingfisher is found hanging from a tree. Constable Hamish Macbeth is brought in first to investigate vandalism at Fairy Glen and then the death of a local woman. (submitted by WC)

Oct 18, 2014

Time to retire Hamish. Very disappointed with this book.

tomato Jun 19, 2012

M.C. Beaton must be "of an age" now, and it shows in the writing. Earlier Hamish stories were far superior.

Apr 01, 2012

Death of a Kingfisher is a very disappointing book and not one of Beaton's lighthearted "cozies." I usually have a smile in my soul when I finish a Beaton book. Not this one.

This one gets into sinister descriptions of the killings and the plot is almost silly with all the contortions. As well the antagonists are very flat and not Beaton's usual character development.

ehbooklover Mar 24, 2012

After reading this entry in the Hamish Macbeth mystery series, I am not sure that I will read any more. A very convoluted plot including one totally unrealistic method of murder made for a sub-par read at best. Most of the characters are one-dimensional and unlikeable. If you want to try one of these books, do yourself a favour and start from the beginning of the series.

bookfanatic1979 Feb 27, 2012

I was clipping right along with this entry, marveling at the complexity of the plot. I couldn’t wait to see who the bad guy was. Sigh. Is it me, or did the villain seem to come out of left field with very little preparatory work beforehand?


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