Death of A Kingfisher

Death of A Kingfisher

Large Print - 2012 | Large print ed.
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When the village of Braikie, Scotland, renames their woods The Fairy Glen and prints brochures of a kingfisher to lure tourists, the tourists start coming, but when a kingfisher is hanged, the town turns to Hamish Macbeth, who investigates first animal cruelty and then murder.
Publisher: Detroit : Wheeler Pub./Gale Cengage Learning, 2012.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410445209
1410445208
Branch Call Number: LT FIC BEATON
Characteristics: 313 p. (large print) ; 22 cm.

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LauraSteinert
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)

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Preeceville56
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.

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JeanH
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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