Book Review: Death of a Kingfisher by M.C. Beaton

Saturday, March 24, 2012 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
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.

My Thoughts
Death of a Kingfisher is the second Hamish Macbeth mystery I've had the pleasure of reading. M.C. Beaton has penned another great story that shows how far greed and cruelty can take people. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the mystery and the picturesque little Scottish town with its quirky characters. Hamish Macbeth is an ordinary cop who somehow manages to balance the daily grind and irritations of his job with solving difficult crimes. He is imperfect but likable, a guy who is honest, smart and hardworking, unlucky in love but someone you'd want in your corner should anything go wrong in your town.

This book is the newest addition to the mystery series featuring the police constable / detective in a small village in the Scottish Highlands. Marion Chesney, the writer behind the M.C. Beaton mysteries, is the author of numerous other novels, including historical romance and the Agatha Raisin mysteries. She has published under her real name and under several pseudonyms.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation was obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.


  1. holdenj said...

    I really enjoy her Agatha Raisin books, should give these a try too!

  2. Char W said...

    I will definitely have to give this a try. I think I read the first book as the name sounds familiar (besides from Shakespeare). This looks like an interesting read. I can totally see places "creating" an attraction of some sort to lure tourists in.

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