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Death of a Scriptwriter (Hamish Macbeth #14)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,888 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Scotland's lovable Hamish Macbeth -- the one-man village police force -- investigates the death of an actress and a television writer in the latest episode of M. C. Beaton's popular series.

In her day, Patricia Martyn-Broyd was a well-known writer of mysteries featuring the aristocratic detective Lady Harriet Vare. Now in her seventies, the author has settled in the village
ebook, 222 pages
Published June 22nd 1999 by Mysterious Press (first published 1998)
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Ivonne Rovira
Jun 30, 2014 Ivonne Rovira rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cozy lovers
The titular character of Death of a Screenwriter, the 14th Hamish Macbeth mystery, is Jamie Gallagher, a boozy, incompetent whose ego is only exceeded by the dreadfulness of his prose. To no one’s surprise — especially not his fellow co-workers — Jamie ends up with his head bashed on Constable Hamish Macbeth’s patch while filming a mystery series on location. The novel is amusing without getting too cynical or preachy — both pitfalls that can beset the author M.C. Beaton — and it’s a pleasure to ...more
Donna Radcliff
I have to chuckle over this would have been written during the time that Beaton's own Hamish Macbeth was made into a tv series for BBC Scotland (1995-1998). That real life series, as with the one in the mystery, bore no resemblence to the stories they were based on, except for the name of the title characters. I have a feeling the scriptwriter in the book got exactly what Beaton would have liked to have done to the scriptwriter on her series. She poked fun at directors, producers, acto ...more
We’ve now read a dozen of these formulaic stories about a low profile village constable, Hamish Macbeth, set in the north Scotland highlands. We know the characters and what to expect, and Beaton consistently meets those expectations with a light-hearted, but frequently intriguing, low-violence mystery.

“Scriptwriter” indeed follows the pattern – when a TV company decides to film a new series, based on the now mostly obscure novels of author Patricia Martyn-Broyd, they give the new scriptwriter t
Bobby Underwood
Death of a Scriptwriter proved a very nice surprise even for a Hamish Macbeth fan such as myself. I've come to relish time spent in the Highlands with the quirky villagers of Lochdubh. I am a late-comer to this fun mystery series, and have read them in haphazard fashion, completely out of order. I am delighted to say it has not discouraged this reader's enjoyment of the series whatsoever, but rather given me an appreciation for how charming the series truly is.

This older Hamish mystery has poign
Hamish Macbeth is unlucky in love and under a cloud of professional disdain in Death of a Scriptwriter. It was the first book from this series which I've read, and I listened to it in audiobook format rather than reading it. The reader did a wonderful job, especially with the accents, but I'm at a bit of a loss as to the spellings of names, so I'm going with spellings I read in other reviews.

A film crew comes to the area of Drim and Lochdubh to shoot an adaptation of a horrible book by Patricia
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Written by: M.C. Beaton
Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
Format: Unabridged

Off to a good start with Macbeth . .
Unfortunately for this one, 1/2 way through, but I couldn't finish -
vulgar language was ongoing and disruptive to any listening enjoyment
also alerting to nudity content of actors and script
disappointed to have encountered this in the series ...

Grindell's narration is seamless and descriptive in voicing characters, but harsh to hear the expletives repeated. I would
Anne Hawn Smith
This is another in the Hamish Macbeth books. The Scottish constable is left to sort out the deaths of an obnoxious scriptwriter and another member of the TV crew while trying to keep out of Inspector Blair's reach. Part of the plot centers around the TV production of a mystery book. The TV program so distorts the original book as to create many potential suspects. Since this is one of my pet peeves, it was a vicarious pleasure to read about someone wrecking havoc on the kind of people who perpet ...more
C.J. Prince
Hamish Macbeth. Police Constable. Lochdubh, Scotland. Book #14

When an aging author retires to the Highlands, she doesn't leave her superiority behind. She's thrilled when one of her books will be made into a television movie and equally distressed when the scriptwriter changes her heroine into a voluptuous temptress.

The movie is to be shot in the dreary town of Drim, the scene of a previous Hamish Macbeth mystery. Of course things go awry. And everyone hates everyone else, especially the command
If anything I think this book offers the best view of the authors personality. I may be reading too much into this, but Death of a Scriptwriter was written around the same time the Hamish Macbeth series was being turned into a TV show and the authors own frustrations seem to shine through. In many ways this may be the most personal book in the series, yet that kind of passion for the subject seems a bit weighty.
In this 14th Hamish Macbeth murder mystery, author Patricia Martyn-Boyd has retired to the highlands. Although she hasn’t written a word for many years and her books are out of print, a television company decides to adapt one of her novels for television. However, trouble erupts between Patricia and the television company when they decide to make the rather boring books into a rather racy television production. When a murder happens, there are numerous people who wanted the victim dead. Although ...more
"Patricia Martyn-Broyd was not an easy woman to like. The hawk-nosed spinster had retired to Scotland, unable to write another book since her 1965 mystery featuring the aristocratic Scottish detective Lady Harriet Vere. Local constable Hamish Macbeth, with the telepathic ability of the Highlander, thought Patricia must be lonely beneath her rigid pride. A bit lonely himself since the breakup of his engagement, he extended his friendship. But that was before fame and the movie people arrived ...

An Odd1
14th Hamish Macbeth Lochdubh bobby has too many suspects when TV film changes "wordy and precious" p 167 book "The Case of the Rising Tides" detective Lady Harriet of lonely snob Miss Patricia Martyn-Broyd 60s from stern senior gentility to naked young commune pot-smoker. Set is still in sixties Scotland, matching hairstyles of Drim village women.

Scriptwriter Jamie Gallagher gets head bashed in on lonely mountain path. Royalties for smart show he claimed, "Football Fever", would now be paid to
Death Of A Scriptwriter is the fourteenth book in the Hamish Macbeth detective series by M.C. Beaton.

When a troop of filmmakers invade the Highlands to film a television show based on a famous mystery book series, the town of Lochdubh becomes obsessed with the concept of Hollywood entering their lives.

However, the author of the mystery series is largely upset that the filmmakers have decided to turn her book plot and characters into comic mockery. Soon, the author is murdered for getting in the
Cheryl Bradley
Highlands Constable Hamish Macbeth once again finds himself wrapped up in another baffling village murder, this one in the queer Scottish village of Drim.

Miss Patricia Martin-Broyd, whose mystery books have been out of print for decades, finds herself delighted to learn that Strathclyde Television Production company wants to film her book "The Case of the Rising Tides", with the hope of landing a spot on Scottish BBC. It will mean Patricia's precious - if dated - books go back into print, someth
After listening to several of MC Beaton's earlier Hamish Macbeth mysteries, I really enjoyed them. I then got this one and was soo disappointed. FIrst of all, it was a different guy reading the book and wasn't nearly as good and then had to listen to the vulgar language and crude jokes.

I enjoyed these books because they were pretty clean and a great mystery. I couldn't even finish this one and just turned it off.

What better way to start the new year than by spending a little time with a man who knows what he wants out of life and is content with what he has? Hamish Macbeth once again has a mystery on his hands in the village of Drim when a scriptwriter who has made a sexy drug romp out of a stodgy period cozy winds up dead. He finds that there is a worse detective to work with than Blair. And he is once again disappointed in love.
3.5 stars, actually.
The 14th in the Hamish Macbeth series, so halfway through the 28 (or now 29?) that have been published.
After I read a couple of later ones as an introduction to Hamish, I went back and started the series from the beginning, and now have reached the hallway point. Fun, imaginative, light reading. Pretty formulaic, but that that's part of the fun of reading them. A good entry in the series.
I have never tried the audiobook version of this series, but from other reviews it sound
Mar 05, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Another slightly bizarre, but highly entertaining mystery in the Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton. The characters are fun and quirky and I had to laugh at how many times poor Hamish was stood up for a date in this book. It's a quick read and I am eager to read the next book.

My mother-in-law and I started reading this series in May 2009, and initially we skipped around the series. Before long, we were hooked and started reading the books in order. Now we are more than half-way through and ho
Hamish Macbeth, police constable in the highlands of northern Scotland, is in for another couple of murders and interference from his jealous superiors. It seems that it is Hamish who actually solves most of the crimes in the area, but his superiors usually take credit. Thus they are constantly trying to find a reason to fire him, but the press keeps finding the truth about his role in the murders
I like reading the books with Hamish, a town constable, and his community. This book tells more about the people, who are making a movie near that community. Patricia is an author of detective books, long out of print. People buy her rights to a book for a TV series, and then change the whole character of her book. The first half of the book tells of these people, and the hate that is built up among them. Hamish finally gets more involved half way through the book. A running gag in the book, is ...more
Helene Harrison
ISBN? – 9781845299095

Publishing? - 2009 by Constable and Robinson (first published 1998)

Genre? - Crime / Mystery

Characters? - Hamish Macbeth / Jimmy Anderson / Inspector Blair / Inspector Lovelace / Sheila / Penelope / Fiona / Harry

Setting? - Drim & Lochdubh (Scotland)

Series? - Hamish Macbeth #14

Character Analysis? - I thought the characters were weak in this story, compared to previous ones. Macbeth and Jimmy's relationship was as funny as ever, however. I hated most of the film crew and th
Diane Heath
This time around a television crew is filming in Drim. (location of Death of a Charming Man) and the excitement/stress builds again resulting in murder... Hamish has a new boss who doesn't like him any better than Blair did. He also has a new love interest who manages to leave him alone yet again.
For me, this story was a bit scattered - so many characters arriving, leaving and returning again and so many plot twists. As usual, poor Hamish Macbeth pursued a young lady - sort of! Interesting, but not nearly the best of the series.
I suspect Beaton had fun writing this. With the Hamish series in production she gets lots of good pokes in at the TV crews, writers and the townspeople where the show is filmed.
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/1998/307 LP pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #14 Hamish Macbeth
TIME/PLACE: 1990's Lochdubh, Scotland
CHARACTERS: Hamish Macbeth police constable
FIRST LINES: Patricia Martyn-Broyd had not written a detective story in years.

COMMENTS: library book. BBC Scotland decides to make a TV movie of a mystery written in the 60's. The author is thrilled to have a revival of her work -- she's been absent from publi
Mind Bird
All of the Hamish Macbeth books are terrific. The added pleasure of this one comes from knowing that the book series would be made into a TV show a few years later. I don't know if Ms Beaton had as yet had any direct experience with the process, as the characters in this book have, but one may speculate.

I also speculate that this book suggested one group of characters in the TV series.

I am grateful that the TV scriptwriters didn't make such a hash of Beaton books as the scriptwriter in this nove
Gilbert G.
Bunches of fun. Too bad Hamish has to work for such jerks or he would be running Scotland Yard. Problem is "Lack of Ambition". Oh well still a fun read
I really, really, really, enjoy this mystery series. M.C. Beaton follows a very straight forward formula so cleverly and with wit, I can't have enough of this.
I'm not sure why I decided to torture myself by trying to read this book. I love some bubblegum pop mysteries, but M.C.Beaton isn't one of them. Unbelievably bad writing, plodding over-descriptiveness -- this is a classic wall-banger. Except since this was supposedly the author's dig at her own books being turned into a BBC series, I had to try and suffer through since I do love the BBC series. Sadly, I was hoping by page 10 that the mystery writer in the plot would just get offed, and the entir ...more
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