Death of a Kingfisher
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2012-03-13
Edition language: English
Series: Hamish Macbeth (#27)
2.5 StarsI read this mainly because I'd read the first 27 books, and I felt like I owe it to myself to see if any character development was actually going to happen. It never does, but I am an eternal optimist.
I'm working my way through this series and the murders are becoming more gruesome as more and more bodies pile up as the story goes on. I wouldn't classify this as a cozy mystery like I would for the earlier books in the series. Overall I liked the story. It seems like, finally, the focus is shifted...
You can find the plot summary elsewhere. I've now read, or listened to, about 10 of the Hamish Macbeth series and enjoyed all of them. Hamish is still trying to avoid the credit for solving crimes so he won't get promoted from the village he knows and loves. In this one he's sergeant and has lazy D...