Death of a Scriptwriter (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 14)

By M. C. Beaton

From the writer of the Agatha Raisin tv series...
DEATH OF A SCRIPTWRITER: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

HOLLYWOOD within the HIGHLANDS
With the stunning Priscilla Halburton-Smythe away in London, Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth pines for corporation through the lengthy Scottish wintry weather. He will get his want -- and extra -- whilst a troupe of flashy, urbane filmmakers clamors into the within sight city of Drim. sooner than lengthy bedlam erupts round their make-believe secret ...and culminates within the unexpected visual appeal of 1 very genuine corpse.
The preliminary suspect within the killing is one Patricia Martyn-Broyd, the getting older secret author livid that her musty outdated cozies are becoming a risque face-lift of their television reincarnation. but, going backstage, Hamish quickly reveals a city packed with locals bitten by means of the motion picture malicious program and a solid of quarreling express enterprise kinds, all harboring their very own secrets and techniques, lies, and hidden agendas. and because the offender moves back, Hamish needs to speedy locate the correct killer -- or script the incorrect finale to a exhibit long past murderously awry.

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Detective leader Inspector Blair lumbered in, by way of Macnab and Anderson. “Penelope Gates is dead,” he stated. “We know,” stated Fiona. “We’ve simply heard the inside track from the health center. ” “P. C. Hamish Macbeth went all the way down to the sanatorium within the helicopter together with her. She acknowledged anything to him afore she died. She acknowledged, ‘Someone stuck my ankle and pulled me over. ’ So we’re a case of homicide! ” * * * “We’d larger speak about this,” acknowledged Hamish as he left Raigmore sanatorium in Inverness with Sheila. “Let’s have a brief meal prior to we return. ” They took a taxi to a small eating place within the centre of Inverness which was once self-service. after they had accrued their foodstuff and located a desk, Hamish requested, “Who sought after her useless? ” “Everyone,” stated Sheila. Her eyes choked with tears. “It was once any such dreadful day the previous day. ” She slowly started to inform him every little thing that had occurred. “Fiona acknowledged she had an excellent brain to inform you approximately her suspicions that Penelope used to be on uppers so that you might arrest her. ” “I most likely wouldn’t have, no longer having arrested Fiona herself for smoking pot,” acknowledged Hamish. “I occasionally ask yourself why they've got legislation banning delicate medicinal drugs while we’re speculated to flip a blind eye to them. examine big apple. They began this 0 tolerance enterprise, clearing up all of the lesser crimes like mugging and graffiti, and it’s been an incredible good fortune. They consider in the event that they begun on the backside and commenced clearing up the tender medicinal drugs, the tougher ones may possibly develop into much less universal. A businessman may be in undesirable hassle if he’s been consuming and he’s just a little over the restrict, yet somebody can smoke themselves foolish with pot. yet, my God, point out arresting an individual for smoking pot, and you’ll have each liberal within the kingdom down in your neck. Arrest a guy for having inebriated somewhat over the restrict, and it’s ‘Well performed, Officer. ’ “So she threatened, or so that you heard, to dispose of you, Fiona and Gervase. What had Harry body to assert approximately that? ” “We don’t know,” stated Sheila. “He simply stated he didn’t are looking to discuss it. ” “So so far as Fiona and the remainder of you have been involved, he could have been contemplating sacking you? ” “Yes… good, no. He couldn’t have gotten rid of 3 humans. ” Her eyes back packed with tears. “I imagine I’ll pay attention that scream of Penelope’s as she went over till the day I die. ” “And Patricia? She believed that foolish rationalization concerning the nude scene? ” “Oh, sure, she was once all soothed down and satisfied whilst she left. ” “The hassle is,” stated Hamish, “in the Highlands every little thing will get out ultimately. you assert whatever to an individual in inner most, and prior to you recognize it, the total village has heard approximately it day after today. ” She wiped her eyes with the again of her hand and attempted to grin. “In that case, murders will be effortless to resolve. ” “That’s a special factor. whilst there’s a homicide, all people feels accountable and clams up. It’s strange, yet the entire blameless humans commence getting shifty approximately the place they have been and what they have been doing. ” Sheila grew to become a trifle faded. “I has to be the number 1 suspect. i may have driven her over after which pretended she fell.

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