DEATH OF A GREEN-EYED MONSTER, A Hamish Macbeth Murder Mystery by M.C. Beaton with R.W Green
Sergeant Hamish Macbeth—Scotland’s most quick-witted but unambitious policeman—is back and may have finally met the woman of his dreams in this new mystery in M.C. Beaton’s beloved, New York Times bestselling series.
Hamish’s new constable, Dorothy McIver, may be the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. Completely bewitched by her sparkling blue eyes, Hamish spends the summer traveling with her up and down Sutherland until finally, he can take it no longer. He gets down on one knee beside the Land Rover and begs her to marry him—and to his amazement and delight, she says yes.
But just as the town of Lochdubh gets ready to celebrate, Hamish finds himself with a new murder on his hands. If he doesn’t find the killer fast, Hamish’s dream wedding could become a nightmare.
Hamish Macbeth, the most eligible (and slippery) bachelor in Lochdubh, has finally met the girl of his dreams, a fellow copper, and the sparks fly both ways. It looks like nothing can stop this highland wedding, but murder is afoot, and crimes must be solved. Since I don’t prefer reviews that give too much away, I’ll stop there, except to say I was riveted to the story from the first page and never did guess the killer.
M.C. Beaton may be best known for her Agatha Raisin Series which is now a popular television series as well, but I’m a long-time Hamish Macbeth fan. I’ve read nearly all of Beaton’s vast repertory of Hamish Macbeth mysteries and was excited to hear the series was not to be lost after Beaton’s death in 2019. She has passed the baton on to R. W. Green, who worked closely with her for many years. This first “co-written” story delivers, reading seamlessly as all the others with plenty of descriptive scenery, flowing prose, an intriguing mystery, and all the quirky characters we’ve come to love.
Death of a Green-eyed Monster releases Tuesday, February 15th, 2022.
What others think about Death of a Green-eyed Monster:
“This Hamish Macbeth novel maintains Beaton’s distinctive voice and includes the usual village eccentrics, loads of Scottish lore, and the light humor that Beaton fans have loved through the years. Most important, the book ends with a teaser that seems to promise more and even wilder adventures for Hamish. A definite purchase for all mystery collections.” – Library Journal
About the Author:
M.C. Beaton (1936-2019), hailed as the “Queen of Crime” by the Globe and Mail, was the author of the New York Timesand USA Todaybestselling Agatha Raisin novels—the basis for the hit series on Acorn TV and public television—as well as the Hamish Macbeth series. Born in Scotland, Beaton started her career writing historical romances under several pseudonyms as well as her maiden name, Marion Chesney. Her books have sold more than twenty-two million copies worldwide.
A long-time friend of M.C. Beaton, R.W. Green has written numerous works of fiction and non-fiction. He lives in Surrey with his family and a black Labrador called Flynn.
I received a free copy of Death of a Green-eyed Monster from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Had this opportunity not been offered, I would have bought it anyway and not been disappointed.
That does sound like a real goodie!
My grandmother prided hersef on her Scots ancestry, so I was raised with a fondness for it.
As both Scottish and UK resident, we loved the Hamish Macbeth TV series that ran for three seasons from 1995-97. It was actually totally UNLIKE the books. It was fun in its own way but thoroughly disliked by MC Beaton. Agatha Raisin for TV is a horrendous adaptation of the books and not as popular in UK as Hamish. However, the books of both, especially the Audible unabridged versions, are a delight for the imagnation and ears. I have a few to get through of each series as MC Beaton was such a very prolific writer, writing across at least 3 different series. I hope this one will be a seemless transition to the new writter.
Thanks for the excellent review.
I enjoyed the Macbeth TV series, (though you’re right that it really wasn’t like the books,) and the audible versions are lovely.
This sounds so interesting! My mother was half Scottish and knew a lot about the history.
It’s light reading, but fun.