I borrowed the feature Shelf Control from Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and this is my ninth post under this. This feature is all about celebrating the books already on your TBR. To participate, you simply pick one of the books on your TBR each Wednesday and write a post about it (usually what it’s all about, what makes you want to read it, where you got it, etc.).
The book I chose to feature this time is Death of a Snob by M.C. Beaton.
Cover, 2008 ed., Constable and Robin
Death of a Snob is the sixth of thirty-three titles in the Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton, featuring the local ‘bobby’ Hamish Macbeth, and set in the fictional Scottish town of Lochdubh.
A little about the author: M.C. Beaton is a pseudonym of author Marion Chesney, who is known for her two mystery series–Agatha Raisin, featuring a middle-aged public relations agent who has moved to the Cotswolds, where she solves various murders and eventually ends up setting up her own detective agency; and Hamish Macbeth, the PC, who is a man content with his position in life, a little lazy, lacking ambition, and often resisting any advance in life. He uses his local knowledge and Highland curiosity to solve mysteries. Besides these, she has written a few standalone mysteries as well as a large number of romance novels and other fiction (standalone and series) under her own name and other pseudonyms.
What the book is all about: Hamish Macbeth is offered a holiday on the Happy Wanderer health farm on the isle of Eileencraig, and accepts since he can’t go home for Christmas as a relative who dislikes him will be there. The invitation has come as a result of owner Jane Wetherby’s fears following an astrologer’s prediction of her death. But when he arrives he finds instead of a pampering experience, a host of hostile islanders, and not very much more welcoming company at the health farm either. When one of the guests at the farm, Morag Todd, a snob who criticises everything and everyone, is found dead, it falls to Macbeth to investigate.
My Edition: The book was first published in 1988, and what I have is a 2004 paperback, Constable and Robinson (same as the cover above).
Where and when I got it: About seven or so months ago online from a second-hand shop.
Why I want to read it: Because I’ve heard a lot about this series and what fun it is. I have read one of the author’s Agatha Raisin books which was nice enough though not one I absolutely loved though I liked that the detective was not a ‘Charlie’s Angel’ but a ‘normal’ (well, may be not quite) middle-aged person. I like the idea of the Scottish setting, and of a detective story which is also humorous and having heard good things about this specific book, I thought it a good place to start.
Have you read any Hamish Macbeth or anything by M.C. Beaton before? How do you like it? I’ve also been hearing from some friends that fans of Hamish Macbeth don’t much care for Agatha Raisin and vice versa. Was this the case with you or did you like (or dislike) both? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!