Sixth in the Hamish MacBeth cozy Scottish police procedural series, in which Hamish, bereft of plans for the Christmas holiday, takes up the invite of a friend of Priscilla's and joins her at her health farm on a lonely island to investigate whether or not someone is trying to kill her. Someone DOES die, but it's not Jane--it's Heather, one of her houseguests. Was Heather murdered because she was Heather or because someone thought she was Jane? Supt. Blair writes off the murder as an accident but Hamish knows better and eventually gets his man. As usual, a quick, light and enjoyable read.
This mystery take place over the Christmas holidays. But dont expect too much christmas cheer from this read. Jealousy, lust, envy and Murder are the sentiments of the season in Hamish Macbeths 6th outing, Death of Snob. While some of the characters in this book are a little cookie-cutter M.C. Beaton has her off-beat detective Hamish down pat. This is only my second Hamish Macbeth book to read but already Hamish comes across as a good old friend. Beaton also does a great job capturing the geography, weather and people of the small Scottish Isle in which the mystery takes place. Regarding the Mystery itself. Its good but not great. Was a little disappointed when a key characteristic (i.e. Clue) of the murderer is revealed toward the end of the book. Would have been more convincing if this quality was established earlier on. Instead it comes across as being a bit contrived. But this shouldnt keep you from spending time with Hamish Macbeth. Its a fun and quick read.