We first met Hamish Macbeth in Death of a Dreamer. Now he returns to solve the Death of a Scriptwriter in the gloomy village of Drim. Series regulars like Priscilla do not make much of an appearance, nor do Hamish’s beloved animals Lugs and Sonsie.
Patricia Martyn-Broyd is a snooty English author who had published some detective books long ago. She thinks she is better than Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers but her books have been out of print for a long time now. She moves to Sutherland and the village of Cnothan hoping to find some inspiration in the bleak Scottish landscape. But it hasn’t found her yet. By a fluke, Strathclyde Television picks up one of her books and settle on the village of Drim for shooting the series. The scriptwriter is high handed and arrogant and all set to create a sleazy version of Patricia’s books. But he is found murdered over the cliffs. The top suspect is dead too and the police call it a day. But it is apparent they do not have the killer when the leading lady topples over in the mist.
Angus the seer makes an appearance. Hamish is stood up 3-4 times, but still dresses up every time he is promised a date. Detective Blair is off the case for police harassment, but his replacement is no better. Hamish is legging it on his own as always. How many more bodies drop before Hamish solves the case?
Death of a Scriptwriter is an average Hamish Macbeth story. There have been better. But Hamish Macbeth fans will definitely not want to miss this one.