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Death of an addict
Beaton, M. C.
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Publication Information:
New York : The Mysterious Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
215 pages ; 22 cm
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Clarence Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Clearfield Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Eggertsville-Snyder Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Elma Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Grand Island Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Audubon Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Former heroin addict Tommy Jarret, invigorated by the prospect of staying clean and writing a book about his newfound recovery, is suddenly found dead in his Strathbane chalet -- the victim of an apparent drug overdose. Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth, however, senses foul play. Recruited to work undercover with tough Glasgow Detective Inspector Olivia Chater as a husband and wife team, Macbeth dons Armani to dive into the underworld as an international drug baron -- and root out the Amsterdam drug cartel secretly entrenched in the Scottish Highlands.

Author Notes

M. C. Beaton's real name is Marion Chesney. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1936. She has written over a hundred books under her own name and other pseudonyms: Ann Fairfax, Helen Crampton, Jennie Tremaine, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester. She started her writing career while working as a fiction buyer for a bookstore in Glasgow.

Working at one time or another as a theater critic, newspaper reporter, and editor, she used her British background to write a series of regency romances set in England and Scotland. Some of her regency romances include The Folly, Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue, and Regency Gold. In 1986, she was awarded the Romantic Times Award for Outstanding Regency Series Writer.

She has also written two mystery series under the pseudonym M. C. Beaton: The Hamish Macbeth Series, which became the inspiration for a television show in England, and The Agatha Raisin Series, about a retired advertising executive. Her title His and Hers made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

Booklist Review

When Parry McSporran rents his vacation chalet to recovering drug addict Tommy Jarret, he has no idea of the trouble to come. Not long after Tommy declares he'll never touch drugs again, he's found dead of a heroin overdose. The Strathbane police claim Tommy's death was a sad but predictable tragedy. But stubborn, redheaded police constable Hamish MacBeth isn't so sure. For one thing, the autobiography Tommy was writing is missing. For another, the neighbors claim Tommy had a romantic relationship with local New Ager Felicity Maundy, which she vehemently denies. Acting on his suspicions, Hamish opts to go undercover with the help of Detective Inspector Olivia Chater, who inadvertently stirs Hamish's long-denied romantic impulses. The two team up in a complicated plot that involves elaborate disguises, a stealthy midnight rendezvous, raucous nightclubbing, a meeting with Glasgow's biggest drug kingpin, and a deadly kidnapping. In the end, Hamish and Olivia not only nab Tommy's killer but also score a hit against Scotland's biggest drug ring. Hamish's latest adventure is a wonderfully quirky, deliciously funny, action-packed mystery that's sure to delight readers. --Emily Melton

Publisher's Weekly Review

Some things never change: the idyllic Scottish village of Lochdubh remains a serene haven around which all manner of rural skullduggery continues to threaten the laconic existence of the local copper, the tall, tousle-haired, chronically unambitious and hopelessly love-crossed Hamish Macbeth (Death of a Scriptwriter, etc.). Recovering drug addict Tommy Jarret rents a place near Lochdubh to write his autobiography. He seems to be on the mend, but then he dies of an overdose. Hamish suspects foul play. The bane of his life, his superiors in the big city, declare the case closed, however, so he must move on to other matters, such as the sighting of a monster in a local loch. But when Jarret's pals provide the police with a link to big-time drug dealers, Hamish finds himself in Amsterdam, wearing sharp suits, talking like a hoodlum and posing as a player, all in the company of a very pretty superior officer who just might change his mind about superior officers. Unfortunately, Hamish all but blows his chances with her by sleeping with a hooker. While the Macbeth tales are always a droll treat, this 15th in the series is less tightly plotted than most, with the mystery surrounding the addict's death sidetracked for a long spell as the Amsterdam adventure gives fans an agreeably tougher side of P.C. Macbeth to contemplate. Mystery Guild featured alternate. (May) FYI: In addition to the Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin (see below) series, the pseudonymous Beaton writes Regency romances under her real name of Marion Chesney. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Series constable Hamish Macbeth (Death of a Scriptwriter, LJ 4/1/98) investigates a drug-related murder by infiltrating the local heroin trade. He receives help from a glacial Glasgow woman detective, which creates comic tension. For all collections. [Mystery Guild featured alternate.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

YA-There are strange goings-on in a village in Scotland. A sea monster resembling Nessie of Loch Ness fame has been sighted. Then Constable Hamish Macbeth has his monster investigation cut short when Tommy Jarret, an addict trying valiantly to remain clean of drugs, is found dead of an overdose. His death leads to an undercover assignment for Macbeth, who poses as a drug lord. With the assistance of Detective Inspector Olivia Chater, he eventually solves the murder, apprehends the true drug lord, and resolves the Nessie look-alike dilemma. Beaton offers a taste of Scotland's highlands and its population of independent individuals and some eccentric natives. While the author softens the brutality of illegal drugs, enough of the roughness comes across to make the plot ring true to life. Beaton catches the beauty of the area's natural geography and succinctly describes its distinct flavor. Many of the characters will be familiar from other titles of this series, but even first-time readers will enjoy the quirks and unique qualities of the cast. The plot seems to jump from point to point at times, but offers compensations for its few hard-to-follow spots with gentle humor and a few comedic episodes. Despite a touch of sadness and an acceptance of life's bleak realities, the overall mood of the story, upbeat and pleasant, comes through at the end.-Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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