Happy birthday, M. C. Beaton.
Happy 71st birthday to Scottish mystery writer M. C. Beaton, creator of constable Hamish Macbeth, who is based in eccentric Scottish village Lochdubh, and the cantankerous sleuth Agatha Raisin. Beaton's alter ego is prolific romance author Marion Chesney, who also pens an Edwardian mystery series for St. Martin's that includes Snobbery with Violence.
Hamish did take a turn on the TV screen, but I prefer the audiobooks narrated by Davina Porter, as they well capture the lively oddities of small-town life. Coming next for Agatha Raisin in August is Love, Lies, and Liquor, in which guests at a seaside hotel keep turning into corpses.