The other night I picked a more serious crime story from my shelf after a long exam day, but when I had tried to read the first paragraph five times, I put it down and settled for this one.
This Scottish cosy mystery is the fourth Hamish Macbeth mystery.
Hamish Macbeth is frustrated because his great love, Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, has brought a couple of friends with her home, including the ´hairy ape´ who turns out to be her successful, new fiancé.
Other newcomers are Mr and Mrs Thomas, the enthusiastic and energetic English couple, who buy a derelict, Victorian villa and try to make it into a Bed & Breakfirst. Unfortunately, Trixie Thomas is far from content with reforming the house and her overweight husband, she does her best to change the whole village. The bored housewives embrace her newfangled ideas about health and food, but their husbands are aghast at the idea of giving up their guilty pleasures.
So several clouds threaten Hamish´ perfect Lochdubh idyll, but a couple of chapters go by before disaster strikes, chapters where the writer creates an atmosphere of apprehension while we get to know the quirky characters.
This story was absolutely perfect for my needs this week, but I promise I will revert to a more varied reading diet soon. I bought the book myself.