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Death of a Green Eyed Monster

Yesterday, after a four year wait, we published Death of a Green Eyed Monster, the latest Hamish Macbeth mystery from M C Beaton.  Of course, we all know Marion – M C Beaton – passed away at the end of 2019 and it is her friend R W Green who is continuing to write this ever-popular series.  I think I should explain that as Marion’s editor for over 25 years, R W Green is someone I know very well – he’s my husband.  Towards the end of her life Marion had slowed down and writing two bestselling series a year was proving to be too huge a task for her.  I used to go and visit her regularly down in the Cotswolds, and Rod would come with me as we used to share the driving.  And over the years he got to know Marion really well – they got on splendidly as both were Scottish, both had been journalists on local newspapers as well as Fleet Street – and both were authors (although Marion was possibly a bit more successful than Rod!).  Most importantly, Rod did not have a beard – Marion really wasn’t a fan of them.  They got on like a house on fire and gradually I began to feel like a spare part at our gatherings.  Rod volunteered to help Marion with the series, thinking he could do the typing… but instead they sat down, discussed characters, plots, what would happen next and what would the characters would do next… and gradually Rod grew in confidence when handling these two brands – while Marion was delighted by the end results.  And although he has now collaborated on three Agatha Raisins, Death of a Green Eyed Monster is his first Hamish, even though it is the 35th in the series.  Hopefully you’ll find it a seamless transition; Hamish staying true to the Hamish of the earlier titles while the book is also being a love letter to the Highlands.  I do hope you enjoy.

And if after a four year wait you think you need reminding of who all the main players in the series are, you can always start with the short e-story Death of a Laird, where you will be reacquainted with Hamish, his friends and his enemies, and all who live in Lochdubh.

Krystyna Green