Patricia Martyn-Broyd, now in her seventies, has retired to the Scottish Highlands. She hasn't written a word in years and her books are out of print. Now a television production company is about to film her last detective story, The Case of the Rising Tide, featuring the aristocratic Scottish detective Lady Harriet Vare. Even better, a London publisher is bringing the book back to print. Even though the class-conscious Miss Martyn-Broyd doesn't care to mix with the locals, she can't help but share her excitement with the local policeman, Hamish Macbeth. Imagine her horror when she discovers that Lady Harriet Vare is portrayed as a pot-smoking hippie, that the screenwriter is known for his violent and scurrilous scripts, and that Lady Harriet is played by the scene-stealing trollop Penelope Gates. But a contract is a contract, Ms. Martyn-Broyd learns quickly. When she is accused of murdering the scriptwriter and leading lady, she turns to her one friend in Lochdubh, Hamish Macbeth, to help her.
On Sale: June 22nd 1999