I’m a fan of M.C. Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth mysteries. Having a laidback constable who’s happy doing his job and staying where he is, with no pretentions of ambition, even though he’s devilishly clever and always solves a case, is a novel twist. People often underestimate him, and that works to his advantage. It’s refreshing to read about someone who’s perfectly satisfied with his life. At least, so far. I’m way behind in the series.
M.C. Beaton also writes the Agatha Raisin mystery series, which can now be seen on Acorn TV. Way back, when the early books first came out, I bought a couple and tried them. And Agatha annoyed me so much, I couldn’t make myself read another one of them. I went right back to my clever, amiable Hamish. But recently a funny thing’s happened. I ran out of shows in the Shakespeare and Hathaway series I enjoyed so much. Ditto for the series Rosemary and Thyme. The Queens of Mystery was even shorter with its witty narrator and sly humor. I enjoy Longmire, but HH and I only watch one or two of those shows a week. So we tried Bosch, but that show’s so depressing, we’re going to finish the first series and swear off it. That led us to try Agatha Raisin on TV. And we really enjoy it.
I was younger when I first tried Agatha. I’m not sure if my sense of humor has changed, or if the TV shows appeal more to me than the books would. And for me, it doesn’t matter. I think I’ve found a good balance, watching Agatha and reading Hamish. It lets me enjoy both sides of M.C. Beaton.
What about you? Have you read M.C. Beaton? Do you enjoy Agatha and Hamish, or do you prefer one over the other?