When John Heppel, a visiting writer to Lochdubh, first proposes forming a writers’ circle, the idea is met with much enthusiasm from local residents. However, once the classes get underway, attendance quickly falters due to one undeniable fact: John Heppel is a long-winded, consummate bore. But is dullness a motive for murder? Hamish Macbeth wouldn’t ordinarily think so, therefore when Heppel is found dead, Hamish begins looking for deeper meaning in the writer’s stories, including a strange, unfinished soap opera script that seems to suggest a more sinister motive behind its author’s unhappy ending.
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