Selling well in local independent bookstores:

Death of a Scriptwriter

By M. C. C. Beaton (Warner, $6.50)

Scottish Highland police constable Hamish Macbeth investigates a murder during the production of a television mystery series. (F)

The Ground Beneath Her Feet

By Salman Rushdie (Holt, $27.50)

... in which Rushdie brings a cast of rock stars out of Bombay and into America. (F)

Into the Porcupine Cave and Other Odysseys

By William W. Warner (National Geographic, $25)

A naturalist's adventures take him from one end of the globe to the other. (NF)

Midnight in Sicily

By Peter Robb (Random House, $13)

In a mix of travel and crime writing, Robb explores the art, cuisine, history and mafia of Sicily. (NF)

The Physics of Sunset

By Jane Vandenburgh (Pantheon, $24)

Against the backdrop of California's natural and man-made disasters, two intellectuals explore the depths of extramarital passion. (F)

A Rich Full Death

By Michael Dibdin (Knopf, $12)

In 1855, Florence, when several members of the American and English expat community are murdered, poet Robert Browning takes on the case as a private investigator. (F)

The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Barnes & Noble, Crown, Olsson's and Waldenbooks based on sales from 7/11 - 7/17. Numbers within brackets, e.g. [5], represent the total number of weeks on the list. The "Washington Is Also Reading" list is based on reports from Chapters, Chuck & Dave's, Maryland Book Exchange, Politics & Prose, Reprint, Trover and Vertigo. Book World bestsellers hotline is 202-334-9000, category code 4175. (8/8/99)