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Death of a Gentle Lady: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery | [M. C. Beaton]

Death of a Gentle Lady: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

Gentle by name, gentle by nature. Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores elderly Mrs. Gentle - everyone but Hamish Macbeth, that is. Hamish thinks the gentle lady is quite sly and vicious, and the citizens of Lochdubh think he is overly cranky. Perhaps it's time for him to get married, they say. But who has time for marriage when there's a murder to be solved? When Mrs. Gentle dies under mysterious circumstances, the town is shocked and outraged.
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Publisher's Summary

Gentle by name, gentle by nature. Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores elderly Mrs. Gentle - everyone but Hamish Macbeth, that is. Hamish thinks the gentle lady is quite sly and vicious, and the citizens of Lochdubh think he is overly cranky. Perhaps it's time for him to get married, they say.

But who has time for marriage when there's a murder to be solved? When Mrs. Gentle dies under mysterious circumstances, the town is shocked and outraged. Chief Detective Inspector Blair suspects members of her family, but Hamish Macbeth thinks there's more to the story, and begins investigating the truth behind this lady's gentle exterior.

Great Scot! Don't miss more of Hamish Macbeth's cases.

©2008 Marion Chesney; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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"Malcolm's polished delivery meshes perfectly with the dialogue, small-town setting, and the atmosphere." (Booklist)

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    Chantelle Lee-Allen 01-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another good story from M.C. Beaton"

    I love the Hamish Macbeth series. The fact that we get to see more of Hamish's cringe worthy interactions with women makes it that much better!

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    Linda 12-08-12
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    "A bit overly long"

    The Macbeth adventures are always fun to read - but somehow, this one dragged. It seemed to go on for a tad too long. Still, if you're a Hamish fan, you won't want to miss it.

    Linda

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    Denise Barker Columbia South Carolina 11-12-12
    Denise Barker Columbia South Carolina 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    Where does Death of a Gentle Lady rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Kind of in the middle, I like these stories, but they are all very similiar


    Would you recommend Death of a Gentle Lady to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure, I love the Highland accent!


    Have you listened to any of Graeme Malcolm’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he is the main reason I listen, love his voice and accent


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    Lonnie Ducote Palm Springs, Ca 03-14-14
    Lonnie Ducote Palm Springs, Ca 03-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    Aggravating when mystery books have the murderer turn out to be someone who wasn't really involved in the story until you find out they are the killer. Feels like the whole listening experience is wasted when the killer turns out to be a character you have no idea about until the very end.

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    "Dissapointing"

    The narrator does their best with material that is undecided about whether it is a serious mystery. The story opens well but the actions of Hamish Macbeth are unrealistic especially where he escapes from his arch Nemesis Blair, another police officer, who has kidnapped him.The conclusion where Macbeth connives to have Blair marry a prostitute as retribution is in my opinion ludicrous.

    The author attempts to inject reality into her criminals by having them iterate a litany of factors that caused their warped psychology. This also detracts from what is basically a good murder mystery.

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