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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

What the Critics Say

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

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    W Barry McCue Braidwood, IL United States 05-03-08
    W Barry McCue Braidwood, IL United States 05-03-08 Member Since 2008
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    "This is just a great story"

    Hamish is a great character. Nothing like the normal hero, he's just a guy doing the best he can despite all the problems tossed at him by the people around him. I can believe that these are real people, and have real emotions. And it's very funny. I highly recommend it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Edith Tuckerman 04-13-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Death of a Gentle Lady"

    Hammish McBeth is a most appealing protaginist and the village of Lochdue and its' characters are equally fetching.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-20-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-20-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Scottish Who Done It"

    Thoroughly enjoyable, quirky tale of murder in Scotland . . . it was a fun listen and I got a tickle out of how Hamish got his revenge.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 11-03-08
    Nancy 11-03-08

    I love a good story that entertains and has well developed characters and realistic life situations where good is recognized as good.

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    "Enjoyable"

    I dearly love reading about Hamish McBeth. The books about him, this included, are interesting, make you think. Even though they are dealing with murder they are not "dark" but light. Hamish is a lovable character as are all the regulars. You invariably feel good at the end of the book. I've listened to nearly all of them.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lorri Garland, TX, United States 03-13-14
    Lorri Garland, TX, United States 03-13-14

    Tanti Lorri

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    "Hilarious Whodunit"

    This was my first listen of a Hamish Macbeth book, and I'm glad to see that there are many more out there. I love the characters in this book, especially that of Hamish. I completely understand his obsessive need to make sure his dog and cat are all right. The story was excellent and the characters unusual. It was a delightful experience. The narrator has the requisite Scottish brogue, and I found myself speaking with that lilt after listening to the book for a couple of hours. My only criticism is that there wasn't much voice variation among the characters, and his Russian inspector didn't sound Russian. But I highly recommend this book. No F-bombs! Good clean mischievous fun.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 05-01-14
    Linda 05-01-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Hamish Outwits Them All!"

    I have no idea if the portrayal of the Scottish Highlands in this series is accurate. It doesn't matter to me. It's an interesting place to visit via the Hamish MacBeth stories. Hamish is a very clever village policeman who loves his job in the village of Lochdubh and constantly has to fight against being promoted and forced to live in a city.

    This is a cozy series filled with unique characters and intricate mysteries. The combination of action and humor is very entertaining.. If you are looking for a few hours of diversion, this book is a good bet.

    Graeme Malcolm is a superb narrator. His voice is smooth, his pronounciation clear. For me he is one of the best in the business.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GW 04-08-14
    GW 04-08-14 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!

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    "Light reading"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really. I like the characters and the story was interesting.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was entertained by the story but it wasn't as suspenseful as I'd hoped it would be. I didn't guess the ending but this wasn't a nail-biter.


    Which character – as performed by Graeme Malcolm – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was Hamish MacBeth.


    Did Death of a Gentle Lady inspire you to do anything?

    About the only thing it inspired me to do was to see if there was anything else available by this author. I know the book is part of a series and so after listening to this one, I thought I might enjoy listening to a few more of Hamish MacBeth's mysteries.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ctcoburn Lansing, MI, United States 03-30-14
    ctcoburn Lansing, MI, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "nice"

    ....simple story but likeable characters in a nice small town
    I could see myself wanting to live in the town and be friends with these people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen C. Lindow Tampa, FL 03-21-15
    Ellen C. Lindow Tampa, FL 03-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Death of a Gentle Lady?

    I fell in love with Hamish MacBeth through the TV show years ago. I'm not a big mystery fan, but I love a good story in an exotic location and this series fits the bill to a T. This is the first book in the series I tried, and it's a bit awkward having Hamish described differently from the way I see him in my mind, but the story sounds just like an ep from the TV show, so I'm happy. Love having a long series to listen to, so I'm hooked on Hamish again.


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

    Graeme Malcolm's voice fits the mood of the book perfectly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria E. Hernandez Miami, FL United States 01-09-15
    Maria E. Hernandez Miami, FL United States 01-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best performance of the series"

    Funny and entertaining. This is my favorite of the whole Hamish Series. Hope to encounter Ana Krokoski some time again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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