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Death of a Gossip: Hamish Macbeth, Book 1 | [M. C. Beaton]

Death of a Gossip: Hamish Macbeth, Book 1

When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joins the local fishing class she wastes no time in ruffling feathers of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue is Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth, yet not even Hamish thinks someone would seriously want to silence Lady Jane’s shrill voice permanently – until her strangled body is fished out of the river.
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When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joins the local fishing class she wastes no time in ruffling feathers of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue is Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth, yet not even Hamish thinks someone would seriously want to silence Lady Jane’s shrill voice permanently – until her strangled body is fished out of the river.

Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must steer a course through the choppy waters of the tattler’s life to find a murderer. But with a school of suspects who aren’t willing to talk, and the dead woman telling no tales, Hamish may well be in over his head for he knows that secrets are dangerous, knowledge is power, and killers when cornered usually do strike again.

M. C. Beaton is the author of the best-selling Agatha Raisin series. She has also written several Regency romance series. She lives between Paris and the Cotswolds.

©2013 M. C. Beaton (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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  • miss-starlight
    6/30/14
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    "Dated and predictable"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A tense plot; a convincing performance or engaging characters - none of which were evident here. This was my first and definitely last foray into the work of this author.


    What was most disappointing about M. C. Beaton’s story?

    It was confusingly dated in detail and style, the characters were 2-dimensional stereotypes and the plot, such as it was, was thin and predictable.


    What didn’t you like about David Monteath’s performance?

    To me, it felt as if he was as unconvinced about the story as I was. A lifeless performance.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kay
    Woodbridge, United Kingdom
    6/25/14
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    "Classic British Who Dunnit"

    If you like classic police mysteries then this is for you. I have been a fan of Hamish MacBeth for years and it is a real pleasure to have them on audible. Compared to more modern crime fiction the lack of gory violence comes as a bit of a relief, although if you are a fan of the more violent novels (which I am) do not let this put you off. I would highly recommend this series to any one who loves a good old fashioned mystery. It is well read and easy listening, which is perfect for chilling out to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
    6/24/14
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    "An easy to listen to story"
    Would you try another book written by M. C. Beaton or narrated by David Monteath?

    Maybe, it was easy enough to listen do but not very exciting.


    Would you be willing to try another book from M. C. Beaton? Why or why not?

    Maybe, when in the right mood


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Improved the voices or not bothered


    Was Death of a Gossip worth the listening time?

    Yes & No


    Any additional comments?

    No

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