Death of a Gossip
When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joined the fishing class, she wasted no time in ruffling the feathers - or was it the fins? - of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue and unladylike manner was Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet not even Hamish thought someone would permanently silence Lady Jane's shrills - until her strangled body is fished out of the river. Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must angle through the choppy waters of the tattler's life to find the murderer. But with a school of suspects who aren't ready to talk and dead women telling no tales, Hamish may be in over his head, for he knows that secrets are dangerous, knowledge is power, and killers usually do strike again.
Death of a Cad
When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiancé home to Lochdubh, everybody in town is delighted…except for love-smitten Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet his affairs of the heart will have to wait. Vile, boorish Captain Bartlett, one of the guests at Priscilla's engagement party, has just been found murdered - shot while on a grouse hunt. Now with many titled party guests as the prime suspects, each with a reason for snuffing out the despicable captain, Hamish must smooth ruffled feathers as he investigates the case. When the hidden culprit strikes again, Hamish will find himself trying to save Priscilla from a miserable marriage - and catch a killer before he flies the coop.
©2013 M. C. Beaton (P)2014 AudioGO
A person could possibly not like Hamish Macbeth, but then, what the heck would they be reading books for anyway? It's not their thing. If you love character and personality, these books are loaded with it all around, and starting from the beginning of the series is a very good idea.
I have not read the print version yet...but I love hearing the voice of Hamish. Now I will hear this when I read the print version of the Hamish books.
I loved it. Double delight. Ten hours went by way too fast. Very likeable character....great storytelling.
No...but I would love to hear more.
MacBeth has murdered sleep. lol
The characters were easily recognizable....loved Hamish....can't wait to read/hear the rest of the line. I have read all of the Agatha Raisin...now I am working on Hamish. Well done MC Beaton!
Death of a Gossip & Death of a Cad were both very good stories. I am very sorry that I have been passing this series up. I will be reading the rest of these.
These are fun books but really pretty silly. I have read a lot of them, mainly in print. The setting and the personality of the main character are what makes these books so readable.
Great for a light read. The later books in the series seem to be much more brutal - just murders left and right. These earlier books have a bit more character development and not as much brutality.
Two words: Hamish Macbeth. He is so very original. A lowly town bobby who always solves the crime, but fears doing so will get him promoted out of his peaceful, lazy, poaching life.Thank God for the awful Inspector Blair who swoops in, insults Hamish, and steals the credit.
Easily Hamish. His outlook on life is so simple and he is so clueless about women that you can't help but love him.
His delivery of the various accents and characters. Easily flowing from Hamish's Scottish drawl to a greedy American, to a stuffy British laird.
Hamish reluctantly saves the day!
truly terrible and cliched, almost a parody of a mystery.
1. though the murder doesn't happen until well into it, thanks to the title(s), there's not much suspense as to who is going to get bumped
2. each character has to loudly proclaim, within earshot of the other characters, "why…..I'll, I'll …..KILL her!
3. implausibility is ok, but this goes beyond implausibility into a realm of absurdity.
4. profanity doesn't faze me, but I found so many women being called "bitch" kinda abrasive
On the plus side, the narrator does an excellent job, at least to my american ears.
use your credit on an agatha christie instead!
I'm not certain why I wasn't fully engaged while listening to these two books. I have listened to, or read, most in the series. Since these are earlier books in the series, Hamish Macbeth, police constable, wasn't the likable unconventional character that I know from later books. I believe, since all the other Hamish Macbeth books that I have listened to were narrated by Graeme Malcolm, whom is superb, I didn't enjoy the narration of Antony Ferguson which didn't have the intonation and connection that Graeme Malcolm brings to the series. If this was the first listen in the series, I would of stopped reading the others in the series. If this is your first "dive" into the series, I wouldn't suggest this narrator. Instead, listen to a Graeme Malcolm narration.
The great thing about the MC Beaton character, Hamish Macbeth is that you can start anywhere and keep up with it. I think I've seen that they're tm25 /30 of these, yet I never feel left out. They're just full of good, funny, decent people. When I'm really down I take out a Hamish mystery and suddenly all seems right with the world.
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