Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is alarmed to receive a report from a woman in the small village of Cronish in the Scottish Highlands. She has been brutally attacked and the criminal is on the loose. But upon further investigation, Hamish discovers that she was lying about the crime. So when the same woman calls him back about an intruder, he simply marvels at her compulsion to lie. This time, though, she is telling the truth. Her body is found in her home and Hamish must sort through all of her lies to solve the crime.
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I just love this series! Graeme Malcolm narration is perfection. In fact, I am listening to the last few audiobooks in the series with Malcolm as the narrator because after I'm done with those, I'm done with the "Death of....." series. I adore M. C. Beaton's tales of murder and crime in the Scottish Highlands. I love catching up with the wonderful nutty characters and small village life, but I just can't get into any of the other narrators. No disrespect to those narrators. In my opinion, Beaton and Malcolm are an act that is just too hard to follow!
I have always loved the highlands hero, Hamish MacBeth and I'm always rooting for him. This is another great book in the long growing series that I hope never dies. This insert in the series has lots of twists and turns that will keep you on the front of your seat, along with visits for Hamish's old and new flames. Overall another great book by MC Beaton.
Mystery lover from waaaay back when.... Especially love those dark police/detective procedurals and the comic caper. I'm pretty tough as a reviewer. Writing must be smart and well-edited. Plots must be credible and a bit of twistiness and surprises are always welcome. Favorite authors [partial list]: Donald Westlake, Tana French, David Rosenfelt, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain,
My only complaint--I wish the books were longer! I hate to see them end.
The narrator is top notch to my American ear--I love the accents of the different characters and I can understand everything they say.
The plots are actually real puzzles to solve--sometimes I get it before the 'reveal' but sometimes there's a neat surprise twist.
Keep them coming!!
Any Hamish MacBeth mystery narrated by Graeme Malcolm always ranks among the best I've listened to so far.
The arrival of a new policeman to room with Hamish just after getting rid of Dick.
The wonderful accents and emotion.
Yikes! I have no idea.
I love listening to this series and worry about the author's age because I I don't want the series to end, at least not until Ms. Beaton finally lets Hamish find true love... besides his cat and dog.
M.C. Beaton never disappoints. This one is especially good. It has a bit of everything, multiple plot lines, a fox, drugs, a funeral home, a bakery, the highland weather, and of course lots of dead bodies. Only Hamish can put the puzzle all together. Add that to lost loves, engagement rings, and M.C.B's dusting of wicked humor spell hours of enjoyable entertainment. I could not stop listening to this one. It will be a pure treat to see what Hamish is up to next!
Superb in every way. Hamish is so vulnerable and emotional that it makes him very believable. I feel as if I know him. G Malcolm is the best male narrator I've heard.
Judging from the dearth of books by this author (did you know that she also has several pen names?), you'd think her fingers must be on steroids for the effort. Still, I say to her: Give me more!! Every Hamish MacBeth story is its own triumph. The characters are utterly believable, human and unpredictable, the plot is tight and cohesive, the story is never trite or formulaic. I own every Hamish MacBeth mystery and have yet to be disappointed. Mr. Malcolm is not my favorite narrator as he has an accent that seems more Australian than Scottish to my American ear. Our Hamish does tend to swear and growl when frustrated, and Malcom makes it sound like: "Grr, I'm mad.....let's go camping!!" He has kind of a happy-dog cadence to his reading, but if I let myself get lost in the details of the story it doesn't matter that much. Highly recommended.
Excellent story made even better because of the narration. M.C. Beaton's other Hamish Macbeth stories are ONLY good if Graeme Malcolm is the reader. Others don't do justice to the story.
Beaton's Hamish Macbeth is as charming as ever. He's on the trail on yet another murder suspect threatening his beloved Southerland.
With his Highlands intuition and help from friends, he tracks the suspect down. Now, if could just find a wife!
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