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Death of a Macho Man: The Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, Book 12 | [M. C. Beaton]

Death of a Macho Man: The Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, Book 12

When Hamish Macbeth, local constable of the Scottish village of Lochdubh, tries to break up one of the many fights involving Randy "Macho Man" Duggan, the ruffian challenges him to a fistfight. Everyone expects Macbeth to take a beating from the man who claims to be a professional wrestler, but on the chosen day, Duggan is found shot to death - and Macbeth is the likeliest suspect. The brutal Macho Man left a trail of fear and hatred in his wake, and Macbeth must find the murderer and clear his name.
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When Hamish Macbeth, local constable of the Scottish village of Lochdubh, tries to break up one of the many fights involving Randy "Macho Man" Duggan, the ruffian challenges him to a fistfight. Everyone expects Macbeth to take a beating from the man who claims to be a professional wrestler, but on the chosen day, Duggan is found shot to death - and Macbeth is the likeliest suspect.

The brutal Macho Man left a trail of fear and hatred in his wake, and Macbeth must find the murderer, clear his name, and restore his Highland paradise to its usual tranquility amid all the excitement.

©2013 M.C. Beaton (P)2013 AudioGO

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    Kathi Sterling, VA, United States 02-23-14
    Kathi Sterling, VA, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2010

    Have re-discovered "quality time." Evenings listening to good books have replaced mindless tv watching. What a difference!

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    "Not the best in the series--though still good!"

    Although I have never yet listened to a Hamish Macbeth story I didn't like, this is not up there with the top ones. Hamish, the only policeman in the little Scottish Highlands town of Lochdubh, tends to be a very likable and clever man--but not one who fits the police mold (according to how his colleagues view him). He operates much according to his own instincts and logic, and pays little attention to the rules by which investigations should be handled.

    In this book, he finds himself on the "suspect" list, since he had the unfortunate poor judgment to agree to engage in a fight with Randy Duggan, a braggart and a bully--who was hurting people around him with his grandiosity. Duggan gets himself murdered before the fight takes place, but Hamish realizes that with everybody in town knowing about his coming fight--he is not only a suspect, but also has provided more ammunition for those of his colleagues who are delighted to think they have found a reason to get rid of him.

    It's a typical Hamish book--and it is a good listen (though not the best I've ever heard). However, my problem (and it most likely is *my* problem) is that I had grown so very fond of Graeme Malcolm's narration of the series, that my ear is having trouble adjusting to the new replacement narration of Shaun Grindell. I don't know why, but I just can't stop yearning for Mr. Malcolm's delightful Scottish tones. I also don't know why, but in some instances, the Malcolm books are being re-recorded. I only discovered this when I inadvertently purchased a duplicate one, thinking it was a book I had not yet read.

    Having said all that, and even if it sounds like I'm complaining, I still enjoy the Hamish books--they are delightful to listen to, a fun read and I never grow tired of them. I do recommend this book--even with it being not the best--it remains a delightful read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Courtice, ON, Canada 10-17-13
    Joan Courtice, ON, Canada 10-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Book spoiled by poor choice of narrator"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Terrible Scottish accent and unable to carry voices distinct enough for recognizing each character


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    Lynnette Durham, NC, United States 10-07-13
    Lynnette Durham, NC, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Hate this Narrator"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Hamish, and enjoy listening and re-listening to these stories.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This is the first book I've listened to with this narrator, and his is neither the voice nor the accent to replace Mr. Malcolm as narrator. His reading lacks good phrasing and the rhythm and word stresses are often wrong, distracting from the story.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Penny 10-21-13
    Penny 10-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    What did you like best about Death of a Macho Man? What did you like least?

    I loved this series and the narrator Graeme Malcolm, but I won't buy any more done by this new narrator.


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    Susan DENVER, CO, United States 10-21-13
    Susan DENVER, CO, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Solid Beaton...but the narrator???"
    What did you like best about Death of a Macho Man? What did you like least?

    It is the expected Hamish Macbeth style of story and that is what I want when I buy these books - not totally obvious murder but not too hard to follow if I zone out on a run, good characters, good humor, etc.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hamish


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shaun Grindell?

    I prefer the past Hamish Macbeth narrators to Mr. Grindell. I just didn't put his voice to the vision I have of Hamish Macbeth.


    Was Death of a Macho Man worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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