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
Love fiction--classic to light, serious to comedic. Selective non-fiction. These days lots of mysteries (not too violent, please :-)
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.
Terrible Scottish accent and unable to carry voices distinct enough for recognizing each character
I love Hamish, and enjoy listening and re-listening to these stories.
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.
I loved this series and the narrator Graeme Malcolm, but I won't buy any more done by this new narrator.
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.
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.
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