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Death of a Maid | [M. C. Beaton]

Death of a Maid

Mrs. Gillespie is famous for being the best maid in the northwest of Sutherland. But to Hamish Macbeth, she is a malicious gossip who bangs around the furniture and clanks pots. When Hamish wins Mrs. Gillespie's services in a church raffle, he spends most of the day trying to avoid her. He doesn't understand how she managed to gain such a fine reputation. Then she is found dead, struck down violently by a metal bucket of water.
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Publisher's Summary

Mrs. Gillespie is famous for being the best maid in the northwest of Sutherland. But to Hamish Macbeth, she is a malicious gossip who bangs around the furniture and clanks pots. When Hamish wins Mrs. Gillespie's services in a church raffle, he spends most of the day trying to avoid her. He doesn't understand how she managed to gain such a fine reputation. Then she is found dead, struck down violently by a metal bucket of water. Knowing Mrs. Gillespie's penchant for gossip, Hamish is sure she delighted in finding out her clients' secrets - which means that everyone whose home she cleaned is a suspect.

Great Scot! Don't miss more of Hamish Macbeth's cases.

©2007 Marion Chesney; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

"Macbeth...remains as charming a hero as ever in this funny, unpredictable read." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Barbara Memphis, TN, USA 10-15-08
    Barbara Memphis, TN, USA 10-15-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Death of a Maid"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book - the narrator had a lovely Scottish accent that really brought the story alive.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    vancouverquilter Vancouver, WA, United States 02-08-12
    vancouverquilter Vancouver, WA, United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "THE NARRATOR!!!!!!!!"

    Graeme Malcolm is, repeat, is Hamish Macbeth. While Ms. Beaton writes a wonderful story, my pleasure would be only half with any other narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    abbyk wallingford, vt USA 04-16-12
    abbyk wallingford, vt USA 04-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Murder and great entertainment in north Highlands"
    Where does Death of a Maid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up there in this genre. Amusing, gentle (for a murder) and great character development of Hamish Macbeth, constable of tiny Highland village and his life.


    Have you listened to any of Graeme Malcolm’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Love his scottish interpretation and accent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes,


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to more! Only wish I had done them in order.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Sharon, PA 12-05-09
    Amazon Customer Sharon, PA 12-05-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Charming and different"

    Not your usual crime novel, the unassuming lead is as interesting as the mystery itself! Nice mix of humor and mystery. More Hamish MacBeth!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 07-22-14
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 07-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Reliable fun"

    This one doesn't disappoint and is great escapist fun, with intrigue mixed with memorable characters and lots of humour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Schmidt Mid-America 04-25-11
    C. Schmidt Mid-America 04-25-11 Member Since 2004
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    "So many endings"

    If you are a Hamish MacBeth fan, you already know that the author hates to say goodbye. Frequently, these books have a good 30 minutes or more after the murder is solved, and I often find the complete endings charming and satisfying. In Death of a Maid, however, there are just too many endings. This book is a fun read with an interesting plot, but the last hour has a "horror movie" quality in that the main story can't seem to die out so we can get the pleasing wrap up that we usually get. If you are listening to this whole series, you will be happy with this installment. If you are looking at this series for the first time, I'd suggest you not start here (Wikipedia has a good list of the Hamish MacBeth stories under the article on M.C. Beaton; take them in order). Either way, prepare yourself to have to say goodbye to this story at least three separate times!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Baker Florida 02-24-10
    Jacqueline Baker Florida 02-24-10 Member Since 2007

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    "entertaining!"

    Nice book to listen for short trips.

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    Sarah Hamilton, ON, Canada 09-29-09
    Sarah Hamilton, ON, Canada 09-29-09
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    "Lack of voices is problematic"

    I notice that the reader of this - Graeme Malcolm - has apparently done 25+ audiobooks, so I guess someone likes him, but I found this disappointing.

    The Hamish MacBeth series is pretty good if you're a fan of the whole "unassuming/chronically lonely self-effacing Scottish detective guy solves murders which for some reason always happen within 50 miles of his house" genre, so the story's pretty good.

    And the reader's voice - another reviewer mentioned his Scottish accent, which I like too - is good. However, he doesn't do a very good job of having different 'voices' for different characters, so when he's reading dialogue between 2 or 3 people, it's VERY hard to figure out who's saying what. It's not a disaster, but it did mean that at first I couldn't keep MacBeth, Daviot and Blair (3 male police characters) straight, so I was kind of confused for the first few chapters and didn't really get the characterization properly.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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