Great Scot! Don't miss more of Hamish Macbeth's cases.
©2007 Marion Chesney; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America
"Macbeth...remains as charming a hero as ever in this funny, unpredictable read." (Publishers Weekly)
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book - the narrator had a lovely Scottish accent that really brought the story alive.
Graeme Malcolm is, repeat, is Hamish Macbeth. While Ms. Beaton writes a wonderful story, my pleasure would be only half with any other narrator.
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.
Yes. Love his scottish interpretation and accent.
I will listen to more! Only wish I had done them in order.
Not your usual crime novel, the unassuming lead is as interesting as the mystery itself! Nice mix of humor and mystery. More Hamish MacBeth!
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.
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!
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