M. C. Beaton's New York Times best-selling Hamish Macbeth series continues with a new mystery featuring Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman.
James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse, Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr. Harrison to welcome him to the neighborhood, the old man treats him very rudely. Gloria apologizes for her employer's behavior, and Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out for dinner. On the appointed evening, Hamish waits for Gloria at the restaurant. And waits. Gloria never shows up. Four days later, Gloria's body washes up on the beach near Braikie. Now without a date and without his former policeman Dick Fraser (who left the force to buy a bakery), Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland, and why, before the murderer strikes again....
©2016 M. C. Beaton (P)2016 Hachette Audio
"Longing for escape? Tired of waiting for Brigadoon to materialize? Time for a trip to Lochdubh, the scenic, if somnolent, village in the Scottish Highlands where M. C. Beaton sets her beguiling whodunits featuring Constable Hamish Macbeth." (New York Times Book Review)
"With residents and a constable so authentic, it won't be long before tourists will be seeking Lochdubh and believing in the reality of Hamish Macbeth as surely as they believed in Sherlock Holmes." (Rocky Mountain News)
"Macbeth is the sort of character who slyly grows on you." (Chicago Sun-Times)
I choose a Hamish MacBeth book when I want an enjoyable, humorous story with quirky characters. When a character named Gloria Dainty appeared early in the story, I knew I was going to have a good time listening to this book.
If you have read and enjoyed other books in this series, I believe you will be pleased with this entry.
If you are not familiar with the series, do not expect non-stop action, rough language, "edginess", or psychological drama. This is a "cozy" mystery that you can fall asleep listening to and not have nightmares. It will not get your adrenalin pumping. However, it may have you laughing.
Graeme Malcolm performance is excellent. He narrates the story well and lets the story be the "star."
The office politics were interesting.
The ultimate resolution felt oddly unsatisfying.
Yes. A gifted reader who I always enjoy. This one is at par.
I love the Hamish McBeth series. But they are beginning to feel rushed. She either needs to allow more space or cut out the lots of little mini-crises that blow up and are resolved within five minutes.
I wonder if the books are being ghost written.
This one felt "jolty" - like a new driver struggling with a stick shift, lurching from point to point.
I read the books because I cant afford to live or vacation in the Scottish highlands. Beaton drew some wonderful charachters that feel like old friends, even annoying ones. ("Annoying ones" echoed Nessie). I want to enjoy their company.
There's fragments of that in there, but its also increasingly formulaic... you know the outcome of Daviot, Blair, Anderson, and some particularly obnoxious or weak interloper the moment they step into the book.
I love the series, the village, and even the office politics. But I feel like what attracted me to Lochdubh in the first place is missing.
To began with, I have read or listen to EVERY Hamish Macbeth mystery. My plan is to listen to one more book unless something significant happens in this book series!!! May I suggest any or all of the following changes in the series:
Hamish leaves Lochdabh - NEVER to return; he "does the dirty" with Priscilla at least ONCE; he moves to Edinburgh and becomes a private detective;
Priscilla moves to Edinburgh and opens a high-end brothel;
Blair dies or is fired and is sent to prison;
Daviot retires, dies or becomes Scotland's minister of justice;
Colonel Halburton-Smythe goes bankrupt and ends up working at the Italian restaurant; Elspeth Grant - Becomes a TV news presenter in Edinburgh, runs for office and becomes the next Scottish PM;
Nessie & Jessie Currie inherit millions and move to old folks home in Fort Myers, FL;
Jimmy Anderson takes Daviot's job, stops drinking and become an obnoxious holly roller; Archie Maclean wins the lottery and ends up buying the Tommel Castle Hotel (his wife takes over as the head of housekeeping).
EXACTLY the same!
Marion - get on with it
The combination of a Beaton story and Graeme Malcolm narration is irresistible to me. I greedily gobble down each new release. Then, I often go I and listen to the series again. They never get old. I heartily enjoy all of Beatons books.
I can never pass up a new book in this series. (The very series that got me hooked on audiobooks) Very unexpected to have the brief albeit shocking sexual themes. In other books you wouldn't take notice to hearing the phrase 'hand job'. Hearing it here almost made me drop the dish I was washing as if my Grandmother had said it.
As always looking forward to the next book.
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I love this whole series! There are definitely some books that are better than others and I would say this one is among the better ones! Great story! I wish the author would write faster.
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