Hamish Macbeth, the laid-back constable of Lochdubh, Scotland, has a new Land Rover to drive and a Highland summer to savor, but as fast as rain rolls in from the loch, his happy life goes to hell in a hand basket.
The trouble begins when his beloved Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns from London - with a fiancé on her arm. His miseries multiply when clouds of midges, the diabolical Scottish mosquito, descend on the town. Then a paragon of housewifery named Trixie Thomas moves into Lochdubh with her lapdog husband in tow. The newcomer quickly convinces the local ladies to embrace low-cholesterol meals, ban tobacco, and begin bird-watching. Soon the town's fish-and-chips-loving men are up in arms.
Now faced with the trials of his own soul, Macbeth must solve Lochdubh's newest crime: the mysterious poisoning of the perfect wife.
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The idea of a village compete with contentedly meddling policeman or doctor or pastor is captivating.
I married my own version of Hamish Mcbeth. It can be frustrating, but very restful just like these books.
Like drugs they have their downside - the plots are implausible, the action often seems to jump in out of nowhere and disappear quickly. I picture the author as writing these books out hurriedly without much of an outline or any revision.
Still, they are intriguing and I love listening to them. Hamish is just so lovable!
Some have complained about the reader - I agree he is hard to understand when he does a heavy Scottish accent, as with Inspector Blair, but that doesn't come up very often and what Blair says is mostly blithering nonsense. I like Grindell's style when he's just narrating the story, and he does fine with the other characters.
I enjoy the whole Hamish Macbeth series. I feel as though I know the whole village. The books are formulaic, but that is ok when you just want to pass the time pleasantly.
I was a bit hesitant to get the books narrated by Shaun Grindell because the first books I bought had been narrated by Graeme Malcolm, who was very good. Although Mr Malcolm is still the better reader in my opinion, once I adjusted to the change of a familiar character sounding different, Mr Grindell was pleasant enough, especially when doing accents. He does sound a little younger than Mr Malcolm, so he is appropriate for a man in his thirties, like Hamish.
We all know the "perfect woman" who sort of tyrannizes people into doing everything her way--in a "nice" way, of course. She is the perfect Stepford housewife who turns the women into little automatons and the men into desperate souls who just want their meat and potatoes back.
It is hard to blame the killer--a man's gotta eat.
This was another very good book set in Loch Duh. Hamish is a good cop and I'm glad he fiannly got some credit. I am also happy the Priscilla is beginning to see Hamish for the man he is.
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