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Death of a Perfect Wife: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Book 4 | [M. C. Beaton]

Death of a Perfect Wife: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Book 4

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.
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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.

©2011 M.C. Beaton (P)2013 AudioGO

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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-19-15
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Pleasant Trip to Lochdubh"

    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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    Doug Wilkie 01-30-15
    Doug Wilkie 01-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Hamish does it again"

    Love these stories, they are light and easy to listen to. Hamish always gets his man leaving inspector Blair looking foolish.

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    Oenophile 10-12-14
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    "Loch Dubh"

    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.

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