A classic title from M. C. Beaton's New York Times best-selling Hamish Macbeth series.
Believing that someone is trying to murder her, gorgeous Jane Wetherby asks Hamish Macbeth to spend Christmas with her and an exclusive group of friends at her Scottish island health farm. With a cold in his head and no place to go for the holidays, Hamish accepts her invitation. He thinks the lady is a bit daft, but, arriving on the lonely isle of Eileencraig, he feels a prickle of foreboding. The locals are openly threatening; the other guests, especially a terrible snob named Heather Todd, are barely civil. So when Heather meets an untimely end, Hamish knows he doesn't have far to look for the culprit. The only snag in his investigation is that all the guests were in the house when Heather vanished. Now, as mysterious events abound on Eileencraig, Hamish must work through the holiday sniffles to find the killer - or else it will be a very miserable Christmas indeed.
©1992 M. C. Beaton (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Science fiction, fantasy and mystery listener. Love anything with a good plot.
It's the holiday season, and Hamish Macbeth is heading to the Happy Wanderer, a scottish health farm. The owner, Jane Weatherby, is worried that someone is plotting to kill her and invites Hamish for the holidays to investigate. At the Happy Wanderer Hamish discovers an eclectic group of Jane's friends, none of which would seem to want Jane dead. However, when one of the guests is killed instead, Hamish wonders if it was a case of mistaken identity or whether the snobby, mean woman, Heather, was the intended victim.
I really enjoy the Hamish Macbeth mysteries. They have a beautiful English-Scottish flair to them, and Hamish, as the bumbling police officer is simply adorable. Death of a Snob had a nice holiday setting, and even though it's March I was getting into quite the holiday spirit listening to this one.
I found it interesting, that in Death of a Snob, Priscilla gets to meet Hamish's parents. In the previous books there has been a on-off flirtation between Priscilla and Hamish. While there is no relationship between them, I liked that Priscilla got to meet Hamish's family while Hamish was away. Hamish comes from a big family, and the complete opposite of Priscilla's fancy yet small family and I think she definitely looks at Hamish a different way after spending time with the Macbeths.
The mystery in this one was good and for those us that like mysteries involving authors then you will definitely enjoy the author angle here.
Shaun Grindell voices Hamish Macbeth and he does a superb job on the accents. I love all the Scottish and English and even an American accent! I plan to listen to the rest of the books in this series as audiobooks because this one was that enjoyable. The audiobook is short at just over 4 hours but I think it would be perfect for a car trip! Definitely a good series to discover on audio.
A ridiculous plot with an interesting cast of characters in an unusual setting on a barren island off the coast of Scotland make this another fun Macbeth murder mystery.
These stories can be listened to more than once because they are so full of details it's easy to miss some the first time through, and there are so many people, each with their own history, it can be easy to get them confused when just listening rather than reading the print version.
Shaun Grindell does a fine job of narrating. I really like how he portrays Hamish.
Although the mysteries stand alone, this series is best listened to more or less in order. Otherwise the characters and situations might seem crazy. There is some continuation from book to book of the relationships of some of the main characters.
Beaton seems to write these books off the top of her head without a lot of intense analysis. I think a person would have to be a Hamish Macbeth fan to put up with all the fascinating nonsense found in these mysteries. Needless to say, I am one.
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