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Death of a Valentine: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery | [M. C. Beaton]

Death of a Valentine: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

Amazing news has spread across the Scottish countryside. The most famous of highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, may actually marry at last. The entire village of Lochdubh adores Macbeth's bride-to-be. Josie McSween is Hamish's new constable, and she is a pretty little thing, with glossy brown hair and big brown eyes. The local folk think that Josie is quite a catch, but Hamish couldn't be more miserable.
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Amazing news has spread across the Scottish countryside. The most famous of highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, may actually marry at last. The entire village of Lochdubh adores Macbeth's bride-to-be. Josie McSween is Hamish's new constable, and she is a pretty little thing, with glossy brown hair and big brown eyes.

The local folk think that Josie is quite a catch, but Hamish couldn't be more miserable. The wedding wouldn't be happening if it weren't for the murder of a beautiful woman in a nearby village. After the gorgeous woman receives a deadly Valentine's Day gift, Hamish and Josie take on the case. However, they soon discover that the list of the victim's admirers is endless. The case confirms Hamish's belief that love is extremely dangerous, but he still can't avoid the events that lead up to his celebrated engagement.

Great Scot! Don't miss more of Hamish Macbeth's cases.

©2010 Marion Chesney; ©2010 BBC Audiobooks America

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    susan e. 02-03-10
    susan e. 02-03-10 Member Since 2008
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    "reliable Hamish Macbeth"

    Usual good story, great characters and good performance make this a solid listen. If you like an easy listening mystery with a non-traditional detective - this is for you.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    PR 03-23-10
    PR 03-23-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Death of a Valentine"

    I have enjoyed Hamish MacBeth for a long time now. This misadventure is as entertaining as the others.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Naples, NY, United States 06-01-11
    Beverly Naples, NY, United States 06-01-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant as usual"

    I truly enjoy M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth series. I've read all of them over and over and this was my first audio book and it was delightfully done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Penny Atlanta, GA, United States 08-28-11
    Penny Atlanta, GA, United States 08-28-11
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    "Don't waste your time."

    This book feels like a second-rate children's novel, both in writing quality and in characterization. The writing is just so painfully simple that it almost sounds as if you should be listening to a 'See Spot Run' story, only with slightly more adult storylines. I say slightly more adult because the characters are such flat, cardboard cutouts of people that they seem more like dolls being marionetted through the story than anything else. Actually, I want to expand what I said above. Everything about this book is painfully simple, and it's painful to listen to it. Don't waste your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susanne 04-17-11
    Susanne 04-17-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Enjoyable pastime"

    Light and enjoyable. I will be listening to more M.C. Beaton. I also enjoyed Graeme Malcolm's reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 07-22-14
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 07-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "new twists and turns"

    Another entertaining escape into the Scottish Highlands with Hamish. It could be a tad farfetched, but that's part of the fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten M. Crippen Kennewick, WA, USA 01-09-12
    Kirsten M. Crippen Kennewick, WA, USA 01-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Hamish is my first love!"

    Much as I love reading Agatha Raisin novels, I will always consider Hamish Macbeth my first love. These are the coziest of the cozy mysteries.

    This latest installment has Hamish nearly trapped into marriage and you almost felt that the murder mystery was a subplot. The characters are such fun and I always look forward to Hamish's latest installment. Another fun thing is some of the situations that crop up and how Hamish finds his away around them.

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    julianne Eagle, CO, United States 07-20-11
    julianne Eagle, CO, United States 07-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Booh"

    The narration on this book is so annoying I could hardly stand it. The writing is very "first grade" quality. I have read a number of M. C. Beaton books and keep hoping they will get better, but hope doesn't change the fact that they are just plain amateur. I wouldn't recommend this book at all.

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    Michael Wadsworth, OH, United States 04-21-11
    Michael Wadsworth, OH, United States 04-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Another good one for this series!"

    I'm a big fan of the Hamish Macbeth series, and this installment didn't let me down. Like the other books in this series, the mystery is solid, the characters are colorful and there are a few laughs to round things out. I flew through the book, so that's usually an indicator to me that it was a pretty good book. I'd definitely say to give it a try!

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