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  • Death of a Kingfisher

  • A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 282

When Scotland is hit by the recession, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns. The quaint village of Braikie doesn't have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan's Wood, which was bequeathed to the town. The savvy local tourist director renames the woods "The Fairy Glen," and has brochures printed with a beautiful photograph of a kingfisher rising from a pond on the cover. It isn't long before coach tours begin to arrive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling!

  • By Sylvia on 07-24-15

Dirty Pool!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-15

Introducing a new character at the end who committed most of the murders and crimes is just not fair in a mystery story! Other than that, I have enjoyed every Hamish Macbeth story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death of an Addict

  • A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 206

When a recovering addict dies while recuperating near Lochdubh, our red-headed hero suspects foul play. To complete his investigation, Constable Macbeth must leave his idyllic home and travel to Amsterdam to match wits with big-time drug dealers. Fans will enjoy seeing a new, tougher side of Macbeth as he dons smart suits and falls in love with his gorgeous superior officer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Series takes a dark turn

  • By Townsend on 06-11-17

Hmmm...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-15

First, I love M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth stories and have read them all and am currently listening to them on audiobooks. I enjoyed Shaun Grindell's narration and loved Davina Porter's performance of Marion Chesney's Poor Relations series. It was odd listening to a female Hamish MacBeth. His accent was curious, too - at times it seemed German, but usually sounded Italian. It never sounded Highland Scotland. Also, this story was very slow moving, but I did listen all the way through although at times it was yawn inducing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Go Home

  • Death on Demand Mysteries, Book 25
  • By: Carolyn Hart
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore, is hosting a party to celebrate successful Southern literary icon - and former Broward's Rock resident - Alex Griffith and his best-selling new novel, Don't Go Home. But after the local paper announces that Griffith aims to reveal the real-life inspirations behind his characters, perhaps the author should take his own advice. Not everyone in town is ready to give him a glowing review.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So so.

  • By GrammyCarol on 11-13-18

Glad Annie Is Back!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-15

Love this series and the narrator does a wonderful job! This was one of the best!

  • The Prime Minister's Secret Agent

  • A Maggie Hope Mystery
  • By: Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

World War II rages on across Europe, but Maggie Hope has finally found a moment of rest on the pastoral coast of western Scotland. Home from an undercover mission in Berlin, she settles down to teach at her old spy training camp, and to heal from scars on both her body and heart. Yet instead of enjoying the quieter pace of life, Maggie is quickly drawn into another web of danger and intrigue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The narration spoils the book

  • By Margaret Vance on 07-06-14

Great Series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-15

This is a great series - loved the first two books. This one was very good, but it seemed more like a set-up for the next installment. Character development was a little shallower, plot a little lighter, but it was still very good. The narration was EXCELLENT!