• Death of a Celebrity

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (970 ratings)

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Death of a Celebrity

By: M. C. Beaton
Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
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Lochdubh, a remote village reached only by a one-track lane, nestles serenely amid Scotland's hills - until well-known TV reporter Crystal French races into town in her bright BMW. And Constable Hamish Macbeth, dourly wed to duty instead of the fiancée who dumped him, promptly gives her a summons for reckless driving. Outraged, Crystal makes Macbeth's life a misery with a TV report on policing in the Highlands. When she also rakes up old local scandals for her new hit show, Macbeth notes that someone besides himself might be dead keen to stop her. Then someone does - with stealth and violence. Finding out who did it will lead the laconic Macbeth down roads he never envisioned, into a dark story of passion and vengeance - and perhaps a crisis of the heart all his own.

©2015 M. C. Beaton (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Hamish Macbeth—Always a fun listen!

Hamish Macbeth, the local constable, is a man unto himself. He lives contentedly in the remote Scottish village of Lochdubh in the local police station, wanting little out of life than to fish, roam the hills, enjoy the residents of the town, and simply do his job. He totally lacks ambition, and works hard to avoid notice and promotion.

Then one day Crystal French, a starlet from a tv station roars into his village, and he stops her for speeding. She finds she can’t bribe her way out of a way out of a fine, and since she is on her way to film a feature story about Lochdubh, she lets it be known that she will interview Hamish and portray him in a miserable light for revenge. The local newspaper reporter, Elspeth Grant, is writing wild astrological predictions for a column in the paper. In a misguided effort to get Crystal to back off Hamish, she writes one that suggests Crystal should stay inside this day to avoid dying. And of course, the rest is history—or mystery!

The Hamish Macbeth series are always a great listen. I’ve listened to these village characters for so long, they are stating to be like old friends. The stories are light, often a little funny, and end satisfactorily. And I love the narration of Graeme Malcolm. If you are seeking something that will just leave you smiling, and also a good mystery, this book—this whole series—could just be it!

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As always, a delight.

Superb narration, fun and intriguing story, believable characters and dialogue. Love this entire series. This is our third time of listening to the series.

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As Ever, Classic Hamish

I always enjoy a Hamish story, especially when narrated my Graeme Malcom. One detail: The phrase, “a time to love and a time to die” is nowhere in Corinthians. I believe it’s the title of a book and movie in the 50’s. The closest thing in the Bible is Ecclesiastes.

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Fantastic narration that gives life to the characters

I picked up this book for exactly one reason: Graeme Malcolm. I thoroughly enjoyed his part in Agatha Christie’s The Man in the Brown Suit, and immediately after finishing it searched his name for more of his work. I knew nothing about the story just the name of the book and the narrator, and that worked out fine for me. The book is set in the highlands in Scotland. There are many characters with distinct personalities and Graeme portrays them all wonderfully. They all have their own accents and ways of speaking and you really get a sense of the person even if they only appear briefly in a short conversation. It’s amazing. The story itself is decent. It’s entertaining and unfolds steadily with no great complexity or shocking revelations. The telling of the story though, that’s where it’s at. Give it a listen.

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TV program interviews upset the village when the interviewers dig up dirt on people for sensational program reviews. Hamish ignores a romantic opportunity until it’s too late. Maybe.

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I love this series!

I listen to these when I'm doing my exercise walk and doing laundry! Also when I'm traveling, whether on a long trip or on the bus to my doctor.

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Great audio book

Good story and great narration. Really enjoyed it. Have a lot of the MC Beaton audio books… all very good

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Great story, disappointing narrator

I love these books, but I have to say that the narrator is awful. At least for Hamish. Hamish is a man in his 30s. This narrator gives him an air of middle age or older. Plus, Hamish is Scottish! Highland Scottish! He isn't supposed to sound like an Oxford professor.

This narrator would be better suited to Agatha Christie.

I'm very disappointed that the narrators changed.

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Love this Series

Hamish MacBeth is a local Bobbie in a small village and wants to enjoy the peaceful life. He’s doing so until a TV celebrity swoops into his village disrupting the peaceful people and exposing all kinds of skeletons in the closet. She is reeking havoc on Hamish until she turns up dead. He has to battle the police supervisors while trying to solve her murder.

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Death of a celebrity

I enjoyed this audio book! I quite like these Scottish murder mysteries set in an old village.