• Death of a Hussy

  • A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Book 5
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,390 ratings)

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Death of a Hussy

By: M. C. Beaton
Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
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Publisher's Summary

A classic title from M. C. Beaton's New York Times best-selling Hamish Macbeth series.

About the best that can be said of wealthy Maggie Baird is that inside her middle-aged body, there still beats the heart of a beautiful tart. So when her car catches fire with Maggie in it, there are five likely suspects right on the premises of her luxurious Highlands cottage. Lochdubh police constable Hamish Macbeth has to question Maggie's timid niece and four former lovers, one of whom Maggie had intended to pick for her husband. All five are equally poor - with ample motive and opportunity to monkey with Maggie's car. Now to find the killer, the astute lawman must apply his extraordinary insight into human nature. But when the evidence appears to point to the wrong person entirely, Hamish must dig down deep to stop the real murderer's escape.

©1991 M. C. Beaton (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Not my favorite Hamish Macbeth mystery

To me the important thing about this series is the characters - granted, most of the villains and many of the minor characters are detestable, but the 'hussy' in this one is particularly unlikable.

Also, while in all the Hamish Macbeth books I've read so far the plots are totally implausible, the plot in this one is particularly so.

Still, if you are as fond of this series and of Hamish Macbeth as I am, don't skip this book as there are some sub plots that run throughout the series, and it's still a fun read.

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Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator. I'm working my way through to Davinia Porter, though she doesn't seem like the perfect narrator either. All due respect to Shaun Grindell, his delivery is getting better but there's just not enough life in his interpretations for me. Part of the problem could be the editing I suppose. Its quite jarring to go from one scene to another, I'm assuming a new chapter (?), where the action and individuals involved are totally different without so much as a hesitation. There should be a narrative pause to let the reader know there's going to be a change.

Would you recommend Death of a Hussy to your friends? Why or why not?

I'd recommend they read these books. I enjoyed the books much more.

Any additional comments?

These are not suspenseful or challenging mysteries. The reader will probably figure things out ahead of time. I'd class them with what's referred to as "cosy mysteries", which are exactly what I'm looking for before sleep, or in the middle of the night when the aches and pains of too much time spent in the garden wake me.

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enough already

The writer used every possible "fat joke" to describe the hussy. Over and over and over. I almost lasted an hour before "enough was enough." I had no problem with the reader, but the ceaseless haranguing over weight grew quite tiresome.

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Some Foul Language

Other than the foul language, It is a good story. Howe, I would not read it again and I do not recommend the book.

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three cheers for Hamish Macbeth

a lovely bit of mine candy... Murder and mystery and all read with a Scottish brogue.

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Shaun Grindell narrates well.

I enjoy the Hamish Macbeth series, overall. This falls a little short in the mystery department and all the characters are horrid.

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Enjoyed, as always with Hamish

the narrator did a really good job, and the mystery was clever and well written.

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Death of a hussy

Well...here it is 3am and I just finished this audio book. It was entertaining and interesting, and I enjoyed it. Hamish saved the day again.

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Love this narrator

It was good to hear my favorite narrator on this one again. Love how he does the Scottish accents. Another great murder mystery solved by Hamish Macbeth. For as much as everyone says he's lazy, what would they do if he wasn't there to solve all the crimes? Great characters and story.

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Fun little read

Millionaire Maggie Baird has had a complete makeover and is now on the hunt for a husband. She invites here timid and dowry niece and 4 former lovers to her house. When her car explodes everyone is under suspension. I’m his lazy way, Macbeth is on the hunt for the killer. A fun little cozy mystery.