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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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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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I knew it was her the whole time.

Not much of a mystery but very entertaining.

I really do enjoy all of M.C.Beaton's works that I've heard, which so far include this series and the Agatha series. looking forward to starting her The Poor Relation series at some point too!

But, bruh, this narrator...

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Dreadful reading

This reader is awful....he mispronounces words, and doesn’t understand punctuation.....I notice he reads quite a few.

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Yep, a series I will return to again & again!

I just love these audiobooks with the Scottish brogue and all the quirky characters. Super charming and cozy cozy. All the dialogue is sprightly and build a world I'm ready to be transported to, hopefully without being murdered!

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Shame on the Hussy 😂

What an entertaining listen! An overweight, self-absorbed hussy comes to Lochdubh, along with her timid niece, who has had cancer. Maggie Baird, the middle aged tart, decides to go off, leave her niece, Allison at the estate to type up her memoirs. While her aunt is gone, Allison takes it upon herself to ask Hamish to teach her to drive . . . and borrows her aunt's car. She manages to get her driving license, with a little help from Hamish.😉 When Maggie Baird returns, she is slim once again, sporting a new wardrobe, and still just as condescending as before. And she has invited four former lovers to holiday at the manor, one of which she hopes to marry. While she was away, Allison typed up her notes, dismayed to find that it was all total smut . . . a tell all of her escapades with men. Before Maggie could get too far in her entertaining of her four former lovers, however, she goes out to her car for a spin, only to get blown up and dies in a fiery blast. Hamish has his work cut out for him in determining which of Maggie's four lovers may have hated her enough to kill her . . . or could it have been Allison? Only M. C. Beaton could possibly write a book that covers such subject matter without filling it with horrible words, leaving it all to the listeners/readers imagination. This one is so funny . . . and SO good!

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Favorite so far

This is my favorite Hamish Macbeth tale so far. So happy I've found M.C. Beaton's work.