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Publisher's Summary

If you haven't already fallen in love with this internationally acclaimed series by M. C. Beaton, then this cunningly-crafted mystery will do the trick. Loaded with authentic Scots dialog vivid enough to make you smell the heather-scented air, Death of a Macho Man is Beaton at her best.

Hamish Macbeth - Lochdubh's one-man police force - has suddenly become a prime murder suspect when a belligerent newcomer turns up dead. To save his career, Macbeth must delve into this Macho Man's unsavory past.

Suddenly, suspects are everywhere: a salty fisherman, a reclusive romance writer, a respectable matron, a restauranteur's wife, and even Hamish's ex-fiancee Priscilla Halburton-Smythe and her newest boyfriend.

Fast-paced and loaded with quirky characters, Death of a Macho Man enhances Beaton's glowing reputation.

Great Scot! Don't miss more of Hamish Macbeth's cases.
©1996 M. C. Beaton (P)1997 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Reading Beaton is an experience akin to discovering buried treasure." ( Booklist)
"Another winner." ( Library Journal)

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Death of a Macho Man

As always, Davina Porter does an excellent job giving life to the characters in and the character of Lochdub. This isn't Beaton's best MacBeth, but it's nevertheless both intriguing and entertaining. If you are already a Haimish fan, you'll enjoy this. If you're not, you might want to start with an earlier book in the series so you can get acquainted with Beaton's wonderful characters in a more chronological fashion. It's a good story and, with Porter's excellent narrating skills, it's great fun to listen to.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Beaton does it again!

If you could sum up Death of a Macho Man in three words, what would they be?

complicated charming mystery

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Great twist and turns till very end!

Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes, she does well with accents!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Over couple of days.

Any additional comments?

Great job Ms Beaton!

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BAD NARRATION

Bring back Shaun Grindell and Antony Ferguson. Thanks to Davina Porter, Hamish Macbeth no longer sounds like a Highlander; he sounds like a vampire. Great story, as always, though.

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Delightful distraction

I enjoy a Hamish Macbeth mystery as a nice break from weightier stuff and I'm seldom disappointed. This seemed a bit longer than the others, but that was a minor issue, and otherwise it was another romp up in the Highlands. I particularly enjoy Davina Porter and I'm concerned that there is a new narrator being introduced to this series. He/she will have to go a long way to live up to Davina Porter's mastery of accents and ability to deliver a line. She's clearly one of those fine British actors that can do everything well and can squeeze the most out of every line.

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Highland Fling

A fun, if a bit predictable, mystery. The Scottish Highland setting is the star of the story. Set in the early 90's Hamish MacBeth's problem learning to use computers, login disc's and 5" floppies, was a reminder of how quickly technology has changed. Davina Porter is my favorite narrator, so if you can't wait for the next Diana Gabaldon this will tide you over.

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  • David
  • 01-21-17

dreadful accents

typically good story and characters both new and familiar. Read okay but very bad accents where was David Monteath when this was recorded?