• Death of a Perfect Wife

  • A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Book 4
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,477 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Hamish Macbeth, the laid-back constable of Lochdubh, Scotland, has a new Land Rover to drive and a Highland summer to savor, but as fast as rain rolls in from the loch, his happy life goes to hell in a hand basket.

The trouble begins when his beloved Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns from London - with a fiancé on her arm. His miseries multiply when clouds of midges, the diabolical Scottish mosquito, descend on the town. Then a paragon of housewifery named Trixie Thomas moves into Lochdubh with her lapdog husband in tow. The newcomer quickly convinces the local ladies to embrace low-cholesterol meals, ban tobacco, and begin bird-watching. Soon the town's fish-and-chips-loving men are up in arms.

Now faced with the trials of his own soul, Macbeth must solve Lochdubh's newest crime: the mysterious poisoning of the perfect wife.

©2011 M.C. Beaton (P)2013 AudioGO

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These books are addictive!

Like drugs they have their downside - the plots are implausible, the action often seems to jump in out of nowhere and disappear quickly. I picture the author as writing these books out hurriedly without much of an outline or any revision.

Still, they are intriguing and I love listening to them. Hamish is just so lovable!

Some have complained about the reader - I agree he is hard to understand when he does a heavy Scottish accent, as with Inspector Blair, but that doesn't come up very often and what Blair says is mostly blithering nonsense. I like Grindell's style when he's just narrating the story, and he does fine with the other characters.

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Something to be said for contentment

The idea of a village compete with contentedly meddling policeman or doctor or pastor is captivating.
I married my own version of Hamish Mcbeth. It can be frustrating, but very restful just like these books.

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Loch Dubh

I enjoy the whole Hamish Macbeth series. I feel as though I know the whole village. The books are formulaic, but that is ok when you just want to pass the time pleasantly.

I was a bit hesitant to get the books narrated by Shaun Grindell because the first books I bought had been narrated by Graeme Malcolm, who was very good. Although Mr Malcolm is still the better reader in my opinion, once I adjusted to the change of a familiar character sounding different, Mr Grindell was pleasant enough, especially when doing accents. He does sound a little younger than Mr Malcolm, so he is appropriate for a man in his thirties, like Hamish.

We all know the "perfect woman" who sort of tyrannizes people into doing everything her way--in a "nice" way, of course. She is the perfect Stepford housewife who turns the women into little automatons and the men into desperate souls who just want their meat and potatoes back.

It is hard to blame the killer--a man's gotta eat.

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Zzzzzzzz

Dreadful narrator, very boring and wooden. I have heard other Hamish stories and liked them but the narrator spoiled this one for me. Had to give one star but did not want too. Will avoid his readings in future.

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Narrator improved

Another fun Hamish Macbeth story. Some fun twists and a few surprises.
The narrator did a bit better with several very different voices and less rhythmic reading of the narrative.

I would recommend The Hamish Macbeth series to my friends and anyone wanting a fun cozy mystery to read.

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Angela Brody is an interesting character!

This is one of my most favorite Hamish MacBeth mysteries. I really like the examination of women’s roles and different styles of women. And Angela is a favorite character of mine!

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Hamish does it again

Love these stories, they are light and easy to listen to. Hamish always gets his man leaving inspector Blair looking foolish.

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Fine, Fine Mysteries!

Aye, Laddie! You can almost smell the heather, listening to these McBeth Mysteies; as someone who’s spent a good deal of time in the Scottish Highlands, I particularly appreciated the fine character development Beaton weaves in with the mystery. Hamish’s refusal to be ‘promoted’ underscores the ’small Scottish village’ appeal of the episodes, and harkens back to a calmer, simpler time, when everyone knew their neighbors. The Hamish McBeth Mysteries are among the best-done “Cozies” available, and are guaranteed to cause you to consider a vacation in the Scottish Highlands. Highly Recommended.

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Great read

A new couple moves to town to open a bed and breakfast. When the woman begins to change the lives of the towns people, she ruffles a few feathers and peaks Officer Hamish’s interest. When she turns up missing, there are numerous suspects.

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Racist language, Hamish thinking of hitting women

Since when is Hamish violent toward women? So much misogyny. And the language about immigrants. Yikes

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