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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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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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Loved it!

Listened to it more than once. It was that good! The characters come to life.

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It'll all sort out in the wash!

Intrigue, Caring main character with interwoven supporting characters. The more I hear of Hamish Macbeth, the more I like him! Quality performance

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Smart and Contented Hamish Macbeth

Although Priscilla Halburton-Smythe wishes that Hamish Macbeth was a little more ambitious, Hamish remains steadfast in his contentedness. 😊 He and his dog, Towser, have a brand new Land Rover to tool around town in now, although that's certainly not necessary for his happiness. Priscilla has brought a new beau home to the castle, yet she secretly still prefers the lowly constable, hands down, to her father's disdain. When Trixie and Paul Thomas move to Lochdubh, Trixie loses no time in getting under Hamish Macbeth's nerves by trying to wheedle him out of a treasured antique. She manages to do the same at his neighbors' houses, making away with furniture and other things she says she "needs" to make their house into a bed and breakfast. However, Hamish later spots a chair he recognizes going off to auction. Trixie also takes it upon herself to brainwash the wives of Lochdubh into changing the diet of their husbands into healthier fare, riling the lot of them. There's not a cause that Trixie doesn't tackle, either. including banning tobacco and cleaning up the environment. With no lack of enemies, Hamish has his work cut out for him when she is found poisoned to death. Hamish's old nemesis, Chief Inspector Blair again goes head to head with Hamish, wanting the case closed prematurely, and we get some good chuckles when the inspector makes a fool of himself. Our loveable, low key constable wants no recognition, though, and is happy to go back to his contented life, once he wraps up the case, and lets Blair bask in the limelight. Great addition to the series!

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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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M. C. Beaton always delivers!

love the story and the dramatization by the reader!.
always entertaining to the end!...Very easy read!