• Death of a Prankster

  • The Hamish Macbeth Mysters, Book 7
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,301 ratings)

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Death of a Prankster

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 death of a practical joker.

Admittedly, there's a touch of black humor in the case. Rich, old practical joker Andrew Trent summons his kin to the remote Arrat House in the dead of winter for a deathbed farewell. They arrive to find him in perfect health and eager to torment them with a new bag of unfunny jokes.

But this time the body that falls out of the closet is Andrew Trent's own. And nobody's laughing. Especially not Constable Hamish Macbeth, who is hard put to glean any information from Trent's unappealing nearest and dearest. And when the lanky constable's former flame Priscilla Halburton-Smythe inserts herbeautiful self into the case, Hamish must muster all his native guile to carry him through. Fortunately, he has a few clever tricks up his own sleeve which enable this most endearing of crime fighters to get the best - and last - laugh.

©2013 Blackstone Audio; 2012 M.C. Beaton

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A good listen - horrible characters!

The story is intriguing as always with the Mcbeth mysteries. This was not one of my favorites, mainly because I hate practical jokes or pranks. Fortunately the prankster is bumped off early on, so one only has to put up with his relatives, who are mostly shallow and selfish.

The subplot with Priscilla continues. It's hard to keep up with their relationship as it evolves from book to book, but it is always interesting. She likes to keep him dangling but he is growing wiser these days.

I recommend this book and this series if you like to hear about the people and places in remote northern Scotland and don't demand too much plausibility in your murder plots. The situations are too outlandish to be taken seriously, which makes these good books if you want to be entertained but not stressed out. The narrator does a good job of reading and has a voice that is very easy to listen to.

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Alas, it was the reader....

I've listened. with pleasure, to many Hamish Macbeth books, but this was the first read by Shaun Grindell and it was most disappointing. His reading was often difficult to understand particularly his accents. Not an easy listen. I recommend that readers look for the Hamish Macbeth books read by Graeme Malcolm, who does a superb job.

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The plots keep getting sillier

I love the description of the Highlands in the villages. As far as this being a mystery, sounds like a story a sixth grader would make up with a sixth grader ending

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A fun series

I’ve becoming very interested in the characters in this series. Fun to follow the goings on.

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Enjoyable

Hamish is such a character and so smart. He pulls together the parts of the murder with patience and allows the murderer to reveal themselves under his explanations.

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Love this series!

Easy listen, interesting characters and well written without profanity. A real gem. Can’t wait to start the next book in the series 😊

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Enjoyed the new book featuring Hamish Macbeth. The narrator did a great job with the various characters.

I enjoyed listening to the new Hamish Macbeth book. The narrator was great in performing the voices of the various characters.

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Narrator is so FLAT

Hamish Macbeth stories are great easy listening - but narrator is AWFUL. I cant even finish this one!

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A Satisfying Listen

Hamish Macbeth mysteries are quick & perfect for an easy listen while busy with other chores. Hamish is growing on me and Priscilla as well, who I wasn’t fond of in the first books. Recommended to Cozy readers and those who enjoy light British/Scottish mysteries.

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Always start slowly

Enjoyable story. Narrator is so good at the accents I sometimes cannot understand what is being said,!