Death of an Honest Man

Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
Series: Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, Book 33
Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
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Sergeant Hamish Macbeth - Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman - returns in M.C. Beaton's new mystery in her New York Times best-selling series.

Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English. Paul had moved to a house in Cnothan, a sour village on Hamish's beat.

He attended church in Lochdubh. He told the minister, Mr. Wellington, that his sermons were boring. He told tweedy Mrs. Wellington that she was too fat and in these days of increasing obesity it was her duty to show a good example. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and it was time she wrote literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair. He told Jessie Currie - who repeated all the last words of her twin sister - that she needed psychiatric help.

"I speak as I find," he bragged. Voices saying, "I could kill that man," could be heard from Lochdubh to Cnothan.

And someone did.

Now Hamish is faced with a bewildering array of suspects. And he's lost the services of his clumsy policeman, Charlie, who has resigned from the force after Chief Inspector Blair berated Charlie one too many times, and the policeman threw Blair into the loch. Can Hamish find the killer on his own?

©2018 M.C. Beaton (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Macbeth is the sort of character who slyly grows on you." (Chicago Sun-Times)

"Longing for escape? Tired of waiting for Brigadoon to materialize? Time for a trip to Lochdubh, the scenic, if somnolent, village in the Scottish Highlands where M. C. Beaton sets her beguiling whodunits featuring Constable Hamish Macbeth." (New York Times Book Review)

"With residents and a constable so authentic, it won't be long before tourists will be seeking Lochdubh and believing in the reality of Hamish Macbeth as surely as they believed in Sherlock Holmes." (Denver Rocky Mountain News)

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No one does it like Graeme Malcolm

Trust M. C. Beaton and Graeme Malcolm to deliver another dish of audiobook 'comfort food.' The Hamish Macbeth books - once Malcolm began reading the series - are particular favorites in our home and 'Honest Man' is a welcome addition. Looking forward to the next visit to Loch Dubh.

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another good story

another classic Hamish story!! I have read every one and the characters and plot are like old friends..

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Another Winner

I recommend this Scottish Cozy —but if you are new to this series, start with Book 1. The series is full of humor and puzzles. I love Hamish and his town. I hope the author has at least 20 more! By the way,the British tv series based on the early books is also quite good.

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I love it!

Wonderful story. MCBeaton has done it again. I highly recommend this to anyone but especially a Hamish Macbeth fan.

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Good, Not Great

I usually love MC Beaton’s light-hearted mysteries - there’s always humor, interesting characters & a cohesive plot that holds my attention. The storyline in this one, however, just sort of rambled on, with a little too much going on & nothing terribly compelling in the midst. The usual Scottish wit was there, however, & enjoyed the narrator as always. A good but not great light listen.

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Hamish in TOP Form!

As with M.C. Beaton's other "Hamish" novels - another humorous, enjoyable story. Thanks for a new episode!

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One of his best

Always the best narrator along with a great story. Only one tiny suggestion, lengthen the character development as at times I couldn’t catch up with quick short paragraphs.

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Give me Hamish any day

Over the years I've read or listened to many of the H Macbeth stories...Fabulous always

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Sonsie is back

I waited the entire book to find out whether she was going to come back. I am sick of Elspeth and Priscilla messing with Hamish. When will Priscilla realize she is frigid . I hope MC Beaton writes another book and gives us closure

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Best book

This was one of my favorite of her Macbeth series. And I love the end the best... Sonsie❣