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Publisher's Summary

Mystery fans around the world have come to love police constable Hamish Macbeth - the red-haired, one-man police force of Scotland's Lochdubh. M. C. Beaton's splendid characterizations, vibrant local color, and wry humor are the hallmarks of this internationally-acclaimed British series.

When the dashing Peter Hynd arrives in the backwater village of Drim, the local matrons overflow the town's only fitness class, and buy out the local store's hair coloring. Hamish isn't surprised that Hynd is soon missing, and a body has been found...until he finds the corpse is not the charming man he expects.

Can Macbeth find the murderer and the missing man, or will the dour, crablike men of Drim keep their secrets and commit the perfect crime?

Great Scot! Don't miss more of Hamish Macbeth's cases.
©1994 M. C. Beaton (P)1997 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

Beaton's low-key police procedural [offers] an intimate look at life in a small Scottish village, striking insights into human nature, carefully detailed, highly accurate descriptions of police work, splendid dry humor, and a story that's as satisfying as a cozy cup of tea. ( Booklist)

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  • Katherine
  • Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
  • 12-05-12

How's that engagement going?

This was a predictable-in-a-good-way Hamish Macbeth mystery and Beaton handled the engagement with Priscilla well. I read a later book first, so never knew the story of how they got together and then didn't and both parts of the story were funny and perceptive.

I love listening to these stories between more weighty books. They are like a lighter 'cleanse the palate' sherbet course in the midst of a banquet. After a more intense book, I often don't know which direction to take next, but after a few hours with the residents of Loch Dubh, I'm all set!

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Wrong narrator

The story as all Hamish McBeth is grand; but the narration was poorly done. What were they thinking to have a woman narrator for a male character. It was hard to keep the characters straight as the voices did not change enough for each one and were sometimes mixed up. Love the books; but not the narration. Luckily the next one is back to Shawn who does a splendid job.

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  • Sylvia
  • Valdosta, GA
  • 07-17-15

Possibly the best Hamish Macbeth yet!

There are so many interesting, unusual, and quirky relationship things going on in this story, plus the action takes place in both Highland Scotland and a bit in London, and there is a major realization and resolution in the Hamish-Priscilla relationship, and lots of people get just what they deserve AND even though I had listened to several books that come after BEFORE I listened to this one , and I knew the gist of the story, it was not ruined one tiny bit. The way the characters and events unfold and the excellent narration made this one hard to stop listening to. Also, there is humor and irony and absurdity that made me gasp and laugh out loud. I have enjoyed all the HM books, but I realized from this particular book that a narrator's value is not just in bringing the characters to life, but it is also to give the correct progress and momentum to the entire story. Somehow, the portrayals by Davina Porter subtly changed as the action advanced and lent more reality to everything happening. I can't put it into words, but the narration put this story far above all the others I have listened to so far! HIGHLY recommended!!!

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Another Great Story!

Another great Hamish Macbeth tale! If only Hamish would give up on Priscilla and find another lady love! Keep the stories coming, M.C.!

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  • JD
  • WPAFB, OH, United States
  • 02-08-12

It's Hamish Macbeth to the rescue again!

Lose yourself in the charming village of Lochdubh as you accompany Police Constable Hamish Macbeth as he takes care of his charges and his duties. When a good looking stranger arrrives, all the village women pull out the stops to catch his eye. One of them does and the charming stranger ends up dead. It's Hamish Macbeth to the rescue as he sets about to discover who the murderer is. Along the way you learn more about the interesting mix of characters who inhabit the local area ... quant, quirkly, and downright deadly.

Davina Porter does a marvelous job bringing the story and characters to life in this delightful addition to the Hamish Macbeth series. A must listen for anyone who likes mysteries.

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Good story, disappointing narration

Would you listen to Death of a Charming Man again? Why?

I wouldn't listen again because I think Davina Porter was not the best choice to be the narrator. I have loved her work on other books, but her accent in this one was off and was distracting from the story line.

What did you like best about this story?

I like Hamish.. . he's an interesting character.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her accent was off.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.