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Publisher's Summary

Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is alarmed to receive a report from a woman in the small village of Cronish in the Scottish Highlands. She has been brutally attacked and the criminal is on the loose. But upon further investigation, Hamish discovers that she was lying about the crime. So when the same woman calls him back about an intruder, he simply marvels at her compulsion to lie. This time, though, she is telling the truth. Her body is found in her home and Hamish must sort through all of her lies to solve the crime.

©2015 M. C. Beaton (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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Great!!!!

I just love this series! Graeme Malcolm narration is perfection. In fact, I am listening to the last few audiobooks in the series with Malcolm as the narrator because after I'm done with those, I'm done with the "Death of....." series. I adore M. C. Beaton's tales of murder and crime in the Scottish Highlands. I love catching up with the wonderful nutty characters and small village life, but I just can't get into any of the other narrators. No disrespect to those narrators. In my opinion, Beaton and Malcolm are an act that is just too hard to follow!

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Another great book

I have always loved the highlands hero, Hamish MacBeth and I'm always rooting for him. This is another great book in the long growing series that I hope never dies. This insert in the series has lots of twists and turns that will keep you on the front of your seat, along with visits for Hamish's old and new flames. Overall another great book by MC Beaton.

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Love this series

My only complaint--I wish the books were longer! I hate to see them end.

The narrator is top notch to my American ear--I love the accents of the different characters and I can understand everything they say.

The plots are actually real puzzles to solve--sometimes I get it before the 'reveal' but sometimes there's a neat surprise twist.

Keep them coming!!

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  • pg
  • 02-11-15

Long live Graeme Malcolm!

Where does Death of a Liar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Any Hamish MacBeth mystery narrated by Graeme Malcolm always ranks among the best I've listened to so far.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Death of a Liar?

The arrival of a new policeman to room with Hamish just after getting rid of Dick.

What does Graeme Malcolm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The wonderful accents and emotion.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Yikes! I have no idea.

Any additional comments?

I love listening to this series and worry about the author's age because I I don't want the series to end, at least not until Ms. Beaton finally lets Hamish find true love... besides his cat and dog.

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  • LAK
  • NJ
  • 03-08-18

It's an ok book

I hate to say this as this is my favorite series but this book was ok. I wish I got it on sale. While I will always recommend starting with book 1 & reading them in order, if you're strapped financially but want to continue with the series then skip this one & go ahead. Just know that (SMALL SPOILERS AHEAD):

Hamish's constable retires to start a bakery with a woman named Anka & Hamish discovers his boss Daviat has been blackmailed by a drug boss so that that boss will get protection. Instead of ruining Daviat's career he helps him & keeps it all quiet in return for never shutting down Hamish's police station. These 2 situations will appear in the next book.

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I love Hamish!

as expected Beating has outdone herself, Hamish is better than ever! the narrator is exceptional, making the story very believable.

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I devour the Hamish mysteries like candy!

M.C. Beaton never disappoints. This one is especially good. It has a bit of everything, multiple plot lines, a fox, drugs, a funeral home, a bakery, the highland weather, and of course lots of dead bodies. Only Hamish can put the puzzle all together. Add that to lost loves, engagement rings, and M.C.B's dusting of wicked humor spell hours of enjoyable entertainment. I could not stop listening to this one. It will be a pure treat to see what Hamish is up to next!

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A delight, as usual.

Superb in every way. Hamish is so vulnerable and emotional that it makes him very believable. I feel as if I know him. G Malcolm is the best male narrator I've heard.

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Disappointing

Would you try another book from M. C. Beaton and/or Graeme Malcolm?

Yes! The narration was great-the story wasn't.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I love the character of Hamish, but the author has apparently decided to leave him in limbo. Nothing changes for Hamish. He cannot find love, his station is always at risk of being closed, and his bosses are awful. I would like some sort of resolution rather than a watered down-reheated character.

What about Graeme Malcolm’s performance did you like?

He did a great job with the variety of voices.

Any additional comments?

This began as a great series-Let Hamish have a life!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Catz
  • Jersey Shore, Pa USA
  • 06-30-15

Love Hampshire and the crew

We always love spending time with Hamish! Mc Beaton is great, and the reader as always is a pleasure Keep them coming