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Amazing news has spread across the Scottish countryside. The most famous of highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, may actually marry at last. The entire village of Lochdubh adores Macbeth's bride-to-be. Josie McSween is Hamish's new constable, and she is a pretty little thing, with glossy brown hair and big brown eyes.

The local folk think that Josie is quite a catch, but Hamish couldn't be more miserable. The wedding wouldn't be happening if it weren't for the murder of a beautiful woman in a nearby village. After the gorgeous woman receives a deadly Valentine's Day gift, Hamish and Josie take on the case. However, they soon discover that the list of the victim's admirers is endless. The case confirms Hamish's belief that love is extremely dangerous, but he still can't avoid the events that lead up to his celebrated engagement.

Great Scot! Don't miss more of Hamish Macbeth's cases.
©2010 Marion Chesney; 2010 BBC Audiobooks America

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reliable Hamish Macbeth

Usual good story, great characters and good performance make this a solid listen. If you like an easy listening mystery with a non-traditional detective - this is for you.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • 03-23-10

Death of a Valentine

I have enjoyed Hamish MacBeth for a long time now. This misadventure is as entertaining as the others.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Beverly
  • Naples, NY, United States
  • 06-01-11

Brilliant as usual

I truly enjoy M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth series. I've read all of them over and over and this was my first audio book and it was delightfully done.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Poor Hamish has love troubles 💗💗💗

Hamish MacBeth is up to his ears in challenges. Murder has happened, he has (Gasp!) been forced to accept a promotion he didn’t want, and a woman he doesn’t love is pursuing him hard! This book is a mystery, but the fun of reading Hamish is his easy-going but slightly neurotic lifestyle and his tortured love life.

In this book Josie McSween has been sent to him as his new constable. And though she is barely adequate at that job, she has untold quantities of energy for trying to hook Hamish as a husband, and boundless imagination for dreaming up schemes (some dangerous) to achieve her ends. This story involves the initial case of a young woman who is murdered, and gradually, as people discover she was not the innocent they believed, we have the parallel side story of Josie and her schemes proving she is also not what she seems.

In truth the actual mystery that they have to solve rather takes a back seat to the numerous adventures and mishaps that occur around the plot to ensnare Hamish in wedlock. It’s ok, but the real story that caught my attention (and had me chuckling now and again) was really the danger (actual and existential) that Hamish was unwittingly in throughout the book.

As usual, Graeme Malcolm did an outstanding job of narration. This series is light, clever, and nearly always fun to listen to. Recommend if you enjoy a mystery that is light on actual violence and a little stronger on characters, sense of place, and a bit of humor.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Live all of Hamish Macbeth Series.

M C Beaton continually entertain with this series. I love this series and Agatha Raisin Series. These books are such a wonderful outlook on lives in small communities. The narrators are both wonderful and throughly keep you engrossed in the stories...
JP Garrison from KY

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Exquisite reading of superb writing

Fabulous storytelling for taking a little break from life. Fun beyond words. I can't stop smiling. One endearing or clever or crack-up scene after another. Thanks M. C. Beaton and Graeme Malcom. I'm spoiled for life.

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  • Katherine
  • Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
  • 07-22-14

new twists and turns

Another entertaining escape into the Scottish Highlands with Hamish. It could be a tad farfetched, but that's part of the fun.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Wadsworth, OH, United States
  • 04-21-11

Another good one for this series!

I'm a big fan of the Hamish Macbeth series, and this installment didn't let me down. Like the other books in this series, the mystery is solid, the characters are colorful and there are a few laughs to round things out. I flew through the book, so that's usually an indicator to me that it was a pretty good book. I'd definitely say to give it a try!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable pastime

Light and enjoyable. I will be listening to more M.C. Beaton. I also enjoyed Graeme Malcolm's reading.

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Hamish is my first love!

Much as I love reading Agatha Raisin novels, I will always consider Hamish Macbeth my first love. These are the coziest of the cozy mysteries.

This latest installment has Hamish nearly trapped into marriage and you almost felt that the murder mystery was a subplot. The characters are such fun and I always look forward to Hamish's latest installment. Another fun thing is some of the situations that crop up and how Hamish finds his away around them.