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The aromas of wild thyme and Highland heather waft through Lochdubh, home to M. C. Beaton's eccentric policeman, Hamish Macbeth. Yet what the irascible constable smells in his latest case is the acrid scent of fear as an entire town is entrapped in something dark and deadly....

Yet as he deftly investigates the summer's high crimes and misdemeanors, he attracts the attention of his superiors. They feel a promotion and transfer will give him a larger playing field than Lochdubh. That's the last thing Macbeth wants. Now the laconic lawman needs a clever way to quash the move without losing his job entirely....

©2003 Marion Chesney. All rights reserved. (P)2012 AudioGo

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Comfort Reading

What did you love best about Death of a Village?

I love anything by M.C. Beaton. Ok - maybe not the sexiest series, but I call the Hamish Macbeth series "comfort reading". Ms. Beaton has a great sense of humor and heartwarming characters. Totally in love with Lochdubh.

What about Graeme Malcolm’s performance did you like?

Graeme Malcolm as Hamish Macbeth is the best! He nails it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve
  • United States
  • 04-02-13

One of the best

Any additional comments?

I have been a very long Beaton fan. This one breaks a little cadence and has some more twists in it. If you like Hamish, you will love this one.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Hamish Never Disappoints.

Would you consider the audio edition of Death of a Village to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version, but good writting losses nothing when the narrator is excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

Hamish is quirky and beight and knows what he likes, so too do I. The author understands human nature very well and has a great sense of humor. Like a lot of folks, his relationships with women friends is a bit stunted.

Which character – as performed by Graeme Malcolm – was your favorite?

Hamish, for sure.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I never listen to any book in one sitting. I use audible books to be able to read while doing other things.

Any additional comments?

Never miss a Hamish McBeth mystery and hope Ms Beaton remains healthy and happy for many years.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Just a really charming series (and great narrator!

If you could sum up Death of a Village in three words, what would they be?

CharactersSettingHumor

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

Don't want to be a spoiler--but there is an unexpected love relationship in the geriatric set that is delightful.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hard to say. It's less the scenes than the chemistry among the various people--one could sort of identify with their various quirks and oddities in a very human way.

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

The man who wants nothing more than the simple life, certainly no accolades, once again gets caught up in complicated, at times a bit humorous, affairs, and solves the crimes--even though he'd rather be back in his secure environment doing the things he really enjoys. The most unwilling police detective in all of fiction, who fights against accidentally getting promoted--finds himself solving crimes that lead him to fear the promotion would occur as a "punishment" to himself. :-)

Any additional comments?

The Hamish McBeth books are all wonderful in themselves, but this narrator is the BEST. He brings an element of charm, leaving this American just in love with the sound of the Scottish brogue.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • L
  • 03-11-13

Where have the good cozies gone?

What would have made Death of a Village better?

I love Hamish - but why is he such an $&*#@. In this one he comes across as really unfair and almost mean to Isabel. She keeps coming back for more when any gal with half a head would have nothing to do with him. This cozie has too many ridiculous angles, not enough story in the story - too much trying to create a "you'll never guess what's really happening" story. I fear the author mailed this one in.

Would you ever listen to anything by M. C. Beaton again?

Doubtful. I have listened to three or four. Promised myself this would be the last time I got lazy and downloaded a Hamish instead of spending some more time searching out a better cozie. Titles please....

What didn’t you like about Graeme Malcolm’s performance?

He a fine narrator.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nothing pops into my mind ...

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  • Katherine
  • Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
  • 01-25-14

Didn't enjoy it

I've read quite a few Hamish Macbeth mysteries and enjoy them as light refreshment between longer and weightier books. This time I didn't. The narrator, Graeme Malcolm, was new to me and Hamish came across more churlish and less charming for me with his reading. There seemed to be few lovable characters and the mysteries seemed forced. I have a pet peeve about seeing religion as the source of people's problems and, as that is an aspect of this book, that turned me off too! It may be awhile before I try another one of the series. I do miss Davina Porter for the Hamish Macbeth books.

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Long Time Favorite Series

I discovered the Hamish Macbeth series years ago and was delighted when reading the books. Listening to the books is even more fun. One reason is that I can hear the correct pronounciations for some of the words that I could only guess at when seeing them on the page.

Hamish Macbeth is a policeman in a small village. The village is populated with quirky, interesting characters. Hamish is just as quirky and interesting. He is also very perceptive and very clever. He regularly outsmarts the police from a nearby large city. And he regularly dodges the promotions they want to give him. He's happy in his village.

All of these factors combine to make great stories with plenty of witty humor.

Narrator Graeme Malcolm is excellent. His voice is pleasing. He manages to differentiate character voices in a way that is not distracting. His Scottish accent may not be accurate. , I suspect if the accent was accurate someone like me, from the Upper Midwest of the USA, might not be able to understand it!

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Something for everyone in this one

There were so many cases in this one and so many good characters. I wish Mr Jefferson would appear again in another book! The other thing I always enjoy and really I forget that she does this each time is that the once the main mystery is solved that's not it. Most authors solve the mystery and boom that's it. But Marion always has a few more things happen so it really extends your enjoyment.

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Mysteries Get Better and Better!

If you could sum up Death of a Village in three words, what would they be?

Surprising plot twists!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. I like the intricacies of the plot and the twists and turns that Beaton provides the reader/listener. The ending was unexpected and satisfying!

Which scene was your favorite?

Favorite scene is when Hamish rescues wee Annie in the hurricane.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The scene where Lugs is attacked by the German.

Any additional comments?

I have become a fervent fan of the Hamish Macbeth mysteries. I have listened to/read the first 20 books in the series over the course of 5 weeks! As a writer I like pay attention to the structure of the story as well as the story and characters. I worked in the Highlands of Scotland between 1978-98 and love Beaton's descriptions of the landscape and people. The characters have truly come alive for me. Shaun Grindell is my favorite narrator for these books. His interpretation of Hamish is spot on.

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A different adventure for Hamish

Would you listen to Death of a Village again? Why?

Hanging out in Hamish's village is always a good listen. Esp if Graeme Malcolm or Davina Porter are the narrators. Sorry Shaun but my ear belongs to G&D.