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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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I was disappointed

I have enjoyed much of Beaton’s work. I read a few early Hamish McBeth books, and enjoyed them. This one, however, was just a bit too far fetched and contrived for me to be able to get into it. There were loose ends that weren’t tied up. I don’t want to write with spoilers, so I’ll leave it at that.

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Great as always

Graeme Malcolm is one of my favorite narrators. A soothing voice, perfect inflection, he bring the story to life. This is a good Hamish story, the author selecting a vice and showing a character wearing it as a badge of honor. The bad guys get theirs, Hamish figures things out, and life in Lochdub goes on. A good Audiobook to listen to again and again

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  • 06-21-18

Low Quality With No Concern for Plot Flow

I've listened to every last one of the books. This one seem to be the one that liked the most planning. It is disjointed and doesn't flow well. It jumps from one scene to another scene with a conclusion with nothing building up to the conclusion. All of a sudden at the end, he proposes to the reporter out of nowhere. This is my least favorite book. it says if there was a deadline and the author "phoned it in" rather than creating quality.

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very disappointing.

I have enjoyed the other books but I think the author is tired of his series. The story is disjointed and the characters nasty and unlikable.

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  • 03-10-18

The Sundsy & Blair storylines had me cheering

For 2 books I've been missing Sundsy the cat & wondering how he was. Now, we find out! Yes, it's not a real cat but I can't help it.

As usual, Elsbeth lets her bitch self out by calling the cat Hamish's wife. I just want him to never ask her let alone consider her for marriage again. Let's hope that storyline will now die out.

This is another good story made even better because of the updates on the cat & finally, Blair! I've been waiting for so many damn books for the latter!

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Really needs some editing

This one ambled all over the place. It felt like a montage of Hamish vignettes thrown together as a story with only a cat holding it all together