Hamish Macbeth Mysteries

71 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 9,076 ratings

Death of a Gossip & Death of a Cad Publisher's Summary

Death of a Gossip

When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joined the fishing class, she wasted no time in ruffling the feathers - or was it the fins? - of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue and unladylike manner was Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet not even Hamish thought someone would permanently silence Lady Jane's shrills - until her strangled body is fished out of the river. Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must angle through the choppy waters of the tattler's life to find the murderer. But with a school of suspects who aren't ready to talk and dead women telling no tales, Hamish may be in over his head, for he knows that secrets are dangerous, knowledge is power, and killers usually do strike again.

Death of a Cad

When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiancé home to Lochdubh, everybody in town is delighted…except for love-smitten Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet his affairs of the heart will have to wait. Vile, boorish Captain Bartlett, one of the guests at Priscilla's engagement party, has just been found murdered - shot while on a grouse hunt. Now with many titled party guests as the prime suspects, each with a reason for snuffing out the despicable captain, Hamish must smooth ruffled feathers as he investigates the case. When the hidden culprit strikes again, Hamish will find himself trying to save Priscilla from a miserable marriage - and catch a killer before he flies the coop.

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  • Book 1-2

    • Death of a Gossip & Death of a Cad

    • The First Two Hamish Macbeth Mysteries
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 452
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 402
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 399

    When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joined the fishing class, she wasted no time in ruffling the feathers - or was it the fins? - of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue and unladylike manner was Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet not even Hamish thought someone would permanently silence Lady Jane's shrills - until her strangled body is fished out of the river. Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must angle through the choppy waters of the tattler's life to find the murderer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a character!

    • By C. Morris on 07-28-14

    Regular price: $13.96

  • Book 1

    • Death of a Gossip

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 1
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joins the local fishing class she wastes no time in ruffling feathers of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue is Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth, yet not even Hamish thinks someone would seriously want to silence Lady Jane’s shrill voice permanently – until her strangled body is fished out of the river.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • an interesting start

    • By mr kieran j murphy on 04-22-18

    Regular price: $11.72

    • Death of a Gossip

    • The Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joined the fishing class, she wasted no time in ruffling the feathers - or was it the fins? - of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue and unladylike manner was Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet not even Hamish thought someone would permanently silence Lady Jane's shrills - until her strangled body is fished out of the river.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Death of a Gossip

    • By Julian L. Padgett on 08-02-16

    Regular price: $16.95

  • Book 1.5

    • A Highland Christmas

    • Hamish Macbeth
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    In dark, wintry Lochdubh, Christmas Cheer is about as welcome as a flat tyre on a deserted road. The Calvinist element in town has always resisted what they view as secular frivolity, so for most of the townsfolk there'll be no carols, feasting, gifts - or even whisky on Christmas Day! And for PC Hamish Macbeth there's no holiday from crime - he finds himself hunting for a missing cat belonging to a lonely spinster.

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    • A Highland Christmas

    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
    • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183

    In the dark, wintry highlands of Lochdubh, Scotland, where the local Calvinist element resists the secular trimmings of Christmas, the spirit of old Saint Nick is about as welcome as a flat tire on a deserted road. Nor is crime taking a holiday, as Constable Hamish Macbeth soon finds himself protecting an unhappy girl, unlocking the secrets of a frightened old woman, and retrieving some stolen holiday goods. Now the lanky lawman must use all his Highland charm and detective skills to make things right.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Short & Sweet

    • By RFRMAC on 12-14-15

    Regular price: $13.96

  • Book 2

    • Death of a Cad

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 2
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiancé home to Lochdubh, everyone in town is delighted…except for love-smitten Hamish Macbeth. Yet the affairs of his heart will have to wait. Vile, boorish Captain Bartlett, one of the guests at Priscilla’s engagement party, has just been found murdered - shot while on a grouse hunt. Now, with so many titled party guests as prime suspects, each with their own reason for snuffing out the despicable captain, Hamish must smooth ruffled feathers as he investigates the case…and catch a killer, before they fly the coop!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A good story

    • By mr kieran j murphy on 04-27-18

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Death of a Cad

    • Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiancé home to Lochdubh, everybody in town is delighted...except for love-smitten Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet his affairs of the heart will have to wait. Vile, boorish Captain Bartlett, one of the guests at Priscilla's engagement party, has just been found murdered - shot while on a grouse hunt.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hamish

    • By Aurora Keith Pajeau on 01-04-17

    Regular price: $16.95

  • Book 3

    • Death of an Outsider

    • Hamish Mcbeth, Book 3
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    The most hated man in the most dour town in Scotland is sleeping with the fishes, or - more accurately - has been dumped into a tank filled with crustaceans. All that remains of the murdered victim are his bones. But once the lobsters have been shipped off to Britain’s best restaurants, the whole affair quickly lands on the plate of Constable Hamish Macbeth. Exiled to the dreary outpost of Cnothan, Macbeth sorely misses his beloved Lochdubh, but before he can head back home he has to contend with a detective chief inspector who wants the murder hushed up.

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    • Death of an Outsider

    • The Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, Book 3
    • By: M.C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
    • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 275
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 242
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 241

    The most hated man in the most dour town in Scotland is sleeping with the fishes, or more accurately, has been dumped into a tank filled with crustaceans. All that remains of the murdered victim are his bones. But once the lobsters have been shipped off to Britain's best restaurants, the whole affair quickly lands on the plate of Constable Hamish Macbeth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Death in the Highlands

    • By Beatrice on 03-19-15

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 4

    • Death of a Perfect Wife

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 4
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Hamish Macbeth is savouring the delights of a Highland summer. But as fast as the rain rolls in from the loch, his happy life goes to hell in a handbasket. The trouble begins when his beloved Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns to Lochdubh with a new fiancé on her arm. His miseries multiply when clouds of midges descend on the town. And then a paragon of housewife perfection named Trixie Thomas moves into Lochdubh with her cowed husband in tow. The newcomer quickly convinces the local ladies to embrace low-cholesterol meals, ban alcohol, and begin bird-watching.

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    • Death of a Perfect Wife

    • A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Book 4
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
    • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 243
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216

    Hamish Macbeth, the laid-back constable of Lochdubh, Scotland, has a new Land Rover to drive and a Highland summer to savor, but as fast as rain rolls in from the loch, his happy life goes to hell in a hand basket. The trouble begins when his beloved Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns from London - with a fiancé on her arm. His miseries multiply when clouds of midges, the diabolical Scottish mosquito, descend on the town. Then a paragon of housewifery named Trixie Thomas moves into Lochdubh with her lapdog husband in tow.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • These books are addictive!

    • By Sarah on 08-17-16

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 5

    • Death of a Hussy

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 5
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Maggie Baird is neither kind nor generous, but she is very, very rich. So when her car catches fire, with her inside it, there are five likely candidates for the role of murderer. All five had been houseguests at her luxurious Highlands home - Maggie’s timid niece and four former lovers, one of whom Maggie had intended to pick for a husband. All five are utterly broke and all had ample opportunity to tamper with Maggie’s car. So finding out, who did it will require all of PC Hamish Macbeth’s extraordinary common sense and insight into human nature.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • another yarn

    • By mr kieran j murphy on 05-01-18

    Regular price: $11.72

    • Death of a Hussy

    • A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Book 5
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186

    About the best that can be said of wealthy Maggie Baird is that inside her middle-aged body, there still beats the heart of a beautiful tart. So when her car catches fire with Maggie in it, there are five likely suspects right on the premises of her luxurious Highlands cottage. Lochdubh police constable Hamish Macbeth has to question Maggie's timid niece and four former lovers, one of whom Maggie had intended to pick for her husband. All five are equally poor - with ample motive and opportunity to monkey with Maggie's car.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not my favorite Hamish Macbeth mystery

    • By Sarah on 09-02-16

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 6

    • Death of a Snob

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 6
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    When Jane Wetherby offers PC Hamish Macbeth a holiday at her "Happy Wanderer" health farm on the isle of Eileencraig, he is more than happy to accept. Unfortunately the visit doesn’t prove to be the pampering experience he had been hoping for. Windswept Eileencraig is inhabited by hostile islanders, many of whom would be more than happy to be rid of the Happy Wanderer and its proprietor. And the company at the health farm is hardly better. The volatile party includes an ex-husband, an illicit lover, and Morag Todd, an unadulterated snob who criticizes everybody and everything.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • a different part of Scotland

    • By mr kieran j murphy on 05-06-18

    Regular price: $11.72

    • Death of a Snob

    • A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Book 6
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
    • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155

    Believing that someone is trying to murder her, gorgeous Jane Wetherby asks Hamish Macbeth to spend Christmas with her and an exclusive group of friends at her Scottish island health farm. With a cold in his head and no place to go for the holidays, Hamish accepts her invitation. He thinks the lady is a bit daft, but, arriving on the lonely isle of Eileencraig, he feels a prickle of foreboding. The locals are openly threatening; the other guests, especially a terrible snob named Heather Todd, are barely civil.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Outrageous as ever!

    • By Sarah on 09-18-16

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 7

    • Death of a Prankster

    • Hamish MacBeth, Book 7
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    When police constable Hamish Macbeth receives the news that there has been a murder at Arrat House, home of the relentless practical joker Arthur Trent, he doesn’t race to the scene of the crime. After all, last time he was called to investigate a death at the isolated Scottish manor, the "victim" turned out to be Trent’s manservant covered in fake blood. Thus prepared for another prank, Hamish arrives to find that Trent has been most decidedly murdered and for suspects there is a houseful of greedy relatives, all of whom are more than interested in the contents of the will than the crime at hand.

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    • Death of a Prankster

    • The Hamish Macbeth Mysters, Book 7
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
    • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 177
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176

    Admittedly, there's a touch of black humor in the case. Rich, old practical joker Andrew Trent summons his kin to the remote Arrat House in the dead of winter for a deathbed farewell. They arrive to find him in perfect health and eager to torment them with a new bag of unfunny jokes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good listen - horrible characters!

    • By Sarah on 08-26-16

    Regular price: $13.96

  • Book 8

    • Death of a Glutton

    • Hamish MacBeth, Book 8
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    There’s not a cloud in Hamish Macbeth’s sky - just plenty of warm sunshine but not quite enough of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. But as eight hopeful members of the Checkmate Singles Club converge on Tommel Castle Hotel for a week of serious matchmaking, the clouds roll in. The four couples, carefully matched by dating director Maria Worth, immediately dislike one another. And the arrival of Maria’s gross, greedy business partner, Peta, kills the last vestige of romance. And as love goes out the window, murder comes in the door.

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    • Death of a Greedy Woman

    • The Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, Book 8
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
    • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155

    Peta Gore is the bane of her friend’s otherwise successful life. Maria Worth has come to hate her old friend - a noisy, vulgar glutton. There is no other way to describe Peta. She doesn’t just “have a good appetite” - she sucks and chomps and chews with relish. Not only are her table manners horrifying, but she has a habit of showing up at Maria’s carefully planned singles’ gatherings and spoiling everything by flirting with all the men.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Fun Murder Mystery!

    • By Sarah on 10-28-16

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 9

    • Death of a Travelling Man

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 9
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    It’s springtime in the Highlands but storms are brewing for Hamish Macbeth. His life is going to pot. He has - horrors! - been promoted, his new boss is a dunce, and a sinister self-proclaimed gypsy and his girlfriend have parked their rusty eyesore of a van in the middle of the village. Hamish smells trouble and as usual he’s right. The doctor’s drugs have gone missing. Money vanishes. And neighbours suddenly become unneighbourly. Nobody wants to talk, either, so canny Hamish faces the delicate task of worming the facts out of the villagers. In the process he uncovers a story so bizarre that neither he nor the locals may ever be able to forget it.…

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