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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,378 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. C. Beaton Narrator: Graeme Malcolm Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hamish Macbeth Mysteries Release Date: February 2005 ISBN: 9781482975857
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When John Heppel, a visiting writer to Lochdubh, first proposes forming a writers’ circle, the idea is met with much enthusiasm from local residents. However, once the classes get underway, attendance quickly falters due to one undeniable fact: John Heppel is a long-winded, consummate bore. But is dullness a motive for murder? Hamish Macbeth wouldn’t ordinarily think so, therefore when Heppel is found dead, Hamish begins looking for deeper meaning in the writer’s stories, including a strange, unfinished soap opera script that seems to suggest a more sinister motive behind its author’s unhappy ending.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Once again M. C. Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Macbeth’s stolid character serves as perfect counterpoint to both the scheming, sneering higher-ups in the police and his sometimes hysterical villagers…Delightful.”

    Booklist

  • “Graeme Malcolm’s cool, dry chameleon voice moves from one well-thought-out choice for a character to the next, giving not just their many different lilts but also their personalities, with the deftest of touches.”

    AudioFile

  • “Well-plotted. Hamish’s twentieth offers humor, intrigue, and local color galore.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geri | 2/18/2014

    " Of course I love all Hamish books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 2/14/2014

    " Not as good as the previous few, but still it was entertaining! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/16/2014

    " I just love M.C.Beaton's Scottish policeman, Hamis Macbeth, series. It's similar in tempo to the First Ladies' Detective Agency. In other words, these books are fairly short, always about some sort of low-key murder, take place in a small town in Northern Scotland, supported by adorable, quirky characters and centered around a lovable main character. Whenever I've struggled through a 'tough read', I'll pick up one of her books and just relax! I've read 3 and this is my favorite so far. Jerry's read about 6. All are fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 1/3/2014

    " Love the whole series of Hamish Macbeth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 1/1/2014

    " Ok, but not as good as Beaton's Agatha Raisin mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 1/1/2014

    " Another Hamish MacBeth adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 10/31/2013

    " Hamish Macbeth is always a delight. The setting, the quirky characters, the animals all make for entertaining reading/listening/watching. The mystery plot is an added bonus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasula | 10/21/2013

    " Another Hamish Macbeth mystery- very enjoyable. Kind of a cozy Scottish mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 9/12/2013

    " Listened to this book in my care. Loved the good writing and humor! Loved the Scottish accent of the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 8/19/2013

    " The books just keep getting better and I loved the end of this one! The new addition to Hamish's life is awesome! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Redjoy | 8/19/2013

    " book was better than the show (which I saw I read the book). It wasn't too exciting but the show ruined it because the character didn't fit "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grannyvango | 5/29/2013

    " Hamish Macbeth @ his best again "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 2/20/2013

    " Another wonderful story of PC McBeth and his adventures. I will really be sad when I reach the end of this series dna have to start waiting for a new book every sid to eight months. I prefer reading two or three a month beacuse it makes me feel as though I am in the Scottish Highlands. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 11/15/2012

    " Very enjoyable book. This is my third Hamish McBeth novel and I think the best so far. I really enjoy the characters and the story. The descriptions of the Scottish Highlands make me want to visit. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeanette | 6/28/2012

    " I enjoyed reading this one, I had thought this series was getting boring and I was wondering if I should keep reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 4/11/2012

    " Hamish is like an old friend. I have wanted to read a few of these books lately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyrie | 3/4/2012

    " One of the better ones - liked the plot, got the giggles over the lady police official who was such a drunk and romancer. Maybe the cold meds I was taking helped me think it was funny? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 2/12/2012

    " Thon television people . . . och! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam Jones | 2/9/2012

    " I actually listened to this book on CD. I really enjoyed the mystery and thought it was well paced and everyone acted appropriately to their character. I think the biggest part of my enjoyment was listening to the reading in the great Scottish accents (at least to my American ear). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 7/6/2011

    " A nice, light murder mystery. Beaton created a place and characters that I'll visit again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 7/5/2011

    " I love the Hamish Macbeth books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 6/12/2011

    " Oh my god, it just wouldn't end. It was a good read, but Beaton needs to work on endings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 6/11/2011

    " I like this series but I can't help but bristle when Hamish calls Elspeth a bitch. It makes me kind of hate him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noonie | 6/11/2011

    " Always a joy to visit the characters of Lochdubh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Snickety | 5/14/2011

    " The synopsis provided by goodreads is incorrect - it applies to a different title altogether (although another from this series). This book, Death of a Bore, is about the murder of an author named John Heppel. It was a quick and enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sampsonti | 5/11/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoy this village policeman series starring Hamish mcbeth. Fun to read and Hamish is a great character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esmee | 5/1/2011

    " Love Hamish Macbeth! Can’t wait for the next book to be published. It seems M.C. Beaton aka Marion Chesney never lacks the inspiration for a good story. I even liked the BBC series although it was way too short and Robert Carlyle looked nothing like his character as described in the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 3/23/2011

    " Ok, but not as good as Beaton's Agatha Raisin mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 2/27/2011

    " I like M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth character. Death of a Bore was a good book, and I think I'd like to read the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasula | 1/1/2011

    " Another Hamish Macbeth mystery- very enjoyable. Kind of a cozy Scottish mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 10/12/2010

    " I listened to this one and liked it a lot. Fun to hear about the green hills of Scotland while driving around the desert of Vegas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 10/4/2010

    " Yet another one of my filler books. I read these MC Beaton books like candy in between books I "have to" read. Highly entertaining, very well written, easy reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adydewey | 8/30/2010

    " This whole series by Beaton is delightful - likable characters and mysteries without gore but good intrigue. Have read several now but won't add them all in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 8/2/2010

    " A nice, light murder mystery. Beaton created a place and characters that I'll visit again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noonie | 5/3/2010

    " Always a joy to visit the characters of Lochdubh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grannyvango | 3/20/2010

    " Hamish Macbeth @ his best again "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 3/6/2010

    " A sympathetic detective who can tell people to piss off. Characters are indistinguishable. Scottish village life. Reader okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 11/15/2009

    " Audio book - a good way to stay awake while driving across Kansas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 10/17/2009

    " Thon television people . . . och! "

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About the Author

M. C. Beaton has won international acclaim for her bestselling Hamish Macbeth mysteries and the Agatha Raisin mystery series. She is also the author of more than one hundred romance titles and a series of romantic suspense novels, the Edwardian Mystery series.

About the Narrator

Graeme Malcolm is an actor and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. He has performed on Broadway as Pharaoh in Aida and as Sir Edward Ramsay in The King and I. His television appearances include Law & Order, Follow the River, and Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson (with Laurence Olivier). His film credits include A Further Gesture, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, and Reunion.