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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,302 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:
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Occasionally, the rugged landscape of Scotland attracts dreamers who move north, wrapped in fantasies of enjoying the simple life. They usually don’t last, defeated by the climate or by inhospitable locals. But it looks as if Effie Garrand has come to stay. When local constable Hamish Macbeth calls on her, he is amazed to find the small woman still in residence after a particularly hideous winter. Unfortunately, Effie is also quite delusional, having convinced herself—and everyone else—that local artist Jock Fleming is in love with her, and that they are engaged. After a huge fight with Jock, Effie is found in the mountains, poisoned by antifreeze. Now, it’s up to Hamish to find the dreamer’s killer—before any more nightmares unfold.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beaton’s flawless twenty-first installment in her popular Hamish Macbeth series boasts amusing local color and singularly savvy sleuthing.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Beaton, a Scot herself, excels at giving readers a taste of Highland life and creating a believable character in the lonely, brilliant, continually frustrated-in-love Macbeth. A treat.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Graeme Malcolm gives a nuanced portrayal of diverse characters inhabiting or visiting a remote village in northern Scotland…The voice and the setting are so compatible that one settles back and enjoys the story, scarcely noticing the narrator’s expertise.”


  • “Fans of Hamish will love this combination of mystery and romantic escapades.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Deborah | 2/18/2014

    " Another fun Hamish Macbeth mystery. Not one of the best, but still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sara | 2/16/2014

    " This is a tour-de-force. Perhaps you will appreciate it more when you have been reading the entire series. All Hamish's girlfriends come together and get to know each other and a new one hovers on the fringes. Two murders, several plot threads; if you are really suspicious when things look TOO good, you will guess this one - but it took me a while because Marion Chesney lays her clues so carefully. Blair is out of the picture (thank goodness, the Blair routine was getting old) but we see a surprising new side of Superintendent Daviot. A wonderful wrapping up of the plot threads at the end with a final unexpected touch. One of the best in this series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katie Hilton | 2/7/2014

    " Hamish sorts the suspects and unravels two deaths in his quiet Highlands village. I do wonder if the Tourism Bureau has to work overtime to keep his community's image untainted, what with folks being murdered every month or so. Thank goodness my town doesn't have his murder rate! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shayna Stubblefield | 2/4/2014

    " great little cozy mystery! I really enjoy m.c. beaton's Agatha Raisin books, and this series is great as well!: "

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