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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: February 2006 ISBN: 9781482976168
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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 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 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 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 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!: "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne Auckerman | 1/18/2014

    " A Hamish Macbeth mystery. I always enjoy these as I like the character and his dog and cat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/16/2014

    " I do enjoy Hamish MacBeth stories. In this one he is beset by not just one, but 3 females. He is frazzled but still manages to solve the crime in his own quiet way. I really want to watch the TV series to see if my imagination and those of the producers of the programs agree. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Connell | 1/15/2014

    " Not my usual pick, but liked it well enough that I'm wanting to read some of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/12/2014

    " This Hamish Macbeth murder mystery was a little poignant. Appealing to the hopeless dreamer in all of us, yet grounded in that practical Highland sensibility, it is an entertaining read. A view of Hamish walking his dog and cat down the streets of Lochdubh is one of my favorite views to envision! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharneel | 12/20/2013

    " In the typical formula of this series, Hamish MacBeth solves the crime, vacillates his Affections for his bevy of women and maintains his quiet life with his wildcat and dog. The tempestuous hearts of the many artsy folks in this story lead them all to don and death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 12/12/2013

    " Another Highland mystery featuring Hamish Macbeth. I really enjoy this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/7/2013

    " Light,fun reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 12/5/2013

    " Fun cozy mystery in the Scottish highlands, I listened because I like to hear accents. Hammish MacBeth gets himself in so much trouble with the ladies "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/30/2013

    " Any excuse for a virtual trip to Scotland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Carlson | 11/26/2013

    " loved the book and can't wait to find out what happens with hamish "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/24/2013

    " Death of a Dreamer (Hamish Macbeth Mystery) by M. C. Beaton (2007) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Oleksiw | 11/14/2013

    " I enjoy following Hamish Macbeth through the Highlands, a savvy detective who avoids promotion, has the reputation of a moocher, and can't understand why he's so unhappy with women. All of this cloaks a clever mystery, lots of interesting characters and good plot twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 6/20/2013

    " Great book, although it was a slow start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April Hochstrasser | 5/23/2013

    " Another winner for Hamish MacBeth. I can't ever figure out the plot twist until the author wants me to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leann | 2/7/2013

    " Listened to the audio book, which I recommend. It carries you away to the scottish highlands. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grannyvango | 1/17/2013

    " Loved it especially his wild cat protecting him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Waters | 12/18/2012

    " I love Hamish! and MC Beaton in general. A fun read and I love the written version of a Scottish accent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 10/14/2012

    " Sometimes a person just needs a little British cozy mystery. This was satisfying and left my brain intact. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shana Rust | 8/18/2012

    " came across this book on accident and I loved it!! Couldn't put it down "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Reid | 4/24/2012

    " I love this series. I love reading about Scotland and its little villages. They almost seem to be characters in the stories. Its fun to read about the same quirky villagers in all the books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Bartkowski | 1/20/2012

    " Yes, I'm hooked on the Hamish Macbeth books by MC Beaton. I love the characters and the story lines in each one. If you want more than a murder mystery, this is it. You too will be hooked on every character and look forward to the next book to continue the journey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 1/3/2012

    " This is a good series to listen to in the car-- don't have to concentrate too much, and the characters and Scottish accent are charming. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/31/2011

    " Hamish macbeth is plagued by the women in his life. He is trying to solve the double murder of a mentally unstable women and an American tourist. In the end he discovers that the women he has just decided would be his best choice as a wife is the killer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 9/29/2011

    " Scottish policeman Hamish Macbeth investigates murder as artists and death come to the village of Lochdubh. His problems are intensified as two ex-girlfriends come to town and an art agent ctakes an interest in him. Frauds and scams are also in the works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyrie | 5/24/2011

    " There were a lot of major characters to keep track of, but the story was good. It was nice to have Blair out of the way for a bit. I wish Hamish would get over Priscilla. "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 4/8/2011

    " I love Hamish! and MC Beaton in general. A fun read and I love the written version of a Scottish accent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 4/6/2011

    " loved the book and can't wait to find out what happens with hamish "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 4/4/2011

    " Nothing literary or soul stirring about this series of books.
    Just great fun, wonderful stories and an altogether lovely cast of characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kae | 2/4/2011

    " Not as good as other HM mysteries. Relying too much on previous character development of the locals. I'm a bit tired of H's "love life."
    Plot elements were too repetitive. The perp seemed obvious to me when introduced, although I wasn't sure of motive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayne | 12/6/2010

    " all the Hamish MacBeth books are an excellent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Purlewe | 11/21/2010

    " Tea cozy I picked up for Sue. Sweet, short, and not alot extra. I would read these again for a break between books. I mean srsly. A detective in Scottland named Hamish Macbeth?? Of course I will read another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leann | 9/20/2010

    " Listened to the audio book, which I recommend. It carries you away to the scottish highlands. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 8/11/2010

    " This is a good series to listen to in the car-- don't have to concentrate too much, and the characters and Scottish accent are charming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/1/2010

    " Any excuse for a virtual trip to Scotland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 11/10/2009

    " I really enjoy the Hamish Macbeth mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grannyvango | 10/28/2009

    " Loved it especially his wild cat protecting him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 10/20/2009

    " Enjoyed listening to this easy fun little mystery set in Scotland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 10/5/2009

    " I'm pretty much at a 3.5 for all of the Hamish MacBeth books I've listened to. They are cozy and wonderful to listen to while I'm working. "

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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 audio narrator, winning nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. 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.