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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,585 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 2008 ISBN: 9781482977431
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Gentle by name, gentle by nature. Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores elderly Mrs. Gentle—everyone but Hamish Macbeth, that is. Hamish thinks the gentle lady is quite sly and vicious, and the citizens of Lochdubh think he is overly cranky. Perhaps it’s time for him to get married, they say. But who has time for marriage when there’s a murder to be solved? When Mrs. Gentle dies under mysterious circumstances, the town is shocked and outraged. Chief Detective Inspector Blair suspects members of her family, but Hamish Macbeth thinks there’s more to the story, and begins investigating the truth behind this lady’s gentle exterior.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bursting with quaint village fun, murder, mystery, deception, endearing characters, and devious villains, makes Death of a Gentle Lady a wonderfully charming and gripping read.”

    Examiner.com

  • “Full of the author’s trademark zest and wit… Beaton fans will be delighted.

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Filled with Highlands scenery, sharp observation, and hairpin-turn plotting.”

    Booklist

  • “Hamish’s twent-third adventure is one of his best, with the usual charming details of Highland life and a crackerjack mystery to boot.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/10/2014

    " First Hamish MacBeth novel... enjoying it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/4/2014

    " I love this series. I've started to watch the BBC series, which has lots of changes and not many of the same characters, but still great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 1/29/2014

    " I actually enjoyed reading this one, Hamish was just doing his thing, I just hope he gets married to Priscilla. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cece | 1/20/2014

    " Beaton is getting a little samey-Hamish wants to stay in the village, Hamish solves the mystery, Hamish's superiors want to promote him to the big city, Hamish finagles a way to stay in village. Elspeth and Priscilla float through and leave town again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 1/14/2014

    " If you're looking for a deep dark mystery then you should pass this by. This is a light, fun to read series with this one ranking right about in the middle of the pack. Hamish is his typical self in this book which is exactly why you read them. With this series you know what you're going to get, you become a little more familiar with the recurring characters and there's always a good payoff in the end. I wouldn't recommend it for a first read if you've never read Hamish before. I came across "Death of a Village" first and so I would suggest you start with that and then if you like it, start from the beginning and work you're way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 1/7/2014

    " I read this reluctantly. I read one book of the other series she writes, Agathia Raisin, and didn't like it. A partron told me this was better, and she was right. I liked Hamish and his confusion about what he wanted in terms of his personal life while in complete control of his professional one. Plus, Mrs. Gentle really was a deliciously nasty woman who earned her death. "

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

    " I like MC Beaton. I find myself laughing throughout her books at her descriptions and the circumstances she comes up with. This was my first Hamish Macbeth story and I like him too. She is great with defining her characters and I really enjoy the setting. Nice clean mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 12/27/2013

    " Another winner in the Hamish Macbeth series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MommaLaura | 12/20/2013

    " I like Hamish Macbeth even better than Agatha Raisin. Great book. Couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 10/18/2013

    " these are all weirdly comforting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bayneeta | 10/1/2013

    " Scotland, Hamish, and a couple of murders. Hamish makes plans to marry a stranger. Priscilla and Elspeth make appearances of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 9/24/2013

    " Great series - I have read them all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/1/2013

    " A good old "who done it?" featuring detective Hamish MacBeth and an interesting cast of characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie Corbitt | 5/10/2013

    " This is the series that the tv show Hamish MacBeth is based on. Since I like the show, I thought I'd try the books. I have to say I like the show better, but it's an easy, fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Hawley | 5/8/2013

    " M C Beaton is cosy mystery's top writer... two fun series which will make you laugh aloud and relax, escape and enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 3/5/2013

    " This is the 24th Hamish MacBeth I've read and I never tire of reading them! LOVE THESE BOOKS! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 2/11/2013

    " Hamish is such a loveable Scot! And he solves mysteries, too! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzy | 1/9/2013

    " OK, I half-read this one. Couldn't really get into it - I got the feeling that I should've started with #1 in the series if I really wanted to enjoy all the interaction between characters that surrounds the plot. It seemed that I was missing out on a lot of inside jokes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 9/20/2012

    " This one is another favorite from the series! I am still laughing about Hamish's "traditional highland greeting" trick that he plays on the arrogant English author who is writing a book about the "primitive people of the British isles." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 9/3/2012

    " I really like the Hamish books, and this was better than some because he didn't wallow in misery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 8/15/2012

    " M. C. Beaton always provides an interesting read. Hamish McBeth is forever a young Robert Carlyle to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasneem | 1/16/2012

    " I do like Hamish. He's such a good sort, and his evil supervisor Blair is brilliant in his attempts to destroy the fortunes of Hamish. This is a fun read. Lighthearted and full of the quirks of human nature. I especially enjoyed how Hamish got Blair married to Mary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 12/7/2011

    " I always enjoy a new Hamish story. Its a quick easy read and his character is so entertaining. I have to agree, however, with the reviews of those who have read a good number of these books, that this one wasn't one of the better ones. I'd call it Hamish light. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 9/15/2011

    " Hamish finds himself the target of a serial killer... another ripping good yarn from M. C. Beaton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Kitchen | 7/3/2011

    " A nice gentle read, a good mystery with a twist. "

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

    " Like most of the Hamish series I enjoyed this one. Hamish finds himself again trying to solve another mystery and yet stay away from getting married. Both are hard for him to solve. As usual, Hamish comes through. Enjoyed this read "

  • 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bayneeta | 3/18/2011

    " Scotland, Hamish, and a couple of murders. Hamish makes plans to marry a stranger. Priscilla and Elspeth make appearances of course. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathie | 10/22/2010

    " I like MC Beaton. I find myself laughing throughout her books at her descriptions and the circumstances she comes up with. This was my first Hamish Macbeth story and I like him too. She is great with defining her characters and I really enjoy the setting. Nice clean mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 10/13/2010

    " My first Hamish Macbeth mystery. Delighful! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Olean Public Library | 8/20/2010

    " Murder Mystery. I could not get into the plot. And would not read another by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karrie | 6/25/2010

    " First Hamish Macbeth read. Fast and easy. Have two more on my shelf, let's see if they are all the same... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 6/23/2010

    " I am new fan of M.C. Beaton. I love the language and attitudes of the quirky Scottish characters. Laugh out loud funny in parts. Thoroughly enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/20/2010

    " Hamesh Macbethis a loveable character. Light, humerous reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Anne | 6/5/2010

    " #24??? I had no idea there were that many Hamish Macbeth mysteries? Have I read them all? Maybe.... and realized I was re-reading this one. Oh, well, a fun read! "

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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. Born in Scotland, she now divides her time between Paris and the English Cotswolds.

About the Narrator

Graeme Malcolm has performed on Broadway as Pharaoh in Aida and as Sir Edward Ramsay in The King and I. His television credits include Law & Order, Against the Law, Criminal Intent, and Guiding Light. He has narrated hundreds of audiobooks.