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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,082 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: March 2012 ISBN: 9781482982411
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When Scotland is hit by recession, police constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns. The quaint village of Braikie doesn’t have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan’s Wood, which was bequeathed to the town. The savvy local tourist director renames the woods “The Fairy Glen,” and has brochures printed with a beautiful photograph of a kingfisher rising from a pond on the cover.

It isn’t long before coach tours begin to arrive. But just as the town’s luck starts to turn, a kingfisher is found hanging from a branch in the woods with a noose around its neck. As a wave of vandalism threatens to ruin Braikie forever, the town turns to Hamish Macbeth. And when violence strikes again, the lawman’s investigation quickly turns from animal cruelty to murder.

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  • “With a recurring cast of colorful characters filling out the rustic tapestry of Hamish’s oddball life, fans still seek out copies as soon as they hit the stores.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gertie | 2/8/2014

    " I'm working my way through this series and the murders are becoming more gruesome as more and more bodies pile up as the story goes on. I wouldn't classify this as a cozy mystery like I would for the earlier books in the series. Overall I liked the story. It seems like, finally, the focus is shifted off of his will he/won't he love triangle between Hamish, Priscilla, and Elsbeth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leashia Hoehn | 1/17/2014

    " fun murder mystery in highlands of scotland. just a fun read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 1/10/2014

    " I like Hamish MacBeth. These novels follow a standard form, with a number of recurring characters. touches of humor liven the proceedings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 1/9/2014

    " Another great read. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judi | 1/8/2014

    " Great listen. Must try to find the beginning of the series. Hamish is a clever detective! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina Tan | 12/31/2013

    " I haven't read an MC Beaton for a long time. This was surprisingly complicated and satisfying. Less lightweight than the earlier novel. Very good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Atl Goddess | 12/19/2013

    " Another Hamish Macbeth tale with plenty of twists to keep Hamish current. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Pontarelli | 11/16/2013

    " Loved it, but body count was rather high. Maybe the Currie sisters will do a Highland version of arsenic and old lace next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 11/9/2013

    " good old, same old Hamish MacBeth. nice to see him again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Smith | 10/22/2013

    " I've read every other Hamish McBeth, so just keep going! Not the most erudite detective fiction, but silly, quaint and Scottish! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 NC | 10/13/2013

    " What a breath of fresh air! I love M.C.Beaton. This was a new kind of mystery for Hamish Macbeth. Lots of twists and turns and unresolved loose ends. I really enjoyed it. My family was going through some stressful times and this was just the right light touch and escape. Thank you for a great read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Squeaky | 9/29/2013

    " Hamish's love life is a mess. Oh, a bunch of people get dead and there are a couple of evil children that may have to be dealt with in another book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matina Stretton | 8/17/2013

    " Easy to read when you have nothing do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jewell | 7/7/2013

    " I love a new Hamish book. A bad Hamish book is better then no Hamish book. This one was about average - same old same old really but nice to revisit the village once again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Hendricks | 6/27/2013

    " I like these books as light fun reads. This one didn't seem as clever as the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 5/28/2013

    " As usual M.C. Beaton delivers a satisfactory tale. It is also a good mystery, set in an place different from lots of others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 5/14/2013

    " Pretty good, a lot easier to get into than Death of a Dentist, and I really liked Hamish's sidekick! Blair as usual tries to nail Hamish, but this time gets caught on TV:-) Sociopathic children, Russian mobsters and fairies make this a thotoughly enjoyable book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/22/2013

    " I loved this! It may be my favorite Hamish MacBeth mystery. I couldn't put it down and read it in less than a day! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Minnick | 10/21/2012

    " I love all the Hamish Macbeth mysteries and this one was just great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Radcliff | 10/7/2012

    " Not one of the best of the series, but it was ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne | 10/2/2012

    " Another easy, good read. Entertaining - loved the new constable that was added. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 8/18/2012

    " I emjoy the Hamish McBeth series. I have been using audio books while in the car to read them. The narrator has the appropriate accent and expression to make the experience even more fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 7/18/2012

    " Not one of the best. No good love interest for Hamish. Personally, I think he blew it with Priscilla. Quick read, interesting story, awful lot of plot holes in the last couple chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 6/1/2012

    " still enjoy this series after a long break "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 5/31/2012

    " Not the best of the Hamish Macbeth stories, but not the worst, either. I don't read them for great literature anyway. A respectable entry into an enjoyable series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 4/24/2012

    " Another fun mystery with Hamish and the gang from Lochdubh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celia | 4/16/2012

    " I just love every book with Hamish Macbeth! He's so lovable and innocent. Not a very informative review, but if you haven't read a book in this series, give it a try. "

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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.