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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,311 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: January 2010 ISBN: 9781482979237
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Amazing news has spread across the Scottish countryside. The most famous of highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, will be married at last. Everyone in the village of Lochdubh adores Josie McSween, Macbeth’s newest constable and blushing bride-to-be. 

While locals think Josie is quite a catch, Hamish has a case of prenuptial jitters. After all, if it weren't for the recent murder of a beautiful woman in a neighboring village, there wouldn’t be a wedding at all. For it was a mysterious Valentine’s Day package—delivered to the victim before her death—that initially drew Hamish and Josie together on the investigation. As they work side by side, Hamish and Josie soon discover that the woman’s list of admirers was endless, confirming Hamish’s suspicion that love can be blind, deaf, and deadly.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fans will welcome the latest in the Hamish Macbeth mysteries…Graeme Malcolm has a great way with the accents of Lochdubh, Scotland, and he has a wonderful vocal timbre. His timing is impeccable, especially when he delivers the many humorous moments that Beaton’s series is known for. Listeners will be unable to keep from smiling as Macbeth endures one calamity after another.”

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  • “Enjoyable…Beaton takes care as usual to provide a satisfying police procedural.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Combines [Beaton’s] gift for scenic description with an inventive, constantly surprising plot…Both Beaton fans and newcomers to cozies will find her latest explosive and engaging.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/19/2014

    " This is a series like the First Ladies' Detective Agency series...very easy to read, upbeat, wonderfully-quirky repeat characters, written by a Scottish author (it takes place in Scotland), and better to listen to (audiobook) because of the wonderful reader. Hamish has an interesting character, as do his friends and colleagues. You should read the first one first...and get to know the senior Curry twins, the snobby Pricilla Halburton-Smythe, Elspeth Grant, the gypsy news reporter, and so on. Try #1 and another one and see if you don't enjoy them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 2/15/2014

    " My frist Hamsih Macbeth mystery and I found it to be a nice cozy read altough there were more murders than one would expect for a small out of the way Scottish village. Good inbetween books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evangeline | 2/1/2014

    " Okay, but I think this series is getting a little tired and so is Hamish! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dichotomy Girl | 1/30/2014

    " When it comes to mysteries, I am pretty easy to please. And I usually find M.C. Beaton to be a quick and enjoyable read. However, the last few books I've read (both in this serious, and the Agatha Raisin series), I found myself getting irritated, simply because her characters never change! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/17/2014

    " I always enjoy MC Beaton books for their milder crime thrills. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Snow | 1/16/2014

    " Wonderful mystery with all kinds of twists and turns. Hilarious in places. Set in the Scottish Highlands. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 1/13/2014

    " poor old Hamish getting married? fun read. FA "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brigid | 1/12/2014

    " I love these Hamish MacBeth books! Hamish has a very close call in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 1/10/2014

    " I love escaping from time to time to visit with Hamish and friends in Lochdubh. This installment was as delightful as I had hoped it would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 12/4/2013

    " I like the Hamish Books when I am in the mood for a slow read. And I enjoyed this one which was a nice easy pace. Just what I was in the mood for on some snowy cold days in January. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah Murk | 11/7/2013

    " Another excellent Hamish McBeath mystery. Who's up for a spot of tea? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karrie Bunting | 10/26/2013

    " Good quick read. Character of Josie McSween is creepy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronda Jean | 10/20/2013

    " Another of my guilty pleasures. Love the characters, the town of Lochdubh and of course Hamish MacBeth. Reading M.C. Beaton is like visitng old friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 10/16/2013

    " Loved this installment in the great Hamish Macbeth murder mystery series. I LOVE how Angela, Elspeth, Lugs & Sonsie rally to protect the unlucky-in-love Hamish! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharneel | 9/30/2013

    " Almost trapped into marriage, Hamish McBeth has a tough time getting rid of this young lady. Fun as always "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Hilton | 8/11/2013

    " Hamish appears to be trapped into marriage. Meanwhile, he's investigating the bombing death of a pretty girl who receives a deadly valentine. Things get complicated, but Hamish and his friends sort them out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandy | 3/27/2013

    " mediocre but reasonably entertaining mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia Cheyne | 2/28/2013

    " Also listened to this one while painting. Good mystery, good characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eurocrime | 12/10/2012

    " NB. my paperback had 292 pages. Review to follow on Euro Crime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 6/19/2012

    " Macbeth is a police chief in a small, lonely town in the Scottish Highlands. These books tend to be a little slow and droll, but entertaining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 3/13/2012

    " Okay, so maybe if I'd read the first (or an earlier) book in this series, I would've liked it more, but as it was...I really didn't. I found the characters to be either wooden or completely unsympathetic (or both). The plot was middling. Overall...meh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha Arrowsmith | 1/17/2012

    " Love the characters!! "

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

    " I am a Hamish MacBeth fan and was excited to find that there was a new one out. I listened to this book because I love to hear the Scottish accent. The female lead character drove me crazy because she was so cloyingly needy and manipulative. Well written and fun to listen to! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 6/2/2011

    " Another satisfying romp through the Highlands with Hamish Macbeth, as read by Grame Malcolm. One of the best in the this series. Too bad the BBC series a few years ago didn't live up to the books! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rose Laurel | 5/23/2011

    " The earlier books in the series were so charming; this was a big disappointment. What made the earlier books good was the local character. When the author has Hamish Macbeth involved in international intrigue, as she does here, it doesn't work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 5/21/2011

    " Hamish and friends are always delightful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ilgrs | 5/20/2011

    " FUN READ, BUT IT'S A SHAME THAT WE KNOW WHO THE MURDERER IS TOO SOON.
    LECTURA DIVERTIDA, PERO ES UNA LASTIMA QUE MUY PRONTO SABEMOS QUE ES EL ASESINO. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 5/17/2011

    " Having had Hamish McBeth withdrawal symptoms, I swooped on this when I saw it in the library and I wasnt disappointed!Go Hamish!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 5/11/2011

    " Lots of mayhem in this one. Hamish needs a vacation. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Al | 4/27/2011

    " I was disapointed after reading what seemed be good reviews. I found the author's style only mimicking the prose of a native Scot.(I'd have been more amused with actual language of the Scots.prose... The storyline was only "HoHum" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 4/26/2011

    " Although these books are not too highly rated, I have enjoyed them all. It must be the Scottish accent of the reader! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/24/2011

    " Listened to on audio. Turned out to be much more violent than I expected and seemed more complicated than some of the other Hamish MacBeth books, but was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasula | 4/22/2011

    " MC Beaton's Hamish MacBeth series is always enjoyable. "

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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.