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3.0016992353441 out of 53.0016992353441 out of 53.0016992353441 out of 53.0016992353441 out of 53.0016992353441 out of 5 3.00 (1,177 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 2003 ISBN: 9781504700702
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The aromas of wild thyme and Highland heather waft through Lochdubh, home to M. C. Beaton’s eccentric policeman, Hamish Macbeth. Yet what the irascible constable smells in his latest case is the acrid scent of fear as an entire town is entrapped in something dark and deadly.

Yet, as he deftly investigates the summer’s high crimes and misdemeanors, he attracts the attention of his superiors. They feel a promotion and transfer will give him a larger playing field than Lochdubh, but that’s the last thing Macbeth wants. Now the laconic lawman needs a clever way to quash the move without losing his job entirely.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “All Macbeth’s talents are on display as he performs a heroic rescue, outwits some crooks, and meets violence with violence. For all his nonchalance, the laconic Macbeth does his best to protect his people and preserve his way of life among them. Beaton fans will rejoice.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The trademark charm of the series—quirky humor, eccentric characters, and dark overtones—is in full swing here; fans will be well pleased, and readers new to Lochdubh can enjoy this as a stand-alone volume.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Another delightful installment in a perennially entertaining series.”

    Booklist

  • “Beaton adds a new twist to the standard murder-in-a-village plot…Another delightful installment in a perennially entertaining series.”

    Booklist

  • “Hamish in top form, with intriguing puzzles to solve, the possibility of a new romance, and ever more inventive ways of avoiding a promotion to higher rank and transfer from his beloved Lochdubh.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 11/20/2016

    " Death of a Village- Like all Hamish MacBeth books- Love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leann | 2/9/2014

    " Actually listened to the audiobook. It is set in the Highlands. Love the culture and language that the story is wrapped in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 1/26/2014

    " This was a really good one. I've read several and this one was so entertaining. Some mini stories within the bigger story kept it interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie Jem | 1/23/2014

    " Not one of the best in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie Knight | 1/19/2014

    " MC Beaton writes great murder mysteries that take place in Scotland. His detective/policeman is a comical, intelligent but lazy man. Quick, fun reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 1/15/2014

    " I've read most of the books in this series, and I always enjoy them. I think that this one was just released in the U.S. and is an earlier one than many I have read in recent years. Highly Recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/12/2014

    " Death of a Village by M. C. Beaton (2004) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharneel | 1/11/2014

    " I do enjoy reading these books, but it is very evident how formulaic they are. The tenor of the characters and environment are what make them entertaining, especially as an audio book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/9/2013

    " Hamish did not disappoint. Good little book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Boyette | 11/26/2013

    " More plot lines than normal. I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jess | 11/17/2013

    " Although I thought this was one of the better books in the Death of a ... series (I started out giving it 4 stars), the problem with the missing paragraphs between speakers continued throughout the Kindle edition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 10/30/2013

    " I have always enjoyed cozies. I like this one because of the setting and the characters are fun. The Scottish Highlands and a policeman who lives in a small village and wants to stay there! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Sampson | 10/15/2013

    " As always, Hamish finds his way into solving another death. Hamish is always a good and enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Bartkowski | 10/14/2013

    " I want to read all of the Hamish Macbeth stories! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Hilton | 9/16/2013

    " Hamish finds a whole village seemingly under some sort of spell. The cause is quite a surprise, and not without death and danger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyrie | 6/26/2013

    " Definitely one of the better Hamish mysteries. Lots of little cases that add up to a lot of attention, that Hamish hates. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/28/2013

    " Another fun Hamish Macbeth book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonee | 5/16/2013

    " Great book! Wish I could get the whole series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 5/4/2013

    " Another very nice little British, or should I say Scottish, mystery. Once again Hamish solves the mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/28/2013

    " This was a great little mystery with the typical wit and humor of the Hamish Macbeth series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 4/11/2013

    " I didn't make a note on this one other than the stars. I do like all the Hamish Macbeth books that I have read so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/18/2012

    " I listened on tape and enjoyed this quite a lot. It was better than some of the others. The characters have become my friends and although some reactions are predictable, they are still endearing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina Marie | 10/16/2012

    " While the story is kind of all over the place it is good listen, and Graeme Malcolm is nice narrator. I'll definitely check out some more in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dru | 10/6/2012

    " M.C. Beaton is always a good easy read. Another great mystery. Got to love Hamish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 10/2/2012

    " i like Hamish Macbeth and the way that everybody always gets rescued in time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 9/16/2012

    " It's great fun as usual. Love the stories of the village boby, Hamish Macbeth of the Sutherlandshire. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeanette | 9/2/2012

    " It was ok, just not as good as the first few in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/10/2012

    " very fun and light for troubled times!! "

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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.