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3.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 5 3.47 (32 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 2009 ISBN: 9781482978360
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Returning from a disappointing foreign holiday, police constable Hamish Macbeth is worried. He learns that a newcomer, Catriona Beldame, is regarded as a witch and various men have been seen visiting her. Hamish himself is charmed by her until he finds out that she has been supplying dangerous potions. At first the villagers won’t listen to him, saying that the loveless Hamish has turned against all women.

When Beldame is found murdered and her home set ablaze, he must clear his own name and then work to solve yet another murder to bring peace and quiet back to his beloved village. His investigations are complicated by a romance with a female forensic expert. Perhaps the Scottish Highlands’ most stubborn bachelor will get married at last!                                          

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s always a pleasure to return to Lochdubh, the picturesque village in the Scottish highlands.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Macbeth is the sort of charcter who slyly grows on you…as you realize that beneath his unassuming exterior, he’s a whiz at cutting through all the hokum.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Superb entertainment, as rich and warming as a fine malt whisky, and every bit as addictive.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Devilishly droll…As usual, Beaton’s crisp plotting and effervescent humor complement Macbeth’s deft crime solving.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Provides readers with a great deal of atmospheric fun.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judi Fisher | 2/15/2014

    " it's okay. latest in a very long list of hamish macbeth books. "

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

    " I enjoyed this book even though it was not my typical type of mystery. I generally like blood and gore. This was a bit on the humorous side. The ending was unexpected to me. You would think that Hamish MacBeth was a 60 year old man the way he lives, but he is only in his 30s. I will probably read more of this series at a later date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcie | 1/19/2014

    " Another good Hamish MacBeth tale. A gentle read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonya | 1/15/2014

    " Hamish Macbeth is an interesting character and the setting in the Scottish highlands is great - a completely different perspective and character from Beaton's Agatha Raisin series. The reasoning for the killing is clever as well. However, the story seems to needlessly continue on after the murderer is discovered. Beaton tries to tie up other side issues that seemed to drag the story on beyond a normal stopping point. Will give another Macbeth story a try though. "

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

    " Fun read on audio in the car on a recent trip...love these murder mysteries especially located in Great Britain and that beautiful accent the reader offers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joeydag | 1/2/2014

    " I haven't read anything by M. C. Beaton that I haven't enjoyed. In particular in this novel, our hero, Hamish, has to face many uncomfortable situations with three women in his life at this point. The novelist has such a wit in her descriptions and plotting. An extremely complex series of murders make a great mystery, too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Hilton | 12/26/2013

    " A woman who makes potions and claims she has the power to work spells makes a number of enemies in Lochdubh. Then someone stops her "witchcraft," and Hamish has to solve the case. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 11/21/2013

    " This is one of the better ones she's written lately. I really enjoyed this more than the last few Hamish MacBeth's. Though, I have to say, the bit with the poachers was totally gratuitous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 11/7/2013

    " I really like this short novels. Hamish is an irascible character with a love of his small Scottish town. I have read many in the series and can recommend them all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 11/7/2013

    " A first read of this author for me. It was okay. Not very earth-shattering. I would try this author again when I'm in a better frame of mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jandblock | 10/28/2013

    " Entertaining and the first that I have read by the author. She has many more with the same character so will add her to my reading list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 10/7/2013

    " This book was good. Kind of sad at the end. I have read so many Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth books that it is starting to blur. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 9/28/2013

    " Love the sound of the reader's voice with the Scottish brogue. Audio book. Love them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Bailey | 9/26/2013

    " Another very good Hamish Macbeth Mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 9/6/2013

    " Why do I keep reading this series? I think I liked the series with Robert Carlyle so I want to like the books. They're pretty bad really. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Sampson | 7/2/2013

    " Always enjoy a Hamish adventure and the villagers just add to the enjoyment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mhfuentes2001 | 8/17/2012

    " I've read all the Hamish Macbeth mysteries. They are such fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 7/25/2012

    " Constable Hamish Macbeth of Lochdubh is very protective of his Scottish village. He is the salt of the earth and able to deal with foibles of his area as well as solving the murders "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 NC | 7/2/2012

    " I really enjoy Hamish Macbeth. A relaxing light read with good humor. I listened to Graeme Malcolm read this. Wonderful reader. Lovely accents. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eliza | 6/14/2012

    " Always a bit of a silly series, but this one was particularly improbable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 6/11/2012

    " I enjoy this mystery series a lot (although not as much as Agatha Raisin from the same author). Classic murder mystery. You need to read this series in order though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grumpylibrarian | 1/24/2012

    " I read another in this series earlier today and many of the themes (domestic abuse against husbands, prostitution, weird fetishization of females cooking) were repetitive. Also, I lived in the north of Scotland and the people didn't 1) speak like this or 2) eat haggis on a daily basis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 6/23/2011

    " The latest in her Hamish Macbeth series. He is so good at figuring out murders and so very poor at figuring out women, LOL. Has anyone seen the BBC series based on the books? How is it? "

  • 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.