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Author: M. C. Beaton Narrator: Graeme Malcolm Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Hamish Macbeth Mysteries Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9781478902492
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Sergeant Hamish Macbeth--Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman--returns in M.C. Beaton's new mystery in her New York Times bestselling series.


Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English. Paul had moved to a house in Cnothan, a sour village on Hamish's beat.

He attended church in Lochdubh. He told the minister, Mr. Wellington, that his sermons were boring. He told tweedy Mrs. Wellington that she was too fat and in these days of increasing obesity it was her duty to show a good example. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and it was time she wrote literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair. He told Jessie Currie--who repeated all the last words of her twin sister--that she needed psychiatric help.

"I speak as I find," he bragged. Voices saying, "I could kill that man," could be heard from Lochdubh to Cnothan.

And someone did.

Now Hamish is faced with a bewildering array of suspects. And he's lost the services of his clumsy policeman, Charlie, who has resigned from the force after Chief Inspector Blair berated Charlie one too many times, and the policeman threw Blair into the loch. Can Hamish find the killer on his own? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Few fictional detectives are more appealing…Series fans and newcomers alike will enjoy spending time with Hamish and the beguiling inhabitants of Lochdubh.”

    Publishers Weekly on Death of a Ghost

  • “Fans of the handsome Highlander will delight in…[Hamish’s] utter lack of ambition despite his superior detecting skills, which this complex case puts on handsome display.”

    Kirkus Reviews on Death of a Ghost

  • Longing for escape? Tired of waiting for Brigadoon to materialize? Time for a trip to Lochdubh, the scenic, if somnolent, village in the Scottish Highlands where M. C. Beaton sets her beguiling whodunits featuring Constable Hamish Macbeth. New York Times Book Review
  • Hamish Macbeth is that most unusual character, one to whom the reader returns because of his charming flaws. May he never get promoted. New York Journal of Books
  • With residents and a constable so authentic, it won't be long before tourists will be seeking Lochdubh and believing in the reality of Hamish Macbeth as surely as they believed in Sherlock Holmes. Denver Rocky Mountain News
  • Macbeth is the sort of character who slyly grows on you. Chicago Sun-Times

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/27/2019

    " I've been reading M.C. Beaton's books for YEARS, both this series and Agatha Raisin and hope they both continue for a long time to come. That being said, this book was good, but didn't seem to be up to Beaton's usual standard. The idea is there, but the story is a little bit all over the place. I don't like the part about his wild cat, Sonzie, and I don't want to spoil anything, but Blair goes overboard in this one... you'd think other people would notice that Blair has lost it... Seems like this time even Daviot would realize something was up with him and why on Earth Hamish would choose now to trust Blair is beyond me. Although, in this book, Hamish does a few things which are out of character for him. All in all, I'll keep reading Hamish's adventures no matter what because the characters are like old friends, but I hope Hamish gets back to himself in the next book, and if you're just starting this series, do yourself a favor and start from the beginning, or at least with an earlier book, so you can get to know Hamish better. "

About the Author

M. C. Beaton (1936–2019) won international acclaim for her New York Times bestselling Agatha Raisin novels and Hamish Macbeth mysteries. Her Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth titles have sold more than 21 million copies worldwide and have both been adapted into BBC television series. She has been hailed as the “Queen of Crime” by the Toronto Globe and Mail, and her books have been translated into seventeen languages.

About the Narrator

Graeme Malcolm is an actor and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. 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.