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M. C. Beaton returns with another baffling case for Hamish Macbeth, the stubborn, red-haired, one-man police department of the Highland village of Lochdubh. 

Hamish Macbeth’s unofficial engagement to the stunningly beautiful Priscilla Halburton-Smythe is reminding the constable of the old adage about answered prayers. His lovely fiancée has replaced his cozy wood stove with a modern electric one and is busy trying to “make a man of him.” The only man Hamish wants to be is the one who wanders about the village with his dog Towser, gossiping, fishing, and deftly solving a crime or two. 

Deciding that this may be a good time for a little retreat, Hamish ambles over to the nearby backwater of Drim, ostensibly to check out a posh English chap who is causing a most unusual problem. Single, wealthy, and terribly attractive, newcomer Peter Hynd has thrown the middle-aged matrons of Drim into a flutter and put their men, dour Highlanders whose feelings run deep, on a slow burn. Hamish’s instincts tell him this seemingly charming young man likes to stir up trouble, and it’s not long before the seething emotions transform the sleepy village into a hotbed of threats, domestic rows, and violent murder. 

With Hamish’s own relationship raising doubts about hearts and flowers, he’s more than ready to do what he now must: investigate the darker side of love.  

©2001 M. C. Beaton (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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I love the Hamish McBeth books. Well narrated

These books have been favorites for years. It is nice to have such a good narrator do the stories. I also love the Agatha raisin books by MC beaten as well. Cozy, and fairly clean.

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Unpleasant & Dour

I’ve read the Hamish Series in order, delightfully relishing most of them as I perform rote tasks or drive long spells. Even though the series plot lines remain similarly scripted as well as the unfolding of the mysteries at the end, I like the main character personalities & idiosyncrasies in addition to the cast of community figures. HOWEVER…for me, this novel lacked any endearing qualities on any front, character or plot wise. Even the two main characters are irritable & I couldn’t wait for this one to end. It almost seemed the writing was done hurriedly or while in a depressive state. I’m hoping for a better story & something enjoyable for listening in the next book.

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Interesting stories. Author is an arch reactionary who is at the same time astonishingly politically ignorant and a person who seemingly hates everyone. (She seemingly despises lazy freeloaders and yet decided to make her protagonist one…) Too bad, it really spoils great stories in a beautiful and interesting part of the world.

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Poor Hamish and Priscilla

We know what each one of them is thinking, so we know that they are misunderstanding each other or failing to say what they’re really thinking and feeling. Rookie mistakes. I trust they will sort it. I mostly enjoy learning about the culture, but the mysteries are well done and the characterizations are excellent.

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fun read

always a pleasure to listen to Hamish stories but I think all problem would be solve if more single men lives in that village for those horny woman