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A wealthy laird’s guests are trapped in his estate during a furious storm - but when the laird turns up dead, Scotland’s most quick-witted but unambitious policeman, Hamish Macbeth, is on the case, in this delightful new short story in M.C. Beaton's New York Times best-selling series.

When Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is sent to investigate reports that the wealthy new laird of the remote Naglar House has disappeared, northwest Scotland is hit by the worst storm in living memory. The road is washed away, phone lines are down, mobile reception is dead, and his police radio is out of order. He is trapped with the laird's high-class house guests. Then he discovers the laird's body.

Forced to remain overnight at the house, Hamish interviews each of the guests and pieces together an alarming picture of clandestine infidelity, vicious jealousy, deadly revenge, lust, greed, and fear. It begins to look like all of the guests had good reason to want the laird dead, but which one of them actually did the deed?

©2022 M. C. Beaton and R. W. Green (P)2022 Hachette Audio

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Awful narration and too short

I know MC Beaton died and she left her writing to a trusted author but even the last book was a disappointment as Angela was in one split second scene, suddenly Pricilla’s dad “admires” him, Blair literally walks away unscathed again and Hamish is left at the…oh forget it…it wasn’t the best…but this one…oy ANOTHER change in narrators…this one seems to go in and out of an American or some other accent that is NOT Scottish…the guy sounds like he does peppy commercials for a living. It’s sad enough our beloved series is coming to an end but couldn’t we at least have our Hamish (the narrator and the character)

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Disappointing

I’ve listened to all of MC Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth books..3 times. Lochdubh became home to me, and its lovable characters became like family. I listened to Green’s first Hamish novel and felt as if I landed in an alternate universe— not unpleasant, just…well…so foreign. For one thing, Hamish lacks the wry humor and wit with which MC Beaton endowed him. For another thing, why does Sonsie just magically reappear? This and other discrepancies in the world according to Hamish became too much of an irritation for me to overlook. While I like the narrator’s Scottish brogue, it is so completely unlike Graeme Norton’s and Shaun Grindell’s interpretations of Hamish and the rest of Lochdubh’s inhabitants, that I just could not recognize the characters or enjoy the stories as I use to. But what REALLY put me off is realizing I lost a whole credit on a listen less than 1 1/2 hours long. That felt like a total ripoff on top of the major disappointment of an unrecognizable Hamish and Lochdubh. Rest In Peace, Ms. Beaton — you and ALL of your beloved characters are sorely missed.

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i have all books but wish it was longer….

I was very glad to get another Hamish Macbeth series. I have all audible books and hope they will continue. I love this series…
j garrison in KY

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Too contrived...

Unlike M. C. Beaton's final book before her death (Death of a Green-Eyed Monster) which was collaborated with R. W. Green and very good (though rather sad...) this one was just lacking in every respect. Not much of a mystery - the murderer was obvious from the beginning, and too quickly and easily found out. Hamish seemed shallow - his interest in a woman so soon after the tragedy in the last book was unlikely. Beaton's Hamish was far too sensitive to set his sights on the next pretty thing that crossed his path. And his snappish response to one of the laird's guests (regardless of how rude and snooty she was) for him to fetch her a drink was out of character - he would have more likely served it up with a bit of thinly disguised sarcasm.
As for the narration, while Monteath's authentic Scottish accent was enjoyable, the character's voices seemed too cartoonish.
I wish I hadn't wasted my money as I don't think such a *very* short story was worth the price; I bought it because I was craving more Hamish, but was sorely disappointed.

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Just Right!

I really enjoyed this quick read/listen. The storytelling was right in line with the Hamish MacBeth we have all come to love. His character was spot-on! Hope to have additional books by Green. He is carrying the torch very well.

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Bummer

I listened to this twice and thought the story was ok it’s very hard to hear this narrator as McBeth. He sounds like an old man and it’s hard to differentiate which character is talking.

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SHORT STORY NOT A BOOK

It was a typical H. Macbeth story without any complications or side notes, straight to tye solving by Hamish.

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M.C. Beaton where?

This book made me angry. Hamish sounds old and pompous, the nuances that made him such a great Detective are non-existent and the book consists of barely anything more than people's accounts of where they were at the time of the murder. Lazy writing and a tremendous let down. I'd like my money back.

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Ok for a short story but the reader made Hamish sound like an old man

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New narrator

Narration was okay. He was not able to distinguish each character as well as Mr. Malcolm. I’m hoping he’s not narrating the rest of the series.

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