• Death of an Honest Man

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (599 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sergeant Hamish Macbeth - Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman - returns in M.C. Beaton's new mystery in her New York Times best-selling 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?

©2018 M.C. Beaton (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Macbeth is the sort of character who slyly grows on you." (Chicago Sun-Times)

"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)

"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)

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Another Winner

I recommend this Scottish Cozy —but if you are new to this series, start with Book 1. The series is full of humor and puzzles. I love Hamish and his town. I hope the author has at least 20 more! By the way,the British tv series based on the early books is also quite good.

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Sonsie is back

I waited the entire book to find out whether she was going to come back. I am sick of Elspeth and Priscilla messing with Hamish. When will Priscilla realize she is frigid . I hope MC Beaton writes another book and gives us closure

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No one does it like Graeme Malcolm

Trust M. C. Beaton and Graeme Malcolm to deliver another dish of audiobook 'comfort food.' The Hamish Macbeth books - once Malcolm began reading the series - are particular favorites in our home and 'Honest Man' is a welcome addition. Looking forward to the next visit to Loch Dubh.

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another good story

another classic Hamish story!! I have read every one and the characters and plot are like old friends..

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Horrible

This did not seem like a Hamish Macbeth book. It made no sense half the time. The story was choppy. The main problem is that Hamish was not the character he’d always been. The things he did & said & even thought weren’t him at all. I’ve read all the other books in this series, & they’ve been going downhill for a while. This is, by far, the worst. Very disappointed.

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Is someone else writing these books now?

I have read each book in this series. The behavior of the main characters in this one are completely out of line. McBeth is a total crook and has none of his redeeming qualities. No discussion of the beauty of Loc Du, very few main characters returning and Hamish should be locked up for the way he handled this case. What a let down . I am done with this author and series.

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Very disappointing

I adore the Hamish Macbeth stories abs have read
them all before listening to the audio version. This story line just reminded me of a Book that was already known to be the last in the line, so
Every story line and character and old event was thrown out for one last hurrah. It was disjointed, sporadic, and the plot thin at best. I love these books normally. I’m so sad I wasted my free
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What happened?

Disappointed, it's like a different writer, I have almost 600 books in my library among them are the 30 plus books from this series. What happened? Why so dark and depressing? Why? Regrets!

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Wonderful

This series is really one of my all time favorites but in particular this last series is so good and funny. I laughed the whole book through and also the story kept me engaged. I simply could not put it down. Can’t wait for the next series #34.

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Low Quality With No Concern for Plot Flow

I've listened to every last one of the books. This one seem to be the one that liked the most planning. It is disjointed and doesn't flow well. It jumps from one scene to another scene with a conclusion with nothing building up to the conclusion. All of a sudden at the end, he proposes to the reporter out of nowhere. This is my least favorite book. it says if there was a deadline and the author "phoned it in" rather than creating quality.

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