A dead witness. A forgotten crime. Hamish Macbeth never had it so hard as in this newest Highlands mystery!
When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn't remember what happened the previous evening, he's not unduly worried. After all, she's been out drinking and he'd prefer not to be bothered with such an arrogant and annoying woman. But when her body is discovered in a ditch, Hamish is forced to investigate a crime that the only known witness - now dead - has forgotten....
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Disappointed with the narration
M C Beaton's story is fine but not brought to life by the narration.
Accents, dialects, pronunciation and empathy for the characters is missing - if this is your first look at Hamish Macbeth - don't! Start with book one and work your way to this book, which will help in listening to it.
David Monteath does a much better job on Hamish MacBeth & the characters of these novels. This reader hasn't the range of convincing, differentiated, Scots & foreign accents, and lacks the relaxed gentle voice which fits so well with the Highland setting and pace of life. (This one reads very fast, which is probably a good thing: it avoids closer evaluation of his accents/acting!)
Story is OK, and the trouble is, that when you get into a long series of novels, you don't want to miss out on developments in the life of the recurring characters.
I wouldn't go so far as to avoid a book I wanted to hear on account of this narrator - there are some over-exposed readers I've learned to avoid - but it's just not the same. This bloke sounds English, or Anglo-, so I don't get the same feeling of being back home, or of the same comprehension of that culture and landscape, and WEATHER. Maybe this was designed to appeal to the US market. I've noticed UK, even Scots, writers will use American English (like "pants" for "trousers", a false friend if ever there was one!). Beaton doesn't do this, thank the Lord, although she left home so long ago, you have to wonder how much grasp she's got on 21th century Scotland.
Not one of my favourites I'm afraid I did not like this narrator it detracted from the story and I didn't enough the book. Please bring back David Montieth he captures Hamish Macbeth for me.
Rip-roaring, fun and exciting
All the other Hamish Macbeth books.
David Montieth. He is brilliant on all the other books.
The pleasure of this book was diminished by the lack of David Montieth's narration. If the first audio book had had this narrator I would probably stopped listening then.
Just given up listening to this one. Very monotonous narration, completely spoilt my enjoyment. Really enjoy all the Hamish books narrated by David Monteith.
I love to listen to Audio books whilst I am driving!
Yes I would listen again as I loved the story and it kept me engaged from the start.
It wasn't obvious 'who done it' so it kept me guessing until almost the end and even then the plot twists kept coming!
I enjoyed all of them but Hamish is always a favourite.
More smiled from enjoyment than anything.
I would definitely choose more from both the author and the narrator.
Beaton, yes, Malcolm definitely not.
After listening to at least a dozen Beaton novels, I will finish this one, but will listen to the samples before I buy another.
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