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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-19

Overall a good story, well produced and good acting (some great e.g. Andrew Scott). BUT Geraldine Somerville playing Deputy PM was WOODEN. A cringeworthy, caricature performance from her that was just about cancelled out by good performances from the rest of the cast. I’ll avoid narration with her in the future.

Basically Hamish Macbeth under a different name

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-19

A seer, a grumpy boss, an alcoholic partner, a nosy old dear, a tiny Scottish village....it’s Hamish Macbeth with a different name. You could just sub the name of the detective throughout and it’d be H. Mcbeth book 34!

Audiobook extra interview is the food poisoning on the cake!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-19

The book itself is superb - both hilarious and incredibly heartbreaking (especially the ‘ending’) but the interview at the end (audiobook extra) is irritating in the extreme. Not the author’s responses but the dithering, stuttering interviewer! Just ASK A BLOODY QUESTION. A full, clear sentences question!! Jeez!! Was that annoying that I had to pull over in the car and write this review. The diary itself is highly recommended.

Poor narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-19

Narrator sounds like she’s presenting Jackanory to a bunch of 5 year olds. It’s a book about faeces, anuses (anii?!) etc. Please find somebody more comfortable with using these words (a scientist, perhaps?). The book content, I’m sure is fine but I just can’t get past the annoying narration. May try again in the future (since I’ve paid for it!) but I suspect the result will be the same.

Synopsis is incorrect!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-08-17

Another excellent Hamish Macbeth story...but the synopsis is incorrect. Charlie DOESN'T get taken to hospital in helicopter (he's not really injured), and it's Superintendent Daviot who arrives at the scene (not Blair). Don't know who wrote the summary, but they mustn't have read the book first!

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