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There are many ruined castles in Scotland. One such lies outside the village of Drim. Hamish begins to hear reports that this castle is haunted and lights have been seen there at night, but he assumes it's some children or maybe the local lads going there to smoke pot, or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Hamish says to his policeman, Charlie 'Clumsy' Carson, that they will both spend a night there.

The keening wind explains the ghostly noises, but when Charlie falls through the floor, Hamish finds the body of a dead man propped up in a corner of the cellar. After Charlie is airlifted to the hospital, Chief Detective Inspector Blair arrives to investigate the body, but there is none to be found. Dismissed as a drunk making up stories, Hamish has to find and identify the body and its killer before the 'ghost' can strike again.

©2017 M.C. Beaton (P)2017 Audible Ltd

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MacBeth is back on the best!

Another spell binding Adventure with Hamish. I took delivery yesterday and could not stop listening until I finished the book. Is Banished life coming together at last? You be the judge! MC, another winner. David Monteath is to be congratulated on his atmospheric description of the book. Brilliant.

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Very good

Well drawn characters, brilliantly read by David Monteith. A strong storey line with old, loved, characters developed and new ones introduced. The reader is in the midst of the Highland weather with Hamish Macbeth both baddies and the climate.

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Hamish goes from strength to strength

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Much as I enjoy Angela Raisin, Hamish Macbeth remains my favourite Beaton character. He once again outthinks the brains of Strathbane Police as he deals with deaths occurring after smuggling is suspected off the Sutherland coast, plus the continuing departmental struggles between his superiors, with the help of a new sidekick. Priscilla and Elspeth appear briefly but Hamish remains a bachelor, notwithstanding the efforts of the ladies of Lochdubh!

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Synopsis is incorrect!

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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Great listening

Really great story and David Monteath reads Hamish Macbeth stories brilliantly. The description of the setting for the story really comes to life you can really see it.

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What fun!

This is my first Hamish Macbeth book, it had a nicely woven plot complemented by an interesting range of characters. Narration was very good. It’s not heavy fiction but a pleasant interlude.