Hamish Macbeth Mysteries

37 books in series
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Death of a Gossip & Death of a Cad Summary

Death of a Gossip

When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joined the fishing class, she wasted no time in ruffling the feathers - or was it the fins? - of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue and unladylike manner was Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet not even Hamish thought someone would permanently silence Lady Jane's shrills - until her strangled body is fished out of the river. Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must angle through the choppy waters of the tattler's life to find the murderer. But with a school of suspects who aren't ready to talk and dead women telling no tales, Hamish may be in over his head, for he knows that secrets are dangerous, knowledge is power, and killers usually do strike again.

Death of a Cad

When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiancé home to Lochdubh, everybody in town is delighted…except for love-smitten Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet his affairs of the heart will have to wait. Vile, boorish Captain Bartlett, one of the guests at Priscilla's engagement party, has just been found murdered - shot while on a grouse hunt. Now with many titled party guests as the prime suspects, each with a reason for snuffing out the despicable captain, Hamish must smooth ruffled feathers as he investigates the case. When the hidden culprit strikes again, Hamish will find himself trying to save Priscilla from a miserable marriage - and catch a killer before he flies the coop.

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  • Book 1-2

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    • Death of a Gossip & Death of a Cad

    • The First Two Hamish Macbeth Mysteries
    • By: M. C. Beaton
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  • Book 1

    • Death of a Gossip

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 1
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 131

    When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joins the local fishing class she wastes no time in ruffling feathers of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue is Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth, yet not even Hamish thinks someone would seriously want to silence Lady Jane’s shrill voice permanently – until her strangled body is fished out of the river.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Light-hearted piece of Tosh.

    • By Julian E. Boyce on 21-10-17

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  • Book 1.5

    • A Highland Christmas

    • Hamish Macbeth
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    In dark, wintry Lochdubh, Christmas Cheer is about as welcome as a flat tyre on a deserted road. The Calvinist element in town has always resisted what they view as secular frivolity, so for most of the townsfolk there'll be no carols, feasting, gifts - or even whisky on Christmas Day! And for PC Hamish Macbeth there's no holiday from crime - he finds himself hunting for a missing cat belonging to a lonely spinster.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Nice, gooey Christmas listen

    • By Jennifer on 01-01-14

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  • Book 2

    • Death of a Cad

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 2
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiancé home to Lochdubh, everyone in town is delighted…except for love-smitten Hamish Macbeth. Yet the affairs of his heart will have to wait. Vile, boorish Captain Bartlett, one of the guests at Priscilla’s engagement party, has just been found murdered - shot while on a grouse hunt. Now, with so many titled party guests as prime suspects, each with their own reason for snuffing out the despicable captain, Hamish must smooth ruffled feathers as he investigates the case…and catch a killer, before they fly the coop!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good yarn

    • By Kathryn McIntyre on 07-07-14

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  • Book 3

    • Death of an Outsider

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 3
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    The most hated man in the most dour town in Scotland is sleeping with the fishes, or - more accurately - has been dumped into a tank filled with crustaceans. All that remains of the murdered victim are his bones. But once the lobsters have been shipped off to Britain’s best restaurants, the whole affair quickly lands on the plate of Constable Hamish Macbeth. Exiled to the dreary outpost of Cnothan, Macbeth sorely misses his beloved Lochdubh, but before he can head back home he has to contend with a detective chief inspector who wants the murder hushed up.

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  • Book 4

    • Death of a Perfect Wife

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 4
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    Hamish Macbeth is savouring the delights of a Highland summer. But as fast as the rain rolls in from the loch, his happy life goes to hell in a handbasket. The trouble begins when his beloved Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns to Lochdubh with a new fiancé on her arm. His miseries multiply when clouds of midges descend on the town. And then a paragon of housewife perfection named Trixie Thomas moves into Lochdubh with her cowed husband in tow. The newcomer quickly convinces the local ladies to embrace low-cholesterol meals, ban alcohol, and begin bird-watching.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fab!!

    • By rachel hudson on 29-01-18

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  • Book 5

    • Death of a Hussy

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 5
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    Maggie Baird is neither kind nor generous, but she is very, very rich. So when her car catches fire, with her inside it, there are five likely candidates for the role of murderer. All five had been houseguests at her luxurious Highlands home - Maggie’s timid niece and four former lovers, one of whom Maggie had intended to pick for a husband. All five are utterly broke and all had ample opportunity to tamper with Maggie’s car. So finding out, who did it will require all of PC Hamish Macbeth’s extraordinary common sense and insight into human nature.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Liverpool accent

    • By MRS L M POWELL on 11-09-18

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  • Book 6

    • Death of a Snob

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 6
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    When Jane Wetherby offers PC Hamish Macbeth a holiday at her "Happy Wanderer" health farm on the isle of Eileencraig, he is more than happy to accept. Unfortunately the visit doesn’t prove to be the pampering experience he had been hoping for. Windswept Eileencraig is inhabited by hostile islanders, many of whom would be more than happy to be rid of the Happy Wanderer and its proprietor. And the company at the health farm is hardly better. The volatile party includes an ex-husband, an illicit lover, and Morag Todd, an unadulterated snob who criticizes everybody and everything.

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  • Book 7

    • Death of a Prankster

    • Hamish MacBeth, Book 7
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    When police constable Hamish Macbeth receives the news that there has been a murder at Arrat House, home of the relentless practical joker Arthur Trent, he doesn’t race to the scene of the crime. After all, last time he was called to investigate a death at the isolated Scottish manor, the "victim" turned out to be Trent’s manservant covered in fake blood. Thus prepared for another prank, Hamish arrives to find that Trent has been most decidedly murdered and for suspects there is a houseful of greedy relatives, all of whom are more than interested in the contents of the will than the crime at hand.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoying this series

    • By Mrs on 03-12-13

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  • Book 8

    • Death of a Glutton

    • Hamish MacBeth, Book 8
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    There’s not a cloud in Hamish Macbeth’s sky - just plenty of warm sunshine but not quite enough of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. But as eight hopeful members of the Checkmate Singles Club converge on Tommel Castle Hotel for a week of serious matchmaking, the clouds roll in. The four couples, carefully matched by dating director Maria Worth, immediately dislike one another. And the arrival of Maria’s gross, greedy business partner, Peta, kills the last vestige of romance. And as love goes out the window, murder comes in the door.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I go to bed with Hamish

    • By mgmidget on 25-05-14

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  • Book 9

    • Death of a Travelling Man

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 9
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    It’s springtime in the Highlands but storms are brewing for Hamish Macbeth. His life is going to pot. He has - horrors! - been promoted, his new boss is a dunce, and a sinister self-proclaimed gypsy and his girlfriend have parked their rusty eyesore of a van in the middle of the village. Hamish smells trouble and as usual he’s right. The doctor’s drugs have gone missing. Money vanishes. And neighbours suddenly become unneighbourly. Nobody wants to talk, either, so canny Hamish faces the delicate task of worming the facts out of the villagers. In the process he uncovers a story so bizarre that neither he nor the locals may ever be able to forget it.…

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Query plot?

    • By Amazon Customer on 17-10-18

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  • Book 10

    • Death of a Charming Man

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 10
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    Now that Priscilla Halburton-Smythe has agreed to marry him, Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth can't imagine a more perfect life. There's not much crime in his remote Scottish village of Lochdubh, nothing much at all to do but fish, drink coffee, and slouch around. And now to spend time with lovely Priscilla. But his days aren't as tranquil as his dreams. For one thing, Priscilla's renovation schemes are driving him out of his cottage. Not to mention her ambitious plans for his career as a policeman away from Lochdubh. This might be a good time to find out why Peter Hynd's arrival in nearby Drim was causing so much trouble....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Answered all my questions

    • By Julie on 16-09-17

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  • Book 11

    • Death of a Nag

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 11
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    After a romantic disappointment and an undeserved demotion, Scots village bobby Hamish Macbeth decides a week's holiday at the coastal village of Skag might be just the ticket. He's dead wrong, of course: the food is dire, and the man in the next room nags his wife so loudly and continuously that more than one person at the Friendly House bed-and-breakfast wishes him dead, though only Hamish is heard threatening him. When this chap's body is found floating in the river Skag, Hamish is the prime suspect.

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  • Book 12

    • Death of a Macho Man

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 12
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    The unconventional Hamish Macbeth finds that his own impetuousness places him at the center of a murder investigation. Everyone in the Scottish Highlands village of Lochdubh called Randy Duggan 'the Macho Man'. Duggan went around the village and bragged about everything he had done and said he once was a wrestler in America and an explorer in the Middle East. At first his outrageous stories drew an admiring crowd at the local pub, but soon his bullying ways lead to anger and violence.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent as always.

    • By Cathy Swanson on 16-09-15

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  • Book 13

    • Death of a Dentist

    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    If you haven't already fallen in love with the internationally acclaimed M.C. Beaton, then this audiobook filled with her trademark wry wit and a wonderfully puzzling plot will do the trick.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great fun

    • By Intheamazone on 30-10-16

    Regular price: £31.89

    • Death of a Dentist

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 13
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    Just when Hamish most needs him - the dentist turns up dead... In Scotland, where thrift and a 'nice set of dentures' are generally admired, dental surgeon Dr Frederick Gilchrist's cheap rates and penchant for pulling teeth have gained him a clientele. However, wiser Highlanders (like Hamish Macbeth) opt to steer clear of this reputed womanizer's all-too-busy hands. Only jaw-throbbing agony drives Hamish to Gilchrist's surgery, but what he finds is the dentist's dead body - putting several angry husbands in the frame for murder...

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  • Book 14

    • Death of a Scriptwriter

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 14
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    Patricia Martyn-Broyd, now in her seventies, has retired to the Highlands. She hasn't written a word in years and her books are out of print. But now a television company is about to film her last detective story, featuring the aristocratic Scottish detective Lady Harriet Vare. Even better, a London publisher is bringing the book into print. Even though the snobbish Miss Martyn-Broyd doesn't care to mix with the locals she can't help but share her excitement with local policeman Hamish Macbeth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good listening

    • By Julie on 27-08-17

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  • Book 15

    • Death of an Addict

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 15
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    Recovering addict Tommy Jarret has rented a chalet to check out reports of a sea monster near the village of Drim. Then he turns up dead, apparently from a drug overdose, and constable Hamish Macbeth finds the lad's demise particularly fishy. Deciding to go undercover, Hamish infiltrates the local drug dealing trade. But his plans looks doomed when he's teamed up with a tough Glaswegian detective inspector named Olivia Chater, aka Concrete Knickers. For the Lochdubh lawman it would be equally dangerous to flounder...or fall in love.

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  • Book 16

    • Death of a Dustman

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 16
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    When Fergus Macleod, Lochdubh's abusive, drunk dustman is put in charge of the local recycling centre and is dubbed the 'Environment Officer', Hamish Macbeth smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus, imbued with his new powers, becomes a bullying tyrant and when his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one is sorry - including his long-suffering family.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By AnnL on 11-06-16

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  • Book 17

    • Death of a Celebrity

    • Hamish Macbeth, Book 17
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: David Monteath
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    Amazing news is spreading like wildfire across the Scottish countryside: the most famous of all Lochdubh, remotely nestling in the Highlands, is perfectly anonymous... until well-known TV reporter Crystal French races into town in her bright new BMW. And PC Hamish Macbeth, dourly wed to duty rather than the fiancée who dumped him, promptly gives her a ticket for reckless driving. Outraged, Crystal makes Macbeth's life a misery with a TV report on policing in the Highlands...

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