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Publisher's Summary

Mystery fans around the world have come to love police constable Hamish Macbeth - the red-haired, one-man police force of Scotland's Lochdubh. M. C. Beaton's splendid characterizations, vibrant local color, and wry humor are the hallmarks of this internationally-acclaimed British series. When the dashing Peter Hynd arrives in the backwater village of Drim, the local matrons overflow the town's only fitness class, and buy out the local store's hair coloring. Hamish isn't surprised that Hynd is soon missing, and a body has been found...until he finds the corpse is not the charming man he expects.
Can Macbeth find the murderer and the missing man, or will the dour, crablike men of Drim keep their secrets and commit the perfect crime?
Great Scot! Don't miss more of Hamish Macbeth's cases.
©1994 M. C. Beaton (P)1997 Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

Beaton's low-key police procedural [offers] an intimate look at life in a small Scottish village, striking insights into human nature, carefully detailed, highly accurate descriptions of police work, splendid dry humor, and a story that's as satisfying as a cozy cup of tea. ( Booklist)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Katherine on 12-05-12

How's that engagement going?

This was a predictable-in-a-good-way Hamish Macbeth mystery and Beaton handled the engagement with Priscilla well. I read a later book first, so never knew the story of how they got together and then didn't and both parts of the story were funny and perceptive.

I love listening to these stories between more weighty books. They are like a lighter 'cleanse the palate' sherbet course in the midst of a banquet. After a more intense book, I often don't know which direction to take next, but after a few hours with the residents of Loch Dubh, I'm all set!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Robert Trebor on 07-03-16

Wrong narrator

The story as all Hamish McBeth is grand; but the narration was poorly done. What were they thinking to have a woman narrator for a male character. It was hard to keep the characters straight as the voices did not change enough for each one and were sometimes mixed up. Love the books; but not the narration. Luckily the next one is back to Shawn who does a splendid job.

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