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Shaun Grinnell ' s lively performance with the lilting Scottish brogue I am used to really made this particular outing of Hamish Macbeth entertaining. Hamish sorting out the tangles in this Highland mystery was a headshaker for one who likes to hold the threads if the plot in their mind.
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It is always a pleasure and delight to listen to a Hamish MacBeth story. (In fact, I save them up for special listening times). Hamish is a Highlander who seems to resist any attempt at promotion from his modest village job as constable (because he loves his simple life as it is, and doesn't want to complicate it).
In this story, he awakens one day with a terrible toothache--and in his efforts to get it dealt with quickly, he winds up going to Dr. Gilchrist, a dentist who has a reputation for not doing very good dental work--but he's cheap, and also Hamish can be seen quickly.
Upon his arrival, he finds the dentist--murdered--and so the investigation begins. Those above him don't really ever want Hamish's help on their police work--they look down on him, and never value his contributions. So, as usual, he moseys along at his own pace, working in the quiet background, to put the pieces together (as he usually does) despite their efforts to keep him away.
I've never heard a single one of these books that I didn't love. But this one was a little confusing with a lot of characters. Not enough to take away stars--they are all really fun (and often funny). But I didn't think this was the best in the entire series.There are a couple of particularly funny scenes with the minister's wife--among others, that make up for other things in this book.
Shaun Grindell is one of the two narrators who have read these books. I like them both in different ways--but Grindell has a lovely rich brogue that makes the books sound even more authentic. I occasionally have to listen hard to understand all the words--but that is not a criticism. It's part of what draws the listener more deeply into the rich atmosphere that M C Beaton paints with this series.
Another nice thing about these books--is that, even though characters move and change over time, it is easy to listen to the books in any order, without being too confused, or having situations from earlier stories revealed.
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