Death of a Gentle Lady : Hamish Macbeth Mysteries

  • by M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by Graeme Malcolm
  • Series: Hamish Macbeth Mysteries
  • 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Gentle by name, gentle by nature. Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores elderly Mrs. Gentle - everyone but Hamish Macbeth, that is. Hamish thinks the gentle lady is quite sly and vicious, and the citizens of Lochdubh think he is overly cranky. Perhaps it's time for him to get married, they say. But who has time for marriage when there's a murder to be solved? When Mrs. Gentle dies under mysterious circumstances, the town is shocked and outraged. Chief Detective Inspector Blair suspects members of her family, but Hamish Macbeth thinks there's more to the story, and begins investigating the truth behind this lady's gentle exterior.

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What the Critics Say

"Malcolm's polished delivery meshes perfectly with the dialogue, small-town setting, and the atmosphere." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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This is just a great story

Hamish is a great character. Nothing like the normal hero, he's just a guy doing the best he can despite all the problems tossed at him by the people around him. I can believe that these are real people, and have real emotions. And it's very funny. I highly recommend it.
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- W Barry McCue

Best narrator for a really good series!

I love the Hamish MacBeth series. Always a fun listen, but especially when Graeme Malcolm is narrating. (He is not the only narrator in this long set of stories).

Hamish is a simple (but not simple-minded!) constable in a tiny Scottish village. He has consistently refused promotions because he loves the town and its inhabitants. He and his pets happily live in the police station, and he loves his job. But not everybody on the force likes him, and in addition to the usual good murder mystery, this book has a lot of focus on one senior police member who would love to see him gone--permanently, even fatally.

So Hamish is more or less coping with two situations here. The death of a couple of people and the background story of his superior trying to get rid of him.

These books are filled with good stories, well-developed characters and a lot of wit. And unlike many series, over time I've listened to all of them out of order, and never felt any problems. It's probably better to read them from the beginning first, but I think not absolutely necessary. If you want something light, fun and a good mystery, I recommend this book and the whole series.
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- Kathi "Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.