Death of a Kingfisher : Hamish Macbeth Mysteries

  • by M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by Graeme Malcolm
  • Series: Hamish Macbeth Mysteries
  • 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Scotland is hit by the recession, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns. The quaint village of Braikie doesn't have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan's Wood, which was bequeathed to the town. The savvy local tourist director renames the woods "The Fairy Glen," and has brochures printed with a beautiful photograph of a kingfisher rising from a pond on the cover. It isn't long before coach tours begin to arrive. But just as the town's luck starts to turn, a kingfisher is found hanging from a branch in the woods with a noose around its neck. As a wave of vandalism threatens to ruin Braikie forever, the town turns to Hamish Macbeth. And when violence strikes again, the lawman's investigation quickly turns from animal cruelty to murder.


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Customer Reviews

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Not as Good as it Should Be

Would you try another book from M. C. Beaton and/or Graeme Malcolm?

I have read many of M.C. Beaton's books. I am not sure if I would read another Hamish book, though.

What could M. C. Beaton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This needed a more plausible story line, more deeply developed characters, and less hopelessness.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance is fine but not as good as some of the narrators of earlier books. The accents would often slip and the narrator didn't seem to understand the characters.

Did Death of a Kingfisher inspire you to do anything?


Any additional comments?

It may be time for M.C. Beaton to quit writing Hamish books, and this book has all the hallmarks of a lead-up to a sendoff. I would anticipate that the next Hamish book has him fading into the sunset in some way, and that would probably be good. The author seems to have stopped liking Hamish and the Highlands. Her stories used to make me want to fly to Inverness immediately and hire a car to drive all around northern Scotland. Now she makes it sound simply drug-ridden, depressed, and dumpy. I don't know if the author is deeply bitter or if she's just lost interest, but if you are a Hamish fan, you might leave off with Death of a Chimney Sweep.

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- C. Speer


This is one exciting but chilling story! It has the light moments of all the Macbeth books, but the bad guys in this one are truly scary. I was surprised that the author wove so many different characters and sub stories together in such a way that I was able to keep track of all of them. I'm sure the excellent narration aided with that. Blair is still the consummate jerk. Hamish is even more genius and ingenious than usual. And romance takes a back seat in this book. Did you know that fairies are not like little Tinkerbells but are supposed to be little dark men who are not necessarily friendly? Do you believe in them? You may wonder if they are real after listening to Death of a Kingfisher.
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- Sylvia "Armchair traveler"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.