Death of a Macho Man : Hamish Macbeth Mysteries

  • by M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by Shaun Grindell
  • Series: Hamish Macbeth Mysteries
  • 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Hamish Macbeth, local constable of the Scottish village of Lochdubh, tries to break up one of the many fights involving Randy "Macho Man" Duggan, the ruffian challenges him to a fistfight. Everyone expects Macbeth to take a beating from the man who claims to be a professional wrestler, but on the chosen day, Duggan is found shot to death - and Macbeth is the likeliest suspect.
The brutal Macho Man left a trail of fear and hatred in his wake, and Macbeth must find the murderer, clear his name, and restore his Highland paradise to its usual tranquility amid all the excitement.

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Not the best in the series--though still good!

Although I have never yet listened to a Hamish Macbeth story I didn't like, this is not up there with the top ones. Hamish, the only policeman in the little Scottish Highlands town of Lochdubh, tends to be a very likable and clever man--but not one who fits the police mold (according to how his colleagues view him). He operates much according to his own instincts and logic, and pays little attention to the rules by which investigations should be handled.

In this book, he finds himself on the "suspect" list, since he had the unfortunate poor judgment to agree to engage in a fight with Randy Duggan, a braggart and a bully--who was hurting people around him with his grandiosity. Duggan gets himself murdered before the fight takes place, but Hamish realizes that with everybody in town knowing about his coming fight--he is not only a suspect, but also has provided more ammunition for those of his colleagues who are delighted to think they have found a reason to get rid of him.

It's a typical Hamish book--and it is a good listen (though not the best I've ever heard). However, my problem (and it most likely is *my* problem) is that I had grown so very fond of Graeme Malcolm's narration of the series, that my ear is having trouble adjusting to the new replacement narration of Shaun Grindell. I don't know why, but I just can't stop yearning for Mr. Malcolm's delightful Scottish tones. I also don't know why, but in some instances, the Malcolm books are being re-recorded. I only discovered this when I inadvertently purchased a duplicate one, thinking it was a book I had not yet read.

Having said all that, and even if it sounds like I'm complaining, I still enjoy the Hamish books--they are delightful to listen to, a fun read and I never grow tired of them. I do recommend this book--even with it being not the best--it remains a delightful read.
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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 spoiled by poor choice of narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Terrible Scottish accent and unable to carry voices distinct enough for recognizing each character


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- Joan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.