Death of a Maid : Hamish Macbeth Mysteries

  • by M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by Graeme Malcolm
  • Series: Hamish Macbeth Mysteries
  • 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mrs. Gillespie is famous for being the best maid in the northwest of Sutherland. But to Hamish Macbeth, she is a malicious gossip who bangs around the furniture and clanks pots. When Hamish wins Mrs. Gillespie's services in a church raffle, he spends most of the day trying to avoid her. He doesn't understand how she managed to gain such a fine reputation. Then she is found dead, struck down violently by a metal bucket of water. Knowing Mrs. Gillespie's penchant for gossip, Hamish is sure she delighted in finding out her clients' secrets - which means that everyone whose home she cleaned is a suspect.


What the Critics Say

"Macbeth...remains as charming a hero as ever in this funny, unpredictable read." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Graeme Malcolm is, repeat, is Hamish Macbeth. While Ms. Beaton writes a wonderful story, my pleasure would be only half with any other narrator.
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- vancouverquilter

Lack of voices is problematic

I notice that the reader of this - Graeme Malcolm - has apparently done 25+ audiobooks, so I guess someone likes him, but I found this disappointing.

The Hamish MacBeth series is pretty good if you're a fan of the whole "unassuming/chronically lonely self-effacing Scottish detective guy solves murders which for some reason always happen within 50 miles of his house" genre, so the story's pretty good.

And the reader's voice - another reviewer mentioned his Scottish accent, which I like too - is good. However, he doesn't do a very good job of having different 'voices' for different characters, so when he's reading dialogue between 2 or 3 people, it's VERY hard to figure out who's saying what. It's not a disaster, but it did mean that at first I couldn't keep MacBeth, Daviot and Blair (3 male police characters) straight, so I was kind of confused for the first few chapters and didn't really get the characterization properly.
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- Sarah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-22-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.