Death of a Nurse : Hamish Macbeth Mysteries

  • by M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by Graeme Malcolm
  • Series: Hamish Macbeth Mysteries
  • 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

M. C. Beaton's New York Times best-selling Hamish Macbeth series continues with a new mystery featuring Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman.
James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse, Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr. Harrison to welcome him to the neighborhood, the old man treats him very rudely. Gloria apologizes for her employer's behavior, and Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out for dinner. On the appointed evening, Hamish waits for Gloria at the restaurant. And waits. Gloria never shows up. Four days later, Gloria's body washes up on the beach near Braikie. Now without a date and without his former policeman Dick Fraser (who left the force to buy a bakery), Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland, and why, before the murderer strikes again....

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What the Critics Say

"Longing for escape? Tired of waiting for Brigadoon to materialize? Time for a trip to Lochdubh, the scenic, if somnolent, village in the Scottish Highlands where M. C. Beaton sets her beguiling whodunits featuring Constable Hamish Macbeth." (New York Times Book Review)
"With residents and a constable so authentic, it won't be long before tourists will be seeking Lochdubh and believing in the reality of Hamish Macbeth as surely as they believed in Sherlock Holmes." (Rocky Mountain News)
"Macbeth is the sort of character who slyly grows on you." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Hamish is Still Hamish - That's a Good Thing

I choose a Hamish MacBeth book when I want an enjoyable, humorous story with quirky characters. When a character named Gloria Dainty appeared early in the story, I knew I was going to have a good time listening to this book.

If you have read and enjoyed other books in this series, I believe you will be pleased with this entry.

If you are not familiar with the series, do not expect non-stop action, rough language, "edginess", or psychological drama. This is a "cozy" mystery that you can fall asleep listening to and not have nightmares. It will not get your adrenalin pumping. However, it may have you laughing.

Graeme Malcolm performance is excellent. He narrates the story well and lets the story be the "star."
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- Linda

Love a return to Lochdubh but....

Where does Death of a Nurse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top third.


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The office politics were interesting.

The ultimate resolution felt oddly unsatisfying.


Have you listened to any of Graeme Malcolm’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. A gifted reader who I always enjoy. This one is at par.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Case Closed?


Any additional comments?

I love the Hamish McBeth series. But they are beginning to feel rushed. She either needs to allow more space or cut out the lots of little mini-crises that blow up and are resolved within five minutes.

I wonder if the books are being ghost written.

This one felt "jolty" - like a new driver struggling with a stick shift, lurching from point to point.

I read the books because I cant afford to live or vacation in the Scottish highlands. Beaton drew some wonderful charachters that feel like old friends, even annoying ones. ("Annoying ones" echoed Nessie). I want to enjoy their company.

There's fragments of that in there, but its also increasingly formulaic... you know the outcome of Daviot, Blair, Anderson, and some particularly obnoxious or weak interloper the moment they step into the book.

I love the series, the village, and even the office politics. But I feel like what attracted me to Lochdubh in the first place is missing.

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- Lord Emsworth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-23-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio