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....
"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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Same old, same old
To began with, I have read or listen to EVERY Hamish Macbeth mystery. My plan is to listen to one more book unless something significant happens in this book series!!! May I suggest any or all of the following changes in the series:
Hamish leaves Lochdabh - NEVER to return; he "does the dirty" with Priscilla at least ONCE; he moves to Edinburgh and becomes a private detective;
Priscilla moves to Edinburgh and opens a high-end brothel;
Blair dies or is fired and is sent to prison;
Daviot retires, dies or becomes Scotland's minister of justice;
Colonel Halburton-Smythe goes bankrupt and ends up working at the Italian restaurant; Elspeth Grant - Becomes a TV news presenter in Edinburgh, runs for office and becomes the next Scottish PM;
Nessie & Jessie Currie inherit millions and move to old folks home in Fort Myers, FL;
Jimmy Anderson takes Daviot's job, stops drinking and become an obnoxious holly roller; Archie Maclean wins the lottery and ends up buying the Tommel Castle Hotel (his wife takes over as the head of housekeeping).
EXACTLY the same!
Marion - get on with it
- Frank Aralis
Hamish is Still Hamish - That's a Good Thing
- Linda "snowbyrd13"