Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth's life is going to pot. He has - horrors! - been promoted, his new boss is a dunce, and a self-proclaimed traveler named Sean and his girlfriend have parked their rusty eyesore of a van in the middle of the village. Hamish smells trouble, and he's right, as usual. The doctor's drugs go missing. Money vanishes. Neighbors suddenly become unneighborly. The tension only explodes after the itinerant Sean is found brutally beaten to death in his camper. Suspicion quickly falls on his girlfriend, but with nobody willing to talk, the canny Hamish faces the tough task of worming the facts out of the villagers. As he uncovers a bizarre story around the murdered traveler, Macbeth knows he must find the truth soon - before the killer gets away for good.
Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth's new promotion means more money, but it also means that an eager beaver of a policeman has been thrust upon him, interfering with Hamish's easygoing way of life. Fans of the lazy Hamish will delight in seeing him pitted against a zealous young officer while solving a disturbing murder.
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Short but fun listen - narrator is just fine!
As a Hamish Macbeth book, it is up near the top with all the others in the series. I own 13 HM audiobooks and a few on Kindle, because they had not been available on audio.
My fav is always Hamish. But the colorful characters that surround him, such as Willy and his Italian love, and the usual crew of Lochdubh (oh dear, can't remember how to spell it) inhabitants, make for such delightful, humorous, and, sometimes worrisome complications.
I know that this narrator has been panned by some reviewers. I have listened to 3 narrators for Hamish Macbeth novels and I personally find no objection to Shaun Grindell. He does a fine job making Hamish sound just as I would imagine him. Occasionally, rarely, I may get momentarily confused about who said what. But, in all honesty, if I am paying attention to the story, I can figure it out. Of course, Shaun Grindell's voice is well-modulated and mellow, so I often may listen at bedtime, and drift off to sleep to a HM audiobook. Yes, I have heard better narrators, for instance, Davinia Porter (spelling-?). But I like the pacing of Grindell's reading. There is absolutely nothing wrong with his narration. But, it may be that some people just don't like his voice, though I find nothing objectionable about it. He has a comforting voice and can express surprise or strong emotions withoout my having to turn the sound down or up (which, with some narrators-not in THIS series, annoyingly, I have had to do).
Of course! And, I re-listened to certain parts during which I had not been paying good attention the first time round. I like the narrator's voice and I like the way the novels are worded and their rhythm. Even hearing random sections is enjoyable after you get to know the main characters.
This particular book is shorter than many and does not go into as much detail and is not as complicated in the storyline as some of the others. That's why I gave the story a 4. But it is a fun listen. I listened while driving from Alabama to North Carolina. It could have had more descriptions and character development and plot twists, but it was also fine as is. Not my favorite HM book, but worth listening to.
- Sylvia "Armchair traveler"