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Publisher's Summary

With their engaging plots, mellow Scottish ambiance, and droll humor, the Hamish Macbeth mysteries always provide readers a bonnie time. The charming antics of their hopelessly unambitious and love-crossed hero have earned the series a dedicated following. Death of an Addict continues the Hamish Macbeth tradition of superb entertainment, with some fascinating twists. When a recovering addict dies while recuperating near Lochdubh, our red-headed hero suspects foul play. To complete his investigation, Constable Macbeth must leave his idyllic home and travel to Amsterdam to match wits with big-time drug dealers.
Fans will enjoy seeing a new, tougher side of Macbeth as he dons smart suits and falls in love with his gorgeous superior officer.
With her authentic accents and impeccable timing, narrator Davina Porter provides the perfect voice for this series' wonderfully quirky characters.
©1999 Marion Chesney (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Hamish's latest adventure is a wonderfully quirky, deliciously funny, action-packed mystery that's sure to delight readers." ( Booklist)"Beaton continues to make her hero one of detective fictions most agreeable characters." ( Kirkus Reviews)
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By Townsend on 06-11-17

Series takes a dark turn

Murder is not nice, but Hamish Macbeth is usually investigating the death of someone who, as the saying goes, needed to be killed. Not so here. You can write a nice cozy murder but a descent into the world of drug trafficking is bound to be nasty.

I have listened to all the previous books in order and this is the first one I didn't much care for. Most of it is set away from Hamish's usual haunts and so lacks the humor of all the quirky villagers.

Davina Porter is an outstanding narrator and she does a serviceable job here. Still, I always feel that the series calls for a male voice.

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By Heidi on 04-05-13

Poor story line and pointless sex

What disappointed you about Death of an Addict?

The plot was convoluted and all about sex rather than about mystery.

What do you think your next listen will be?

not sure

What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

enjoy her interpretation

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Death of an Addict?

most of the sex scenes

Any additional comments?

the book lost its focus early and never regained it.

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By Mary Carnegie on 05-10-13

Wrong narrator story OK

It's a shame David Monteath didn't record this book till after I'd got this inferior version. This reader is about as capable of reproducing a Highland voice as I (a Lowland Scot living in SE England) would be of convincing anyone I was a member of the royal family, circa 1950. Perhaps this isn't inappropriate, given that the author is Glaswegian by birth, but chooses to live in the Cotswolds and Paris, which suggests an element of exploitation of life in the Gàidhealtachd. I admit it is very difficult to perform multiple variations of those very distinct Scots accents with accuracy but this reader sounds like she's making fun of the characters, well beyond their eccentricity.
She'd have done better just to read the book as if it were the weather report, without any attempt to "perform", since she makes such a pathetic fist of it.

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