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M. C. Beaton , Shaun Grindell
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Feb 2014 Hamish Macbeth Mysteries (Book 11)
After his engagement is broken, Constable Hamish Macbeth is looking forward to rest and relaxation in the coastal town of Skay. But when he arrives at the somewhat dismal bed and breakfast, his fellow guests include the annoying Miss Gunnery, a London family, and Bob Harris, who so nags his wife that everyone wants to kill him. And then someone does.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482956330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482956337
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 779,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M C Beaton was born in Scotland. She worked for many years as a journalist on Fleet Street.

As well as the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, she is the author of the acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries.

She divides her time between the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely, and Paris.

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Beaton's Hamish MacBeth stories are always good, but the latest is a standout. The plot is even better than usual, the characters are more engaging, and even the mostly dour and serious Hamish is funnier and more likable than usual. (Booklist)

Beaton has fine-tuned her MacBeth series into something altogether winning. In this 11th entry, her plot is top-notch, a few somber notes demonstrate her touch for understated compassion and, as always, Hamish and his highland cohorts are lovingly rendered. (Publishing News) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The eleventh Hamish Macbeth mystery, beautifully republished with a brand new cover --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good mystery 18 Feb 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the eleventh in a series of mysteries featuring the detective work of small town, Highland Scottish detective Hamish Macbeth, P.C. In this story, Hamish sets out for a quiet (and cheap) vacation at the North Sea resort town of Skag. However, when he discovers the body of one of his fellow vacationers (a loud-mouthed nag of a husband), Hamish suddenly finds himself the prime suspect in a murder investigation. And so, with his faithful dog Towser in tow, Macbeth sets out to find out who caused the death of a nag.
My wife has been a big Hamish Macbeth fan for years, and she has now brought me into the fold. This was not my favorite Hamish Macbeth novel, in particular I found the ending sadly cynical, but I did enjoy reading it. I liked the setting and the characters, and think that M.C. Beaton is an excellent. So, if you are interested in a story set in modern Scotland, or just a good mystery, then I highly recommend this book to you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Macbeth takes a holiday! 19 Jan 2001
By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In "Death of a Nag," M.C. Beaton returns with her eleventh Hamish Macbeth mystery, and he is continuing to keep Lochdubh safe and sound. And the Scottish Highlands couldn't be in better hands! Aside from his on-again, off-again romance with Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Macbeth takes his responsibilities quite seriously (there are those in the village who think of him as lazy, no-good, and quite irresponsible for "letting" Priscilla go!). In this episode, Macbeth has taken off a few days
to "recharge his batteries," but, alas, the charming seaside resort (Friendly House) is teeming with the usual Beaton characters. Macbeth finds the company tiresome, the food inedible, and, sure enough, a body: that of one of the guests, a terrific nag. And who better is the suspect that the victim's wife, whom he publically ridiculed (and nagged!). Beaton makes sure that all of the characters are suspects (a "regular" ingredient of Beaton's works!), but only Macbeth is able to sort
out the culprit. Charming, easy-to-read, and worthwhile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to love Hamish! 1 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
I like M.C. Beaton's 'Agatha Raisin' the grouchy, feisty, middle-aged amateur detective, but I find the Hamish Mcbeth books even more enjoyable. If you want a 'serious' crime novel, look elsewhere, but if you are out for a lighthearted, often tongue-in-cheek whodunnit, this series is for you!
In 'Death of a Nag' we follow Hamish on a coastal holiday to get away from the villagers' disapproval of his break-up with Priscilla. But, of course holiday it is not - before he knows it Hamish finds himself involved in a case of murder amongst his fellow lodgers in a cheap, but sadly not cheerful B&B. Red herrings, side plots and human nature make for an entertaining read. And the ending is truly and wickedly malicious! Well done again, M.C. Beaton!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Light Read 1 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is only the second Hamish McBeth book I've read and I must say I shall be buying more.

If you are looking for a nice relaxing read then this is the book for you. Whilst this is a light read, it isn't boring and it will hold your attention.

Hamish McBeth comes through as a really caring character in so much as he's the one who suggests different things to do for the other guests and himself to do, and when everybody gets questioned after the murder he feels rather guilty in that he feels that the fellow holiday makers are his friends and doesn't like to see them go through police questioning.

It reminds me of the Agatha Christie books where the murderer is the least person you would expect it to be.

Good read will be reading more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another murder on holiday for Hamish Macbeth 26 July 2014
By YeahYeahNoh TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Following the break off of his engagement to Priscilla Hamish finds himself feeling somewhat rejected by the locals, so decides to take a holiday in a small town on the Moray Firth. At the cheap B&B he finds himself once again drawn into a murder enquiry, when one of the guests, a terrible nag, is found drowned with an obvious blow to the head having occurred.
This was perhaps a little different to the books before it, with very little movement in the story of Hamish's personal life, and more time therefore on the murder plot. As usual (so far) there are two murders. As usual, Hamish uses his laid back methodology and wide range of contacts to eventually work out the murder. That familiarity though is part of what is good about these books, they're like an old friend, and an easy comfortable read. This one came close to challenging that, and for once, it was easy to feel sorry for the murderer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER WONDERFUL COZY MYSTERY... 6 Mar 2012
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Poor Constable Hamish Macbeth, as if it were not bad enough that he has been demoted, his engagement to the coolly beautiful Priscilla Halburton-Smythe is over, and the villagers of Lochdubh all blame him for the break-up. In hopes of putting some distance between himself and the villagers' hostility, Hamish decides to go on a holiday to the northern seaside village of Skag.

Hamish decides to stay at the Friendly boarding house, which is anything but that. There, Hamish endures unpleasant hosts who serve inedible food, as well as a motley crew of fellow guests. Of course, this would not be a mystery if someone were not murdered. So, it is no surprise when one of his fellow vacationers, an unpleasant fellow who delights in berating his fellow man, is the one to meet his maker. Unfortunately, Hamish becomes the number one suspect, given the fact that just prior to the victim's death, Hamish had an altercation with him.

This is the eleventh book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring lovable Highlander, Hamish Macbeth. The book is also laced with sly humor throughout that is engaging, keeping the mood of the book light and highly enjoyable. As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery. While the mysteries are intriguing, they are the framework around which the characters evolve. With the oddly endearing Hamish Macbeth, the author has created a character that keeps his many fans looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars MC Beaton at her best
I have always read Agatha Raisin and loved this character - I never thought I would feel the same about Hamish but I do. This book was a joy to read and I could not put it down. Read more
Published 19 minutes ago by Mrs Jane A Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great book
Published 11 days ago by pos
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
I just love the Hamish Macbeth series and can't put them down. It is crime - my favourite genre - but with a humourous twist.
Published 4 months ago by Norma Rowles
4.0 out of 5 stars another enjoyable
enjoyable read. Slightly different to the others as Macbeth is in on holiday. I If you like Hamish Macbeth you will enjoy this book.
Published 5 months ago by charlie
3.0 out of 5 stars read her books in order
The book is intresting i think you need to read her books in order as they are not as good out of sequence you begin to see a repeating pattern in the storyline
Published 6 months ago by caroline jennings
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle escapism
The other reviewers have said it all - a cozy mystery with gentle wit and several plot twists. It was enough to keep me engrossed. Well worth a read.
Published 6 months ago by Elaine Tomasso
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
A lovely Hamish Macbeth tale, they all make me want to be up in the highlands. Nice gentle stories, often with a twist, nothing too horrid with good characters and descriptions. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mrs susan leedale
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamish Macbeth
I enjoy reading all of the M.C.Beaton stories. I have not read this one yet, so cannot comment, but I am sure it will as good a read as all the other books.
Published 16 months ago by Jan
2.0 out of 5 stars A New Experience
Death of a Nag This was my first experience of a book by M.C. Beaton, and possibly my last. The one thing in its favour is that it makes the reader keep on reading to find out... Read more
Published 23 months ago by George Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Death takes a holiday
Surprisingly, the nag of the title isn't a shrewish housewife, or even a race-horse, but the male half of a couple staying at a hotel in the sleepily boring seaside village of... Read more
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