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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Audiogo; Unabridged edition (14 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161969932X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619699328
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 815,616 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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A dead witness. A forgotten crime. Hamish Macbeth never had it so hard as in this newest Highlands mystery! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'It's always a pleasure to return to Loch Dubh.' New York Times Book Review

A dead witness. A forgotten crime. Hamish Macbeth never had it so hard as in this newest Highlands mystery!

Morag Merrilea is working at the Shopmark Fashions factory during her summer holidays to earn some extra cash. But when the art student complains to Hamish about the theft of her sketchbook in the pub, he doesn't take her too seriously. After all, she had been drinking and can't quite remember what happened... and then turns out to be snippy when Hamish questions her further.

But then her body is discovered -- and Hamish is forced to investigate a crime where the only witness has been murdered . . .

'The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.' Anne Robinson, The Times

'The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series . . . beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations about rural life.' Good Book Guide

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cordelia on 3 Mar. 2013
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..I wasn't sure how well written this was. The sentences were short and not as usually descriptive I thought, as if an over zealous editor, edited too much leaving the bare bones.
Good enough yarn, but not the greatest book in the series.
I love Hamish, I really do, but there was something missing. The usual characters were mentioned,but didn't really come to life. It may be me of course.

Just read M CBeatons, newest very short story featuring Agatha Raisin, and that was surprisingly good, very short, but well written ( not the Christmas pudding one, off point I know, but worth a mention )
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mystical Mama on 18 Jun. 2013
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I was so pleased when I discovered the Hamish Macbeth series and have enjoyed following Hamish's adventures but the last couple of books in the series have been disappointing. I've realised that there's a similar plot to most of them and if you are a regular reader you'll know how the last couple of chapters will pan out. Hamish's love life is also becoming boring and if he ever does settle down it will take some convincing that he's found true love at last because he just seems attach himself to whoever is convenient at the time. M C Beaton is still a great writer and there are glimpses of this in her descriptions of the highlands but I'm afraid this series needs a bit of a shake up for it to get back to the level of the first stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tolkien on 7 Aug. 2013
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I enjoyed the early books of the series very much. But have to admit that the quality of these later ones is not what it was. The series is in my opinion dying by inches, as quality is sacrificed for quantity.
Why cant he finaly get together with Pricilla and give us a credible ending before he draws his pension and becomes as unlikly as Dixon of Dock Green.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Schoolkeeper on 23 Mar. 2013
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Another enjoyable HMcB book. Have to say Ms Beatons huge output across a number of genres is beginning to take its toll on the standard and the ending was simply ludicrous. Not sure I will bother again. Shame because I've enjoyed her work on this highland setting until now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Ross on 22 Jun. 2013
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i found that this book was not one of m.c.beaton's best. the plot was a bit weak, the characters did not seem to gel as easily together as the usually do in her books and the romances between Priscilla and Elspeth were just that little bit too contrived
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2013
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An employee of a clothing factory at Cnothan disappears. She has reported to Hamish Macbeth that she cannot remember anything about an evening she spent in a pub and believes her drink was spiked. Even though Hamish hadn't particularly liked the woman he has to take notice when she disappears especially when the only possible witness has also disappeared as well.

Plagued by his superiors who do not want to upset their friends Hamish finds his investigations blocked at every turn and he is soon excluded from the investigation when two bodies turn up. Then he has a misguided idea to take the sister of a suspect out for a meal and he may just have made a mistake which will cost him his job.

I enjoyed this many stranded mystery and totally failed to work out who the murderer was. I felt it did flag a little in the middle and there were a few places where I thought the writing could have been better but it was still an enjoyable read and the series characters are always interesting. This is a must read for Hamish Macbeth fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Jan. 2014
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I'm not sure if I've read too many of this back to back or not but I did not find this or the previous book (Death Of A Kingfisher) as good as the others. The plot is still convoluted but not as subtle so instead of being kept guessing till the end it was all a bit obvious. I also felt the sly humour was lacking as Hamish gets grumpier and more self absorbed. It's still a good read but like Angela's scones it lacks a lightness of touch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By soniCaT on 29 Jun. 2013
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This book from a series that inspired me to visit Scotland was eagerly awaited but, as suspected, poor Hamish has his life tailored to fit the required length of the book - probably the necessity to provide one of these a year. Love Sonsie and Lugs but even they appear to be an afterthought and given the minimum of attention to keep them alive in the series readers' minds. My little group of Hamish fans (the books get passed round) were all of the opinion that, having waited eagerly for this one, we were all disappointed. This is one series that I buy in hardback for the beautiful Francis Farmer cover paintings so felt doubly cheated by the Scottish Viewpoint photograph. Fingers crossed that the same isn't going to happen to Agatha Raisin...
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