Hamish Macbeth mysteries are fun cozies: relaxing and easy with characters that are eccentric and unique, much like the setting of the Scottish Highlands. M.C. Beaton has created a whole series around the rather catch as catch can detecting style of Macbeth and gives us an entrée into his life and concerns with his pursuit of Priscilla.
In this story, we are faced with a game of clue: at least 9 potential suspects, a gorgeous setting and plenty of tension on the side between Hamish and Priscilla that just serves to highlight their own dysfunctional relationship.
Maria has matched the 8 into 4 couples, who instantly dislike each other. Not exactly a great start, but the arrival of her brash and wholly dislikable partner Peta manages to turn a bad situation worse. It is not a great surprise when Peta is found dead, with an apple in her mouth. Her behavior is piggish, so the setting of the body was particularly amusing. But, there are several potential suspects and Hamish needs to discover who did it.
Narration for this story is provided by Shaun Grindell. He has done the narration for all of the Hamish Macbeth that I have listened to and reviewed, and I couldn’t imagine another voice fitting the stories better. Smooth and clear, his voice is perfectly modulated in pitch and tone, and brings a touch of the character’s personalities in with his emotive emphasis.
In typical M.C. Beaton style, this is a story laden with characters that instantly give the reader a reaction: positive or negative. With clever and witty phrasing, sharply phrased descriptions and the familiar and near-lazy style of Hamish’s diction and direction add to the enjoyment of the story, even as the mysteries are fairly simple in their solution. The perfect story to accompany a car ride or a quiet rainy day, fans of cozy mysteries will enjoy this title.
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 4 Story: 4
Title: Death of a Greedy Woman
Author: M. C. Beaton
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Narrator: Shaun Grindell
Published by: Blackstone Audio
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 4 Hours: 46 minutes
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There's not a cloud in Constable Hamish Macbeth's sky, just plenty of warm sunshine and not quite enough of beautiful Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. But as eight hopeful members of the Checkmate Singles Club converge on Tommel Castle Hotel for a week of serious matchmaking, the clouds roll in.
The four couples, carefully matched by dating director Maria Worth, immediately dislike each other. The arrival of Maria's gross, greedy partner, Peta, kills the last vestige of romance. And as love goes out the window, murder comes in the door. Peta soon slurps up her last meal, and Hamish is left with a baffling puzzle: Who shared the fateful outing that left Peta dead with a big red apple in her mouth? Surely not of those singles...
A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.