I adore the BBC’s production of Hamish Macbeth, and was hoping that I would enjoy this audiobook as much, if not more. And it far outweighed my expectations. Hamish Macbeth is a police officer in Scotland, and with his little dog, he has settled into a comfortable and somewhat lazy life in Lochdubh. Pressed by his superiors to take position covering a colleague’s vacation in Cnothan, Macbeth and his dog relocate to the dreary town, where outsiders are often treated with less than open arms. He soon finds that he is not the first, nor only, new resident; in fact one new arrival made it his business to make life miserable for the other residents.
While Macbeth is a policeman, his success rate is due more to luck and time spent mulling over the facts he knows, rather than a diligent attention to boots on the ground detection. Even with that, his point of view is always well presented, the stories are engaging and the secondary characters bring personality and life to the story as they add up red herrings to keep readers on their toes.
Narration was provided by Shaun Grindell, and he is the first male narrator that I have heard for a book from this author. I enjoyed his narration: he didn’t struggle over pronunciation, nor did he deliver the story with any huge swings in pitch or tone, yet each character was clearly delineated in a smooth and non-jarring way. I thought his accent was delicious, and not distracting, nor was it difficult for a listener to grasp the flow of words.
While I am familiar with the Macbeth stories, I was not confused or missing parts in the book, however this is the third in the series and you would be best served for the romantic connections and to get a full sense of Hamish in his home space, by reading, or listening to these in order.
Stars Overall: 4 Narration: 4 Story: 4
Title: Death of An Outsider
Author: Marion Chesney
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Narrator: Shaun Grindell
Published by: AudioGo
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 4 Hours: 54 minutes
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Dreary Cnothan's most hated man is dumped into a tank filled with lobsters then eaten in Britain's best restaurants. Exiled there with his dog Towser, Hamish Macbeth misses his beloved Highland village Lochdubh, Priscilla, and easy lazy days. His superiors want the business hushed up, a dark-haired lass wants his body, and a killer is out for more blood.
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.