There isn’t any great mystery to why I enjoy the Hamish Macbeth series: these are light and clever cozies with plenty of diversions from the scenery, the secondary characters and even the murder victim themselves. In this book, Hamish’s long-term flirtation returns from a trip with a new fiancé, much to his dismay. He has dragged his feet long enough, and she has found someone who will step up. When you add in a newcomer who is seeking to change how Lochdubh’s populace function, life is in total chaos.
Hamish is not fond of change, and even if there is momentary relief when this newcomer is found dead, he also needs to solve the mystery and see the murderer brought to justice. Again, there are so many unique and cleverly introduced secondary characters that keep the reader entertained and engaged. Narration, again by Shaun Grindell is well suited to both the lightness and the fun of this mystery, he has a delivery style that is not intrusive nor over-reaching, yet suits and enhances the story beautifully.
I would suggest that readers attempt these stories in order unless they are familiar with the television production from the BBC. The romantic thread does necessitate a linear follow, although the romance is creeping at snail’s pace. If you want a smooth and light cozy mystery – this is certainly the one for you.
Stars Overall: 4 Narration: 4 Story: 4
Title: Death of A Perfect Wife
Author: Marion Chesney
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Narrator: Shaun Grindell
Published by: AudioGo
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 4 Hours: 44 minutes
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Hamish Macbeth, the laid-back constable of Lochdubh, Scotland, has a new Land Rover to drive and a Highland summer to savor, but as fast as rain rolls in from the loch, his happy life goes to hell in a handbasket.
The trouble begins when his beloved Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns from London . . . with a fiancé on her arm.
His miseries multiply when clouds of midges (the diabolical Scottish mosquito) descend on the town. Then a paragon of housewifery named Trixie Thomas moves into Lochdubh with her lapdog husband in tow. The newcomer quickly convinces the local ladies to embrace low-cholesterol meals, ban tobacco, and begin bird-watching. Soon the town's fish-and-chips-loving men are up in arms.
Now faced with the trials of his own soul, Macbeth must solve Lochdubh's newest crime-the mysterious poisoning of the perfect wife.
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.