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Product Details

  • Series: Hamish Macbeth
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446547352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446547352
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once again M C Beaton has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages. Publishers Weekly It's always a pleasure to return to Loch Dubh. New York Times Book Review Breezy fun. Publishers Weekly Explosive and engaging. Booklist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

M.C. Beaton lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. In addition to the Hamish Macbeth series, she writes the Agatha Raisin mystery series.

More About the Author

M.C. BEATON has won international acclaim for her bestselling Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries. She is also the author of over 100 romance titles and a series of romantic suspense, The Edwardian Mystery Series. M. C. Beaton lives in a Cotswold cottage with her husband.

Marion is active on Facebook using her most popular pen name, M.C. Beaton. You can find complete book lists, information on events, and sign up for news updates at her website, www.MCBeaton.com.

Customer Reviews

Once I start reading I can never put it down until I have finished the book.
chooky
It has too many plots and subplots, and it ended similar to a cliff-hanger television series.
Regina Davis-Sowers
I love all the M.C. Beaton books about Hamish Macbeth and this one did not disappoint!
Raynette R. Lawrence

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Laura M. Rowell on February 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is written much in the style of Death of a Chimney Sweep - the characters are not well written and seem shallow... if I hadn't read all of the previous novels I would have found this book mildly interesting at best.
What happened to the humor and the well developed characters that seemed to come alive on the pages? Alas, there are no where to be found.
The mystery itself was good, but not nearly up to par with the past books in the series.
I love these books and hope they are not taking a turn for the worse as so many series seem to be doing lately.
I will not spoil the story by giving any details, but I do hope we get the Old Hamish back, and all the characters who reside in Lochdubh.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By eccrudawg on March 4, 2012
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I must say this is the most disjointed M.C. Beaton I've read. In my humble opinion, the plot was sorely lacking, and it appeared some sentences and even paragraphs were just thrown in to make the book longer. It lacked continuity and at times I had to go back a few pages to try and figure out just what was going on in the story because it would jump to a sentence or paragraph that had nothing to do with what was going on in the story at the time. I quit reading the Agatha Raisin series about 6 years ago because the quality of writing (or editing!) had deteriorated and unfortunately this will be my last Hamish book for the same reason. So long M.C., thanks for your past works.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on February 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I usually love Hamish Macbeth, but in this book, he just doesn't seem to have his most loveable characteristics such as his usual sudden flashes of enlightment and his doggedness once he's getting close to figuring out the mystery, or his wonderful quick wit which I didn't see much in this book. The book isn't bad, but it just isn't what I have come to expect from this author. The mystery is actually pretty good, but Hamish seemed to be stumbling a bit. I like his new constable Dick. I think he shows real promise as a foil to Hamish's intelligence. I didn't care for how the book ended either since it left a lot of unsettled business which I know will reappear in the next book, and partiuclarly these two wicked characters which I really don't care to read about again. I didn't find them particularly believable. I will still read Hamish as he is still one of my favourite fictional characters.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ernie Wild on March 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
taken a turn for the worse in my opinion. This book and the previous one suffer from too many undeveloped characters, convoluted plots that border on the bizarre and are just too bloody. There are too many killings; you need a score card to keep up! The MacBeth books have always been fairly light hearted, with fun characters, a decent plot; just a good cozy read. Apparently those days are gone. I think maybe the author has just run out of good ideas. I'm no prude and if one wants blood in their books there are many other authors to turn to. I can't understand why Beaton is doing this other than just being burned out with the series. I know I'M getting burned out with the series!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sanjay Mishra on March 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
1)There is no story, and whatever pretense to a story there was, meanders away to some bizarre place and just gets stuck there.

2)There is not one character, new or old, that the reader feels for.

3) Hamish irritates...YES, he actually irritates in this one.

4) Did I mention there was no story? Don't even try to guess what is going on there because, seriously, no one in their right mind can.

5)The last third of the book had nothing to do with the first third. Really, it was as if Beaton forgot what she was writing....

The book is so awful that I had to write a review. I am a Hamish Macbeth fan, and this one broke my heart.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Lane on March 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Over the years I have read and eagerly looked forward to the next Hamish book. I am quite familiar with M.C. Beaton's style. For that reason i doubt that she wrote this book. She would throw in a Scottish word or spelling VERY sparingly just to set the mood. This book is liberally peppered with them. Her murders were sensible. The two murders in this book (one of a bird)are just outlandish. The characters are thinner than cardboard and many of the inhabitants of the loch are mentioned in a brief sentence or two. Hamish is acting like he is premenstrual!

Now I know that she has a couple of other series going so I suspect this was written by some editor from her notes. This happens a lot these days. Look at Clive Cussler.

If you are expecting to cuddle up a book full of familiar old friends look elsewhere.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Tankha on February 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I adore MC Beaton ( both her series ) and I was so excited to get my hands on this latest work by her
This is a good book- certainly very fast paced - but I miss some of the interactions with the classic Lochdubh characters
The mystery is a really good one - I will not give the plot away
But the mystery is only a small part of the charm of the Hamish Macbeth or Agatha Raisin series
MC Beaton may think her readers are bored with Jessie and Nessie or Angus the Seer
or the tweedy Mrs Wellington - but the truth is that we cannot get enough of them!
Lochdubh is a place I visit in my mind every time I read one MC Beaton's book
In this book - we just don't get enough of it
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