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When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiancé home to Lochdubh, everyone in town is delighted…except for love-smitten Hamish Macbeth. Yet the affairs of his heart will have to wait. Vile, boorish Captain Bartlett, one of the guests at Priscilla’s engagement party, has just been found murdered - shot while on a grouse hunt. Now, with so many titled party guests as prime suspects, each with their own reason for snuffing out the despicable captain, Hamish must smooth ruffled feathers as he investigates the case…and catch a killer, before they fly the coop!

M. C. Beaton is the author of the best-selling Agatha Raisin series. She has also written several Regency romance series. She lives between Paris and the Cotswolds.

©1987 M. C. Beaton (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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  • mr kieran j murphy
  • 27-04-2018

A good story

Death of a cad is a good yarn and M C Beaton has written an improved book on her first Hamish McBeth novel.

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  • Kathryn McIntyre
  • 07-07-2014

Good yarn

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Step back in time to a gentler time. Hamish is fun and a cool guy.
It's a gentle romp.

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  • dub
  • 13-04-2013

A good, but not great, guilty pleasure.

MC Beaton books are a guilty pleasure; with the characters as well as the author stuck with 19th-century values and prejudices, it can be painful to read about such passive, stifled and outright caddish females, but the bitter pill is sugar-coated with the amusing but dedicated and thoughtful lead character Hamish Macbeth and the occasional lyrical description of northern coastal Scotland. The whodunnit parts are well-done although wrapped up a bit too swiftly, but this is rectified in some of the author's later works. The narrator adds another 1/2 star with a beautiful voice and versatility with British dialects.

Warning: Hamish Macbeth books are addictive! 3.5/5

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  • Cathy Swanson
  • 28-08-2017

Pure Joy

Yet again another thoroughly enjoyable read. A storyline with many twists and turns keeps the reader enthralled right to the end.

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  • Jenny Barnes
  • 09-04-2021

Too violent

I usually love MC Beaton books, the descriptions of the locations and the humourous characters. I often listen to them when going to sleep. This one was far too violent and unpleasant though, and actually stopped me sleeping - the opposite of the reason I bought it!

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