Thursday, November 13, 2008

Death of a Perfect Wife by M.C. Beaton

Village newcomers Paul and Trixie Thomas don't seem to fit in with Lochdubh's locals - after all, they're British and unemployed. But Trixie doesn't let that stop her. When she isn't pushing her Anti-Smoking League, vegetarian cooking, and birdwatching society, she is wheedling belongings from her new neighbors. In fact, her influence affects the whole community until the day someone silences her forever.

With some villagers quietly celebrating Trixie's death and many with their own reason to do away with her, Lochdubh's independent-spirited, one-man police force, Hamish Macbeth, is up to his elbows in troubles.

This was the unabridged audiobook on cassette edition (4 cassettes/approx 5 hours).

I quite enjoyed this installment in the Hamish Macbeth series. It was the usual charming setting with an interesting storyline.

Having just seen the first series of the BBC's Hamish Macbeth on DVD, I couldn't help but make comparisons between the two. I do like the DVD version of the series in its own right, but I prefer the books. The DVD Priscilla is a total bitch that I just want to smack, but Robert Carlyle as Hamish is quite yummy and they do seem to have him shirtless remarkably often. :)

But, back to the book. I really disliked Trixie and thought she got exactly what she deserved. And poor Hamish! I'm somewhat glad that he got over Priscilla, but it's also a bit sad. I'm definitely glad that Priscilla finally woke up to Hamish's feelings for her. The imagery of the two newspapers with Hamish and John Burlington side by side in her flat in London was perfect!

Davina Porter, the reader, was quite good, as usual. She doesn't go overboard with the character interpretations and has a nice, smooth voice.

This one gets a solid eight stars. I can't wait to find out what happens next!

Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆


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