Saturday, July 11, 2009

Review: Death of a Poison Pen by M.C. Beaton (Hamish Macbeth #20)

Poison pen letters lead to murder in this new Hamish Macbeth mystery from M.C. Beaton. When the townspeople of Lochdubh begin receiving poison pen letters, no one takes them very seriously, even if they are full of wild accusations. But Hamish fears that they might lead to something deadly. His instincts prove correct when the town's postmistress is found hanging from a rope with a poison pen letter at her feet. Though it appears to be a suicide, Hamish suspects something more sinister. Attempting to trace the letters, the last thing Hamish needs is any distractions, but soon Jenny Ogilvie arrives in Lochdubh determined to seduce him. Realizing that she is unable to take Hamish's mind off his case, Jenny decides to do a little investigating of her own. Now, Hamish finds himself in a race to solve the mystery of the poison pen letters before someone else dies, including one likely target - Jenny.

This was the unabridged audiobook on CD edition (5 CDs/5 hours).

Elspeth is really growing on me. She's such a great addition to the cast! She and Hamish are great together and it will be interesting to see what happens next with them.

Pat and Jenny were annoying, but Jenny was just marginally better. Pat was just a real piece of work! I'm glad karma came back to bite him in the butt and he got what he deserved!

My favorite quote of the book was Hamish's musings on animal documentaries where the show follows an animal struggling to survive and you just know all along that they won't make it. Too perfect!

"So, in all, he found an animal documentary as much fun as a snuff movie."

This one gets seven stars. It was beautifully fast at just 5 discs. Graeme Malcolm did a good job, as usual, with the reading. I'm certainly looking forward to the next in the series!

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆


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