Saturday, July 4, 2009

Review: Death of a Village by M.C. Beaton (Hamish Macbeth #19)

Intent on having a quiet time by just sitting in a deck chair in his garden, Hamish Macbeth is quite disturbed when a very agitated Elspeth Grant, Lochdubh's local reporter and astrologer, arrives. It seems that three citizens of nearby Stoyre have moved to Lochdubh - but they are quite unwilling to offer Elspeth any facts as to why, causing the reporter in her to suspect they were frightened out of their former village. So now it's up to constable Hamish Macbeth to step into the case and take a small trip to investigate the goings-on in Stoyre. After many frights and dangers, Hamish soon discovers that a sunken German ship from World War I and its cache of gold bullion are the key to solving the strange demise of the once lively village.

This was the unabridged audiobook on CD edition (6 CDs/5.25 hours).

I really enjoyed this one! The new characters are very entertaining. I quite enjoyed Anna and Charlie's antics at the nursing home and Elspeth is growing on me. She's certainly infinitely better than Priscilla! It will be interesting to see how things progress between Elspeth and Hamish.

This one gets seven stars. It was an interesting mystery and totally different, but really quite dark. The reader, Graeme Malcom did a good job with the reading, as usual.

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆


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