Dearh of a Cad by M.C. Beaton

Dearh of a Cad by M.C. Beaton

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: #2 in the Hamish Macbeth series
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 1999 Recorded Books (Book originally published 1987)
Length: 5 hours, 56 minutes
Read by: Davina Porter
Source: Library

The Short Version:
Hamish Macbeth, the constable of a small town in the Scottish Highlangs deals with the murder of a guest at his friend’s home.

Why I Read It:
The first in this series was just OK but people I trust like this series and I like Davina Porter’s narration so I gave the second one a chance.

The Book:
From the publisher:

Independent-spirited Constable Hamish Macbeth, Lochdubh’s one-man police force, has his hands full as he searches among hostile gentry for the killer of a boorish house guest. When beautiful Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings home her fiance, a famous playwright, all of Lochdubh clamors to meet the London celebrity–except for her long-time friend Hamish. But the fiance is pushed aside when one of the guests, a widely-hated hunter, is found shot to death. Everyone is quick to point out it could only be a tragic accident, but Hamish suspects otherwise.

My Thoughts:
I had mixed thought about the first in this series. I liked Hamish Macbeth but there were elements of that book that reminded me of why I gave up on this author’s Agatha Raisin series. Enough people I trust recommended this series to make me give the second one a try.

I’m glad I did. I liked this one better than the first. It’s still a fairly average cozy mystery series in my opinion but it’s growing on me.

I like Hamish and some of the recurring characters. I nailed the guilty party early on in this one but I still enjoyed listening to it play out.

Davina Porter’s narration is a delight. Her voice characterizations and accents really do help me visualize the characters in my head.

I continue to have issues with Beaton’s female characters and how they seem desperate to find a man but I enjoyed listening to this book and will keep going in this series,l at least for now.

3 stars Rating 3/5 for the book

4 stars Rating 4/5 for the narration

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