Death of an Outsider by M.C. Beaton, Narrated by Shaun Grindell
Genre: Crime Fiction
Series: #3 in the Hamish Macbeth series
Publication Date: 1988 for the book, 2013 for this audio edition
Length: 4 hours, 54 minutes
Read by: Shaun Grindell
From the publisher:
The most hated man in the most dour town in Scotland is sleeping with the fishes, or more accurately, has been dumped into a tank filled with crustaceans. All that remains of the murdered victim are his bones. But once the lobsters have been shipped off to Britain’s best restaurants, the whole affair quickly lands on the plate of Constable Hamish Macbeth.
Exiled to the dreary outpost of Cnothan, Macbeth sorely misses his beloved Lochdubh, but before he can head back home he must first contend with a detective chief inspector who wants the murder hushed up, a dark-haired lassie who is out to seduce him, and a killer who has made mincemeat of his last victim – and will no doubt strike again.
I enjoy this light series featuring small town Constable Hamish Macbeth set in Scotland. In this one Hamish leaves his hometown to cover for the vacation of their police sergeant.
Hamish hated change almost as much as he hated work.
It’s a typical setup when the outsider no one likes is murdered, and everyone in town seems to be a suspect. Not exactly probable but the books are fun and fairly short so I like them when I want something in between longer or more intense audiobooks.
The first two I listened to were narrated by Davina Porter and while I love her narration and she’s perfect for books set in Scotland I was actually quite happy with the change to Shaun Grindell as the narrator for this one. He’s equally as good with the accents and voice characterizations but for me he seemed a better fit for the series. Even though the books aren’t told from Hamish’s viewpoint I like the male narrator better for a book that is so focused around a male character.
Rating 3/5 for the book
Rating 4/5 for the narration