Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Death Of A Celebrity - M. C. Beaton

Death Of A Celebrity
By: M. C. Beaton
Published: 2002
Audiobook Read by: Graeme Malcolm
My rating: Wonderful

I have come to love hearing about Hamish MacBeth's antics as the constable of Lochdubh! This time he finds himself under the scrutiny of a television show host who has no scruples about digging up scandals and causing someone else pain if it gives her the ratings she wants! As she is about to bring his dubious career down around his ears she is found dead! Fortunately for Hamish he escapes being a suspect but now he is faced with the possibility that someone he knows and likes might be a murderer! As he goes about his own brand of investigation he discovers a disturbing connection to the local horoscope columnist, Elspeth Grant. He also discovers he has a disturbing attraction to this same person and decides it's better to be rude and cold than to fall in love. He fails to maintain his hard demeanor and ends up spending quite a bit of time in her company. Fortunately for Hamish, she is a very astute young lady and helps him immensely as he struggles with the seemingly unsolvable case! Unfortunately for Elspeth, she realizes Hamish is never going to give himself over to her advances and she resigns herself to the fate of all of Hamish's many lady friends!

This is yet another wonderful tale in the long series of Hamish MacBeth mysteries! I have now gone through several and each one is just as fun as the rest! I love the way Hamish is willing to sacrifice his possibility of advancement in the police force in order to stay in Lochdubh. He loves his village and his people and cares deeply about what happens to each and every one of them. I also very much enjoyed the escape from CI Blair who is on holiday and is replaced by a much more likable CI Carson. Hamish is finally recognized for his skills as an investigator and if he isn't careful, might just find himself promoted!

I listened to the audiobook read by Graeme Malcolm who, as always, is absolutely wonderful with these books! I love his accent and am looking forward to many more hours of enjoyment as he narrates other Hamish books!

Overall, this is a wonderful book in a wonderful series! You won't go wrong with them!! :)


  1. Andy this is amazing that you can get through a book so quickly. I still wish that I could get my textbooks on audio... I haven't checked into it yet mind you, maybe I can and I'm wasting all my time sitting with a book in my hand. I take my books with me almost everywhere I go and when I get a few minutes I read. On Tuesday it was at the doctors office with my son, yesterday my other son went for a tooth extraction and there I was reading in the waiting room. I might just as well read, the time passes quickly and the reading is slowly getting done!

    Have a fantastic day!

  2. That's what I love about listening to books while I work. My days feel so much shorter! Most of the time I am doing pretty routine things that don't require a lot of mental powers so I can thoroughly enjoy a book for most of the day! :)

  3. I haven't read any of these books, but this sounds like a lot of fun.

  4. This book sounds interesting. I love detective books and appreciate a good book nod. There are just too many books out there to know which to try.

  5. No wonder you have no time for a personal blog - you read! What did you think of the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trio of books?

  6. Nancy, I think you would really enjoy Hamish! You're right, a person could spend a lifetime reading good books and not even scratch the surface! Maybe God will select all the good ones and have a huge library for us in Heaven! :)

    Hey Fiftyodd, I always think I'm going to write more personal posts but you're right, I just never seem to find the time! I've never heard of those books but I just put a hold on the first one at the library, they sound interesting! :) Thanks!