When Scotland is hit by recession, police constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns. The quaint village of Braikie doesn't have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan's Wood, which was bequeathed to the town. The savvy local tourist director renames the woods "The Fairy Glen," and has brochures printed with a beautiful photograph of a kingfisher rising from a pond on the cover. It isn't long before coach tours begin to arrive. But just as the town's luck starts to turn, a kingfisher is found hanging from a branch in the woods with a noose around its neck. As a wave of vandalism threatens to ruin Braikie forever, the town turns to Hamish Macbeth. And when violence strikes again, the lawman's investigation quickly turns from animal cruelty to murder.
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by M.C. Beaton
"Enter the newest installment in the mystery series featuring Police Constable Hamish Macbeth, set in the Highlands of Scotland. As murders plague the village of Braikie and the Fairy Glen, Graeme Malcolm narrates with aplomb. He delivers the narrative in melodious tones and defines the characters with Scots accents and distinctive voices. It's bad enough that a kingfisher is murdered and hung, but when humans who are associated with the Fairy Glen begin to die, Macbeth must use all his wiles to find the culprit. As Macbeth traipses around the Highlands, Malcolm ably switches intonation and inflection. Macbeth is as persistent as ever despite continual interference from his superintendent. Listeners can jump right into Beaton's series with this volume even if they're not familiar with the earlier adventures of Hamish Macbeth. M.B.K. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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