Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth is dourer than ever after losing both his promotion and his girl, the loyal Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. A trip to a charming seaside inn with his dog Towser is meant to raise his sagging spirits. Instead he arrives at "Friendly House" to find the ambiance chilling, the food inedible, and his fellow guests less than neighborly. There's an amorous spinster, two tarty girls, a retired military man, a secretive London family, and Bob Harris, who so nags his wife, Doris, that everyone wants to kill him. Then somebody does. Soon Macbeth is called upon to act-to dig into the past and deep into the heart to deliver something more daunting than merely the culprit: justice.
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by M.C. Beaton
"Hamish Macbeth needs a holiday. However, his economical choice in the north of Scotland turns out to be quite hellish and includes a murder--which, as a visiting constable with considerable intuition, he must help to solve. Davina Porter sparkles as she liltingly regales us with Beaton's keen descriptions of people and places. She would appear to be the perfect instrument for this Highland broth of a tale but for one thing: the labored Scottish brogue she uses for Hamish. For the most part, her characters evince a lilt readily identifiable as Scots. Macbeth, however, weighs in with heavy, nearly Russian, enunciation that makes a burlesque of that charming character. S.B.S. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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