Death of a Travelling Man (Hamish Macbeth, Book 9)
My resources are limited and I expected better. Another great story, and narration - the reader represents the characters and their relationships well and all in all this is an excellent listen. By: M. Narrated by: David Monteath.
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Series: Hamish Macbeth Mysteries , Book 9. Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins. What members say Average Customer Ratings Overall. Amazon Reviews.
No Reviews are Available. To be fair, I've tried only a single Raisin and a couple of Macbeths one of which was in rather curious English and may have been by a different author. I think my problem is less with the comfiness, more with the humor. The kind of humor that inspires me in comfies is subversive, either where mainstream comfies introduce satirical elements e.
Death of a Travelling Man
In the Beaton novels that I've read -- and, to restress, this is a very small sample -- the humor has been every bit as cumphe and self-satisfied as the book as a whole. Obviously Beaton's books appeal to vast numbers of readers, and all strength to her that this should be so; I'm just rather self-indulgently explaining hey! Yes, from what I've read there does seem a kind of complacency about the books that's reflected in Beaton's comments about "political correctness. Even on gender relations her women always seem to be chasing after Hamish.
Hamish Macbeth Mystery: Death of a Travelling Man by M. C. Beaton (1993, Hardcover)
They don't really seem happy in their careers. Of course I have a ways to go with the series, so I may be missing something here. Her attitude to cities seems to be more disgust than sympathy. But this is reflective of the conservative, pastoral tradition in British mystery writing.
If you are interested in studying this aspect of British mystery writing, Beaton is a good place to look. And most of us as we hit middle age probably get bitten by the nostalgia bug in one way or another. I suppose for me she has succeeded in creating a "place" that I find interesting. LGBT characters who are fairly sympathetically portrayed do begin to pop up in the 00sa era Beaton books.
She's very curmudgeonly and, honestly, I find I enjoy her books more if I don't seek out her interviews and things because she doesn't always come across as particularly likable, but I don't think she's a bigot. Though like you, John, I bristle at her ideas of what constitutes "political correctness". Her books have a lot of charm and verve.
I don't really read them for intricate mystery plotting - it's more to relax with something that really demands nothing of the reader. Yes, I know what you mean, Kacper, I find them relaxing too and I do find them addictive, like salted peanuts. Though when I eat too many salted peanuts, I'm like, ugh, why did you just do that!
Death of a Travelling Man: Hamish Macbeth, Book 9 (Unabridged) on Apple Books
Hamish smells trouble, and he's right as usual. The doctor's drugs go missing. Money vanishes. Neighbors suddenly become unneighborly. The tension only explodes after the itinerant Sean is found brutally beaten to death. Suspicion quickly falls on his girlfriend, but with nobody willing to talk, the canny Hamish faces the tough task of worming the facts out of the villagers.
As he uncovers a bizarre story around the murdered traveler, Macbeth knows he must find the truth soon, before the killer gets away for good.
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