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Death of a Kingfisher


For those of us burdened by long commutes or other fiendish obligations that require our bodies but neglect our minds, unabridged cozy mysteries can help. They are often the difference between contentment and teeth ground down to mere nubs, at least in my case. A favorite series is mine is M.C. Beaton’s Hamish MacBeth books.

Hamish is the constable (bobby) of Lochdubh, a tiny village in Scotland. Lochdubh is the sort of place where “sheep in the road” is a frequent excuse for tardiness, and when Hamish tried to “tail” a suspect, the action was hampered by the fact there were only two cars on the road–his, and the suspect’s. Devoid of ambition and unlucky in love, Hamish is content with his Highland home and his pets: a dog, Towser, and a semi-feral cat, Sonsie. He solves crimes mostly by doing what cozy readers and listeners love best: interviewing the eccentric inhabitants of his rural home.


Audible.com is just one of many ways to listen.

There are over thirty Hamish MacBeth novels, all of which are available on audio. I have a subscription to Audible.com, but there are many other places to shop, including iTunes, or to rent CD versions, like Simply Audiobooks. You can see a comparison of services here. Happy listening!

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Author M.C. Beaton