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From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series... DEATH OF AN ADDICT: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery Former drug addict Tommy Jarret rents a Scottish chalet to check out reports of a sea monster. But when he is found dead of an apparent drug overdose, constable Hamish Macbeth suspects foul play. Teaming with Glasgow Detective Inspector Olivia Chater, Macbeth goes undercove From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series... DEATH OF AN ADDICT: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery Former drug addict Tommy Jarret rents a Scottish chalet to check out reports of a sea monster. But when he is found dead of an apparent drug overdose, constable Hamish Macbeth suspects foul play. Teaming with Glasgow Detective Inspector Olivia Chater, Macbeth goes undercover and dives into the underworld to root out a cartel secretly entrenched in the Highlands.


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From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series... DEATH OF AN ADDICT: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery Former drug addict Tommy Jarret rents a Scottish chalet to check out reports of a sea monster. But when he is found dead of an apparent drug overdose, constable Hamish Macbeth suspects foul play. Teaming with Glasgow Detective Inspector Olivia Chater, Macbeth goes undercove From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series... DEATH OF AN ADDICT: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery Former drug addict Tommy Jarret rents a Scottish chalet to check out reports of a sea monster. But when he is found dead of an apparent drug overdose, constable Hamish Macbeth suspects foul play. Teaming with Glasgow Detective Inspector Olivia Chater, Macbeth goes undercover and dives into the underworld to root out a cartel secretly entrenched in the Highlands.

30 review for Death of an Addict

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie Durnell

    Hamish Macbeth #15 is quite a departure from the previous Hamish books. I enjoyed the new character, Olivia, who is actually his superior officer, and someone different than old Priscilla as a love interest. I didn't care much for all the drug dealing plot but it was an interesting adventure in the Scottish Highlands once more! Hamish Macbeth #15 is quite a departure from the previous Hamish books. I enjoyed the new character, Olivia, who is actually his superior officer, and someone different than old Priscilla as a love interest. I didn't care much for all the drug dealing plot but it was an interesting adventure in the Scottish Highlands once more!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jerry B

    We’re not surprised at the mixed reaction to “Addict”, the 15th entry in the charming light mystery series featuring Constable Hamish Macbeth and his Highlands Scotland village of Lochdubh. Most all these stories feature an unusual murder that Hamish eventually solves, mostly through sharp wits and everyday common sense, often to the dismay of his police superiors who thinks he’s an unambitious dolt. However, the familiar townsfolk and places are thrown aside in this particular tale, as Hamish p We’re not surprised at the mixed reaction to “Addict”, the 15th entry in the charming light mystery series featuring Constable Hamish Macbeth and his Highlands Scotland village of Lochdubh. Most all these stories feature an unusual murder that Hamish eventually solves, mostly through sharp wits and everyday common sense, often to the dismay of his police superiors who thinks he’s an unambitious dolt. However, the familiar townsfolk and places are thrown aside in this particular tale, as Hamish pairs up with a female higher-up inspector, going undercover as a married couple to chase out some drug dealers. While spending several nights together in hotel rooms, they also pair up in other ways, which seemed out of character for both. And, uncharacteristically, the pair traverse the nearest big city, even other countries, posing as drug dealers in a weak attempt to fool some bad guys. Meanwhile, solving the addict's murder got hardly a mention; and a silly sub-plot about a religious cult did little but serve as an unwarranted detour. The trouble with a series with which readers “know” what to expect, is that when we don’t find it, some are pleasantly surprised and others are disenchanted. We per se are not tired of the “normal form” of these light-hearted tales and don’t want far-fetched action with new characters stealing the show. While not at all deterred from Beaton’s future novels, count us among the disappointed.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Yes, still 18 more left in the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    Death of an Addict is a different kind of contribution to M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth mystery series. Police Officer Macbeth's sleepy Scottish village of Lochdubh officially enters the present as drugs and drug-dealers enter in the form of a young man who comes post-rehab to Lochdubh to write his cautionary memoirs-& then turns up dead of an overdose. The police are satisfied that he died of an accidental od: except, that is, for Hamish Macbeth, who has a feeling something's not quite right. Thi Death of an Addict is a different kind of contribution to M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth mystery series. Police Officer Macbeth's sleepy Scottish village of Lochdubh officially enters the present as drugs and drug-dealers enter in the form of a young man who comes post-rehab to Lochdubh to write his cautionary memoirs-& then turns up dead of an overdose. The police are satisfied that he died of an accidental od: except, that is, for Hamish Macbeth, who has a feeling something's not quite right. This is the most police-like of the series that I've read so far but Hamish is the same lovable self he always is. There are 2 detective stories in this one book: one a police procedural/thriller that's primarily plot-driven and one a small village murder mystery (cozy) that's primarily character-driven. There's romance, addiction, recovery, drug-tzars, and, as always, descriptions of this village of Lochdubh that make you want to pack up and move there.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    I reach for a Hamish Macbeth book when I want to read something light and entertaining. This is the 15th book in the series and I have read all of the previous books. This book was just ok for me and perhaps one of the my least favorite books so far in the series. The idea of Hamish as an undercover International Drug king pin was a stretch for me. I suppose after 14 books the author looks for a new plot for her series that is different than the previous ones. The character of Detective Chief Ins I reach for a Hamish Macbeth book when I want to read something light and entertaining. This is the 15th book in the series and I have read all of the previous books. This book was just ok for me and perhaps one of the my least favorite books so far in the series. The idea of Hamish as an undercover International Drug king pin was a stretch for me. I suppose after 14 books the author looks for a new plot for her series that is different than the previous ones. The character of Detective Chief Inspector Blair who has always hated Hamish crossed the line in this book. It will be interesting to see where this character goes in future books. I imagine there will be little change and no consequences but will read on to find out. I will continue with this series because I like the hours of relaxing light entertainment they give me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Hanson

    Definitely not my favorite Hamish MacBeth novel. This book kinda turned him into both a sexist jerk and a pathetic desperate single guy. I thought Olivia was a nightmare and Hamish is starting to have a revolving door of women in these novels. I also don't think THAT many people would find Hamish weird for not wanting a promotion. That's actually a fairly normal response when people don't want to uproot themselves for a job. Pretty disappointing, but a quick read. Definitely not my favorite Hamish MacBeth novel. This book kinda turned him into both a sexist jerk and a pathetic desperate single guy. I thought Olivia was a nightmare and Hamish is starting to have a revolving door of women in these novels. I also don't think THAT many people would find Hamish weird for not wanting a promotion. That's actually a fairly normal response when people don't want to uproot themselves for a job. Pretty disappointing, but a quick read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Booth

    This was a good one! There was adventure and a deviation from the usual formula the stories follow. There’s a very funny scene where Hamish gets himself into an awkward situation that made for good comic relief. This book had you really disliking upper management, but cheering for the folks of Loch Duhb.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is an unusual book in the Hamish Macbeth series. Hamish gets caught up in a drug sting operations, going undercover as a married drug lord, wearing fancy clothes, traveling to Amsterdam, and basically getting out of his comfort zone. It wasn't my favorite of the series, but it was a fast, fun read. This is an unusual book in the Hamish Macbeth series. Hamish gets caught up in a drug sting operations, going undercover as a married drug lord, wearing fancy clothes, traveling to Amsterdam, and basically getting out of his comfort zone. It wasn't my favorite of the series, but it was a fast, fun read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This one really felt like Beaton was just tired to writing Macbeth books, but needed one to fulfill some contractual obligation. So she had this idea for another book and pigeon-holed it into a Macbeth story. Yeah. My least favorite so far.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Donna Radcliff

    Not my favorite, too much Miami Vice in the Highlands. Drug Lords, seamy big town crime. Not my cuppa.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karen Mosley

    Skip this one. The murder investigation was good, but Macbeth makes ridiculous romantic choices that ruin the whole story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I find Hamish Macbeth stories to be totally soothing. The characters are so fantastic and the murder mysteries always intriguing. This was another great story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    Enough already. I'm done with series. it just went to unbelievable Enough already. I'm done with series. it just went to unbelievable

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    #15 in the series, with Blair continuing to be obnoxious. Hope he tones down in future installments.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy Lee

    Way too far afield for Hamish -- judgy and trite.

  16. 4 out of 5

    writer...

    The Hamish Macbeth Mysteries #15 Author: M.C. Beaton Reader: Shaun Grindell Length 5.8 hrs • Unabridged ℗ 2014 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. Hamish uses his 2 weeks off the beat in the Scottish Highlands to pursue drug lords following the death of a young drug addict. Hamish takes an unexpected step into the drug world impersonating a druglord then realizes his need for department assistance to back his claims. A female Detective Inspector is sent out from headquarters. They head to Amsterdam, making ac The Hamish Macbeth Mysteries #15 Author: M.C. Beaton Reader: Shaun Grindell Length 5.8 hrs • Unabridged ℗ 2014 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. Hamish uses his 2 weeks off the beat in the Scottish Highlands to pursue drug lords following the death of a young drug addict. Hamish takes an unexpected step into the drug world impersonating a druglord then realizes his need for department assistance to back his claims. A female Detective Inspector is sent out from headquarters. They head to Amsterdam, making acquaintances and impressions that lead to deep and dangerous peril back in Scotland. High adventure ensues when their cover is blown and villains take the upperhand. Great twists keep the story moving to a satisfying conclusion and readers can look forward to more of Hamish Macbeth's Highland adventures. Shaun Grindell does an excellent job creating personalities for the wide cast of characters. His voice is age perfect for Hamish as well as his authentically portrayed Highland accent. Grindell's timing and speech rhythm is exceptional in delivering Beaton's wit and humour adding much to the enjoyment of listening to the story. Blackstone's recording is clear and uninterrupted . Appreciation to Blackstone Audio and Audio Jukebox for the mp3 for review. AUTHOR BIO : M. C. Beaton has won international acclaim for her bestselling Hamish Macbeth mysteries and the Agatha Raisin mystery series. She is also the author of more than one hundred romance titles and a series of romantic suspense novels, the Edwardian Mystery series. Born in Scotland, she now divides her time between Paris and the English Cotswolds. READER BIO : Shaun Grindell was born and raised in Southampton, England. His training includes the Calland School of Speech and Drama and the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in London. He has been seen on stage in London and Las Vegas and currently resides in New England with his wife.

  17. 4 out of 5

    The Flooze

    I understand from reviews that many readers are disappointed to find Hamish away from Lochdubh for most of this book. For me, it was rather exciting to see Hamish completely out of his element. Though we know he can charm and fib his way out of most anything on his own turf, this time we get to see Hamish rise to the challenge of a much more complicated investigation - one that costs a lot of money and manpower. He comes out of it with mixed results, the negative ones reinforcing that at heart h I understand from reviews that many readers are disappointed to find Hamish away from Lochdubh for most of this book. For me, it was rather exciting to see Hamish completely out of his element. Though we know he can charm and fib his way out of most anything on his own turf, this time we get to see Hamish rise to the challenge of a much more complicated investigation - one that costs a lot of money and manpower. He comes out of it with mixed results, the negative ones reinforcing that at heart he's always hoping for the best in people...and also that his Highland self is still rather old-fashioned. For anyone fearing a lack of village intrigue, have no fear. We meet some new characters from Hamish's beat and see more of the area he loves so well. Particularly amusing is an old Irish recluse who bitterly aids Hamish. He's abrasive in a delightful way, and I hope we'll see him again. Though we admittedly don't get a lot of page time with the old favorites, Beaton ensures that every moment at home counts - culminating in another brilliant example of Lochdubh's fierce (yet hilarious) loyalty. As others have felt, the only issue I had was Hamish coming off as a bit desperate for female attention. But it's a small quibble, and honestly: what lovelorn man or woman hasn't had their moments of oddity when faced with frustrating loneliness?

  18. 4 out of 5

    LJ

    DEATH OF AN ADDICT (Police Procedural – cozy) – Ok M.C. Beaton – 15th in series Drugs come to the Scottish Highlands when a young man is found dead from an apparent overdose. But his parents believe it as murder and ask Constable Hamish Macbeth to investigate. *** Although Hamish is brighter than he appears, the idea of him posing as a drug kingpin just doesn’t work. And the dialogue is weak in the extreme. It is extremely rare when a television series is better than the books but the BBC series of DEATH OF AN ADDICT (Police Procedural – cozy) – Ok M.C. Beaton – 15th in series Drugs come to the Scottish Highlands when a young man is found dead from an apparent overdose. But his parents believe it as murder and ask Constable Hamish Macbeth to investigate. *** Although Hamish is brighter than he appears, the idea of him posing as a drug kingpin just doesn’t work. And the dialogue is weak in the extreme. It is extremely rare when a television series is better than the books but the BBC series of Hamish Macbeth is. This is a very light series anyway, but this story was one of the weakest.

  19. 5 out of 5

    C.J. Prince

    Ah, if you're ready for "Death of an Addict", you've already galloped through fourteen Hamish Macbeth books. And if you don't know who he is, then go back to #1 "Death of A Gossip." Perhaps you'll fall in love with the lanky Scotsman with blazing hair just as I did. If you're in the reading doldrums, this series will sail you off to the horizon of the Highlands and make you smile. By #15, you already know many of the characters and it's like you've settled in a croft in Lochdubh (pronounced Loch Ah, if you're ready for "Death of an Addict", you've already galloped through fourteen Hamish Macbeth books. And if you don't know who he is, then go back to #1 "Death of A Gossip." Perhaps you'll fall in love with the lanky Scotsman with blazing hair just as I did. If you're in the reading doldrums, this series will sail you off to the horizon of the Highlands and make you smile. By #15, you already know many of the characters and it's like you've settled in a croft in Lochdubh (pronounced Loch do). The death? Oh, yes, the death is a murder or is it? The conundrum of a former addict who appears to have overdosed. Read on with Macbeth. No spoilers.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Hamish gets to go undercover to bust a drug ring...the murder in this "episode" seems very secondary, almost like an afterthought. Interesting story line, but not my favorite. Not nearly enough of the locals. I have really enjoyed this series overall though...light, quick, great characters, and Shaun Grindell is an amazing reader. Hamish gets to go undercover to bust a drug ring...the murder in this "episode" seems very secondary, almost like an afterthought. Interesting story line, but not my favorite. Not nearly enough of the locals. I have really enjoyed this series overall though...light, quick, great characters, and Shaun Grindell is an amazing reader.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Reads Books

    There's not really much I can add to a review of an M.C. Beaton book. They're my guilty pleasure. They're kind of fluff reading but I just can't walk away from Hamish and Agatha. The mysteries are always good and the characters always get into the funniest scrapes. Love them! There's not really much I can add to a review of an M.C. Beaton book. They're my guilty pleasure. They're kind of fluff reading but I just can't walk away from Hamish and Agatha. The mysteries are always good and the characters always get into the funniest scrapes. Love them!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mary K.

    Very Dark. Not the usual light read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nicole-Rose

    I finally thought we had it. In the last chapter, I thought Hamish was going to throw his cap in the air and start belting out the lyrics to "Rewrite the Stars" à la some Highland flavour of Zac Efron. There is honestly so much to unpack with this one. What looks like a simple drug overdose leads to Hamish teaming up with Glasgow Detective Inspector Olivia Chater to uncover the drug barons of Strathbane. Because apparently those exist. It's really obvious that Beaton knows nothing about the i I finally thought we had it. In the last chapter, I thought Hamish was going to throw his cap in the air and start belting out the lyrics to "Rewrite the Stars" à la some Highland flavour of Zac Efron. There is honestly so much to unpack with this one. What looks like a simple drug overdose leads to Hamish teaming up with Glasgow Detective Inspector Olivia Chater to uncover the drug barons of Strathbane. Because apparently those exist. It's really obvious that Beaton knows nothing about the illegal drug market. I mean, I also know nothing about the illegal drug market, but even to me these situations seemed completely asinine (someone that looks like Hamish walks into a drug syndicate and offers to sell four kilos of heroine and you don't check to see if he's wired?!) This would have bothered me if the novel wasn't already ten levels of campy, but this was sort of the icing on the Dutch lemon cake. Speaking of campy (and lemon), I can't even adequately express how trope-coated this book was, particularly where the romance was concerned. I love it, but damn. Ridiculously adolescent tropes in this novel include but are not limited to: 1) Being professionally obliged to pretend to be married to someone who you kind of hate but are attracted to. 2) Being professionally obliged to share overnight accommodations with someone who you kind of hate but are attracted to (because that happens…). 3) Being professionally obliged to make out with someone who you kind of hate but are attracted to, in order to reinforce the validity of #1. And of course the ending of this book is another great instance of Beaton's occasional tone disaster. I know serials like this one have episodic love interests that need to be… cast aside almost every novel, but Beaton seems to send most of them out in flames. And I'm not sure why. Also, I know they were caught up in murders and drug busts, but did anyone ever go back and pay that restaurant bill? If only Hamish had an extra fifty pounds to spare...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Burkhart

    An entertaining "who dunnit." Once again Hamish tries mixing work and romance while trying to solve a murder. An entertaining "who dunnit." Once again Hamish tries mixing work and romance while trying to solve a murder.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Hock

    Another very pleasant read in the Hamish Macbeth mystery series. I am thoroughly enjoying the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)

    Coyer Summer Bash This book really spiraled outwards. The main story is about a recovered addict who is later found dead of an overdose. While researching the case Hamish ends up posing as a drug kingpin. A little wacky midway through the story but well done over all

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    The murder plot was an interesting one to follow in this book. I do get frustrated with how easily Hamish falls in love. The way Lochduhb came through for him, and the way he in turn helped out with the loch monster gave me the warm fuzzies. I do keep reading these for the characters and the interplay of the communities.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kemp

    The jealousy of a colleague tries to sabotage a sting Hamish and a another officer are working on.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Picksy

    Well written and Hamish is a great character. Good description of the highlands. Good story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kb

    (2.5 stars) This is not a typical Hamish Macbeth storyline as we have come to know it, and the radical departure is somewhat unsettling. Through the course of this book we somehow move from the death of a former drug addict in a remote cabin, to a money-grabbing New Age cult, to underworld drug smuggling; and Hamish transforms from ordinary village constable, to masquerading as a homeless man living in his car, to masquerading as a drug kingpin. The drug story takes precedence and introduces us t (2.5 stars) This is not a typical Hamish Macbeth storyline as we have come to know it, and the radical departure is somewhat unsettling. Through the course of this book we somehow move from the death of a former drug addict in a remote cabin, to a money-grabbing New Age cult, to underworld drug smuggling; and Hamish transforms from ordinary village constable, to masquerading as a homeless man living in his car, to masquerading as a drug kingpin. The drug story takes precedence and introduces us to Hamish’s latest (temporary) love interest, Detective Inspector Olivia Chater, his commanding officer in an undercover operation which takes them from Strathbane to Amsterdam and back again, though of course they end up in Lochdubh for the finale. However unlikely, it’s still a fast-paced, enjoyable story (except for something stupid that happens at the very end). Here’s hoping the next one is more conventional.

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