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  • Location: Sutherland, Plockton, Lochdubh

Death of a Perfect Wife (Hamish Macbeth 4)

Death of a Perfect Wife   (Hamish Macbeth 4)

Why a Booktrail?

2000s: Will summer be happy in the Highland town of Lochdubh this year? Not when the Perfect Wife gets her claws in..

  • ISBN: 978-1472105233
  • Genre: Cosy crime, Mystery

What you need to know before your trail

Hamish Macbeth is savouring the delights of a Highland summer, but as fast as the rain rolls in from the loch his happy life goes to hell in a handbasket.

The trouble begins when his beloved Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns to Lochdubh with a new fiancé on her arm. His miseries multiply when clouds of midges descend on the town. And then a paragon of housewife perfection named Trixie Thomas moves into Lochdubh with her cowed husband in tow.The newcomer quickly convinces the local ladies to embrace low-cholesterol meals, ban alcohol and begin bird-watching. Soon the town’s menfolk are up in arms and Macbeth must solve Lochdubh’s newest crime – the mysterious poisoning of the perfect wife.

Travel Guide

Hamish Macbeth country

Constable Hamish Macbeth lives in the fictitious town of Lochdubh in Sutherland, Scotland

“The Village of Lochdubh in Sutherland looked like a picture postcard with its row of small eighteenth-century whitewashed cottages facing the sea loch”

The perfect wife comes into this environment expecting to change everyone and everything – not the local produce for this woman, well unless it’s healthy version. And there’s to be no alcohol and the new thing to do is bird watching. Not sure what kind of Scottish village she’s been to before but the locals don’t like an outsider coming in and telling them what to do. She’ll not be heading to the  Plockton Inn that’s for sure.

The TV version

The series was filmed on location in the village of Plockton, the town of Kyle of Lochalsh and the surrounding area. The booktrail is a mix of the two.


Sutherland is located at the highest point of the Highlands. It’s a region noted for its jewel in the crown which is the fantastic Dunrobin Castle  – now this made us think of the estate party going on in this novel and well you can imagine grouse on the menu here!

Streetview Maps

A) Lochdubh or Plockton?
A) Lochdubh or Plockton?

Booktrail Boarding Pass Information:   Death of a Perfect Wife   (Hamish Macbeth 4)

Author/ Guide: MC Beaton  Destination: Sutherland, Plockton, Lochdubh (both fictional) Departure Time:  2000s

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