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A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth) [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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In dark, wintry Lochdubh, Christmas Cheer is about as welcome as a flat tyre on a deserted road. The Calvinist element in town has always resisted what they view as secular frivolity, so for most of the townsfolk there will be no carols, feasting, gifts or even whisky on Christmas Day!And for PC Hamish Macbeth there's no holiday from crime he finds himself hunting for a missing cat belonging to a lonely spinster. Curt and unfriendly, the woman is convinced her pet has been stolen but once behind her heavily-bolted door, Hamish can spot her true problem is she lives in fear, though of who or what he cannot guess.Then someone steals a Christmas tree and lights from the nearby village of Cnothan. So it is up to Hamish to sort all these problems out and he had better do it quickly, for the church bells will soon be tolling on the eve of Christmas.Praise for the Hamish Macbeth series:First rate deft social comedy and wonderfully realized atmosphere. Booklist's always a treat to return to Lochdubh. New York TimesReaders will enjoy the quirks and unique qualities of the cast Beaton catches the beauty of the area's natural geography and succinctly describes its distinct flavour. Library JournalBefuddled, earnest and utterly endearing, Hamish makes his triumphs sweetly satisfying. Publishers Weekly

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Just the sort of thing that fits the bill at Christmas, a heart-warming simple tale about what the festive season really ought to be about. (

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A special Christmas standalone story for all fans of Hamish Macbeth. And it could be Hamish's toughest case - to bring some festive cheer to a town long dampened by the spirit of Scrooge.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9319 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (5 Nov. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002YI8Y9A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,078 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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M C Beaton was born in Scotland. She worked for many years as a journalist on Fleet Street.

As well as the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, she is the author of the acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries.

She divides her time between the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely, and Paris.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, charming but hardly mysterious 29 Dec. 2009
By Gs-trentham VINE VOICE
My introduction to M C Beaton and her PC Hamish Macbeth. A missing cat, a stolen Christmas tree, a reclusive widow, an over-expectant school teacher, an officious Inspector, Calvinist parents, the residents of an old people's home - all are ingredients of a story told in (welcome) large type in just 164 pages. Easy to distinguish between the goodies and the baddies and to be charmed by the occasional conversion.

For hard-boiled mystery and detection it would be better to seek elsewhere. For an easy, undemanding holiday snack - recommended.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not so Silent Night in Lochdubh! 29 Mar. 2000
By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE
M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series takes a holiday in "A Highland Christmas"! And for her fans, naturally, it's a good read: full of the Christmas spirit in everyway, from the local Grinches, Scrooges, and other no-good-niks, to Lockdubh's own angels with their own Spirits of Christmas presents! It's full of holiday cheer and joy, to offset the negative side of the season.
Someone has stolen the Christmas lights! The villagers are in an uproar and naturally our Hamish, the local bobby of Lochdubh, is called upon to solve the crime. The book is a "feel good" read, rather short, but still it holds the interest of Ms Beaton's fans. Naturally, Hamish has ANOTHER love interest. Will it be a lasting one?
So--deck the halls with boughs of holly, trim the tree, pour a delicous glass of pure Highland malt (neat, of course), and be prepared for a nice read. Happy Hols!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite! 2 Jun. 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the sixteenth in a series of mysteries featuring the detective work of small town, Highland Scottish detective Hamish Macbeth, P.C. It's Christmas time, but there is no rest for Hamish Macbeth. When a mean old woman from outside of town insists that her cat was stolen, Hamish begins to investigate. And then, he begins to wonder why the woman is so mean and lives a fearful and solitary life behind locked doors. A second mystery materializes when the Christmas decorations for a neighboring town are stolen. For Hamish this is a Christmas of finding things that were lost (sometimes a long time ago), and finding new friends.
My wife introduced me to Hamish Macbeth and made a fan of me. Although there are no murders, this is a great book, with an interesting storyline, setting and characters. (Sherlock Holmes stories rarely revolved around murders, as I recall.) I really enjoyed this book, and proudly proclaim it my favorite so far. If you are interested in a story set in modern Scotland, or just a good mystery, then I highly recommend this book to you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
In this, the sixteenth book in a delightful series of cozy mysteries, the author returns to those elements that makes this series so addictive. It should be noted, however, that the book is decidedly shorter in length than usual, and the type face used is much larger. Even with the larger typeface, the story runs only about one hundred in thirty one pages, almost more of a novella than a novel.

That being said, this slim tome is an enjoyable read, despite the fact that there are no murders involved. Instead, the mystery involves a relatively minor crime, but this slight change in the author's formula does not serve to mar the reader's enjoyment of this book. The author serves up a heartwarming holiday tale of village life in northern Scotland with our lovable Highlander, Constable Hamish Macbeth, at its heart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not much of a story line 2 Aug. 2013
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A very bland tale without much of a story line. Not up to the usual standard for an Hamish Macbeth - a bit like the author has run out of ideas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read! 18 Aug. 2013
By Swazzer
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I have always been a fan of Hamish so I may be biased, this was the first of the actual books that I had read and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I think I read it in one long sitting!! It's gentle and amusing, not action packed but just the thing after a busy day at work to unwind to. My only criticism would be that it was too short and left me quite sad when it was finished!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth) 14 Aug. 2013
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Very enjoyable and easy to read. Would recommend these books, the characters are very lifelike and feel like old friends when you are reading other books in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ho ho ho! 27 April 2013
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There's certain things you just have to partake of at Christmas - mince pies, copious amounts of turkey & alcohol, the Snowman & Father Ted. I like to read a few 'Christmas' stories to add flavour to mine - starting off with the classic A Christmas Carol (& I usually watch the Muppets version to round it off!). So I choose this book as a new addition to my Xmas run-in. At first I felt it was so totally un-Christmassy with no-one but Hamish having any Christmas spirit and was about to put it to one side. But I persevered & was so glad I did, because it turns into a enjoyable feel-good Xmas tale. Of course its simplistic and straight-forward and easy to read, but isn't that just what you want & why we end up watching syrup like Miracle on 34th Street and Elf?! Exactly what I wanted a Yuletide yarn - not a classic but definitely a good wheeze that's on my pile of reading for next December.
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