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A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth 16) (Hamish Macbeth Murder Mystery) [Paperback]

M.C. Beaton
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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21 Oct 2010 Hamish Macbeth Murder Mystery
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'll 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 - 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 peal on the eve of Christmas.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing (21 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849015171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849015172
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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. --MyShelf.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hamish's toughest case to date - to bring some festive cheer to a town long dampened by the spirit of Scrooge. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, charming but hardly mysterious 29 Dec 2009
By G. M. Sinstadt 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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37 of 38 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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33 of 35 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read! 18 Aug 2013
By Swazzer
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twist and Shout 30 July 2013
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What a writer who can really send you down the wrong path and then shock you with a solution you never expected
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If you like Hamish McBeth this is a great read.
Published 2 days ago by Mrs T
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Published 2 days ago by Cleonile
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent thought provoking read.
An excellent story with Hamish up to his usual tricks and in this case pulling off a Christmas miracle.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Beach reading.
Published 4 days ago by Net
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Readable - but is not memorable. .A short story of the lead up to Christmas with McBeth - thats about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A HIGHLAND XMAS by M.C.BEATON
very entertaining and very good reading , kept me in the story in keeping with all M.C.Beaton books I have read
Published 1 month ago by charles r clarkson
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This story in the Hamish MacBeth series starts off quite normally but the story line seems to me to be swamped by a sort of traditional Christmas tale and it wasn't wqhat I was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wally
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful reading
An enormously enjoyable reading that satisfies the soul for gentle humour and joyful characters. The plot, though predictable, provides an uncomplicated platform for it all.
Published 1 month ago by pj
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
I like the Hamish Macbeth series of books, I am slowly working my through the whole series. They are light reading and entertaining, the mysteries are plausible without being over... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Colin Humpage
4.0 out of 5 stars Fab
really enjoyed this tale.Lovely characters with an enjoyable plot ,read the whole tale in one sitting and smiled the whole way through!
Published 2 months ago by Liz
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