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A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth Book 42) by [Beaton, M.C.]
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A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth Book 42) Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews

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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)

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'First rate ... deft social comedy and wonderfully realized atmosphere.' (Booklist)

'Befuddled, earnest and utterly endearing, Hamish makes his triumphs sweetly satisfying.' (Publishers Weekly)

'It's always a treat to return to Lochdubh.' (The New York Times)

'Readers 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 Journal)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2707 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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Format: Paperback
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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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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This is a very light gentle easy read, but with no murders for MacBeth to solve. Instead a woman's cat goes missing, some outdoor Christmas tree lights disappear and a young girl who seems self sufficient starts buying cat food when she doesn't have a cat.

Here Hamish solves little nigglie problems and organises a group of people from Lochdubh to go to an old folks home on Christmas day to do a concert for them.

Not seat of your pants read, but certainly a read that is in keeping with the festivities of Christmas.

Would recommend.
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