A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth Series)

A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth Series)

by M. C. Beaton
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A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth Series) by M. C. Beaton

M. C. Beaton is the queen of the cozy mystery with her series (called "pure bliss" by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution) featuring irascible Police Constable Hamish Macbeth, who roams the windswept terrain of Lochdubh, Scotland, with an intuitive eye for trouble and clues. In his newest caper, the lanky lawman must use all his Highland charm and detective skills not only to solve some mysteries, but also to bring Yuletide cheer to a town long dampened by religious piety.

In the dark, wintry highlands of Lochdubh, Scotland, the spirit of Old St. Nick is about as welcome as a flat tire on a deserted road. The Calvinist element in Lochdubh has always resisted what they view as the secular trimmings of the holiday, so for most of the townspeople, there's no pudding, carols, banquets, gifts, or even whisky for Christmas.

Nor is crime taking a holiday, as Hamish soon finds himself looking for a missing cat belonging to a lonely spinster. Confrontational and curt, the unfriendly woman insists her pet was stolen. Looking into her eyes behind her heavily bolted door, Hamish can see her true problem-she lives in great fear...but what is she afraid of?

Then some thieves make off with a Christmas tree and lights in nearby Cnothan and Hamish must investigate. As if that isn't enough on his holiday plate, Hamish's romance of the new schoolteacher is going fine, until she mentions a perfect little girl whose family abhors Christmas...and whose behavior has recently become very imperfect.

Now it's up to Hamish to make things right. He has to protect an unhappy girl, unlock the secrets of a frightened old woman, and retrieve some stolen holiday goods. And he had better do it quickly, for the church bells will soon toll, and all of Lochdubh will be forced to face another dreary winter without the warm embrace of A Highland Christmas.

About the Author:

M. C. Beaton has written fourteen books in her popular Hamish Macbeth series, including A Highland Christmas. She is also the author of the Agatha Raisin series. Scottish by birth, M. C. Beaton now lives in England with her husband.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892966998
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/1999
Series: Hamish Macbeth Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.23(w) x 7.83(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author


M. C. Beaton has won international acclaim for her New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth mysteries. The BBC has aired 24 episodes based on the series. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which will air as an eight-episode dramatic series on Sky1, starring Ashley Jensen. She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. For more information, you can visit MCBeaton.com.

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Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth Series #16) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
InSpirit More than 1 year ago
A great introduction to this author's writing. Enjoyed the well described atmospheric Scottish Highland settings. Familiarity with locations mentioned added to my enjoyment and the reality of the story. Definitely could picture the Christmas attitudes resisting celebration due to religious heritage and loved the actions of our protagonist in bringing that feared celebration into so many lives. A fun, quick reading addition to my Christmas shelf ! Looking forward to exploring more by this author...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this short book. Well written and cute for a Christmas story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read all of the Hamish McBeth series, I found this to be not only one of the best, but also one of my favorites. Maybe I was just in the mood for a story filled with the coziness of a highland holiday, maybe having suffered through a long and very hot summer I was ready to be transported to a world of snow and icy winds, quirky characters and a satisfyingly warm hearted ending. Whatever the reason, this one hit the spot for me. Read it very slowly as it is very short and you won't want to skim over a word of this very entertaining tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This may have been my quickest read of the year. (It was only 130 pages after all.) I read it in about two hours all together. I loved this book! I haven't read M.C. Beaton for quite a while, and I'm glad to be reminded how much I enjoy both the Hamish Macbeth series and the Agatha Raisin series. This was one of the coziest cozies I've read, and the theme was, of course, centered around Christmas, which was just what I was in the mood to read! In A Highland Christmas, the constable of the Scottish village Lockdubh, Hamish Macbeth, investigates the disappearance of a cantankerous old woman's cat and the theft of several boxes of Christmas lights and a tree from a neighboring village. I absolutely adored how Hamish brings the cases to a close in his own inimitable style. I won't say any more about the plot, for fear of giving away spoilers, but I will say that reading this is almost guaranteed to fill one with Christmas spirit, and to warm the cockles of the iciest heart. This book would have thawed even Scrooge or the Grinch! My only complaint is that it was such a wonderful, yet short read it left me desperately wanting more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hamish Macbeth is missing his vacationing family this Christmas. The Scottish highlands are dour and so are the people around him. With his usual flair he manages to solve two mysteries and brighten the season for others. Well-written and a just right read for this time of year!
Anonymous 26 days ago
Great Christmas story. It's differentn than the usual Christmas story, great fun.
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...And realistic charming characters.
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Made me love hamish all the more-
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This was a introduction Hamish the bobby easy going and well written.
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