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A Highland Christmas

A Highland Christmas [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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From Publishers Weekly

From the always sunny Beaton comes this Christmas special of a book featuring policeman Hamish Macbeth (Death of an Addict, etc.) and two minor Yuletide mysteries. In the fishing village of Lochdubh, Christmas looms, but there are no decorations or Christmas trees as the conservative Calvinist population declines to decorate. The lanky and amiable Hamish is told to cover the beat of a neighboring town, Cnothan, as well, where someone has made off with not only the village Christmas lights but also the huge tree. Back in Lochdubh, crusty loner Mrs. Gallagher reports that her beloved cat, Smoky, has been stolen. While investigating, Hamish meets the attractive new schoolteacher, Maisie Pease, who quickly decides she'd like to help Hamish forget his previous love interest, Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. As Hamish works on the two cases, he also makes the acquaintance of the Andersons, a strict and reserved couple whose daughter, Morag, longs for a traditional Christmas. In this mystery without a murder, Beaton reintroduces familiar characters like the spinster Curry sisters and local seer Angus Macdonald, while working in newcomers such as Maisie. It's light fun throughout, though all but Beaton's die-hard readers will find this Christmas carol too cozy by half. (Nov.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands is the home and workplace of P.C. Hamish Macbeth, and many of its inhabitants cast a cold eye indeed on the pagan ritual of Christmas. Hamish, whose mother has gone off on holiday and who has to work over Christmas, finds himself dealing with a lost cat, a little girl terrified and constrained into goodness, and the theft, in a neighboring village, of the newly purchased town holiday lights and tree. Add to that a winsome if simpering schoolteacher and Hamish's good heart toward some of the locals of the elderly persuasion, and you have an extremely lightweight but pleasant enough bit of solstice fluff. There's no subtlety here, but it is chock-full of local color and sentimental cheer. GraceAnne A. DeCandido


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 9341 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 177 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1849015171
  • Verlag: C & R Crime (5. November 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002YI8Y9A
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (19 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #57.059 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not so Silent Night! 29. März 2000
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Worth buying except for size 15. Oktober 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
It may be the season to be jolly, but to Police Constable Hamish Macbeth it is a time of loneliness and plenty of criminal activity. Though most of the country has gone commercial starting in October, Hamish's hometown of Lochdubh remains sober as the religious leaders have always felt Christmas is a Roman holiday.
Hamish has no time to worry about his town's gloomy outlook. Instead, he searches for the missing cat of crabby Mrs. Gallagher. The elderly person is the perfect individual to send anyone into a depression. On top of that, he must uncover the caper of the stolen Christmas tree and lights at the neighboring town of Cnothan. Then there is the miserable little girl, who needs special cheering up, as her family does not celebrate the holiday.
A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS is an entertaining Hamish MacBeth cozy that fans of the series will enjoy. The story line consists of several subplots that bring out Hamish's caring personality. None of these cases require any incredible who-done-it investigative abilities. Instead, they all need human relations' skills. M.C Beaton provides a warm season's greeting, but fans of Scottish police tales and cozies need to decide if the cost is worth a novella.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Surprisingly delightful Christmas confection! 7. Januar 2000
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
A gem of a Hamish book! Fans of the cozy village mystery series will find all the beloved elements. The series and life of Hamish does progress from book to book, and those who care about the struggles of "our Hamish" will note several important developments in Hamish's life. But this book, of all of them, is well suited for the first time reader, as it stands alone as a really lovely piece of holiday writing, with Hamish playing Santa to a group of cranky highlanders, and brightening the life of a small girl named Morag. Sentimental...yes. But who doesn't love the sweet pleasure of sentimentality at holiday time? An easy afternoon read, about one-third the length of a regular Hamish mystery. Plus, uncharacteristically, the author allows Hamish some small bit of triumph at the end. Merry Christmas Ms. Beaton, Merry Christmas Hamish!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Charming Christmas Tale 23. Dezember 1999
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I was enchanted by this charming Christmas tale. As always in the Hamish McBeth series, the primary focus of this novella was not the mystery, but a visit to the Scottish Highlands. After following the series since the first book, I felt that I was vising old friends-- this time at Christmas. Although the focus was not on the mystery, this aspect was still credible, with Hamish using his Highland intuition to recover a town's stolen Christmas lights. The book's short length made it a quick read for the busy holiday season. Highland Christmas had a fairy tale feeling and happy ending. Hamish plays Santa to a lonely little girl and an old folks home, foils Blair's attempt to get him in trouble, and gets a new friend. There are laugh-out-loud moments in this touching, feel-good story for the holidays.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen No Plans for Christmas 17. Mai 2007
Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT
Do you ever remember dreading Christmas? Did something happen to make it all turn out all right? If not, you will find good holiday cheer in M. C. Beaton's A Highland Christmas.

The sun barely peeks over the horizon for a few hours near the solstice in Lochdubh. Most villagers hunker down indoors and perhaps take a wee dram while wishing that the telly would offer some new shows rather than rerunning Miracle on 34th Street for the hundredth time.

Where is the festiveness of the season? The religious villagers see Christmas as merely a pagan festival that no true Christian would observe. The streets are quiet, the houses are dark, and Hamish is lonely as the book opens. His family has fled to warmer climes after his mum wins a contest for writing a soap powder slogan. Priscilla is off in New York working on a computer contract.

How will Hamish celebrate the holidays? Hopefully, without a murder investigation intruding.

In a change of pace, this story focuses on the role of community policing and takes Hamish away from most serious crime. The old recluse, Mrs. Gallagher, has lost her cat, Smoky, and demands that Hamish leave no stone unturned to find Smoky. Hamish turns curious about Mrs. Gallagher when he realizes that she seems afraid of something more than a lost cat.

In searching for the cat, Hamish addresses the town's schoolchildren and asks them to be on the lookout. He asks them what they will receive for Christmas, and the children seem mostly happy. But did he spot a worried face?

In neighboring, but unneighborly, Cnothan, an enterprising vendor has persuaded the town to raise money by donation to purchase a tree and lights for the very first time.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Ach nö!
Da wollte die Autorin unbedingt das Weihnachtsgeschäft mitnehmen. Wirkt wie schnell mal eben in die Autoren-Bastelecke gegriffen und lieblos zusammengesetzt. Nicht lesenswert.
Vor 1 Monat von Anja Rom veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A great Christmas read
It's quite a thrill to visit these characters in their highland settings. The story line is well paced, the characters worked out with plenty of detail and the conclusion is... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 5 Monaten von Irma Walter veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Super schön auch ohne Mord
Wer Hamish MacBeth mag, wird dieses Buch lieben, das Einzige der Reihe - so weit mir bis jetzt bekannt ist -, das auch ohne Mord auskommt und trotzdem alles hat, was wir so an... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 18 Monaten von Schneekönigin veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Netter Titel der Serie!
Wer den Helden mag, mag auch das Buch. Es beginnt überraschend- ich dachte mir, warum bekommt er schon wieder kalte Füße- doch dann wird im Rückblick die... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 19 Monaten von Chris veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Mal kein Mord in Lochdubh
Sondern ein paar Geschichten um das, öffentlich nicht stattfindende, Weihnachtsfest in den verschlafenen Highlands. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 19 Monaten von kein_benutzername veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen Nicht mein Fall
Habe es nicht fertig gelesen. War mir persönlich zu langatmig. Aber es gilt wie immer, Geschmäcker sind verschieden. Nichts für mich.
Vor 19 Monaten von Leseratte veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen good fun, but quite short
A very entertaining, lighthearted story with lovely characters, set in the deepest Highlands with all its special qualities (some would call it clichés). Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 19 Monaten von Simili veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen wonderful read at christmas
I have already read the series up to "Death of a traveling man", then on Dec.25 I got to read A Highland Christmas and loved it absolutely. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 19 Monaten von Ursula Neuenschwander veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen It actually brought tears to my eyes
This was the first book I read from this author.
It was alittle strange to get used to the language, and the accent. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 18. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Happy Holidays from The Highlands (and Hamish MacBeth)
M. C. Beaton delivers a Christmas tale worthy of Dickens in this delightful departure from the Death of A series. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Juni 2000 von Mamalinde
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