Friday, December 23, 2011

A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 16) by M. C. Beaton

A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 16)
M. C. Beaton
Grand Central Publishing
November 2002

Hamish's toughest case to date—to bring some festive cheer to a town long dampened by the spirit of Scrooge.

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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Death of a Gossip (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 1)
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