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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446609196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446609197
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

From School Library Journal

YA-With Christmas fast approaching, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth finds the community of Lochdubh, Scotland, facing another holiday under the dreary influence of Calvinism. He manages to schedule a carol sing and party at the local retirement home, puts up a tree, and sets about solving a long-open case of petty thievery in the area. He also begins dating the new teacher at the local school. Along the way, Macbeth finds a missing cat for Mrs. Gallagher and convinces Mr. and Mrs. Anderson to let their young daughter find enjoyment in the holiday and friends. The constable's own Christmas centers on his new puppy. Although a tremendous amount of joy and goodness stems from the officer's actions, he never seems to realize any of the positive results. Macbeth appears to be just what this community needs: a logical voice when one is called for, help in times of need, and a balance between older ways of thinking and the changes being brought by the outside world. The story leaves a warm glow of contentment and has several humorous moments. A perfect selection for the holiday season and a solid tale for sharing year-round.
Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

M.C. BEATON has won international acclaim for her bestselling Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries. She is also the author of over 100 romance titles and a series of romantic suspense, The Edwardian Mystery Series. M. C. Beaton lives in a Cotswold cottage with her husband.

Marion is active on Facebook using her most popular pen name, M.C. Beaton. You can find complete book lists, information on events, and sign up for news updates at her website, www.MCBeaton.com.

Customer Reviews

I sincerely hope there are more Hamish books coming.
Joyce L. Fowler
All the M.C. Beaton books are wonderful-whether it's Agnes Raisin or Hamish MacBeth.
tharma
There's not much story here, hardly any mystery, and it's all very predictable.
LH422

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By James M. Cameron on January 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mamalinde on June 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
M. C. Beaton delivers a Christmas tale worthy of Dickens in this delightful departure from the Death of A series. Ever hassled by headquarters, always tormented by a villager or two, plagued by petty crimes, Hamish MacBeth manages to create a Highland Christmas celebration you will never forget. This slim volume contains more Christmas magic than a huge department store, all of it delivered with delightfully understated Highland humor, and (a gift from the author?) decorated with some marvelous illustrations. Looking for a perfect Christmas gift? Put this first on your list, it will suit all ages (and particularly a pet lover). And no need to wait for Christmas - the cool, fresh Highland air and Hamish's gentle spirit were even able to blow away the heat and humidity of June in Dallas. Highly recommended!
Note: The Reader is finally permitted a glimpse of this author. And the mischievous twinkle is right there, just as I knew it would be.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jim T on March 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Ach, Hamish will grow on ye. It is always a braw bricht moonlicht nicht when Mcbeth is aboot. Read the whole series and start with the first one since there is some continuity in the series. Then, when you've read 'em all, start over for what you missed the first time. Have a happy haggis and a single malt, folks. Am jealous of first time readers to the series, but one must start somewhere...Aloha
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This was the first book I read from this author.
It was alittle strange to get used to the language, and the accent. But when I did, I was enchanted by the character and the way the author brought the whole story together.
One chapter at the end, touched me so, I dont know why, but it did, I actually had tears in my eyes.
Great reading, even in the summer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Croal on February 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was very pleased to be able to fit A Highland Christmas into my own Christmas season. To all of us who know that a sudden sibilancy in Hamish McBeth's accent is because he is becoming angry: M.C. Beaton greets us with a wonderful highland holiday season. Yes, I am a fan. This is my sixth experience with Hamish (my favorites: Death of a Prankster and Death of a Macho Man) and I hope to read them all.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE on March 28, 2000
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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