A Highland Christmas (Hamish MacBeth, Bk 16)
A Highland Christmas - Hamish MacBeth, Bk 16 Author:M. C. Beaton 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 Christ... more »mas.
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.« less
In this holiday novella, police constable Hamish Macbeth works in mysterious ways to make Christmas happier for residents of the Scottish village of Luchdubh -- while also solving a mystery, of course.
This was an easy, delightful book. As usual, Hamish can be a sweet and charming man but when provoked, he can be nasty also. I'm delighted with this series and the charming enigmatic character of Hamish Macbeth. I recommned.