• Christmas at Corbie Hall

  • A McLaren Mystery
  • By: Jo A. Hiestand
  • Narrated by: Callum Hale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Christmas at Corbie Hall

By: Jo A. Hiestand
Narrated by: Callum Hale
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Former police detective Michael McLaren is looking forward to spending Christmas at his grandfather's ancient Hall. Not only because it will be his first holiday with his grandfather and uncle, but also with his lady love, Melanie. Everything seems perfect for the Scottish Highland getaway. Even Mother Nature is contributing snow, adding a festive and romantic overtone to the gathering. But McLaren’s holiday plan gets snowed under when a dead man is discovered outside his grandfather’s house--in circumstances similar to an older murder. And it’s not long before McLaren is asked to look into the previous death.

The victim was a drummer in a local pipe band. He also drummed at the Christmas market, where his body was found on a snowy, cold evening. The man found dead at the door of his grandfather’s house also played in a pipe band. Are the two murders connected? Or did their jobs at the bank have to do with their deaths?Can McLaren wrap up the cases in time to unwrap Christmas gifts with Melanie? It’s a race against the calendar and weather if he wants the Day—and his future with her—to be merry and bright.

©2023 Jo A Hiestand (P)2023 Jo A Hiestand

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Murder mystery

Well thoughtout plot. Very discriptive scenes, as if you were there in Scotland. Loved the romance between Mclaren and Melanie. Heartfelt and warm story! Exellent narration done by Callum Hale👌🏻

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Intriguing Tale!

One of my favourite mystery authors is back with another intriguing tale of murder, danger and suspense and the icing on top is that it is narrated brilliantly by Callum Hale. Jo Hiestand is an author that keeps on giving with her richly detailed scenes that make you feel like you are part of the story. We are taken on a journey to Scotland with Michael and his lady love, Melanie for Christmas with his grandfather and uncle. While there, not surprisingly, Michael is drawn into having to solve a cold case. As usual there are many twists and turns and it’s always surprising and quite intriguing how Michael comes up with his conclusions and discovers the guilty party. The action begins right at the beginning of this story and continues throughout. There is also some romance thrown into the mix with a lovely ending. I have to say that this was definitely one of my favorite McLaren books of the series. I highly recommend this one, whether or not you have listened to any of the others. Callum Hale never ceases to amaze me with his numerous voices and accents, and all done so brilliantly. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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Enjoyable mystery with all the festivities of the season

I enjoyed Christmas at Corbie Hall by Jo A. Hiestand. This book is part of the McLaren mysteries and is the first one I read. Although there obviously is a lot that has gone on before this book, I was able to read it as a stand-alone. There used to be enough back story to fill in the gaps. Michael McLaren and his girlfriend Melanie are spending Christmas in the Scottish Highlands at his grandfathers estate. McLaren, a former police detective, gets pulled into investigating two unsolved deaths after a man is found dead outside his grandfather’s home. Lots of action, twists and turns and seasonal celebrations. The narration by Callum Hale brings the characters and story to life. I received a free audiobook code for my honest review.

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Jealousy and greed

This had several loose threads of deceit that McLaren pieced together as clues to solve several crimes that were committed due to jealousy and great greed! It was gutwrenching and made me heartsick to find out who the perpetrators were. McLaren leaves no stones unturned and finds a secret paternity also!! Whether it's fact or fiction ,
I enjoyed the part where McLaren deciphered the Celtic knots and their origins and meaning. That was quite interesting to me. Melanie always seems like such a martyr giving up her time with McLaren, so he can work. Wth??? Maybe now she'll have other things to occupy her time besides waiting fo McLaren!!!!! Not really her fan , because she greatly detracts from the main story with her whining as I see it. Despite her , it's a great mystery. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest opinion. The narrator did a good job bringing it to life. I enjoyed the accent.


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