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.
M. C. Beaton worked as a Fleet Street journalist. She is the author of the Agatha Raisin novels, the Hamish Macbeth series and an Edwardian murder-mystery series. She divides her time between Paris and the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha Raisin’s beloved Carsely.
What did you like best about A Highland Christmas? What did you like least?
It was a gentle story, set in a fictional area of the Highlands. If you're looking for the polar opposite of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" this is it.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
It was a bit sentimental at times.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A total pleasure to listen. Excellent narrator, bringing the characters to life, in particular Hamish Macbeth. The story is nothing startling but gentle and enjoyable. I'd definitely recommend for a few hours escape.
A story with lots of Christmas elements there is a tree and presents and an elderly character of scrounge like characteristics is shown to have a different side when given the company of a little girl who is lonely of course for some characters things do not go according to plan ! Will get you in a seasonal mood or simply act as a cheering tale if you are feeling a bit low.
Well read story set in Scotland very pleasant and light. Great to listen to when you wrap presents. Accents all good. One reader who captures the different characters well (apart from the NY girlfriend. )
A little expensive for the length but lovely little story. The plot was just complicated eniugh, the annoying Priscilla was just a disembodied voice and the mystery of Lugs was solved. Really enjoyed it.
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Any additional comments?
If you like Hamish Macbeth, then you'll like this story - just note that if want to listen to stories in order - this is not 1.5 (which sounds like it comes between book 1 and 2) - it's written at a much, much later time in the series. Confusing if you're expecting chronological order.