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.
©2013 MC Beaton (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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.
It was a bit sentimental at times.
Mother of three, Nana of one. Self-employed from home so Audible is invaluable, particularly when walking the dog.
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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