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Summary

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.

This one-off standalone story is a special Christmas treat for all fans of Hamish Macbeth and can be read at any point in the ongoing series.

©2013 MC Beaton (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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Nice, gooey Christmas listen

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.

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Over the top Christmas cheer

I usually love MC Beaton's books, but this one was very short and, for me, far too full of good cheer. We all enjoy some good cheer over Christmas but this was just one long saga of everyone, even the bad tempered ones, being so full of loving kindness that it was rather like tucking in to an over sweet trifle. I hoped that there would be some sort of mystery to add as a counterweight, but the only trite one concerned missing Christmas lights. I got through it, as it is so short, but it wa a disappointment.

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A gentle feel good book

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will probably listen again at Christmas. So nice to listen to a boot that lifts the spirits.

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usual great M C Beaton

loved it as usual. Audible library filling with all M C Beaton books. Can't wait!

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Seasonal mood setter

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.

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Ideal Christmas listening.

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. )

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absolutely brilliant

love it ... very funny .... nice light listen ... brilliant characters .... excellent story line ...

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A Christmassy escape!

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.

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Excellent Christmas episode

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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A warm story of Christmas cheer

A lovely little tale of Christmas MC Beatons Hammish Macbeath brings together all the elements needed