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A Highland Christmas

(1999)
(Book 15.5 in the Hamish Macbeth series)
A novel by

 
 
M. C. Beaton is the queen of the cozy mystery with her series (called "pure bliss" by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution) featuring irascible Police Constable Hamish Macbeth, who roams the windswept terrain of Lochdubh, Scotland, with an intuitive eye for trouble and clues. In his newest caper, the lanky lawman must use all his Highland charm and detective skills not only to solve some mysteries, but also to bring Yuletide cheer to a town long dampened by religious piety.

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 Christmas.

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.

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Hardback Editions

March 2011 : UK Hardback

Title: A Highland Christmas
Author(s): M C Beaton
ISBN: 1-4084-9301-2 / 978-1-4084-9301-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers
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October 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Highland Christmas (Thorndike Press Large Print Mystery Series)
Author(s): M C Beaton
ISBN: 1-4104-3024-3 / 978-1-4104-3024-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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November 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth)
Author(s): M C Beaton
ISBN: 1-84529-890-X / 978-1-84529-890-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
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November 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 16)
Author(s): M C Beaton
ISBN: 0-89296-699-8 / 978-0-89296-699-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mysterious Pr
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Paperback Editions

October 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth)
Author(s): M C Beaton
ISBN: 1-4721-2495-2 / 978-1-4721-2495-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
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2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth)
Author(s): M C Beaton
ISBN: 1-4721-1117-6 / 978-1-4721-1117-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: C & R Crime
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January 2011 : UK Paperback

Title: Highland Christmas, A
Author(s): M C Beaton: M C Beaton:
ISBN: 1-4084-9302-0 / 978-1-4084-9302-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: AudioGO
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October 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth)
Author(s): M C Beaton
ISBN: 1-84901-517-1 / 978-1-84901-517-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: C & R Crime
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November 2002 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 16)
Author(s): M C Beaton
ISBN: 0-446-60919-6 / 978-0-446-60919-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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Audio Editions

January 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Highland Christmas
Author(s): M C Beaton
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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January 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Highland Christmas
Author(s): M C Beaton
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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January 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Highland Christmas (A Hamish Macbeth Mystery)
Author(s): M C Beaton
ISBN: 1-4830-9748-X / 978-1-4830-9748-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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January 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries)
Author(s): M C Beaton
ISBN: 1-4830-9746-3 / 978-1-4830-9746-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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January 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: A Highland Christmas (A Hamish Macbeth Mystery) (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries)
Author(s): M C Beaton
ISBN: 1-4830-9747-1 / 978-1-4830-9747-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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July 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Highland Christmas: Hamish Macbeth
Author(s): M C Beaton
Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Highland Christmas: Hamish Macbeth
Author(s): M C Beaton
Publisher: Audible Studios
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October 2003 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: A Highland Christmas
Author(s): M C Beaton
ISBN: 0-7540-8456-6 / 978-0-7540-8456-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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October 2003 : UK Audio CD
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Title: A Highland Christmas
Author(s): M C Beaton
ISBN: 0-7540-9468-5 / 978-0-7540-9468-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

November 2009 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth Book 15)
Author(s): M C Beaton
Publisher: C & R Crime
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April 2000 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 16)
Author(s): M C Beaton
Publisher: Mysterious Press
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