Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Highland Christmas

Christmas has come to the dark, wintry highlands of Lochdubh, Scotland.  Where Santa is as welcome as much as a flat tire on a deserted road.  This little village eschews the holiday with a vengence.  There are no puddings, no carols, no banquets or gifts.  There isn't even some whisky to keep the winter chill away.  The local constable Hamish Macbeth still has his hands full.  One local woman has lost her cat and someone has stolen the neighbouring town's Christmas tree.  Hamish is also courting a new young school teacher.

Although a tremendous amount of joy and goodness stems from the officer's actions, he never seems to realize any of the positive results. Macbeth appears to be just what this community needs: a logical voice when one is called for, help in times of need, and a balance between older ways of thinking and the changes being brought by the outside world. The story leaves a warm glow of contentment and has several humorous moments. A perfect selection for the holiday season and a solid tale for sharing year-round.  All this and more has to be done before the church bells toll, or Lochdubh will face another chilly winter without the warmth of Christmas.

Marion Chesney is a popular and prolific author. She has written numerous successful historical romance novels under her own name, including the Travelling Matchmaker and Daughters of Mannerling series. Using the pseudonym M. C. Beaton, she has also written many popular mystery novels, most notably the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth mystery series.

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