By M. C. Beaton
Unique booklet: 1999
Christmas is an historic Roman pageant, to not be celebrated by way of respectable people within the Scottish Highlands. Police Constable Hamish Macbeth has continuously enjoyed the festivities, yet this 12 months his kinfolk is traveling in sunny Florida. he's caught with the lengthy, lonely Christmas shift in freezing Lochdubh. A cranky outdated woman kicks off the vacations by way of reporting her cat lacking. Then the Christmas lighting fixtures and tree in a close-by village disappear quickly after the neighborhood council voted to permit undefined. As Hamish unearths the way to convey Christmas to the Highlands and make a bit girl's goals come real, he unearths -- to his pride -- that he has the simplest Christmas ever.
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The clerk placed the pistol and ammunition into a paper sack and wished him a good day. One more thing to do, then he could sleep. He drove back, past the motel, to where, on the right, a ring of stores spread. At the entrance, a large wooden sign proclaimed BRAN-DERMILL, and beyond it were more trees—it was more like a forest than the “housing project” he’d imagined. Another right placed him inside the paved ring of parked cars and shops. A plaza, they called it. At the far end was a massive Safeway grocery store.
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A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth) by M. C. Beaton