By M. C. Beaton

Unique booklet: 1999

Christmas is an old Roman competition, to not be celebrated by way of first rate people within the Scottish Highlands. Police Constable Hamish Macbeth has regularly enjoyed the festivities, yet this 12 months his family members is traveling in sunny Florida. he's caught with the lengthy, lonely Christmas shift in freezing Lochdubh. A cranky previous girl kicks off the vacations via reporting her cat lacking. Then the Christmas lighting and tree in a close-by village disappear quickly after the neighborhood council voted to permit undefined. As Hamish reveals the way to carry Christmas to the Highlands and make a bit girl's goals come precise, he unearths -- to his satisfaction -- that he has the simplest Christmas ever.

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