A Highland Christmas (Hamish Macbeth) by M. C. Beaton

By M. C. Beaton

Unique ebook: 1999

Christmas is an historic Roman pageant, to not be celebrated via first rate folks within the Scottish Highlands. Police Constable Hamish Macbeth has regularly enjoyed the festivities, yet this yr his relatives 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 A cranky outdated woman kicks off the vacations through reporting her cat lacking.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 how to carry Christmas to the Highlands and make a bit girl's desires come actual, he reveals -- to his satisfaction -- that he has the easiest Christmas ever.

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Maybe they were a lost generation. They had Prohibition to worry about, and flappers and a decline in manners and morals. ) But skip reasons; they're probably not the right ones. At any rate I found out I wasn't a writer and wasn't going to write a novel. I stayed the two months, but the second month I relaxed, made friends, enjoyed myself. And when I got back home I started going to night school to work for that next degree. If I was going to keep on teaching at least I could try to get myself on a campus instead of sticking to the dead mediocrity of high school teaching.

Ramon was a Mexican and definitely a drug addict, and not only that but his middle name was Jesus; he'd told me his full name once, Ramon Garcia Jesus Toledo Silva, and for some silly reason I'd remembered it. Not only that, but he'd come to work at noon—just a little over an hour from the time the killer would have left Mame's, with a fresh bandage on his forehead and— Nuts, I told myself. Howie, you're getting silly. Billie had seen Jesus last night, and Billie knew Ramon. At least she'd met him once; she and I had run across him in a bar and I'd introduced them.

If the guy in the gray suit was still there, I wouldn't go in. Probably only a mean drunk, but mean drunks can make trouble too. Might find Ike there again. Hour and a half since I'd been to Barney's. Or somebody I knew. Somebody to talk to. Chapter 8 MY HEAD ACHED horribly. Light hurt my eyes when I opened them and I closed them quickly. Then realized I wasn't in bed and opened them quickly again. Ceiling overhead. At least I was indoors. But lying on the floor, a hard, bare, uncarpeted floor.

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