A Highland Christmas by M.C. Beaton
Series: Hamish Macbeth
Published by Mysterious Press on March 6, 2001 (first publshed 1999)
Genres: Mystery, Christmas
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Hamish's toughest case to date - to bring some festive cheer to a town long dampened by the spirit of Scrooge. In dark, wintry Lochdubh, Christmas Cheer is about as welcome as a flat tyre on a deserted road. The Calvinist element in town has always resisted what they view as secular frivolity, so for most of the townsfolk there'll be no carols, feasting, gifts - or even whisky on Christmas Day!
And for PC Hamish Macbeth there's no holiday from crime - he finds himself hunting for a missing cat belonging to a lonely spinster. Curt and unfriendly, the woman is convinced her pet has been stolen but once behind her heavily-bolted door, Hamish can spot her true problem - she lives in fear, though of who or what he cannot guess.
Then someone steals a Christmas tree and lights from the nearby village of Cnothan. So it is up to Hamish to sort all these problems out - and he had better do it quickly, for the church bells will soon peal on the eve of Christmas.
This is the first Hamish Macbeth story I’ve read and I realize it’s not typical of the series – no murder for example, but I really liked Hamish. He seems like a truly good guy who actually cares about the people of his town. The towns are filled with quirky odd characters, most of whom are amusing. I also love how the locals treat Hamish. Even though he’s the police, he’s on their side. I don’t quite understand the conflict with his boss, but i’m sure it’s made clear in another of the installements.
This particular one is a feel-good light Christmas mystery. The mysteries involve a missing cat and some lights that have been stolen from another village. It’s short and I don’t want to give much away, but it left me with a smile and wanting to visit Lochdubh again.
It was chilly here this weekend, but the forecast says 68º for Christmas Eve and 59º for Christmas, which makes me happy. I am not one who needs snow on Christmas – or any time really. I received a couple of books this week. To check out everyone’s additions and add you own link, head to the Mailbox Monday Blog.
Really Good F Words by Lorrie Forde, along with a coaching session with the author, was a win from Vicki at I’d Rather Be at the Beach. Thanks! I think this will be a great way to start the new year.
Really Good F Words: Your Interactive Guide to Self-Care by Lorrie Forde
Published by Influence Publishing on November 1, 2015
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Where are you on your priority list? A key question in measuring self-care. Uncover your own customized strategies for moving further up that list as you bring this thought provoking and interactive book to life around your own kitchen table. Connect with friends and get your sense of self back with doable self-care strategies. Author Lorrie Forde invites you to break all the old rules about not writing in books—this one is yours to write in, reflect back on, and share as you choose. Make it work for you!
This is not another thing to add to your ‘to-do’ list. Let the pages do the work and before you know it, you’ll be laughing with friends, reconnecting with your passion, and the envy of your peers as you figure out what ‘feeds you’ and where your ‘weak spots’ are. How long will it take till you’re using “F” words all the time and your cookie jar is overflowing? Analogies like this cookie jar and using really good “F” words help us to laugh at reality and a little laughter really can make all the difference.
I’m always drawn to mysteries that involve the art world, so when I was offered The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O’Keeffe for review, I decided to take a chance on it, even though it’s the 7th in the series.
The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O'Keeffe by J. Michael Orenduff
Series: Pot Thief Mysteries #7
Published by Open Road Media on January 26, 2016
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A dealer in traditional Native American pottery, Hubie Schuze scours New Mexico in search of ancient treasures. The Bureau of Land Management calls him a criminal, but Hubie knows that the real injustice would be to leave the legacies of prehistoric craftspeople buried in the dirt. In all his travels across the state, there is one place that Hubie hasn't been able to access: Trinity Site at the White Sands Missile Range, where the first atomic bomb was detonated. Deep within the range are ruins once occupied by the Tompiro people, whose distinctive pottery is incredibly rare and valuable. When an old associate claims to have a buyer interested in spending big money on a Tompiro pot, Hubie resolves to finally find a way into the heavily guarded military installation. But Hubie has more on his mind than just outwitting the army's most sophisticated security measures. He's in love with a beautiful woman who has a few secrets of her own and his best friend, Susannah, may have just unearthed a lost Georgia O'Keeffe painting. It's a lot for a mild-mannered pot thief to handle, and when his associate is murdered and Tompiro pots start replicating like Russian nesting dolls, Hubie suddenly realizes he's caught up in the most complex and dangerous mystery he's ever faced.
I picked up a book for Amber for Christmas, but that’ll probably be the only book under our tree on Friday.