A Christmas Revelation

A Christmas Revelation

by Anne Perry

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Overview

“Perry’s Victorian-era holiday mysteries [are] an annual treat.”—The Wall Street Journal

In this intriguing, uplifting holiday mystery from bestselling author Anne Perry, an orphan boy investigates a woman’s kidnapping—and discovers there’s more at stake than a disappearance.


It wouldn’t quite be Christmas without a holiday mystery decorated with all the Victorian trimmings, as only New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry can render it. Now the tradition continues as mayhem is once again found under the mistletoe, and intrigue stalks the cobblestone streets and gaslit parlors of old London Town.

Formerly a river urchin living on the banks of the Thames, nine-year-old Worm has never experienced a family Christmas. But thanks to a job at Hester Monk’s clinic in Portpool Lane, he’s found a makeshift family in kindly volunteer Miss Claudine Burroughs and curmudgeonly old bookkeeper Squeaky Robinson.

When Worm witnesses the abduction of a beautiful woman by a pair of ruffians just days before Christmas, he frantically turns to Squeaky for help. A one-time brothel owner, Squeaky knows the perils of interfering in nasty business, but he can’t bear to disappoint Worm—or leave the boy to attempt a rescue on his own. What neither of the would-be saviors expects, however, is that the damsel in distress already has her dilemma well in hand . . . and is taking steps to bring her captors to justice for crimes far worse than kidnapping. But the rogues, as cunning as they are deadly, are not to be underestimated. The aid of cynical old Squeaky and hopeful young Worm just might make the difference between a merry triumph over evil and a terrible yuletide tragedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399179945
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Series: Christmas Mysteries Series , #16
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 141,585
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Anne Perry is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen previous holiday novels, as well as the William Monk series, the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, the new Daniel Pitt series, five World War I novels, and a work of historical fiction, The Sheen on the Silk. Anne Perry lives in Los Angeles.

Hometown:

Portmahomack, Ross-shire, U.K

Date of Birth:

October 28, 1938

Place of Birth:

Blackheath, London England

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Worm stood and stared, overcome with wonder. She was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen, in all his nine years of life. She was like sudden sunshine on a dark day—­the place you looked without even thinking about it, all light and warmth and softness. She walked the way everybody should: gently, head up, smiling. Maybe other people looked like her at first glance, but when you looked again you saw she smiled, not as if there were something funny, but as if she knew something good that she could share, if you would stop and listen.
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A Christmas Revelation: A Novel 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Christmas Revelation by Anne Perry is the sixteenth novel in The Christmas Stories series. Worm lives at the clinic on Portpool Lane thanks to the kindly Claudine Burroughs. Worm is out and about one day when he witnesses a lovely lady get kidnapped by two men. Worm runs back to the clinic and reports the problem to Squeaky Robinson, the clinic’s accountant. Squeaky tries to distract Worm with preparations for Christmas, but he is not to be deterred. The next morning, the pair set out to find where the kidnappers are hiding the woman. They soon find her and learn that she has the situation well in hand. Eloise has plans for bringing the two men to justice for more serious crimes, but she could use their help. With the assistance of Worm and Squeaky, Eloise sets out to bag the criminals and make sure their stockings are filled with coal by local prison warden. A Christmas Revelation is part of The Christmas Stories series, but it can be read as a standalone (I have not read any other book by this author). I found A Christmas Revelation to be a charming story. Worm is grateful to have a warm, safe place to live plus food in his belly. He has never experienced Christmas before and Squeaky wants to make sure Worm gets the full experience. I enjoy the interactions between Worm and Squeaky. I especially liked the scene where Squeaky was trying to explain Jesus to Worm. When Squeaky could not distract Worm from Eloise’s dilemma, he sets out to help the young lad. Squeaky is familiar with the ways of the street and has connections that can help them. I liked seeing Squeaky and Worm grow closer. I also appreciated that Worm is developing a sense of wrong and right now that he is living at the clinic. A Christmas Revelation contains good writing and steady pacing. I felt the author captured the time period with the language, clothing, buildings, conveyances, and how Christmas is celebrated during that time. I liked the reference to how they needed to obtain a Christmas tree thanks to Queen Victoria’s husband. I did feel the mystery was slightly disappointing and there was a loose thread or two at the end. It is a short book with only 177 pages which makes it the perfect type of book to read on a cold afternoon. A Christmas Revelation is an enticing Victorian Christmas mystery.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I stopped reading Anne Perry‘s books a few years back when they started getting so much longer than I care for but I’ve remained a fan of her stories about William and Hester Monk and Thomas and Charlotte Pitt plus a myriad of wonderful secondary characters. When this novella came along, I decided I needed to touch base again, so to speak, and I’m glad I did. This episode is set in and around Hester Monk’s clinic where a young boy has found a family of sorts with a volunteer and a bookkeeper. When Worm sees a woman being abducted, he goes to Squeaky, the bookkeeper, for help and, against his better judgement, Squeaky jumps in. What the pair learns about the woman puts a real twist on things but, bottomline, the mystery surrounding the woman takes a back seat to the growing relationship—and mutual caring—between a child who’s had to grow up too fast and a rather crotchety older man. It’s a sweet story in many ways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was okay
MugsyMae More than 1 year ago
I had a great deal of difficulty getting into this one. I'd read a few chapters and go off and read another book then come back... never really got off the ground for me. I'm finally giving up after about a month, at about 2/3 of the way through. Found the story to be dark and dreary, not very interesting,and very slow. Others may enjoy it, but not for me.
CherryPie0420 More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book but I can't lie: it was a painful read for me. Worm and Squeaky were definitely my favorite part of the story and were the main reason why I did not give up, put down the book, and give up in utter defeat. The entire story is incredibly boring and though it is a short story, I took me over a week to finish it if that tells you anything. I felt like there were two different stories going on and the only thing tying them both together were Worm and Squeaky, even though their characters lacked development, which was heartbreaking. I felt like the entire story was disjointed, lacked flow, and there was nothing to really bond the characters to the readers. It was a Christmas story and a crime story and they should've been separated and since this is considered a short story, for the price, it's just not worth it to me. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Ballantine Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
Edi McNinch More than 1 year ago
This book reads as a very short "feel good" novel and can be easily finished in a few hours. There is not a strong emphasis on religion or a strong plot for a mystery. It was disappointing that there was not a lot of depth to the story or the characters. It read to me like an extended short story or something that could be developed for a school play. It was enjoyable, but if you expect to find great revelations, identify with characters, or lose yourself in a story, you probably won't find it in this book. I have never read this author before but would try another of her books. This book was provided by the publisher as a complimentary copy via Net Galley. The opinions expressed are my own.
poohbearPA More than 1 year ago
A Christmas Revelation is a nice Christmas story. This is a story about a young boy who is a orphan. He is watching out a window and watched two men grab and kidnap a women. If you like Christmas, historical and mystery then this book is for you. Enjoy and happy reading. :)
iiiireader More than 1 year ago
I’m fairly new to novels by Anne Perry, having just started reading them in the last year. This is a short novel about a young boy, Worm, who is a character in at least one other series by the author. Worm has just found his place in a women’s home. The bookkeeper there is, Squeaky, a former criminal who is meticulous in what he does. Worm runs across a woman in distress and gets Squeak to help him to help her. Squeaky does but at the same time is aware of the possible heartbreak young Worm may find. So Squeaky determines to show Worm about Christmas. From the traditions that revolve around it to the true meaning of the birth that is celebrated, Squeaky is the font of wisdom. The story is about both – showing Worm a true Christmas and at the same time, trying to rescue a damsel in distress. As with other books by this author, I enjoyed this book immensely. I’ll be reading her old series entries to see where these characters originated. The story absolutely can be read stand-alone with no need to read the prior books. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Worm. Squeaky hasn't always been a good person, but he is trying. He doesn't want to lie to Worm, but he wants him to not have to grow up too quick, just let him be a 9 year old. Worm spies a beautiful woman and realizes that two men are taking her against her will. He tries to get Squeaky to help him find her, but Squeaky tries to avert his attention to the upcoming Christmas celebration. Worm keeps finding information about the woman and knows that she is in some kind of danger. Squeaky agrees to help him and hopes that she isn't going to hurt Worm in the process. Will they be able to have a happy Christmas?
Pompie1999 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderfully poignant Christmas story. If you have read this author’s William Monk series, you will be familiar with most of the characters in this book. The story is a wonderfully written tale of redemption and caring at Christmas. Since last summer, nine-year-old Worm (Warren) has been living and working at the clinic in Portpool Lane. The clinic was established to provide medical care, etc. for women on the streets. He’d always lived on the riverbank before someone rescued him. He doesn’t know if he ever had a father, but he does have vague memories of his mother. Worm was out and about one morning and looked across the street at the most beautiful sight he’d ever seen. A woman who was all light, warmth, and softness. When a sunbeam came down from the sky and fell on her hair, it glowed like gold. Her smiles seemed to make everyone around her feel good. Then, there were two men who approached her, grabbed her and forced her away. Worm wanted to help her. He raced across the street and followed them as far as he could and then they disappeared. He needed help and he knew just who could either help him or tell him what he needed to do. Squeaky Robinson will only admit to being somewhere in his sixties. He is the former owner of the two buildings that now house the Portpool Lane clinic. The houses were brothels when he owned them, and quite profitable. However, he’d found himself in a bit of serious legal trouble and made a deal to turn the houses over for the clinic and stay on as its bookkeeper. Secretly, he’s glad about that, but he’d never openly admit it. Worm runs into Squeaky’s office and tells his tale of the beautiful lady. Squeaky tries to distract him by telling him tales of Christmas – mostly making it up as he goes along because – well – what does Squeaky know about Christmas. When the distraction doesn’t work, Squeaky knows that if he doesn’t help the boy, he’ll just go out on his own. This begins an adventure filled with bad guys, lovely ladies who are not what they seem, explosions and a joyous Christmas. I hope you’ll give this lovely novella a read this Christmas. Please check out my reviews at: Blog: https://flippinpages.blog/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/flippinpages... Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlippinPagesRev Twitter: https://twitter.com/BarbBookReview "I requested and received this e-book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne Perry has been writing Christmas novellas for many years; A Christmas Revelation is this year's entry. This is a story about Worm, a precocious orphan, who lives at a shelter/ women's clinic whose bookkeeper is a reformed criminal named Squeaky. Readers of the William Monk series will recognize the clinic as the one where Hester works and will also know that Squeaky is a regular series character. Worm sees a beautiful woman on the street who appears angelic to him. When he realizes that she is in trouble, Worm wants to help. Because he cares for Worm, Squeaky becomes involved in a somewhat convoluted plot to help her. Their efforts form the plot of the novella. In the fore and backgrounds of the story is the spirit of Christmas as is appropriate for this seasonal book. The reader observes as Worm learns the meaning of the holiday and has, what appears to be, his first true holiday celebration. Long term fans of Anne Perry will want to read this book so as to be up to date with all of her series and characters. However, much as I love Anne Perry, I have enjoyed several of her holiday novellas more than this one. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. I very much wanted to read this book.
WarrriorPrincess More than 1 year ago
This book was painfully boring. I really wanted to like it, but there simply wasn’t anything likable. The point of the story lies buried beneath multiple layers and oddball characters. Readers are unceremoniously dumped into a wild goose chase, without any groundwork. Convinced I’d missed something important, I reread the first few pages several times hoping to find a connection. ***The publisher provided a free book. However, all opinions included in this review are entirely my own.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
Christmas is best spent with family, whomever that may be to you, and this story shows the true spirit of "Family" at Christmas. Worm, a nine year old former young street urchin, l ives at a clinic in London with the hodge podge of people who run it. When Worm sees a beautiful woman taken against her will by two men, he tells the bookkeeper, Squeaky, who is hesitant to get involved. But after promising Worm a traditional Christmas celebration, he realizes that won't keep the young boy from trying to find and help the woman. So Squeaky partners up with him and they set off together to find her. When they find the woman, she is staying with two thugs who believe she holds the key to finding the gold they stole a few years prior with her Father. The woman is intent on extracting revenge for her Father who was killed by the men, but Squeaky and Worm help her and save more than her life. This is a feel-good Christmas story that makes you really think about the true meaning of Christmas while also figuring out a mystery. While this is my first time reading one of Ms. Perry's Christmas stories, this is the 16th one she has written. A great, quick read that will put you in the Christmas spirit!
PPriest More than 1 year ago
I love the new characters Squeaky and Worm Ms. Perry introduces to us in this latest Christmas story. Worm spots a woman in trouble, and can't let it go that she needs help. Fortunately, Squeaky is willing to help him help her, and through thick and thin, the story ends with everyone enjoying Christmas.