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’Tis the season for a pair of Christmas novels that add a dash of murder to the Yuletide spirit.
“Perry’s Victorian-era holiday mysteries [are] an annual treat.”—The Wall Street Journal
A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING
“Could have been devised by Agatha Christie . . . [Anne Perry is] a modern master.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Charlotte Pitt’s mother, Caroline, is spending the holiday with her young husband, Joshua Fielding, in Whitby, the fishing village where Dracula first touches English soil in Bram Stoker’s sensational novel. Joshua has arranged to produce a stage adaptation of Dracula, written by the daughter of millionaire Charles Netheridge, but tempers flare after a disastrous first read-through of the script. As wind and snow swirl around Netheridge’s lonely hilltop mansion, a black-cloaked stranger emerges from the storm. At the same time, a brooding evil makes itself felt, and instead of theatrical triumph, there is murder—shocking and terrifying.
A CHRISTMAS GARLAND
“In Anne Perry’s gifted hands, the puzzle plays out brilliantly.”—Greensboro News & Record
The year is 1857, soon after the violent Siege of Cawnpore, and India is in the midst of rebellion. In the British garrison, a guard is killed, a prisoner escapes, and a luckless medical orderly named John Tallis is arrested as an accomplice simply because he was the only soldier unaccounted for when the crimes were committed. Though chosen to defend Tallis, young Lieutenant Victor Narraway is not encouraged to try very hard. His superiors merely want a show trial. But inspired by a simple Christmas garland, and his own stubborn faith in justice, Narraway is determined to figure out the truth, despite the appalling odds. In an alien world haunted by massacre, he is the accused man’s only hope.
About the Author
Anne Perry is the bestselling author of twelve holiday novels—A New York Christmas, A Christmas Hope, A Christmas Garland, A Christmas Homecoming, A Christmas Odyssey, A Christmas Promise, A Christmas Grace, A Christmas Beginning, A Christmas Secret, A Christmas Guest, A Christmas Visitor, and A Christmas Journey—as well as the William Monk series and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series set in Victorian England, five World War I novels, and a work of historical fiction, The Sheen on the Silk. Anne Perry lives in Scotland and Los Angeles.
Hometown:Portmahomack, Ross-shire, U.K
Date of Birth:October 28, 1938
Place of Birth:Blackheath, London England
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
These books are similar to her other Christmas novels in that they take place during the Christmas season, but are not "Christmas Stories" per se. (Perry does write murder mysteries, and what, after all, does murder have to do with Christmas? Nevertheless, these are compelling stories which, as usual, feature some of the less central characters of her Pitt and Monk series. In my opinion both are well-written and fine additions to her Christmas novels.
I like to read reviews before ordering but since this a brand new book, and my book club was looking for a December book with a Christmas theme, we took a chance and chose this one. Huge mistake. The two selections have nothing to do with Christmas. The editor must have told Anne Perry to throw in a few references about Christmas so they could promote it as a holiday book. Since I had to read this for my book club I plodded through it as best I could. What a waste of time. This is my first and last time I will read anything by this author.