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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345524632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345524638
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Christmas novels of Anne Perry
 
A Christmas Odyssey
 
“[Perry] writes with detail that invades the senses.”—Lincoln Journal Star
 
A Christmas Promise
 
“Poignant . . . should be on the Christmas stocking list of anyone who likes a sniffle of nostalgia.”—The Washington Times
 
A Christmas Grace
 
“[A] heartwarming, if crime-tinged, complement to the holiday season.”—Booklist
 
A Christmas Beginning
 
“Intriguing . . . Perry’s use of period detail is, as always, strong and evocative.”—The Seattle Times
 
A Christmas Secret
 
“A delightful little book . . . Perry’s gift is that she can evoke a sense of place and time while still producing the thrills and chills expected of a modern-day mystery writer.”—The Orlando Sentinel

About the Author

Anne Perry is the bestselling author of eight earlier holiday novels—A Christmas Odyssey, A Christmas Promise, A Christmas Grace, A Christmas Journey, A Christmas Visitor, A Christmas Guest, A Christmas Secret, and A Christmas Beginning—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.

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Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including Dark Assassin and The Shifting Tide, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including The Cater Street Hangman, Calandar Square, Buckingham Palace Gardens and Long Spoon Lane. She is also the author of the World War I novels No Graves As Yet, Shoulder the Sky, Angels in the Gloom, At Some Disputed Barricade, and We Shall Not Sleep, as well as six holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Grace. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Anne Perry's Christmas novel does not actually have much Christmas in it; however it is a stand-alone novel. You do not need to have read any of the previous novels. The main characters are introduced immediately, the time period and purpose are set and we are drawn in immediately. Even if you are not a mystery buff a reader might be fascinated with the progress of this novel.

An acting company, led by Joshua Fielding is invited to a Yorkshire manor house to put on a play written by the owner's daughter about the recently published book -`Dracula'. What much of the novel becomes is an interesting analysis of how a book becomes a play, with all of the problems and rewards of actors and a writer working together. Intertwined in the plot is a visitor who seems to know too much about Dracula and then the family and the acting company's intermingling personalities.
Much is emphasized concerning the idea that one must invite evil into your home, it does not appear on its' own. Caroline, the older wife of Joshua must solve the gruesome murder that occurs in the snowbound house. All that she, the acting company and the owner of the mansion and his family know for certain is that the visitor, Mr. Ballin, is certainly not the one who has committed the murder.

This book would appeal to fans of mysteries and even of Dracula and those who enjoy the technical aspects of staging a play. If you are looking for that sweet little Christmas read, this might not fulfill your desires, but it is still an interesting look into the life of 1800's England and for the fans of Perry's Charlotte and Pitt novels.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Pitt's mother-in-law Caroline Fielding and her husband Joshua the actor travel to Whitby, York for a performance of Bram Stoker's recently published novel Dracula. Alice Netheridge has adopted the horror thriller to be performed on the stage at the town where the Count first disembarked on English soil. Joshua will direct the play with hopes of obtaining major funding from Alice's wealthy father Charles for next spring's theatre productions. Charles hosts the Fielding couple and actors from Joshua's troupe.

A heavy snowstorm isolates everyone at the mansion on the hill. While the weather outside is frightful, a straggler Anton Ballin arrives asking for sanctuary from the storm. He uncannily resembles Dracula and makes recommendations to improve the production that sound like someone who is a vampire insider. Soon after his arrival, murder follows. With everyone locked inside the mansion believing Ballin is the cold blooded killer, Caroline investigates.

The latest Anne Perry Victorian Christmas mystery (see Silent Night and A Christmas Odyssey) is a superb locked mansion whodunit as Caroline proves to be a capable detective and a wonderful protagonist who holds the entertaining tale together. The cast is solid while Carline's detecting is clever fun. Fans will enjoy Pitt's in-law as an amateur sleuth investigating a homicide.

Harriet Klausner
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By avoraciousreader on November 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A Christmas Homecoming by Anne Perry 2011

This is my favorite so far of Anne Perry's Christmas novels, short little treats she comes out with for her fans each year at this time. Indeed, I like it better than any of her work that I have read for some time -- her major series novels have become even more intensely finicky, the series story arcs often top heavy, to the point where they have become speed-reading skimmers for me, or I simply don't bother. The nice thing about the Christmas novels is that they take a side character from one of her Victorian series (the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series, or the WIlliam Monk series) and make them the central character in a more simply structured and shorter (about a half to a third as long) mystery. That character is often physically separated from the series' London haunts (in one case to far distant, wild, Ireland!), but even when not s/he is dependent on their own devices, not embedded in the web of characters that work on a case from multiple perspectives in the main novels. Their short length keeps the fine attention to detail characteristic of Perry to a level more suitable to at least my taste, and enforces a more straightforward resolution than the major novels with their digressions and red herrings. One reviewer mentioned that you don't need to have read the previous volumes in the Christmas series. Quite true, but it would certainly help if you are at least familiar with the series from which the central character is derived.

A Christmas Homecoming features Charlotte Pitt's mother Caroline, who, following the death of Charlotte's father, eventually fell in love with and married a most unsuitable man. Joshua Fielding was not only considerably younger than Caroline, but an actor and Jewish to boot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dennis A. Pascale on December 11, 2011
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This is my first Anne Perry novel, but it certainly won't be my last. Despite my title, I want to say that I actually enjoyed the book. I was looking for a small diversion to read for the holidays. I have known about Anne Perry, but I've never gotten around to reading any of her works. Then I found out that she writes an annual Christmas mystery, that is usually a stand alone novel. Plus, being relatively short, I thought this would be a great introduction into her world and I was quite pleased. The characters are interesting and being a lover of classic, cozy mysteries, the setting (an isolated, snowbound mansion), was just too perfect. The book made me want to check out the other titles in this series. Charlotte is a great character, and an ideal amatuer detective. The other characters are true cliches, but are also well written. In fact, in a mystery novel, you want cliches: the mysterious stranger, the wealthy, if narrow-minded lord and his put-upon, mousy wife. The actor with a big ego, etc. There's nothing wrong with any of this, it's what mystery readers expect. Anne Perry delivers all of this, in a nice little package. I would also add, if you are a fan of the novel Dracula, or at least have a general idea of the novel, this book is even more interesting. I found that I enjoyed watching the actors come up with ways to perform certain scenes, to try and make a workable play out of the book. In fact, once the murder is committed and the troupe decides that the show can't go on, I found I was a little dissappointed. Now for some of the bad points. First, except for the snowstorm, there is nothing really to do with Christmas in this book. The house doesn't even decorate, due to the tragedy.Read more ›
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