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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345530756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345530752
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR THE CHRISTMAS NOVELS OF ANNE PERRY
 
“Perry’s Victorian-era holiday mysteries . . . are for many an annual treat.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
A Christmas Garland
 
“In Anne Perry’s gifted hands, the puzzle plays out brilliantly.”—Greensboro News & Record
 
A Christmas Homecoming
 
“Could have been devised by Agatha Christie . . . [Perry is] a modern master.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
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

About the Author

Anne Perry is the bestselling author of ten earlier holiday novels—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.

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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.

Customer Reviews

The 2013 story features Claudine Burroughs, one of the volunteers at Hester Monk's clinic.
Dr. F
The novel has a basic plot but since it's a novella the story is rushed so you don't develop a relationship with the characters.
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A well woven tale of courage in the face of hypocrisy and callous indifference, of unlikely friendships and alliances.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Anne Perry's annual Christmas mystery takes place, as usual in Victorian England. Claudine is married to a well to do gentleman, but it is a loveless union. She finds her happiness in working at a clinic for women who have nowhere else to go, especially those who have to make their living on the street.

The holidays are approaching and she attends a party where a poet has been blamed for murdering one of these women who mysteriously was at the party; but was it him or someone else with more wealth and connections?
The customs, habits and beliefs of Victorian England are well shown to the reader.

This, at first does not seem like much of a Christmas story, more like one that could happen any time of the year; but the spirit of forgiveness and understanding comes through.

Claudine's beliefs, "Christmas is about offering hope to all people, not just those like ourselves. Christmas is about everyone: rich or poor, friend or stranger. The moment you exclude anyone, you exclude yourself." is one of the better Christmas philosophies and in itself could be one everyone might take to heart this season and through the year.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Old Latin teacher TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Every once in a while I'll pick up an Anne Perry Victorian mystery but not often enough to be familiar with all her characters. The heroine of this short Christmas mystery is Claudine Burroughs, who I've learned is a secondary character in Perry's William and Hester Monk series.

Claudine is the upper-class society wife of an unloving but successful husband. After years of marriage, they have nothing in common, not even a liking for each other. Claudine, disillusioned with superficial society life, volunteers at Hester Monk's clinic for lower-class women, an activity her rather soul-less husband disapproves of.

But I guess that's neither here nor there. The story revolves around the murder of a prostitute at an upper-class holiday party. The man accused of her murder is a hard-living Welsh poet, not very well regarded in society. Claudine, however, is fairly certain he is not the murderer.

So we have Claudine going against her husband and all their society acquaintances in her attempts to get to the bottom of this mystery. The whodunit part is pretty much a given even at the beginning of the story, but it's the telling of the tale that counts. The interweaving of what should be the spirit and meaning of Christmastime, i.e., goodwill toward all people, is what makes this a special read.

This should appeal even more to those readers who keep up with all the novels and characters in Perry's series. It has gotten me interested in reading more of her books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vicky on November 17, 2013
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Claudine has become one of my favorite characters in Anne Perry's books. She has more than a passing friendship with Squeeky Robinson and I love their love-hate interplay. Claudine saw an injustice and did something about it. Wallace tried to intimidate her, but she wouldn't give in until she found justice. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sparker on December 6, 2013
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Anne Perry continues to create superior stories and is, in my opinion, consistently writing the most intelligent and interesting mysteries. Her insertions of historical notes do not over-shadow the storyline, as some writers have done. Her characters are easily imagined at being real people! I have enjoyed her writing since the first novel.
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Once upon a time I was a regular reader and fan of Anne Perry's Monk and Pitt detective novels. But then she wrote the fat and wonderful historical novel “The Sheen on the Silk,” which left me wanting more writing of that caliber from her. I'm still hoping for that. Meanwhile, the other day, I read about Perry's annual Christmas series and decided to give this latest one a go. It 's a quick and easy one-day read about a wealthy 19th century woman living in a cold and loveless marriage who goes to a society party where a young woman is killed and the wrong man is arrested and bravely takes it upon herself to do some sleuthing that she hopes will rectify that wrong, find out who really done it, and win the release of the innocent. A pleasant and easy read, but not an especially compelling one.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By eyes.2c on November 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
What a wonderful story. I have always liked Claudine Burroughs, a volunteer in Hester Monk's clinic for sick and injured prostitutes. I like her pluck, her courage and her sense of fair play and justice. I cheer for the way she has stepped outside of the role society and her husband expects her to pursue, that of supportive wife and homemaker, of adhering to society's rules for women. She has taken up the cause of the less fortunate. In doing so she is receiving far more than she's gives, a sense of purpose. Life has become meaningful.
Wallace of course hates her charity work. It is not gentile enough for his social aspirations.
How I dislike her husband Wallace. A bully really who sees his wife as an extension of himself. To the point that Wallace dictates her in the wearing and buying of even her dresses. Her behaviour needs to support him ingratiate himself in society and up the ladder of business and success. Claudine's commentary on her marriage is quite devastating. One can see why in just a momentary meeting with the welsh poet, Dai Tregarron, Claudine decides to champion him.
In a tenderly reflective, nonsensical moment in the garden they had conversed. In a flight of poetic fantasy he had called her Olwen. Sadly Claudine realized that she liked that name better than her own.
There's been a murder! A young prostitute at that same high society party is beaten. She dies. Dai Is accused. Claudine believes that the Welshman is not the murderer. Yes, he is a drunkard and walks on the wild side but is not a murderer. Besides he likes women. Claudine's sights fall on the three society young men also present at the scene of the murder. Claudine enlists the aid of a reluctant Squeaky Robinson, and sets forth to right a wrong.
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