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Anne Perry's Christmas Mysteries: Two Holiday Novels (The Christmas Stories Boxset Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Anne Perry
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Book Description

Two holiday novels provide the perfect combination of mystery and murder mixed with a generous helping of Yuletide cheer.

A CHRISTMAS GUEST

When her daughter and son-in-law plan a Christmas vacation to Paris sans hers truly, Grandmama Mariah Ellison travels to the chilly, windswept Romney Marshes to spend the holiday with old friends. But when the body of a fellow guest is found lifeless in bed, Grandmama senses foul play and takes it upon herself to assume the role of amateur detective–uncovering startling truths about the victim . . . and herself as well.

A CHRISTMAS SECRET

Dominic Corde is thrilled to “fill the robe” as substitute vicar in the village of Cottisham while the Reverend Wynter is away on a Christmas holiday. Upon arrival, Dominic and his wife, Clarice, wonder how they will be received by the congregation. But the Cordes soon discover that they have more dire matters to worry about. It turns out that the Reverend Wynter isn’t on holiday at all–and that something very sinister has transpired.


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  • Editorial Reviews

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    “An enjoyable and light read . . . A Christmas Guest may shock you with the unexpected truth that lies in the finale.”
    –The London Free Press

    “Taut and atmospheric . . . as delicious as mince pie and plum pudding.”
    –Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


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    Product Details

    • File Size: 258 KB
    • Print Length: 418 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345496426
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books (October 22, 2008)
    • Sold by: Random House LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B001IZC3MY
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Anne Perry Christmas Mysteries December 9, 2008
    Format:Paperback
    First of all, I adore the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series set in the Victorian era so naturally I was eager to read side stories set in that same era that delved deeper into some of the characters in that series. The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 was because I felt that 'A Christmas Guest', while still good, was a bit weak. Given the sour nature that Grandmama Ellison's character has always had in the Pitt series, her character in this book did not feel entirely believable to me as her personality seems to evolve at much too rapid a pace for such a short story (and time frame). In addition, the mystery aspect held little intrigue or suspense and the ending was not too surprising. However, it was still enjoyable. In contrast, I absolutely loved 'A Christmas Secret'. Perry reveals a depth and freshness to the character of Dominic Corde and how much he has matured since his first marriage to Charlotte's sister Sarah. In this story Dominic, along with his new wife Clarice, strive to solve a mystery in a small English village. The country scene at Christmas makes for a lovely setting. The plot is full of intrigue with startling twists and turns and an added dash of spookiness makes this a delicious read that I couldn't put down. I plan to re-read this story again and would highly recommend it to mystery fans. I believe that even those who have never read any of the books in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series would find this story enjoyable and easy to follow. All in all these two holiday novels are quick reads best savored slowly like hot cocoa on a cold winter's eve.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly Entertaining September 22, 2010
    Format:Paperback
    In later years Agatha Christie typically published in time to catch the Christmas sales--thus giving rise to a publishing tradition of murder mysteries as a seasonal event. Anne Perry has followed suit with a number of novels that are not only published at Christmas but which feature the holiday season, an atmosphere that is sweetened by Perry's use of Victorian period and which plays upon our largely false notions of "a good old fashioned English Christmas." Published in 2008, ANNE PERRY'S CHRISTMAS MYSTERIES consists of two works, A CHRISTMAS GUEST, originally published in 2005, and A CHRISTMAS SECRET, originally published in 2006. Neither are particularly memorable.

    A CHRISTMAS GUEST is the weaker of the two novellas. Trapped with unliked relatives over the Christmas holiday in the dismal St. Mary's In The Marsh, ill-tempered Grandmama Ellison is further annoyed by the arrival of Maude Barrington--at least until Maude is found dead in her bed, at which point Grandmama Ellison begins to pity her as a possible murder victim. As in many Perry stories, the family and social relationships are extremely complicated. Often this is part of Perry's charm, but where A CHRISTMAS GUEST is concerned it tends to read as complication for the sake of complication, and the story contains considerable filler in the form of Grandmama's musings. That aside, and although the motive is somewhat obscure, the killer is easily spotted from the way in which the story is constructed, so there's very little mystery at all.

    A CHRISTMAS SECRET is considerably better, the story of Rev. Dominic Corde and wife Clarice, who are summoned to the isolated village of Cottisham to fill in for a vicar who has unexpectedly chosen the Christmas season as vacation.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Merry Christmas! January 28, 2013
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    The middle of winter, death, victorian mores...plus a mystery & a blizzard! Anne Perry rises to the occassion
    again. If only she would write a book every 60 days, I would be in mystery heaven. Her ability to make you
    truly care about the mundane and normal, plus take you into another era are superb. Starting with the
    Calder Street Hangman, her books just get better and better, Keep them coming.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read June 13, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I gave this book 4 stars. I absolutely love Anne Perry. She delivers a great read by developing characters, giving great attention to setting and time period and just, overall, telling a good story. Her use of imagery and her attention to the human psyche is great. Her plots are always interesting and captivating. Both stories were good entertainment. It's amazing how Perry is able to complete a full murder mystery in just a small amount of pages.The only reason I didn't give the book 5 stars is because, though I enjoy her short stories, I really long to read more full-length novels. Love her William Monk and Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series, but I will take anything by her while I'm waiting for a new one of either series to come out.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Warm Holiday Read December 13, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Both separate stories are warm and interesting right up to the end. Christmas/Winter Spirit surrounds the plots regarding how we ordinary people of the English speaking world act and react to things that happen socially around the Holidays, and because of them. How do we treat each other? Who do we share this season of Christian merriment with and why? How do we interact during this seemingly "joyous" time of year? The author pulls you in to her characters' stories and you want to find out how each protagonist resolves their feelings. Good read for the season. The author makes us think about ourselves through the characters she develops. Highly recommended!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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    Published 7 days ago by Katherine D. Martin
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    was given as a gift and was not in great shape but that was OK
    Published 4 months ago by diane haynie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Mysteries
    As always, Anne Perry does not disappoint. I love the shorter stories of certain people in her series of novels with Christmas theme.
    Published 12 months ago by Dorti
    4.0 out of 5 stars I am an Anne Perry fan
    It is fun to be able to pick up a short novel by Perry and read it quickly. I like her writing.
    Published 13 months ago by Elaine F. Fry
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love these Christmas Mysteries!
    Anne Perry is one of my favorite authors and I look forward to reading her books. I have read all of her Charlotte and Thomas Pitt books and the Monk series and look forward to... Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Anne F
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not her usual quality
    I found these to be pretty thin novels, even for Christmas reading. Wanted more substance!

    I can't recommend this title.
    Published 16 months ago by Carolyn Ellis
    5.0 out of 5 stars two for one
    These are a great way to get books when they are available and they are not abridged. I am still getting these after owning most of the Christmas series. Read more
    Published on February 3, 2013 by Karl D. Thompson
    5.0 out of 5 stars great mysteries
    I did not figure out who done it until it was revealed at the end of both of the stories
    Published on January 12, 2013 by bruce seeger
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Guest - Ignore the book description
    Whoever wrote the book description of "A Christmas Guest" should have read it first, at least the first few pages. Read more
    Published on May 13, 2012 by J. Steele
    4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Mysteries
    It was an enjoyable book. Both were set in the late 1800's. I would read more Anne Perry books. It was light reading and very well written.
    Published on December 30, 2011 by Kel
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    More About the Author

    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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