Christmas Mysteries 1: A Christmas Journey & A Christmas Visitor
By Anne Perry
A double festive treat for Christmas, bringing together two of Anne Perry's spellbinding seasonal novellas in one special edition
A double festive treat for Christmas, bringing together two of Anne Perry's spellbinding seasonal novellas in one special edition.
In A Christmas Journey, a tranquil weekend party in early December at a magnificent country house is shattered by a suspicious death. Taking a leading role in the ensuing investigation is one of the most beloved characters from Anne Perry's Thomas Pitt series: Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould. When Gwendolen Kilmuir's body is found in the lake in the gardens of the estate, it appears she jumped from the bridge. The host, Omegus Jones and Vespasia decide to find who or what might have led Gwendolen to resort to such an extreme measure. They vow to make the guilty party seek forgiveness and expiation through the task of taking a sealed letter written by Gwendolen before her death to her mother up in the north of Scotland. The journey will be both physically and emotionally arduous but will bring answers to some unexpected and profound questions.
A Christmas Visitor features Henry Rathbone, one of the engaging characters from Anne Perry's William Monk series. Rathbone arrives to spend Christmas at a family manor house near Ullswater, but his host, Judah Dreghorn, has slipped while crossing a stream in the grounds of the estate and drowned. Not only this, but Ashton Gower, recently released from prison, is slandering Judah's name, claiming that his family rightfully owns the estate and that the forged deeds for which he was jailed were in fact genuine. Rathbone and the two remaining Dreghorn brothers, also returning to the Lakes for Christmas, must discover the truth behind Judah's death and Gower's outrageous claims.
Anne Perry is a New York Times bestselling author noted for her memorable characters, historical accuracy and exploration of social and ethical issues. Her two series, one featuring Thomas Pitt and one featuring William Monk, have been published in multiple languages. Anne Perry has also published a successful series based around World War One and the Reavley family, and the recent standalone novel The Sheen on the Silk. Anne Perry was selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime'.
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07 Nov 2013
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Praise for Anne Perry: Perry's Victorian-era holiday mysteries... are for many an annual treat — The Wall Street Journal
Perry, as always, does an admirable job of pulling back the Christmas tree skirt and showing the darker underside tucked away behind the trappings of a Victorian holiday — The Washington Post
Delightful... The perfect gift for a whodunit addict who likes to curl up with a good book after Christmas lunch — Oxford Times
[A] heart-warming, if crime-tinged, complement to the holiday season — Booklist
A bite-sized mystery that could be fitted in after your Christmas lunch — Daily Telegraph
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
In Anne Perry's gifted hands, the puzzle plays out brilliantly — Greensboro News & Record
[Perry] writes with detail that invades the senses — Lincoln Journal Star