Christmas Mysteries 2: A Christmas Grace & A Christmas Odyssey
By Anne Perry
Enjoy two of Anne Perry's enchanting Christmas novellas, combining thrilling intrigue with tales of hope and redemption in Victorian England, in one special edition
Enjoy two of Anne Perry's enchanting Christmas novellas, combining thrilling intrigue with tales of hope and redemption in Victorian England, in one special edition.
A Christmas Grace, featuring Thomas Pitt's sister-in-law Emily, is a tale full of secrecy, hope and acceptance. Emily's Christmas plans are shattered when she learns that her aunt is dying. Although estranged from her, Emily feels she must journey from London to Susannah's home in Ireland. When she reaches Connemara though, it is evident that Susannah has more on her mind than her health. Then the lone survivor of a ship wrecked in a violent storm seeks refuge in Susannah's house. Determined to understand why the village is not welcoming Daniel, Emily discovers strange parallels with the unsolved death of another young man, Connor, many years before. Susannah, desperate to find out what happened to Connor before she dies, urges Emily to investigate. And as she does, Emily learns that some people will do anything to keep their secrets safe.
In A Christmas Odyssey, Henry Rathbone promises to help an old friend in a festive story of courage and redemption. On a bitter December night in 1864, one man longs for a Christmas miracle. The city is preparing for the holidays yet James Wentworth is unable to focus on anything other than the disappearance of his wayward son, Lucien. In desperation, he turns to Henry Rathbone, who finds assistance in the shape of reformed criminal Squeaky Robinson and the enigmatic Doctor Crow. As the group's investigations take them deeper into the seedy underbelly of London they uncover a squalid world of illicit pleasures and a trail that leads them closer to the man they seek. But tales also emerge of Lucien's violent tendencies, his consuming obsession with a dangerous young woman and the disturbing Shadow Man. Can they bring Lucien home alive and if so, will it be a grave mistake for all concerned?
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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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