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A Christmas Escape

By Anne Perry

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An Italian Christmas holiday on a dangerous island leads to murder in Anne Perry's 13th enthralling festive Victorian novella

Set in Italy in 1866, A Christmas Escape is Anne Perry's 13th festive Victorian novella.

December, 1866. Charles Latterly, Hester Monk's brother, travels to Italy to spend Christmas on the volcanic island of Stromboli. In his secluded mountain hotel a curious group of people has gathered, and Charles senses a brittle strain between some of his fellow guests as they visit the crater of the island's famous rumbling volcano.

While the guests prepare for Christmas, the volcano threatens to erupt, and they realise they must leave at once. As they plan their escape, with Charles thrust reluctantly into leading the group to shelter, one of their number is found dead. But if this is murder, there is a killer in their midst, and Charles must navigate a path to safety...

A Christmas Escape is the intriguing and dramatic new festive tale from the pen of Anne Perry, the master of Victorian crime.

Biographical Notes

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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  • ISBN: 9781472219510
  • Publication date: 22 Oct 2015
  • Page count: 160
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With its powerful message of responsibility and redemption - "We need both to forgive and to be forgiven" - it conveys a moral force in keeping with the season — Wall Street Journal
The tale is redolent with Victorian atmosphere, from the hypocritical snobbishness to the rigid social conventions of the time — Tangled Web
A bite-sized mystery that could be fitted in after your Christmas lunch — Daily Telegraph
Delightful . . . The perfect gift for a whodunit addict who likes to curl up with a good book after Christmas lunch — Oxford Times
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