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A Christmas Journey (Christmas Novella 1)

A Christmas Journey (Christmas Novella 1)

A shocking death provokes a quest for the truth…

Attending a Christmas party, and taking a leading role in the ensuing investigation in A Christmas Journey, is one of the most beloved characters from Anne Perry’s Thomas Pitt series: Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould. Perfect for fans of C. J Sansom and Harriet Smart.


‘The tale is redolent with Victorian atmosphere, from the hypocritical snobbishness to the rigid social conventions of the time’ – Tangled Web

Lady Vespasia’s friend Isobel has made a cruel remark about Gwendolen Kilmuir on the night Gwendolen was meant to have become engaged to the eligible Bertie Rosythe. Gwendolen flees the room, and the next morning her body is found in the lake in the gardens of the estate. It appears she has 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.

What readers are saying about A Christmas Journey:

A tale that flows from an elegant house party in a country mansion, north to frozen, snowy Scotland

I could not put it down

Five stars
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Adventure / Historical Adventure

On Sale: 25th November 2010

Price: £7.99

ISBN-13: 9780755383115

Reviews

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
Perry's Victorian-era holiday mysteries... are for many an annual treat
The Wall Street Journal
[Perry] writes with detail that invades the senses
Lincoln Journal Star
Praise for Anne Perry: The tale is redolent with Victorian atmosphere, from the hypocritical snobbishness to the rigid social conventions of the time
Tangled Web
This brief work has an almost Jamesian subtlety, and 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
[Perry] has a flair for humor, and the names she chooses for her characters are so wondrous it's a pity to kill any of them off
Richmond Times-Dispatch
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
[A] heart-warming, if crime-tinged, complement to the holiday season
Booklist
In Anne Perry's gifted hands, the puzzle plays out brilliantly
Greensboro News & Record