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A Christmas Hope
by Anne Perry

Overview - Anne Perry's "vastly entertaining" ("The Star-Ledger") holiday novels are "as delicious as mince pie and plum pudding" (Milwaukee "Journal Sentinel"). "A Christmas Hope" is just as delectable--the gripping story of an unforgettable battle between goodness and evil in Victorian London--and a lonely woman's search for meaning in her life.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Anne Perry's "vastly entertaining" ("The Star-Ledger") holiday novels are "as delicious as mince pie and plum pudding" (Milwaukee "Journal Sentinel"). "A Christmas Hope" is just as delectable--the gripping story of an unforgettable battle between goodness and evil in Victorian London--and a lonely woman's search for meaning in her life.
Although she lacks for nothing, Claudine Burroughs dreads the holiday season for forcing her to face how empty her life has become. She no longer expects closeness with her coldly ambitious husband, and she has nothing in common with their circle of wealthy, status-minded friends. The only time she is remotely happy is when she volunteers at a woman's clinic--a job her husband strongly disapproves of. Then, at a glittering yuletide gala, she meets the charming poet Dai Tregarron and finds her spirits lifted. But scarcely an hour later, the charismatic Dai is enmeshed in a nightmare--accused of killing a young streetwalker who had been smuggled into the party.
Even though she suspects that an upper-class clique is quickly closing ranks to protect the real killer, Claudine vows to do her utmost for Dai. But it seems that hypocritical London society would rather send an innocent poet to the gallows than expose the shocking truth about one of their own.
Nevertheless, it's the season of miracles and Claudine finally sees a glimmer of hope--not only for Dai but for a young woman she befriends who is teetering on the brink of a lifetime of unhappiness. Anne Perry's heartwarming new holiday novel is a celebration of courage, faith, and love for all seasons.
PRAISE FOR THE CHRISTMAS NOVELS OF ANNE PERRY
"Perry's Victorian-era holiday mysteries . . . are for many an annual treat."--"The Wall Street Journal"
A Christmas Garland
"In Anne Perry's gifted hands, the puzzle plays out brilliantly."--Greensboro "News & Record"
A Christmas Homecoming
"Could have been devised by Agatha Christie . . . Perry is] a modern master.""--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"
A Christmas Odyssey
" Perry] writes with detail that invades the senses.""--Lincoln Journal Star"
A Christmas Promise
"Poignant . . . should be on the Christmas stocking list of anyone who likes a sniffle of nostalgia.""--The Washington Times"
A Christmas Grace
" A] heartwarming, if crime-tinged, complement to the holiday season."--"Booklist"

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780345530752
  • ISBN-10: 0345530756
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • Publish Date: November 2013
  • Page Count: 197


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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Historical
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Traditional British

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-03-17
  • Reviewer: Staff

Set in December 1868, Perry's well-crafted 11th Christmas-themed mystery (after 2012's A Christmas Garland) features a character from her William Monk series. Claudine Burroughs volunteers at the clinic for sick or injured prostitutes run by Monk's wife, Hester, an activity that's just one of the points of friction between her and her disapproving husband, Wallace, an investment adviser. At a party they attend in London attended by the socially prominent, Claudine meets acclaimed Welsh poet Dai Tregarron, who suggests that she change her outlook on life. Before she can fully process his suggestion, another guest, Winnie Briggs, is savagely assaulted, and Tregarron is accused of the attack, which proves fatal. Convinced that the poet is innocent, Claudine works to save Tregarron from execution over her husband's objection. While the book lacks the political content of some of the author's other work, a compelling story and lead make this a winner. Agent: Donald Maass, Donald Maas Literary Agency. (Nov.)

 
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