A Christmas Visitor

A Christmas Visitor

Book - 2004
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Renowned for her acclaimed Victorian novels as well as a stunning new series set in World War I, Anne Perry consistently dazzles us with stories rife with emotion, intrigue, and psychological depth. She recently expanded her talents with the delightfully rendered novella, A Christmas Journey , which USA Today called "one of the best books to brighten the joyous season." Now she has given readers another gift--a yuletide offering full of holiday magic . . . and murder.

The Dreghorn family is gathering for an anticipated reunion in the Lake District of England. The blissful tranquility of the snowbound estate, however, is soon shattered by what appears to be an accidental death. The victim's distraught wife, Antonia, summons her godfather, distinguished mathematician and inventor Henry Rathbone--one of the most beloved characters from Perry's bestselling William Monk series. But questions about the tragic event turn into whispers of murder, sending shock waves among members of the Dreghorn clan, who haven't seen each other in ten years.

Now Rathbone must put his analytical and creative capacities to the test as he assumes the role of an amateur investigator. But while searching for clues and mulling over potential motives, he cannot help but wonder: Will another poor soul meet the same untimely end--and be silenced like the night?

In this Christmas novella, featuring a colorful, somewhat eccentric cast of characters and an irresistible plot as twisty as a ribbon, Rathbone rescues the holiday with a grace that would impress William Monk himself.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345476708
0345476700
Characteristics: 199 p. ; 20 cm.

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AuntJane Dec 29, 2014

Read this in Dec for book club - a quick easy read for a busy month. Not as much detail and build up as Anne Perry puts in her novels - but I guess that is why it is a novella! Intriguing mystery set in a winter scene.

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Bonfire
Jan 04, 2013

This book had nothing to do with Christmas. It was sad from beginning to end. The ending was unsatisfactory and unfinished. The author suggests that the forger will be brought to justice but doesn't cover it in the story. If he was found guilty the family would have recovered at least some of their money.

The good thing was that there was no swearing or sex.

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Nubia
Aug 21, 2010

Mystery books are always really interesting just like this one! I definitely like this book, I read it in one day, and I highly recommend it, even though in some parts it got me mad, because I wanted to find out who was the killer! Which now that I finished it I think is the reason I liked it.

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