A CHRISTMAS RETURN is the 15th novella in the festive series by Anne Perry, the queen of Victorian crime.
As the festive season approaches, Charlotte Pitt’s grandmamma, Mariah Ellison, is facing Christmas alone. When she receives an unexpected gift, memories are sparked of a Christmas in Haslemere long ago, when her beloved friend Cullen Wesley died and a local villager was brutally murdered, with no killer brought to justice.
The unsolved case has resurfaced and Cullen’s grandson, Peter, begs for Mariah’s help to solve the crime that led to his grandfather’s death. Mariah can’t resist a friend in need and she returns to Haslemere to investigate the murder and heal old wounds. But evil still lurks in the picturesque village and she’ll need all her wits about her to see that justice is done.
A Christmas Return is the enthralling new festive tale from the pen of Anne Perry, the master of Victorian crime.
Even though this is the fifteenth novella in the festive series, having not read any other books in the series, it definitely reads as a stand alone. Not only is it my first book I’ve read in the series but also the first book I’ve read by the author.
This was a relatively quick and quaint read. Even though only a novella, I fast became a fan of Mariah’s character. She reminded me a bit of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. Quite stern yet lovable.
I loved the era the story is set in as well as the investigation. It’s not a dark crime read by any means but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. If you are looking for a more lighter crime fiction read set at a festive time of the year, then this is a perfect little read.
A Christmas Return is nice little read that was easy to get into and had me captivated with the wonderful era it’s set in. I think if you love you Agatha Christie style mysteries then this is an author whose books you should definitely give a go.
My thanks to Headline for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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