A Christmas Return: A Novel
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'Tis the season of giving—and with this wonderful book, New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry shares a brand-new holiday mystery filled with bygone relationships and hidden secrets. As Charlotte Pitt's grandmother Mariah Ellison finds herself investigating a long-unsolved slaying, it becomes clear that grappling with intrigue and foul play runs in the family. A festive Christmas package left on Mariah's doorstep contains an ominous present, sparking memories of a twenty-year-old murder that shattered her friendship with the victim's widow. Though the gift is a bitter reminder of that tragic time, in the spirit of the season Mariah travels to Surrey in hopes of reconciling with her estranged friend and solving the crime that drove them apart. On arrival, Mariah joins forces with the murdered man's grandson, a sleuth in his own right who's discovered promising evidence as well as a suspect. But Surrey's picturesque hills conceal dark doings and shocking revelations that could make the holiday anything but calm and bright. Decked with intrigue and trimmed with Yuletide spirit, A Christmas Return is a holiday treat wrapped in the glorious storytelling talents of the reigning master of Victorian mystery.Praise for A Christmas Return"This compact little gem, [Anne] Perry's fifteenth Christmas novella, demonstrates her proficiency in writing Victorian-set mysteries. . . . The atmosphere of close-knit village life in the 1890s feels pitch-perfect, from the homeliness of residents' holiday decor to the gossip that spreads like a dreadful stain. The characterization is superb, and the work's short length is perfect for the material. The spirit of the Christmas season is cleverly evoked through the underlying theme that it's never too late for reconciliations and second chances."Historical Novels Review (Editors' Choice) "Perry's many fans will enjoy another winning Victorian-era mystery set during the holidays."Library Journal "Exceptional . . . Perry unobtrusively incorporates insights about the true meaning of the season into the engrossing plot."Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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'Tis the season of giving—and with this wonderful book, New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry shares a brand-new holiday mystery filled with bygone relationships and hidden secrets.
As Charlotte Pitt's grandmother Mariah Ellison finds herself investigating a long-unsolved slaying, it becomes clear that grappling with intrigue and foul play runs in the family. A festive Christmas package left on Mariah's doorstep contains an ominous present, sparking memories of a twenty-year-old murder that shattered her friendship with the victim's widow. Though the gift is a bitter reminder of that tragic time, in the spirit of the season Mariah travels to Surrey in hopes of reconciling with her estranged friend and solving the crime that drove them apart.
On arrival, Mariah joins forces with the murdered man's grandson, a sleuth in his own right who's discovered promising evidence as well as a suspect. But Surrey's picturesque hills conceal dark doings and shocking revelations that could make the holiday anything but calm and bright.
Decked with intrigue and trimmed with Yuletide spirit, A Christmas Return is a holiday treat wrapped in the glorious storytelling talents of the reigning master of Victorian mystery.
Praise for A Christmas Return
"This compact little gem, [Anne] Perry's fifteenth Christmas novella, demonstrates her proficiency in writing Victorian-set mysteries. . . . The atmosphere of close-knit village life in the 1890s feels pitch-perfect, from the homeliness of residents' holiday decor to the gossip that spreads like a dreadful stain. The characterization is superb, and the work's short length is perfect for the material. The spirit of the Christmas season is cleverly evoked through the underlying theme that it's never too late for reconciliations and second chances."Historical Novels Review (Editors' Choice)

"Perry's many fans will enjoy another winning Victorian-era mystery set during the holidays."Library Journal

"Exceptional . . . Perry unobtrusively incorporates insights about the true meaning of the season into the engrossing plot."Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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        June 1, 2017

        When Grandmama finds a cannonball baked into a Christmas pudding she's been gifted, she is inspired to make amends for cutting off a friend after the murder of the friend's husband. So she joins forces with the victim's grandson and her famous detective grandson-in-law, Thomas Pitt, traveling to lovely Surrey to discover who actually committed the crime.

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Starred review from September 25, 2017
        One day in December 1896, octogenarian Mariah Ellison, the sensitive, fully fleshed-out star of bestseller Perry’s exceptional 15th Christmas-themed mystery (after 2016’s A Christmas Message), receives an unusually heavy Christmas pudding at her house in London. Inside there’s a small cannonball. This odd gift reawakens painful memories of 20 years earlier, when Cullen Wesley, whom Mariah secretly loved, died under mysterious circumstances. Cullen was the lawyer defending Owen Durward, who was charged with the murder of 14-year-old Christina Abbott in Haslemere, Surrey. Before Owen’s trial, Cullen quit the case; hours later, he died when struck by an ornamental cannonball in a bizarre accident in his study. Owen was eventually acquitted of killing Christina. But now, according to the note from Cullen’s grandson Peter that arrives the same day as the pudding, Owen has returned to Haslemere, bent on regaining his reputation, and may be a threat to Cullen’s widow, Rowena. Peter believes Mariah is the only person who can save his grandfather’s good name, and Mariah decides to journey to Surrey to help. Perry unobtrusively incorporates insights about the true meaning of the season into the engrossing plot. Agent: Donald Maass, Donald Maass Literary.

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        October 1, 2017
        Great news for everyone nervously contemplating a trip home for the holidays: it can't possibly be as fraught as Mariah Ellison's visit to Rowena Wesley to rescue her old friend from an ancient scandal that's roared back to life.Twenty years ago, Haslemere doctor Owen Durward was accused of raping and murdering Christina Abbot, a 14-year-old abducted on her way to visit a friend. He retained Cullen Wesley, Rowena's husband, to defend him. But something made Cullen change his mind about acting on Durward's defense, and the night he withdrew from the case, he was killed when a bookcase fell on him and an ornamental cannonball on top of the bookcase crushed his skull. Now that Durward, who plans to marry a wealthy widow, has returned to Haslemere to clear his name, Peter Wesley, Cullen and Rowena's grandson, sends a plea to his grandmother's old friend to help her fight back against the doctor's accusations. Just in case Mariah doesn't think the case is urgent enough, Peter also sends her a Christmas pudding with a duplicate cannonball nestled inside. Arriving in Haslemere, Mariah finds Rowena at first unwilling even to see her, then unable to muster the energy to battle Durward, who's spread the word that Cullen withdrew when he learned that Rowena had begun an affair with Durward. But Mariah has never backed down from a fight, and soon she's linked Durward to an even older outrage in nearby Brocklehurst. Armed with her potent discovery, she returns to Haslemere planning to confront Durward in the most public forum imaginable: the village Christmas party.No real suspense or surprises, and even fans of Perry's holiday novellas (A Christmas Message, 2016, etc.) may find it hard to swallow the injunction to seasonal revenge. But as the vicar's wife points out, "What's Christmas about, if not hope and giving a hand where it's needed?"

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As Charlotte Pitt's grandmother Mariah Ellison finds herself investigating a long-unsolved slaying, it becomes clear that grappling with intrigue and foul play runs in the family. A festive Christmas package left on Mariah's doorstep contains an ominous present, sparking memories of a twenty-year-old murder that shattered her friendship with the victim's widow. Though the gift is a bitter reminder of that tragic time, in the spirit of the season Mariah travels to Surrey in hopes of reconciling with her estranged friend and solving the crime that drove them apart.
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