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A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry
  

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A lovely, old-fashioned murder mystery set in the mid 19th century. The sort of tale to read on a winter’s evening with your feet up in front of the fire. Claudine is a middle-aged, intelligent and unhappy lady. She and her unpleasant husband are part of the upper echelons of society. They go to the first party of the season. The guests are wonderful stereotypes; opinionated elders and arrogant youngsters. Walking on to the terrace for a breather, Claudine meets an unusual guest, a poet. Each is impressed by the other. A lot later Claudine is able to escape on to the terrace again where she finds the poet bending over a girl and three young ‘blades’ crying “murder”. The girl is taken to hospital and dies, the poet is arrested. Now Claudine comes into her own and what a splendid character, and self-appointed sleuth, she becomes, an unusual woman of the times. Despite the subject matter this is a warm, comfortable read.

If you like Anne Perry you might also like to read books by Peter Lovesey, Andrew Martin and Jacqueline Winspear.

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Synopsis

A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry

London, 1868. As the Christmas season begins, Claudine Burroughs feels little joy in its endless social calls and extravagant events. Working at a clinic for desperate women has opened her eyes to a different world. Then her two worlds collide. A prostitute smuggled into a grandiose Christmas party is found brutally beaten. Poet Dai Tregarron stands accused. But Dai insists he was trying to protect her from the violence of three young men. Claudine believes him, but with society closing ranks against him, how can she prove his innocence without risking everything?

Reviews

'Delightful ... The perfect gift for a whodunit addict who likes to curl up with a good book after Christmas lunch' - Oxford Times

'A bite-sized mystery that could be fitted in after your Christmas lunch' - Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Anne Perry is a New York Times bestselling author noted for her memorable characters, historical accuracy and exploration of social and ethical issues. Her two series, one featuring Thomas Pitt and one featuring William Monk, have been published in multiple languages. Anne Perry has also published a successful series based around World War One and the Reavley family, and the recent standalone novel The Sheen on the Silk. Anne Perry was selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime'. She lives in Scotland.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Anne Perry

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9780755397266

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