A Christmas Journey

A Christmas Journey

Book - 2003
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Readers of Anne Perry's bestselling suspense novels revel in a world that is all their own, sharing the privileged existence of Britain's wealthy and powerful elite in West End mansions and great country houses. It is also a world in which danger bides in unsuspected places and the line between good and evil can be razor thin. This new novel features Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould--one of the most memorable characters from the Thomas Pitt series--who appears here as a lively young woman, the ultimate aristocrat who can trace her blood to half the royal houses of Europe. It's Christmas and the Berkshire countryside lies wrapped in winter chill. But the well-born guests who have gathered at Applecross for a delicious weekend of innocent intrigue and passionate romance are warmed by roaring fires and candlelight, holly and mistletoe, good wine and gorgeously wrapped gifts. It's scarcely the setting for misfortune, and no one--not even that clever young aristocrat and budding sleuth Vespasia Cumming-Gould--anticipates the tragedy that is to darken this light-hearted holiday house party. But soon one young woman lies dead, a suicide, and another is ostracized, held partly responsible for the shocking turn of events. To expiate her guilt, Gwendolen Kilmuir sets out for the Scottish Highlands, hoping to explain to the dead girl's mother the circumstances surrounding the sorrowful act--and to bring her back to England for the funeral. Gwendolen's sole companion on this nightmarish journey is Vespasia. As Vespasia learns more about the victim and the ugly forces that shaped her desperate deed, she understands the heartbreaking truth of the tragedy.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345466730
034546673X
Branch Call Number: PERR 22
Characteristics: 180 p

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sandratm
Dec 04, 2016

I enjoy these Christmas stories/mysteries that Anne Perry writes. They're an engaging read that takes us to another place. Anne Perry is masterful in creating the atmosphere of Victorian England with all of its nuances. Her books make for a good read.

AuntJane Jan 13, 2014

First Anne Perry book I've ever read - its a novella about a death/murder at a country house party. I enjoyed it and it made me want to read other Anne Perry books.

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