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A Christmas Garland | [Anne Perry]

A Christmas Garland

The year is 1857, soon after the tragic Siege of Cawnpore. In the British garrison, a guard is killed and an Indian prisoner escapes, which leads to yet more British deaths. Cries for revenge are overwhelming. Despite no witnesses and no evidence against him, a luckless British medical orderly named John Tallis is arrested as an accomplice simply because he was the only soldier unaccounted for when these baffling crimes were committed.
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The year is 1857, soon after the tragic Siege of Cawnpore. In the British garrison, a guard is killed and an Indian prisoner escapes, which leads to yet more British deaths. Cries for revenge are overwhelming. Despite no witnesses and no evidence against him, a luckless British medical orderly named John Tallis is arrested as an accomplice simply because he was the only soldier unaccounted for when these baffling crimes were committed.

Though chosen to defend Tallis, young Lieutenant Victor Narraway is not encouraged to try very hard. Narraway’s superiors merely want a show trial. But inspired by a soldier’s widow and her children, and by his own stubborn faith in justice, Narraway searches for the truth.

In an alien world haunted by memories of massacre, he is the accused man’s only hope. The trial of John Tallis equals the white-knuckle best of Anne Perry’s breathtaking courtroom dramas, as Narraway struggles to persevere against appalling odds and a frightful injustice.

©2012 Anne Perry (P)2012 AudioGO

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    RB Ashburn, VA, United States 11-24-12
    RB Ashburn, VA, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Although I'm not a fan of novellas, I look forward to Anne Perry's short Christmas mysteries each year. So I had high expectations for this one. Unfortunately this one is, well, disappointing. It pains me to say it but this one falls short on pretty much every measure.


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    Laura Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-27-13
    Laura Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "An Anne Perry Christmas Treat"
    Where does A Christmas Garland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put it in the top third. I have listened to all of Anne Perry's Victorian books.


    What other book might you compare A Christmas Garland to and why?

    I would compare it to her other Christmas stories. This one has the interesting setting of British soldiers in India.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    I liked the lead character Victor Narraway. I enjoyed seeing the investigation progress. Simon Prebble is an outstanding narrator so all the characters wete well done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. I just thoroughly enjoyed the story and looked forward to the next Anne Perry book.


    Any additional comments?

    I good choice for fans or a nice introduction to the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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