Anne Perry's new Christmas novel is an irresistible tale of love, betrayal, greed, murder, and selfless devotion. For the first time, Perry's annual yuletide offering is set in New York City - a sparkling young metropolis bursting with life, promise, and subtle menace.
The year is 1904. Twenty-three-year-old Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas Pitt, head of Britain's Special Branch, is crossing the Atlantic. She is traveling with an acquaintance, Delphinia Cardew, who is to marry the aristocratic Brent Albright in a high-society New York wedding - a grand affair that will join together two fabulously wealthy families, titans of the international financial world. But Jemima senses a mysterious shadow darkening the occasion. Missing from the festivities is Delphinia's mother, Maria, who is marked by disgrace. Nearly sixteen years ago, Maria abandoned young Delphinia and disappeared - and now the Albrights refuse to mention her name. But when Harley, the groom's charismatic brother, asks Jemima to help him search for Maria and forestall the scandal that would surely follow if the prodigal parent turned up at the wedding, she agrees to assist him.
From Hell's Kitchen to Fifth Avenue, the Lower East Side to Central Park, Jemima trudges through strange, snowy streets, asking questions but getting few answers - and never suspecting that she is walking into mortal danger, from which not even a handsome young police officer named Patrick Flannery may be able to protect her. Once more, Anne Perry delivers a suspenseful, deeply moving novel that captures the essence of the holiday spirit.
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"Perry's Victorian-era holiday mysteries... are for many an annual treat." (The Wall Street Journal)
...vastly entertaining." (The Star-Ledger)
"...as delicious as mince pie and plum pudding." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
No, I found the narrator's approach a little too wide-eyed and "gee whiz" for my tastes.
The characters, and the echoes of the initial book in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series, where the parents of this story's central character first become acquainted.
Oh, please! What is with these questions? They are not ones I want to read answers to when I'm deciding whether I want to read a book.
The mystery is not mysterious -- the only suspense is about how long it will take for the police and Jemima to recognize who the killer *obviously* is. But spending time with the characters was most satisfying.
I was hoping for a historical Christmas romance but got a choppy mystery instead. The narrator was quite good for both male and female voices and all the dialects.
The continuing characters. Early turn of the century morals and attitudes.
The meeting of the mother and her daughter.
A lovely voice.
Yep. I did it cross stitching.
Each of the books in this series have featured "minor" players in the Monk and Pitt series'
Jemima Pitt is very convincing in this warm holiday story. The narration is convincing.
If you love Monk and Pitt you will love this story.
Entertaining holiday yarn featuring Thomas & Charlotte Pitts' daughter visiting in NYC. Not a lot of Christmas feeling but a good whodunnit.
Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.
If you have followed the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, you will recognize their daughter Jemima (now age 23). While it is not difficult to figure out who the murderer is, the rest of the story is still quite enjoyable. Recommended!
Yes. Anne Perry is always worthwhile reading, even in a shorter book like this one.
This was less Christmasy than I expected, but it still was a good read. Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, visits New York and almost instantly becomes involved in a murder. As good as any other Anne Perry book, just more compact.
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