Charlotte Pitt’s mother, Caroline, travels with her young husband, Joshua Fielding, and his theatrical troupe to Whitby, where Dracula first touched English soil. Joshua has arranged to produce a stage adaptation of Dracula by the daughter of Whitby millionaire Charles Netheridge, but the amateurish script produces a disastrous first read-through. As tempers flare and wind and snow swirl around Netheridge’s lonely hilltop mansion, a black-cloaked stranger emerges from the storm - an eerily opportune arrival, for this enigmatic figure, one Anton Ballin, turns out to be a theatrical genius. At the same time, a brooding evil makes itself felt. Instead of the theatrical triumph that Netheridge desired for his daughter, there is murder - shocking and terrifying.
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Usually am delighted by Anne Perry's books. This one falls flat. The story is contrived, rather dull. Couldn't make it through more than half way in spite of the fine narration. Will certainly listen to more of hers but would skip this one.
The development of the peripheral characters, like Alice
The finding of the body
don't have one
of course, who doesn't
I very much like Anne Perry's Christmas stories. I trust she will continue to write, them after all she still has Charlotte and Thomas Pitt and Monk, etc.
I didn't read the book so no opinion
It had a very interesting ending. While I'm very good at guessing 'who done it' I didn't guess this one until right at the end.
Very good narrator
Not moved me no. But there were a couple of surprises.
I would recommend this book and not just at Christmas time as Christmas didn't really enter into very much other than the holiday season.
I bought this because of the title - it is Christmas time and I thought it would be fun to read a story around the holiday. To me, the story was a rather ordinary mystery that only in passing refered to the holiday.
I was happy when the book ended and I could turn to a more exciting story.
I have not listened to a Perry book before but have read a couple. This one not nearly up to the standard set by her other books.
If the book was interesting.
I very much enjoy Anne Perry's writing. This is no exception. I would compare her writing to Agatha Christie. No undesirable language. Mr. Hardiman's narration is very pleasant. I plan to obtain all of her "Christmas" stories, and I'm also listening to her "Charlotte & Thomas Pitt" collection.
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