Christmas Stories

16 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 907 ratings

A Christmas Journey Publisher's Summary

It's Christmas and the well-born guests who have gathered at Applecross for a delicious weekend of relaxation are warmed by roaring fires, mistletoe, 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 Vespasia must uncover the heartbreaking truth behind the tragedy.

©2003 Anne Perry; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
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  • Book 1

    • A Christmas Journey

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    It's Christmas and the well-born guests who have gathered at Applecross for a delicious weekend of relaxation are warmed by roaring fires, mistletoe, 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 Vespasia must uncover the heartbreaking truth behind the tragedy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Never tire of Anne Perry

    • By Joan on 12-22-17

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 2

    • A Christmas Visitor

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
    • Length: 4 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 85

    The joyful tranquility of a snowbound estate in the Lake District of England is overturned in a moment by a shocking murder. Renowned mathematician and inventor Henry Rathbone - long known to listeners of Perry's bestselling Victorian series featuring William Monk - must put his analytical and creative capacities to the test as he assumes the role of an amateur investigator. In this delightful Christmas tale, he rescues the holiday with a grace that would impress William Monk himself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Enjoyable

    • By twist on 03-28-12

    Regular price: $10.46

    • A Christmas Visitor

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    It is mid-December and Henry Rathbone travels to the Dreghorn family manor house near Ullswater. But despite the festive season and the beautiful surroundings, this is not a happy occasion; he is going to comfort the family following the death of his friend, the master of the house. It seems that Judah Dreghorn slipped while crossing a stream in the grounds of the estate in the middle of the night, and drowned. And, when Henry arrives, he finds that there is more than a widow's grief to contend with....

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  • Book 3

    • A Christmas Guest

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    Cantankerous and vinegar-tongued Grandmama, from Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, is the leading character in this Christmas novel, which unfolds in the chilly, windswept Romney Marshes off the English Channel. Grandmama arrives on a holiday visit to the home of Charlotte's parents, where a fellow guest--an outcast from her own family--is subsequently murdered. Like the heroes before her in Anne Perry's Christmas novels, Grandmama is called upon to play the role of amateur detective.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Christmas Murder in England

    • By Debbie on 05-02-13

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  • Book 4

    • A Christmas Secret

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    Dominic and Clarice Corde, who met and fell in love in Brunswick Gardens, journey to a quaint hamlet to replace the local vicar who is away on holiday. The holiday takes a nasty turn when the vicar is discovered not to be away at all, but brutally murdered and stashed in the cellar. So instead of fulfilling the vicar's duties, the Cordes are charged with solving his murder. All the while, the picturesque village is becoming increasingly and dangerously snowbound, its residents trapped as a killer remains at large.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I Love the Anne Perry Books.....

    • By Cricket on 11-09-16

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  • Book 5

    • A Christmas Beginning

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    Superintendent Runcorn (Anne Perry fans will remember him as William Monk's ex-boss) is feeling rather lonely during his holiday on the remote, snowy island of Anglesey, off the northern coast of Wales. However, he is suddenly called into action when the sister of the local vicar is discovered murdered and draped over a gravestone in her brother's churchyard.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Christmas Murder Mystery

    • By Debbie on 05-02-13

    Regular price: $13.97

  • Book 6

    • A Christmas Grace

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    Thomas Pitt's sister-in-law, Emily Radley, is suddenly called from London to be with her dying aunt. Leaving her husband and two children behind, she makes the long journey to her aunt's home in Connemara, an all-but-forgotten town on the coast of Western Ireland. Emily soon discovers that a tragic legacy is haunting the once close-knit community. Violent storms ravage the coast and keep alive painful memories of an unsolved murder-and unsettling fears that a culprit may still be among them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love Anne Perry

    • By Gracie on 12-16-17

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  • Book 7

    • A Christmas Promise

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    It's a freezing winter day in London, 1895, when two young girls have a chance meeting. The pair turn out to have much in common: both are poor, both are parentless. But Minnie Maude, only eight, has even worse problems: the uncle with whom she lived has just been murdered, and if that's not enough, the family's donkey has run away. Her new friend Gracie, all of 13, feels obliged to help her, and so the girls team up to solve the mystery - and find Charlie the donkey.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • sweet book

    • By Norma garcia on 03-12-17

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  • Book 8

    • A Christmas Odyssey

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Henry Rathbone is called by an old friend whose son has gone missing 10 days before the Christmas holiday. Now in his early twenties, Lucien has known trouble for some time and has often fallen victim to the vices of drugs, alcohol and women. His father now fears the worst. Their old friend and reformed brothel-owner, Squeaky Robinson, volunteers to help. Henry agrees and, joined by Crow, a young doctor at the clinic, the pair trawls the pubs, brothels, and opium dens of the West End in search of clues.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • NOT a Christmas Novel - even a little.

    • By L. Holloway on 12-12-10

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  • Book 9

    • A Christmas Homecoming

    • A Novel
    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 75

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another favorite!

    • By GrandmaG on 12-25-12

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  • Book 10

    • A Christmas Garland

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Robin L on 11-24-12

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  • Book 11

    • A Christmas Hope

    • A Novel
    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    Claudine Burroughs, a volunteer in Hester Monk's clinic for sick and injured prostitutes, no longer expects closeness with her coldly ambitious husband and dreads the holidays. Then, at a glittering Yuletide gala, she meets the attractive poet Dai Tregarron, and suddenly her spirits lift. But an hour later, this fascinating man is enmeshed in a nightmare - accused of killing a young streetwalker who had been smuggled into the party.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Sad but Sweet

    • By Bleu on 12-05-13

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  • Book 12

    • A New York Christmas

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
    • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 63

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A pretty typical Anne Perry Christmas story

    • By Michel on 08-12-16

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  • Book 13

    • A Christmas Escape

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    Lonely Charles Latterly arrives at his small hotel hoping that the island's blue skies and gentle breezes will brighten his spirits. Unfortunately, there's no holiday cheer to be found among his fellow guests, who include a pompous novelist, a stuffy colonel, a dangerously ill-matched married couple, and an ailing old man. The one charming exception is orphaned teenager Candace Finbar, who takes Charles under her wing and introduces him to the island's beauty.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hester’s Brother Charles

    • By Lois L. on 12-10-17

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  • Book 14

    • A Christmas Message

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 30

    When Victor Narraway, Thomas Pitt's close friend and former boss, and his new wife, Lady Vespasia, travel to Jerusalem for a Christmas holiday, Vespasia cannot shake the feeling that they are being watched. Then, an old man leaves a mysterious envelope for Narraway - and is murdered soon after. But it is only when the couple is ambushed the following morning that they realize they are in grave danger.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Religious fantasy, not the usual historical fiction

    • By Rebecca on 01-03-17

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  • Book 15

    • A Christmas Return

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    When a beautiful Christmas package appears on Grandmama's porch, it's much too heavy for the Christmas pudding it holds. With her family away for the holidays, Grandmama digs in to the pudding, only to find a cannon ball baked inside. Instantly, her memory flies back to a friendship she destroyed a decade before. Hoping to make amends, Grandmama travels to Surrey and joins up with her former friend's grandson to solve the murder of his grandfather - who Grandmama once loved and whose death she blamed, out of jealousy, on her friend.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Mariah Ellison tackles another Christmas mystery

    • By Elisabeth Carey on 11-16-17

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