Sunday, October 28, 2012


A Christmas Garland


Anne Perry

On Sale Date: 10/30/2012

 $18.00/$21.00 Can.


Fiction / Mystery & Detective

Ballantine Books
208 pages

About the Book . . . 

Featuring an exotic Indian setting, A Christmas Garland is for buyers of holiday gift books; for Anne Perry's extensive fan base; for readers who have discovered her as a New York Times bestselling author; and for those who loved her nine previous Christmas novels.

Anne Perry's tenth Christmas novel follows a young Victor Narraway (Pitt's future boss) as he receives his first assignment. Sent to India during the midst of the Indian Mutiny against the East India Company, Narraway is charged with defending a British medical orderly accused of murdering a fellow guard. Narraway likes the jovial orderly, Tallis, and is distraught to think that his own inexperience could cost another man his life. But with the help of two small children, a Christmas garland, and some brilliant detective work he manages to find his Christmas miracle-and Narraway learns a lesson about hope which he carries with him for the rest of his life.

Story Locale:
1857 India   

 About the Author . . .  

ANNE PERRY is the New York Times bestselling author of nine earlier holiday novels, two acclaimed mystery series set in Victorian England, and one set during World War I. She has also written a stand-alone novel set in the Ottoman Empire, the national bestseller The Sheen on the Silk. She lives in the Scottish Highlands.

Reader Review . . . 

Young Victor Narraway has been assigned to defend an orderly against the charge of murdering a guard and allowing a criminal to go free.  Because there is no one else who could have possibly committed the crime, and everyone in the regiment wants swift justice, the trial is merely a formality.  But Narraway is determined to give the accused his best effort.

Anyone who is already a fan of Anne Perry's novels will recognize the character of Narraway.  This stand-alone Christmas novel is set much earlier in his life than the Thomas Pitt novels, and gives the reader a glimpse of his military background.  His character's soul-searching quest for justice and truth set against the backdrop of a tragedy at Christmas makes for a great holiday mystery.

5 stars

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Edelweiss book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”        


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