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A Christmas Homecoming (edition 2012)

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Title:A Christmas Homecoming
Authors:Anne Perry
Info:Headline Book Publishing (2012), Paperback
Collections:OWNED, READ, GroupReads, TIOLI2012
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An older Anne Perry Christmas offering, featuring Charlotte Pitt's mother, Caroline and her actor second husband. The kind of book you can breeze through in an afternoon. Some nice insights into putting on a play about Dracula, but if you're looking for depth, or horror, this won't do it for you. It barely even does Christmas, and I have no idea what the Homecoming in the title is referring to. ( )
  bookczuk | Dec 14, 2014 |
So far, this is my favorite of Ms. Perry's Christmas books. I loved the descriptions of Joshua Fielding's company of players rehearsing an amateur production of Bram Stoker's Dracula, not to mention the characters' discussions of the symbolism in the novel. The scene where the missing body is found again is very effective. It's murder in a snowbound mansion -- no possibility of the old it must have been a stranger excuse.

Our amateur detective this time is Caroline Fielding, Charlotte and Emily's mother. She's definitely learned something from her daughters and her policeman son-in-law. Caroline may have lost her financial security and social respectability by marrying an actor 17 years her junior, but she's definitely better off than their rich host's wife, a nice lady stuck with a husband who refuses to let the interior decorating be changed from his mother's day. (Poor Eliza Netheridge's taste is quite different from what her mother-in-law's had been.) Miss Alice Netheridge, who has adapted the vampire novel into an amateur play, doesn't have much prospect of happiness with her pompous fiancé. Douglas has no desire for a wife who writes anything other than socially acceptable invitations and letters. My thought was that the best Christmas present Alice could receive is to be free of the twit. Could an opportune murder be the solution?

I'm not sure why 'homecoming' is part of the title, unless a. it's because some characters realize that home isn't really a particular building, b. some unpleasant chickens come home to roost, or c. some home truths get told. ( )
  JalenV | Feb 19, 2014 |
This is an excellent cozy mysteries for the holidays. It's a fast and easy read for those evenings by the fire where you just want to relax and unwind. The suspense is sustained until the end and only then is all revealed. There are life lessons to be learned within the pages and the story gives one food for thought.

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In A Christmas Homecoming, a familiar face from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels—Charlotte’s mother, Caroline—travels with her young husband, Joshua Fielding, and his theatrical troupe to Whitby, the Yorkshire fishing village where Dracula the vampire first touched English soil in the sensational novel named after him. Joshua has arranged to produce a stage adaptation of Dracula by the daughter of Whitby millionaire Charles Netheridge during the Christmas holiday, but after the disastrous first read-through of her amateurish script, only the fact that the company is depending on Netheridge’s financial backing for their spring tour keeps them at work.

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.

Anne Perry’s ninth Christmas novel keeps us poised on a razor’s edge of suspense, hypnotized by a story in which the heartwarming power of goodness is challenged by the seductive power of inner darkness. In the end, A Christmas Homecoming lifts the spirit and rejoices the heart. ( )
  KateBaxter | Jan 13, 2014 |
Anne Perry, well-known mystery writer pens a Christmas mystery every year centering around a minor character from one of her series. This Christmas novella finds us with Caroline and Joshua Fielding, the mother and stepfather of Charlotte Pitt.

Joshua and actor has been invited to Whitby to perform a play written by a potential backer's young daughter. The play is an adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. A major snowstorm dumps feet of snow in the area and the occupants of the Netheridge home are trapped right before Christmas. Need rehearsal, this causes no issues until a stranger who had also been stranded at the house, is found murdered with a stake through his heart.

What fun this mystery was especially since I was reading this for my December book club and in October we had read Dracula. It was so fun to see Dracula from another vantage point. ( )
  cyderry | Dec 14, 2012 |
Of course it is well written; I'm just not taken with vampires. ( )
  Reedley1 | Mar 16, 2012 |
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Among the brilliant array of Anne Perry’s New York Times bestselling novels, her Christmas stories occupy perhaps the warmest spot in the hearts of readers. Each one is a masterpiece of suspense; each is alight with the true holiday spirit.

In A Christmas Homecoming, a familiar face from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels—Charlotte’s mother, Caroline—travels with her young husband, Joshua Fielding, and his theatrical troupe to Whitby, the Yorkshire fishing village where Dracula the vampire first touched English soil in the sensational novel named after him. Joshua has arranged to produce a stage adaptation of Dracula by the daughter of Whitby millionaire Charles Netheridge during the Christmas holiday, but after the disastrous first read-through of her amateurish script, only the fact that the company is depending on Netheridge’s financial backing for their spring tour keeps them at work. 

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.

Anne Perry’s ninth Christmas novel keeps us poised on a razor’s edge of suspense, hypnotized by a story in which the heartwarming power of goodness is challenged by the seductive power of inner darkness. In the end, A Christmas Homecoming lifts the spirit and rejoices the heart.

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Traveling up the Yorkshire coast with her husband and his acting troupe, Caroline, the mother of Charlotte Pitt, anticipates their arrival at the famed fishing village landing sight of Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's tale and develops an awareness about inviting and disallowing evil.… (more)

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