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A Christmas Garland by Anne Perry

A Christmas Garland

by Anne Perry

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I tried reading a German translation from the library. The translation was so horrible that I couldn't finish it, but the story was interesting enough that I bought the e-book to finish it.

You know all along that there is going to be a surprising end to the story. I thought I had it figured out, but the real end was much better (and much more surprising) than The one I expected.

So much for the mystery part of the book. What I really enjoyed was the exploration of how the various members of the Cawnpore British community reacted to continuing to live in the shadow of the mutiny. This is kept muted, but is still the underlying premise of the whole story. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Jan 10, 2017 |
An excellent entry in this series. Set in the past and in another place but a good story well told. ( )
  jamespurcell | Apr 11, 2014 |
The Christmas Garland by Anne Perry
India 1837-This story starts out with Lt. Narraway and he's been given an assignment-to be the lawyer for the soldier who's being charged with murder.
He goes to visit him in jail and John Tallis claims he is not guilty of the crime and tells the lt. what happened the night in question.
He then cycles it through his mind and tries to figure out different angles and how things could've been.
He also questions the others and their story is pretty much the same, different words. At the end he goes back to the house where the father lived and meets the little girl and the blue chain she has made with her mother.
He plays with her and has a meal and then must leave-he may have found the answer... ( )
  jbarr5 | Dec 18, 2013 |
After a prisoner escapes from prison, killing a guard in the process and then causing an ambush that killed several soldiers, an investigation rules out all suspects but one. Young Lieutenant Victor Narraway is ordered to defend the man, mainly because Narraway is a new arrival to the post. Narraway is not haunted by memories of the recent siege and its atrocities, and he can't later be accused of bias in his conduct during the trial. Although it's obvious to everyone that the accused man must have committed the murder, it's also important that he be seen to receive a fair trial. Narraway's superior insists that Narraway provide some reason for the crime at the trial. He has less than 48 hours to come up with a defense since the trial must be over before Christmas. What possible explanation can there be that makes any sense?

War and massacres of innocent civilians may seem like an odd topic for a Christmas novel. Perry forces readers, through her characters, to consider theological questions regarding God's existence, good and evil, mercy and justice. Narraway (and Perry) look into the darkest aspects of humanity and see a glimpse of hope revealed in the meaning of Christmas and its celebration. As always with her Christmas novellas, it's possible to enjoy this one without reading any of the previous books in this series or in the Thomas & Charlotte Pitt series in which Narraway is a minor character.

This review is based on an electronic advanced reading copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley. ( )
  cbl_tn | Dec 28, 2012 |
This is the first Anne Perry Christmas mystery I have read. It won't be my last. The perfect length and sentiment makes this the book equivalent of a much needed cocktail after a day of yuletide stress. Fans of Perry as well as newcomers will be most satisfied with this story about a corporal on trial for helping a Sikh prisoner escape and the murder of his guard during the British occupation of India. ( )
  hfineisen | Dec 19, 2012 |
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Huey, BelinaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prebble, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345530748, Hardcover)

“An annual treat,” declared The Wall Street Journal of Anne Perry’s Victorian-era holiday mysteries. Now she continues this magnificent tradition with A Christmas Garland, a yuletide tale set in exotic India. This time the mistress of mystery tells the story of a terrible crime that sets the stage for another: accusing an innocent man of murder.
The year is 1857, soon after the violent Siege of Cawnpore, with India in the midst of rebellion. 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.
Though chosen to defend Tallis, young Lieutenant Victor Narraway is not encouraged to try very hard. Narraway’s superiors merely want a show trial. But inspired by a soldier’s widow and her children, and by his own stubborn faith in justice, Narraway searches for the truth. In an alien world haunted by memories of massacre, he is the accused man’s only hope.
The trial of John Tallis equals the white-knuckle best of Anne Perry’s breathtaking courtroom dramas. And thanks to a simple Christmas garland and some brilliant detective work, Narraway perseveres against appalling odds, learning how to find hope within himself—and turn the darkest hour into one full of joy and light.
A Christmas Homecoming
“Could have been devised by Agatha Christie . . . [Perry is] a modern master.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Vastly entertaining . . . uplifting and thought-provoking by turns.”—The Star-Ledger
A Christmas Odyssey
“[Perry] writes with detail that invades the senses.”—Lincoln Journal Star
A Christmas Promise
“Poignant . . . should be on the Christmas stocking list of anyone who likes a sniffle of nostalgia.”—The Washington Times
A Christmas Grace
“[A] heartwarming, if crime-tinged, complement to the holiday season.”—Booklist
A Christmas Beginning
“Intriguing . . . Perry’s use of period detail is, as always, strong and evocative.”—The Seattle Times

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In 1857 India, young Lieutenant Victor Narraway, with the help of two small children and a Christmas garland, defends a British medical orderly throughout a murder investigation.

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