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A Christmas garland : a novel (edition 2012)

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Title:A Christmas garland : a novel
Authors:Anne Perry
Info:New York : Ballantine Books, c2012.
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:***1/2
Tags:historical mystery, Christmas, ebook, NIL, NetGalley, RTT

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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 |
I read every book that Anne Perry writes. She is my favourite author, and I love all of them. I especially love these little Christmas gems. Each one is about a more minor character in either of Ms. Perry's Victorian series. This one is about Thomas Pitt's old boss Victor Narraway from the Thames River Police. Narraway is a young man of 20 during the time of this book. The book is set in India in 1857 and close to Christmas. That is is the year of the revolution when natives of India rose up in mutiny against the British garrison. The battle was called the Siege of Cawnpore. Many lives from both sides were lost and both sides were reeling from the violence. Young Victor is a Lieutenant for the British army and he is asked to defend a young medic who has been accused of aiding and abetting a traitor who when released, went on to betray a British patrol where many British soldiers were killed. Why did Tallis do this inexplicable thing-release a prisoner in order to betray a British patrol and kill the guard who had been guarding this prisoner? Young Victor doesn't know, but he feels in his bones that John Tallis is innocent.

For those of you familiar with the William Monk series, you will know that there is always a courtroom case in each book. Well this little book has its own court case. And even though the book is short Ms. Perry has not stinted on the detail. This book has all the attributes of one of Ms. Perry's regular length novels-great plot, wonderful characterization, evocative prose and a wonderful sense of time and place. I don't intend to ever miss one of these little Christmas stories. ( )
  Romonko | Nov 6, 2012 |
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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.
 
PRAISE FOR THE CHRISTMAS NOVELS OF ANNE PERRY
 
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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:31:15 -0400)

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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