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A Christmas Hope (2013)

by Anne Perry

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A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry
Have read the author's other Christmas works and enjoyed them.
This one is about a party at Christmas but the events lead to a death. Someone has brought along a woman of the streets and there is a fight and she ends up dead.
Claudeen has gone outside for a breath of air when she comes upon the scene and Derek appears with a lot of blood all over himself and quite drunk.
She doesn't realize til the next day at things are not what they appear. She proceeds to find more clues and talk to many more and she does find them in time.
Will it be enough to free the wronged man from jail a Christmas hope when that's all that is left....
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device). ( )
  jbarr5 | May 20, 2015 |
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A tad bit heavy handed but a nice little story about how women, even in Victorian times, can find the courage to step out into the unknown for something they think is right.

I received this as an Early Reviewer book. Thanks! ( )
  majkia | Jul 19, 2014 |
I like this book, I will be looking for more on the Christmas series. ( )
  dstawarz | Mar 6, 2014 |
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I really like Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries, but I had never read any of her Christmas series. After this one, I will read others.

Claudine is a comfortable, well-to-do lady who is only really happy when she is volunteering at Hester Monk's clinic, a place very familiar to Perry fans. In this story she stands up to society to save the life of a man wrongfully accused of murder. The story was well-done and enjoyable, a quick, diverting read. ( )
  indianajane | Mar 4, 2014 |
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This is only the second Christmas-themed mystery I’ve read by Anne Perry. A Christmas Hope centers around the aristocratic Claudine Burroughs who, while attending a holiday party, inadvertently gets herself caught up in a murder mystery. This was a very quick read, full of period detail and some compelling characters. Mystery-wise it was very easy to see where the plot was going but it still held my attention. My only disappointment was it wasn’t more Christmas-y. Felt the holiday aspect was just sort of tacked onto the story. But fans of Ms. Perry should be happy to read this regardless.
  pkc181 | Feb 24, 2014 |
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Batten, KarinDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345530756, Hardcover)

Anne Perry’s “vastly entertaining” (The Star-Ledger) holiday novels are “as delicious as mince pie and plum pudding” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). A Christmas Hope is just as delectable—the gripping story of an unforgettable battle between goodness and evil in Victorian London—and a lonely woman’s search for meaning in her life.
 
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. Alas, an hour later, this fascinating man is enmeshed in a nightmare—accused of killing a young streetwalker who had been smuggled into the party.
 
Even though she suspects that an upper-class clique is quickly closing ranks to protect the real killer, Claudine and the clinic’s disreputable bookkeeper, Squeaky Robinson, vow to do their utmost for Dai. But it seems that hypocritical London society would rather send an innocent poet to the gallows than expose the shocking truth about one of their own.
 
Nevertheless, it’s the season of miracles and Claudine and Squeaky finally see a glimmer of hope—not only for Dai but for an innocent young woman teetering on the brink of a lifetime of unhappiness. Anne Perry’s heartwarming new holiday novel is a celebration of courage, faith, and love for all seasons.
 
PRAISE FOR THE CHRISTMAS NOVELS OF ANNE PERRY
 
“Perry’s Victorian-era holiday mysteries . . . are for many an annual treat.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
A Christmas Garland
 
“In Anne Perry’s gifted hands, the puzzle plays out brilliantly.”—Greensboro News & Record
 
A Christmas Homecoming
 
“Could have been devised by Agatha Christie . . . [Perry is] a modern master.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:18 -0400)

"Claudine Burroughs--who works with William Monk's wife Hester at the women's clinic--expects nothing but an unbearably boring several hours from a Christmas party she attends with her husband. However, when an endearingly romantic poet has his prostitute companion crash the glittering event--and the woman winds up dead--Claudine has more on her hands than she bargained for. Feeling sorry for the poet, she sets out to uncover the truth about what happened, in hopes of preventing his Christmas from being a dark one"--… (more)

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