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A Christmas secret by Anne Perry

A Christmas secret (edition 2006)

by Anne Perry, Terrence Hardiman

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Title:A Christmas secret
Authors:Anne Perry
Other authors:Terrence Hardiman
Info:North Kingstown, RI : Sound Library/BBC Audiobooks America, p2006.
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Tags:historical mystery, Christmas, audiobook, NIL, KCPL, RTT

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A Christmas Secret by Anne Perry



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Dominic Corde was introduced as Sarah Ellison Corde's handsome husband in the first Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel, The Cater Street Hangman, although Charlotte was still Miss Ellison at the time. Dominic was widowed in a horrible manner. His second wife, Clarice, was introduced in Brunswick Gardens. If you haven't read the latter yet, go read it first if you don't want to be spoiled as to who the killer was. One thing that surprised me from listening to the audio version was hearing Clarice's name pronounced as if it rhymed with 'Harris" instead of 'Claire --eese'.

Dominic is still relatively new to being a man of the cloth. He's been curate to a London vicar who sounds as if he should never have been allowed to mentor anyone. Certainly he's done nothing for Dominic's self-confidence. It doesn't help that the Reverend Wynter, for whom Dominic is subbing, is a wise, good, elderly, and much-loved man. The vicarage is a very nice house, much nicer than where the Cordes have been living. Some of its pictures are Rev. Wynter's work. He's a talented artist.

Wynter's mutt and cat aren't terribly friendly to their master's substitute and his wife, but they're not a pain, either, aside from the dog sulking. That is, until Clarice has to go down to the cellar to get more coal and the cat slips in ahead of her, as cats will. Clarice enlists the help of the dog to find the cat and finds something she very much wishes she hadn't. At least it explains why the reverend didn't take his art supplies with him on his holiday.

The doctor is an arrogant twit who doesn't believe Clarice and Dominic when they try to explain what Clarice noticed when she cleaned the corpse up a little. The village is becoming snowbound. The Cordes need to find the murderer. Along the way they discover some secrets that have been kept for years, any one of which might have been a motive for murder. ( )
  JalenV | Feb 19, 2014 |
A very enjoyable murder mystery that was an easy read. A Vicar and his wife are sent to a small village for several weeks to fill in for a beloved old Reverend who has taken a vacation. It is shortly before Christmas. Colorful characters and an interesting setting. Pretty much all I want from a cozy mystery. I don't want to spoil the plot, so that is all I'll say. ( )
  RBeffa | Dec 15, 2013 |
If you liked [book:The Jane Austen Book Club], you'll probably enjoy this book, too, which follows three different women who are of different stations and classes of life. It's easy reading, but with more substance than I expected, making it very enjoyable.

Yes, the three engaging storylines are all tied up neatly by the end, but the book asks and ponders some decent questions about literature and its affect on our lives. It uses a number of classic novels (and Harry Potter) to propose that 'literature teaches us how to live authentic lives' (an indirect quotation from the novel). Do the characters actually learn how to live by reading? I think the answer is yes, though I appreciate how their lives are only slightly (yet significantly) altered. The outcomes are realistic, not complete transformations.

I recommend this book: a great light read that still makes you think! ( )
  LDVoorberg | Apr 7, 2013 |
Anne Perry's A Christmas Secret is currently my favorite of the ones I've read in this series. It features two characters introduced in her Thomas & Charlotte Pitt series. Dominic Corde and his wife arrive in a village just before Christmas. The vicar has been called away suddenly and the bishop has appointed Dominic to fill in during the vicar's absence. The couple begins to suspect that something isn't right with the vicar's absence, and their suspicions are soon confirmed. Their discoveries raise questions concerning sin, repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation. These theological reflections are the other reason I liked this book so well. They are fitting subjects to contemplate during the Christmas season. Potential readers should be aware that the book includes spoilers for Brunswick Gardens. ( )
1 vote cbl_tn | Dec 15, 2012 |
This is the first Anne Perry novel I've ever read. I had heard she was an excellent writer, famous for her period mysteries. For several years, she has taken characters from those mystery novels and written Christmas mysteries. This one is #4 in the series. I normally will only read series in the order they are written, but all of these are stand alone novels, so it's ok to read them any order you wish.

A Christmas Secret is a light, easy to read mystery. It stars the vicar Dominic Corde and his wife, Clarice, from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. All the characters in this book are full of life, each with their own personality quirks.

I particularly enjoyed Clarice who, even though a female in the Victorian era, was a very strong lady and didn't rely on her husband for everything. She did her own part in looking for clues in solving the murder.

This is a great Christmas book to pick up if you enjoy mysteries, historical fiction, and don't want anything too heavy. ( )
  NCRainstorm | Dec 11, 2011 |
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Just in time for the holidays, Anne Perry gives her fans a marvelous gift: a new yuletide yarn full of light celebration and dark mischief.

Dominic Corde is thrilled to “fill the robe” as substitute vicar in the village of Cottisham, while the Reverend Wynter is away on a three-week Christmas holiday. Glad to escape his dreary London flat and a less-than-satisfying job as church curate, Dominic and his beloved wife, Clarice, set off for what they hope will be a lovely winter getaway.

Upon arrival, in the midst of a frigid, exceptionally snowy season, Dominic and Clarice are welcomed by warm, hospitable neighbors and enchanted by the cozy, inviting vicarage. Everything seems almost too perfect. Dominic’s only concern is how he will be received by the congregation, who hold the Reverend Wynter in such high regard. But as Clarice soon discovers, she and Dominic have much more dire matters to worry about. It turns out that the Reverend Wynter isn’t on holiday at all–and that something very sinister has transpired.

As a blizzard leaves Cottisham treacherously snowbound and the isolated village swirls with unsavory secrets, Dominic and Clarice suddenly find themselves in deadly danger.

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Heading for a rural village to replace the local vicar who is away on holiday, Dominic and Clarice Corde are stunned when they discover the corpse of the murdered vicar stashed in the cellar and launch an investigation to find a killer in a picturesque hamlet that is snowbound by a blizzard.… (more)

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