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La promesse de Noël (edition 2009)

by Anne Perry, Pascale Haas (Traduction)

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Title:La promesse de Noël
Authors:Anne Perry
Other authors:Pascale Haas (Traduction)
Info:10/18 (2009), Edition: 10/18, Poche, 184 pages
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Tags:Romans policiers, Noël

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A Christmas Beginning by Anne Perry

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Superintendent Runcorn is taking a holiday at an island off the north coast of Wales. It's a very quiet place, especially to one used to the bustle and noise of London, but the open air and beauties of nature grow on him while he walks around. He sees a very unpleasant acquaintance from Dark Assassin, John Barclay. Runcorn has never forgotten Barclay's beautiful, widowed sister, Melisande.

Runcorn attends the same church as Barclay because he hopes to see Melisande there. At the same service, Runcorn sees the soon-to-be murder victim in passing. He'll be the one to find her brutally stabbed body in the cemetery. The person investigating the case is handsome, well off, going to marry Melisande, and clueless. Runcorn will need all the tact he doesn't possess to help the poor guy find out the truth.

The scenes between Runcorn and Melisande were the best part of the book. If, when reading A Sunless Sea, you found Runcorn a better person than he's been before, this book will explain why. ( )
  JalenV | Feb 26, 2014 |
For a few years now Anne Perry has taken a minor character from one of her Victorian mystery series and built a Christmas novella around him or her. Sometimes the character has not been presented as a pleasant one, but the Christmas story gives us a different viewpoint, and so it is with this one featuring Supt. Runcorn, William Monk's sometime opponent. Set on the isle of Anglesey off Wales, the setting is as much a character as the humans. Recommended. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
Okay, I love Anne Perry, but this is the first of the Christmas series I've read. And there is something a bit odd, I finally thought, about a book about murder placed in a cozy Christmas setting. Well, possibly not cozy; the wind was bleak and the society perhaps bleaker. It read as one of those...books that go on after the main book is done, but in the reader or author's mind. And I don't believe I read the main book referenced, in which Runyon first meets Melisande.
What I love about Perry is how sensate she is, how you can hear the birds call and taste the hearty breakfast, how the cold cuts to your bone, how you smell that metallic scent of blood there in the churchyard. I'll read anything by this author, but if you are new to her you should start with one of the main titles. ( )
  jarvenpa | Mar 31, 2013 |
Sometimes it's difficult to get away from work. Superintendent Runcorn is spending Christmas away from London on the island of Anglesey. While walking in the churchyard, he discovers the murdered body of a young woman. Although Runcorn has no jurisdiction in Anglesey, the local constable recognizes that he needs Runcorn's help to solve the murder since he has more experience with violent crime. He asks for Runcorn's assistance but keeps him at a distance, making sure that Runcorn is aware of his lower social status compared to his own and to the suspects in the case. Runcorn is already acquainted with one of the suspects. He had been involved with one of Runcorn's cases in London, and Runcorn is in love with his widowed sister. It's for Melisande's sake that Runcorn puts up with the scorn of the local investigators.

I found the side story of Runcorn's love for Melisande more interesting than the murder plot. Perhaps Anne Perry did, too. The investigation isn't as well developed as it could have been, and the resolution is awkward. I liked seeing a different side of Runcorn, who has enough self-honesty to recognize that the local constable is treating him in much the same way as Runcorn has treated his colleague, William Monk. It will be interesting to see if this new awareness will affect their relationship in future books in Perry's Monk series. ( )
  cbl_tn | Jan 5, 2013 |
Decent little mystery. Christmas incidental to the proceedings.

I didn't feel that this Runcorn was familiar from the Monk books -- as if his character had to shift a bit in order to make him an acceptable Perry protagonist. One of the character actions seemed predictable and preposterous (both!) Other than that, a good little plot, with fewer twists and turns than usual because of the length. ( )
  eilonwy_anne | Jan 16, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345485823, Hardcover)

Whatever the season, a new novel by bestselling author Anne Perry is always a wonderful gift, but her holiday novels are particularly special treats, and A Christmas Beginning is a deeply felt story of passion and redemption.

Superintendent Runcorn of Scotland Yard is spending Christmas on the wild and beautiful island of Anglesey off the north coast of Wales. On one of his solitary strolls, the lonely bachelor stumbles upon a lifeless body in the village churchyard. The unfortunate victim is quickly identified as Olivia Costain, the local vicar’s younger sister.

In life, Olivia had been a free spirit, full of charm and grace. For Runcorn, she is a haunting reminder of Melisande Ewart, the one woman he’s never been able to forget. Everyone on Anglesey is quick to insist that only a stranger to the island could have committed the heinous crime. But the evidence proves otherwise, and the unpopular work of discovering who among Olivia’s friends and neighbors–and numerous eligible suitors–is a ruthless killer falls to Runcorn. A plebian outsider in the drawing rooms of the snobbish local gentry, Runcorn never dreams that the key that will unlock the secrets of Olivia’s life and death may also, miraculously, open the door to a new future for himself.

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Spending his Christmas holidays on the remote island of Anglesey, off the north coast of Wales, Superintendent Runcorn is called in to investigate when the sister of the local vicar is found murdered and draped over a gravestone in her brother's churchyard.… (more)

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