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A Christmas Guest: A Novel (The Christmas Stories) (edition 2005)

by Anne Perry

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Title:A Christmas Guest: A Novel (The Christmas Stories)
Authors:Anne Perry
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The Christmas Guest - Anne Perry
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This Christmas novella is a spin-off of Perry’s Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. It features Charlotte’s cantankerous Grandmama, Mariah Ellison. Another Christmas blizzard, and a fortuitous murder turns the bitter Mariah into an amature detective while providing her with a Scrooge-like opportunity for character reformation. Three hours of lightweight entertainment; which was perfect for my round trip holiday drive.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
Mariah Ellison, grandmother to Charlotte Ellison Pitt of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, is the focus of this Christmas offering. In Half Moon Street we readers learned what made Mrs. Ellison such a nasty person. Having the secret she'd kept so long come out hasn't turned her all sweetness and light. I can imagine the delight with which Emily let her Grandmama know that she was being foisted on her daughter-in-law and Caroline's second husband for Christmas. Why wasn't the old shrew foisted on her other surviving granddaughter and family? As if Mrs. Ellison would lower herself to stay in the home of a *sneer* policeman (lucky Pitts!)

Farewell, London, hello Romney Marsh. Caroline and Josiah are gracious hosts and Mrs. Ellison an ungrateful guest. She's particularly outraged when Joshua's family sends Aunt Maude to stay with them. Maude has spent 40 years in countries such as Egypt and Persia. She's a fascinating person -- I loved her descriptions of the places she'd been -- but Mrs. Ellison refuses to admit it. Then picture-of-health Maude dies in the night.

Mrs. Ellison suspects murder. She contrives to get herself appointed to bring the sad news to the rest of the family in person. While she tries to ferret out the truth, Mrs. Ellison acts like a nice, decent human being for a change. After all, these persons don't what she's been like for decades. Mariah finds she enjoys being nice. She also learns a bit of respect for her grandson-in-law, Thomas. His work is more difficult than she'd thought.

The truth sets several of the characters free. I rather wish we could have seen what Emily and family thought of the new and improved Grandmama when they met again. ( )
  JalenV | Mar 3, 2014 |
Another of Anne Perry's Christmas novellas about a minor character from one of her Victorian mysteries. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
i have a feeling that i don't like ann perry but this one was ok. a little scrooge action ( )
  mahallett | Mar 27, 2012 |
Think - Jessica Fletcher goes to Victorian England. A light little mystery, maybe even a cozy, but not too chicky for my taste. I will definitely read more of Anne Perry's works. ( )
  catmommie | Jun 11, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345483804, Hardcover)

Anne Perry has dazzled readers for decades with her gripping Victorian novels and has won new fans with her acclaimed World War I series. Perry’s thrilling Christmas novels, recent additions to her unique repertoire, are set in the most joyous season of the year.

In A Christmas Guest, Mariah Ellison, better known as the vinegar-tongued Grandmama from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, makes a stunning appearance in a bracing story full of devious delight . . . and certain death.
For Grandmama Ellison, Christmas is no reason to celebrate. And when her daughter and son-in-law plan a Christmas vacation to Paris sans hers truly, the cantankerous Grandmama is forced to stay elsewhere–and travels to the chilly, windswept Romney Marshes to spend the holiday with Charlotte Pitt’s parents, Caroline and Joshua Fielding.

Grandmama is immediately miserable. For starters, Christmas with the Fieldings is nothing like the cultured life to which she’s accustomed, and the Romney Marshes are unbearably provincial. When Joshua’s cousin Maude Barrington arrives, Grandmama is at her wit’s end. Although Maude is well traveled and friendly, Grandmama thinks she’s improper and strange. But when Maude is found lifeless in bed, Grandmama senses foul play and takes it upon herself to assume the role of amateur detective–uncovering not only the truth about Maude Barrington but some startling truths about herself as well.

Enlivened with bold characters and vivid, witty writing, A Christmas Guest is yet another holiday novella with the perfect combination of mystery and murder mixed with a generous helping of yuletide cheer.

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During a holiday visit to the home of Charlotte Pitt's parents, Grandmama is called upon to play the role of amateur detective when a fellow guest--an outcast from her own family--is murdered.

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