Anne Perry's Christmas Vigil

Two Victorian Holiday Mysteries

By Anne Perry
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345524911, 389pp.)

Publication Date: October 25, 2011

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IN THESE TWO HOLIDAY MYSTERIES SET IN VICTORIAN LONDON, CHRISTMAS COMES WITH A HELPING OF MAGIC AND MURDER.
 
A CHRISTMAS PROMISE
 
Three days before Christmas, in London’s East End, thirteen-year-old Gracie Phipps encounters eight-year-old Minnie Maude Mudway, freezing and alone. Only the day before, someone murdered Minnie Maude’s Uncle Alf and made off with his rag-and-bones cart—as well as with Charlie, the beloved donkey who pulled it. Now, Grace and Minnie Maude set off to rescue Charlie. But the path that Uncle Alf had taken to his death was not his regular route, and in his cart, the children are told, was a dazzling golden casket that could very well be a Pandora’s box of evil or a shining prize of hope.
 
A CHRISTMAS ODYSSEY
 
Ten days before Christmas, James Wentworth feels not joy but grief. His reckless son, Lucien, has been lured into a world of drugs and wild passion. Wentworth’s only hope, he believes, is his old friend Henry Rathbone, who volunteers to search for the wayward young man with the help of two new companions—Squeaky Robinson, a reformed brothel-keeper, and Crow, a mysterious slum doctor. As this odd trio gathers clues about Lucien’s disappearance on London’s dark streets, they find themselves on a mission whose outcome they cannot begin to guess.




About the Author
Anne Perry is a New York Times bestselling author noted for her memorable characters, historical accuracy and exploration of social and ethical issues. Her two series, one featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt, and one featuring Inspector William Monk, have been published in multiple languages. Anne Perry has also published a successful series based around WWI and the Reavley family, and the recent standalone novel The Sheen On The Silk. Anne Perry was selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime.' She now lives in LA.


Praise For Anne Perry's Christmas Vigil

"When Anne Perry writes her Christmas novels, it’s almost as if Charles Dickens has come back from the grave to treat readers to another heartwarming holiday story.”—Winston-Salem Journal

“Should be on the Christmas stocking list of anyone who likes a sniffle of nostalgia.”—The Washington Times

“[Perry] writes with detail that invades the senses.”—Lincoln Journal Star

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