A Christmas Hope

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Thorndike Press, 2013 - Fiction - 365 pages
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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.
"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"

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A Christmas Hope

User Review  - Barbara Hoffert - Book Verdict

In Perry's 11th Christmas novel, Claudine Burroughs (friend of William Monk's wife, a Perry regular) is bored at yet another festive event until a charming poet arrives with his prostitute companion. When the woman is found dead, Claudine starts to play sleuth. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Anne Perry is the bestselling author of ten earlier holiday novels--"A Christmas Garland, A Christmas Homecoming, A Christmas Odyssey, A Christmas Promise, A Christmas Grace, A Christmas Beginning, A Christmas Secret, A Christmas Guest, A Christmas Visitor, "and" A Christmas Journey"--as well as the William Monk series and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series set in Victorian England, five World War I novels, and a work of historical fiction, "The Sheen on the Silk." Anne Perry lives in Scotland.