A Christmas Garland
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A Christmas Garland

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“[Anne] Perry’s Victorian-era holiday mysteries [are] an annual treat,” declared The Wall Street Journal. Perry continues this magnificent tradition with A Christmas Garland, a yuletide tale set in exotic India. This time the mistress of mystery tells the story of a terrible crime that sets the stage for another: that of knowingly accusing an innocent man of murder.

The year is 1857, soon after the tragic Siege of Cawnpore. In the British garrison, a guard is killed and an Indian prisoner escapes, which leads to yet more British deaths. Cries for revenge are overwhelming. Despite no witnesses and no evidence against him, a luckless British medical orderly named John Tallis is arrested as an accomplice simply because he was the only soldier unaccounted for when these baffling crimes were committed.

Though chosen to defend Tallis, young Lieutenant Victor Narraway is not encouraged to try very hard. Narraway’s superiors merely want a show trial. But inspired by a soldier’s widow and her children, and by his own stubborn faith in justice, Narraway searches for the truth. In an alien world haunted by memories of massacre, he is the accused man’s only hope. The trial of John Tallis equals the white–knuckle best of Anne Perry’s breathtaking courtroom dramas, as Narraway struggles to persevere against appalling odds and a frightful injustice.

Title:A Christmas Garland
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0345530748
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages

    A Christmas Garland Reviews

  • Sylvia Kelso
    Jan 06, 2013

    Memo to self: do NOT buy any more Anne Perry Christmas books. I liked the first half-dozen, but the last couple suffered more and more from her increasing wordiness, repetition, and diffuseness, and t...

  • Gerry
    Jan 02, 2016

    With the festive season coming to an end, I thought I would squeeze in another Christmas read. However, if one is looking for merriment, parties and Christmas activity, this is not the one to read. Th...

  • Shirley Schwartz
    Nov 04, 2012

    These little books are a Christmas tradition for me. I read every book that Anne Perry writes. She is my favourite author, and I love all of them. I especially love these little Christmas gems. Each o...

  • Sophia
    Nov 29, 2013

    I loved this opportunity to go back in time to see what Pitt's commander, Victor Narraway was like as a young man. The setting of India just after the Mutiny was colorful and intense even without the ...

  • Andrea Guy
    Dec 30, 2013

    Don't read this book if you are expecting a light fluffy Christmas tale. This isn't anything like that. It is a mystery set in 1857 India.Narraway is given the task of trying to defend Tallis, an orde...

  • Lisa
    Nov 30, 2012

    Don't let the cover photo (of a Christmas-decorated veranda overlooking a snow-covered scene) fool you--this book has almost nothing to do with Christmas. It takes place in India, shortly after the si...

  • Loraine
    Nov 14, 2014

    SUMMARY: The year is 1857, soon after the violent Siege of Cawnpore, with India in the midst of rebellion. In the British garrison, a guard is killed and an Indian prisoner escapes, which leads to yet...

  • Diane S ?
    Nov 01, 2012

    3.5 Every year at Christmas time, Perry writes a novella featuring one of the characters from her books that doesn't ever really have a starring role, so to speak. In this book, she takes Victor Narra...

  • Debbie Maskus
    Nov 04, 2012

    I love to read Christmas stories during the holiday season, and have always enjoyed Anne Perry. This book was a disappointment, as the characters were flat and the story not too interesting. The endin...

  • Carol
    Nov 05, 2012

    The conclusion to the who dunnit is clever, a puzzle solution more or less, and I did like Narraway, his willingness to try his hardest to provide the best defense he can, but overall it’s not a boo...

About Anne Perry

Anne Perry

Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.Juliet took the name "Anne Perry," the latter being her stepfather's surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin