A Christmas Secret
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A Christmas Secret


Just in time for the holidays, Anne Perry gives her fans a marvelous gift: a new yuletide yarn full of light celebration and dark mischief.

Dominic Corde is thrilled to “fill the robe” as substitute vicar in the village of Cottisham, while the Reverend Wynter is away on a three-week Christmas holiday. Glad to escape his dreary London flat and a less-than-satisfying job as church curate, Dominic and his beloved wife, Clarice, set off for what they hope will be a lovely winter getaway.

Upon arrival, in the midst of a frigid, exceptionally snowy season, Dominic and Clarice are welcomed by warm, hospitable neighbors and enchanted by the cozy, inviting vicarage. Everything seems almost too perfect. Dominic’s only concern is how he will be received by the congregation, who hold the Reverend Wynter in such high regard. But as Clarice soon discovers, she and Dominic have much more dire matters to worry about. It turns out that the Reverend Wynter isn’t on holiday at all–and that something very sinister has transpired.

As a blizzard leaves Cottisham treacherously snowbound and the isolated village swirls with unsavory secrets, Dominic and Clarice suddenly find themselves in deadly danger.

Title:A Christmas Secret
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages

    A Christmas Secret Reviews

  • Dorothy
    Nov 25, 2008

    This is the book selected for reading by my library mystery book group. It's probably not one I would have chosen on my own, although I am a fan of Anne Perry. I have long loved and followed the Charl...

  • Josephine
    Dec 07, 2016

    Although I had not realised that this was the fourth book in a series it was a fine stand alone read.The story is set in 1890 in the village of Cottisham. The Reverend Wynter notifies the bishop that ...

  • Jess Swann
    Aug 27, 2013

    Un Anne Perry comme je les aime. Déjà il met en scène Dominic Corde, l'ex beau frère de Charlotte que j'ai toujours apprécié. Par ailleurs, l'intrigue est à la hauteur et l'ambiance est bien re...

  • June Ahern
    Jul 24, 2013

    Always Glad to Be Warm - maybe that's why I read so many of this author's Christmas novellas this summer. I enjoy Anne Perry's mysteries, some more so than others. This one is good. I certainly did f...

  • Correen
    Dec 17, 2014

    Perry features lesser characters from earlier books in her Christmas series. As is the case with the in this series, it is not a complicated book but well done. The characters are a minister and a fam...

  • Erica T
    Dec 26, 2015

    Despite having a Christmas name and being set during the weeks before Christmas I wouldn't really call this a Christmas story. It was more of a cozy mystery. It was a fun, quick read that was very cle...

  • Heather
    Dec 29, 2008

    It was quite plain the Perry was trying to put out a short Christmas mystery for her publisher. It didn't deliver like I'd hoped. The story was very rushed at the end. Although there were plenty of re...

  • Carol
    Dec 08, 2014

    yes, I know it's not as satisfying as one of Perry's full-length, non-holiday-set novels, but I loved A Christmas Secret for its sense of place and its narrator. I read it in 2 days and didn't want it...

  • Anne
    Oct 10, 2009

    A very entertaining short novella with a Christmas theme - perfect reading for the time of year, and liked her writing....

  • Susie
    Dec 15, 2016

    A picturesque English village, a not too complicated mystery and a heartfelt message adds up to a nice holiday treat....

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