A Christmas Promise
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A Christmas Promise

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Anne Perry’s Victorian Christmas novels have attracted as many faithful readers as her two New York Times bestselling series featuring investigators Thomas Pitt and William Monk. A Christmas Promise is the seventh in Perry’s holiday series, and it will surely bring joy to this special season.

Three days before Christmas, in the freezing slums of London’s East End, thirteen-year-old Gracie Phipps encounters Minnie Maude Mudway, who is only eight, alone, and determined to find her friend Charlie.

However Charlie is no ordinary companion: He is a donkey who belonged to Minnie Maude’s Uncle Alf. Gracie is shocked to learn that only the day before, someone brutally murdered Uncle Alf and made off with his rag-and-bones cart and the beloved beast who pulled it. Now, come hell or high water, Minnie Maude means to rescue Charlie–and Gracie decides to help. But the path that Uncle Alf had taken to his death was not his regular route, and in his cart were not just the usual bits of worn silver and china but also, the children are told, a dazzling golden box. What its contents may have been no one can say, for, like Charlie and the cart, it too has vanished.

Uncertain where their four-legged friend may be, the children are drawn into an adult world far beyond their innocent imaginings. And in a shop gleaming with beautiful objects, they recruit an unexpected ally: Mr. Balthasar, who warns them that the shining prize may be a Pandora’s box of evil.

Set in the Victorian world where Anne Perry reigns supreme, A Christmas Promise culminates in a radiant finale that will remain with you long after the final page is turned.

Title:A Christmas Promise
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0345510666
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages

    A Christmas Promise Reviews

  • Sarah
    Dec 07, 2015

    8/12 - A simple, unsophisticated historical mystery. I had just finished A Christmas Hope and was expecting this to have some of the same characters, but A Christmas Promise was completely different. ...

  •  ?? Ruth ??
    Dec 20, 2015

    A comparatively short novel which started well. I was immediately drawn in to Anne Perry's initially evocative portrayal of victorian poverty in London's east end and was looking forward to a rich, we...

  • writer...
    Dec 09, 2012

    Delightful tale of 2 young Victorian girls who meet by chance just days before Christmas. Wonderfully descriptive writing of the season, weather, dialogue, settings ~ all bring the reader into the sto...

  • Hattie
    Dec 19, 2016

    It's very exciting to rush around before Christmas looking for a donkey named Charlie and a man named Alf. Alf is a guy who will eventually ride the route of a man named Jimmy Quick. Because he choose...

  • Richard Ward
    Dec 17, 2016

    A murder mystery novella, set in the streets and back alleys of Victorian London at Christmastime. Readers of the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series may recognize this book's teenage protagonist as the Pi...

  • Sonia
    Dec 10, 2016

    It seems odd for a "Christmas" book to be a murder mystery, being investigated by two young girls. The Christmas connection, a nativity re-enactment in the very last pages with talk of Christ, seemed ...

  • Joan
    Dec 20, 2016

    A lovely little story set in London's East End in 1883 a day or two before Christmas Day. Gracie meets a young girl trying to find her donkey which disappeared when its owner, her Uncle Alf, was murde...

  • Donna
    Dec 07, 2016

    Not as strong as some others in this series although Gracie was a great character, but still an entertaining Christmas mystery....

  • Donna
    Nov 24, 2016

    I ended up skipping about 75 pages in the early middle portion of the book. I was growing fatigued by the cockney dialog & the plodding plot....

  • Paula
    Nov 29, 2016

    Only giving 2 stars because I like Gracie. The story line was super thin and very repetitive. The ending was weak too I thought. ...

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