A Christmas Visitor
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A Christmas Visitor

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Renowned for her acclaimed Victorian novels as well as a stunning new series set in World War I, Anne Perry consistently dazzles us with stories rife with emotion, intrigue, and psychological depth. She recently expanded her talents with the delightfully rendered novella, "A Christmas Journey," which "USA Today" called "one of the best books to brighten the joyous season." Now she has given readers another gift-a yuletide offering full of holiday magic . . . and murder.
The Dreghorn family is gathering for an anticipated reunion in the Lake District of England. The blissful tranquility of the snowbound estate, however, is soon shattered by what appears to be an accidental death. The victim's distraught wife, Antonia, summons her godfather, distinguished mathematician and inventor Henry Rathbone-one of the most beloved characters from Perry's bestselling William Monk series. But questions about the tragic event turn into whispers of murder, sending shock waves among members of the Dreghorn clan, who haven't seen each other in ten years.
Now Rathbone must put his analytical and creative capacities to the test as he assumes the role of an amateur investigator. But while searching for clues and mulling over potential motives, he cannot help but wonder: Will another poor soul meet the same untimely end-and be silenced like the night?
In this Christmas novella, featuring a colorful, somewhat eccentric cast of characters and an irresistible plot as twisty as a ribbon, Rathbone rescues the holiday with a grace that would impress William Monk himself.

Title:A Christmas Visitor
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0345476700
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:199 pages

    A Christmas Visitor Reviews

  • Suzy
    Jan 26, 2016

    Do not believe the descriptors! "On the heels of the success of A Christmas Journey comes this festive mystery." "In this delightful Christmas tale . . ."Part of my 2015 Christmas marathon, the only r...

  • Knitme23
    Dec 30, 2010

    Well, I'm not sure why this one is hailed as a Christmas story. It's about a murder, and spends an inordinate amount of time focusing on poor Henry Rathbone having to tell the victim's siblings, one b...

  • Bronwyn Rykiert
    Dec 29, 2010

    This is a short story and though it was enjoyable enough most of the time I felt there was too much left out or maybe I just missed bits.Judah Dreghorn dies in mysterious circumstances and his wife An...

  • Susan
    Dec 27, 2015

    More of a Murder Mystery than a Christmas story. ...

  • Loraine
    Jan 01, 2016

    SUMMARY: The Dreghorn family is gathering for an anticipated reunion in the Lake District of England. The blissful tranquility of the snowbound estate, however, is soon shattered by what appears to be...

  • LJ
    Sep 04, 2007

    A CHRISTMAS VISITOR (Historic Mystery-England-1850’s) - VGAnne Perry – StandaloneBallantine Books, 2004- HardcoverHarry Rathbone is off to spend Christmas with his newly widowed goddaughter, Anton...

  • Mayda
    Dec 26, 2015

    A happy Christmas reunion of the Dreghorn family was thwarted by the sudden death of one of the brothers. Though ruled accidental, the gathering family cannot believe the tragedy was simply an acciden...

  • Kim
    Nov 01, 2010

    I haven't read much Perry (I can't get past being creeped out that someone who committed a brutal and horrifying murder makes their living writing murder mysteries), but this one was not great. There ...

  • Carol
    Dec 24, 2012

    Perry here writes a morality tale rather than a stereotypical mystery. It is also a character study, a comparison between brothers (one courageous and idealistic, and another - dead - who was quiet an...

  • Donna
    Dec 30, 2010

    I like Henry Rathbone in the Monk series, but he doesn't seem a strong enough character to base a story on. Perhaps this book indicates why most mysteries are long...otherwise the "detecting" seems to...

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