A Christmas Journey
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A Christmas Journey

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Readers of Anne Perry’s bestselling suspense novels revel in a world that is all their own, sharing the privileged existence of Britain’s wealthy and powerful elite in West End mansions and great country houses. It is also a world in which danger bides in unsuspected places and the line between good and evil can be razor thin. This new novel features Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould–one of the most memorable characters from the Thomas Pitt series–who appears here as a lively young woman, the ultimate aristocrat who can trace her blood to half the royal houses of Europe.

It’s Christmas and the Berkshire countryside lies wrapped in winter chill. But the well-born guests who have gathered at Applecross for a delicious weekend of innocent intrigue and passionate romance are warmed by roaring fires and candlelight, holly and mistletoe, good wine and gorgeously wrapped gifts. It’s scarcely the setting for misfortune, and no one–not even that clever young aristocrat and budding sleuth Vespasia Cumming-Gould–anticipates the tragedy that is to darken this light-hearted holiday house party. But soon one young woman lies dead, a suicide, and another is ostracized, held partly responsible for the shocking turn of events.

To expiate her guilt, Gwendolen Kilmuir sets out for the Scottish Highlands, hoping to explain to the dead girl’s mother the circumstances surrounding the sorrowful act–and to bring her back to England for the funeral. Gwendolen’s sole companion on this nightmarish journey is Vespasia. As Vespasia learns more about the victim and the ugly forces that shaped her desperate deed, she understands the heartbreaking truth of the tragedy.

Title:A Christmas Journey
Edition Language:English
ISBN:034546673X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:180 pages

    A Christmas Journey Reviews

  • Ana T.
    Dec 08, 2007

    I found this book a really interesting read.It is set as usual in the Victorian period. Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould attends a house Party with some friends, there is some gossip and some less than fri...

  • SaŠndhra Solita
    Mar 02, 2017

    No es una novela típica de misterio policial, porque lo que ocurre es un suicidio y quien investiga las causas del mismo no es la policía, por lo que se hace una novela interesante más que nada por...

  • Tierney
    Dec 22, 2008

    I thought that the best thing about this book was that it was short. It takes place in mid-19th century high society England - a young girl, Gwendolin, mysteriously drowns during a weekend party and h...

  • Kathryn
    Dec 01, 2013

    This was a very quick read - more a novella really - I started and finished it on Boxing Day - and read other books as well! It was…interesting, but not gripping. Not sure whether it makes me want t...

  • Becky
    Nov 19, 2016

    First sentence: Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould hesitated a moment at the top of the stairs.Premise/plot: A country-house party in December goes terribly wrong when one of the guests decides to jump off a...

  • Kellie
    Sep 18, 2008

    I am still scratching my head after reading this one. I read it in an evening. It is a story about a group of ‚Äúhigh Society‚ÄĚ English people who are spending the holidays at an estate. IT definitel...

  • Michele
    Dec 10, 2012

    Although this was certainly not an uplifting & light Christmas tale, it was an excellent read with plenty of application to our lives today. It is the story of a young woman who is made to feel respon...

  • Melissa
    Nov 11, 2012

    The story and major characters are fleshed out well, and "A Christmas Journey" boasts an actual plot unlike the short Christmas-related trifles that many popular authors knock off between novels. The ...

  • Nicole Romine
    Dec 09, 2009

    A quick, easy read. In this book, you get a superficial psychological mystery. In fact, I felt like I was reading the outline for an interesting novel rather than a fully developed story. The plot dev...

  • Carrie
    Nov 26, 2015

    For a book classified as a Christmas novel there really wasn't Christmas in it. I was actually disappointed to be honest, it may have been a fast read but it wasn't overly satisfying. Maybe I was expe...

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