A Christmas Beginning
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A Christmas Beginning


Whatever the season, a new novel by bestselling author Anne Perry is always a wonderful gift, but her holiday novels are particularly special treats, and A Christmas Beginning is a deeply felt story of passion and redemption.

Superintendent Runcorn of Scotland Yard is spending Christmas on the wild and beautiful island of Anglesey off the north coast of Wales. On one of his solitary strolls, the lonely bachelor stumbles upon a lifeless body in the village churchyard. The unfortunate victim is quickly identified as Olivia Costain, the local vicar’s younger sister.

In life, Olivia had been a free spirit, full of charm and grace. For Runcorn, she is a haunting reminder of Melisande Ewart, the one woman he’s never been able to forget. Everyone on Anglesey is quick to insist that only a stranger to the island could have committed the heinous crime. But the evidence proves otherwise, and the unpopular work of discovering who among Olivia’s friends and neighbors–and numerous eligible suitors–is a ruthless killer falls to Runcorn. A plebian outsider in the drawing rooms of the snobbish local gentry, Runcorn never dreams that the key that will unlock the secrets of Olivia’s life and death may also, miraculously, open the door to a new future for himself.

From the Hardcover edition.

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

    A Christmas Beginning Reviews

  • Connie
    Nov 29, 2016

    I was hoping for a heartwarming Christmas story when I read "A Christmas Beginning", part of Anne Perry's "Christmas Stories" series. But the book was a short cozy mystery. The only reference to Chris...

  • Sharyn
    Apr 30, 2015

    I enjoy these short little christmas stories, even though I am Jewish. They are good character studies and you needn't have read the series, although there are some spoilers. I have not read the Monk ...

  • Lisa C
    Feb 24, 2009

    Clearly a book written for fans of an existing series of which I have never read, and given the weakness of plot in this "valentine," now won't bother with....

  • Ana T.
    Dec 02, 2008

    Superintendent Runcorn--who Anne Perry fans will remember as William Monk's ex-boss--is feeling rather lonely during his holiday on the remote, snowy island of Anglesey, off the north coast of Wales. ...

  • Ape
    Dec 23, 2013

    It's a cosy enough Christmas-time Victorian murder mystery, although nothing amazing. It was the first book by Anne Perry that I've read and I wonder if I'm missing something because she kept referrin...

  • Mayda
    Nov 19, 2013

    This novel had little to do with Christmas, except that a murder took place about that time of year. While on holiday, Superintendent Runcorn stumbles upon the dead body of the vicar’s lovely younge...

  • Anne Hawn Smith
    Dec 20, 2010

    I liked this book, but it ended too abruptly. I was just getting the feeling that I knew some of the suspects when the villian was unmasked. Still, it was a nice easy book to read and it is near Chris...

  • writer...
    Nov 21, 2016

    Great audio addition to the Christmas Spirit Readathon 2016...

  • Amanda
    Dec 31, 2016

    For a book that's mostly police interviews it really held my attention. I can't even put my finger on it. It was all about the characters and their relationships to each other in this small town in Wa...

  • Patrice Fischer
    Dec 24, 2016

    Not particularly "Christmassy" but quite wintery. Since I know nothing about the detective at the lead of this story, I had little advance info about what it would entail. Also, does she never give a ...

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