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

  • Ana T.
    Dec 15, 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
    Mar 20, 2016

    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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • Marilyn Fontane
    Jan 02, 2017

    Every Christmas Anne Perry writes a novella using one of the minor characters from one of her series, Monk or Pitt, as the protagonist. Thus readers not only have a good background when they start rea...

  • 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...

  • Gypsi
    Jan 13, 2017

    A Christmas Beginning is one of Perry's annual Christmas stories that feature less major characters from her two established series. In this one, Inspector Runcorn (from the William Monk series) is on...

  • 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 ...

  • Chris
    Dec 12, 2016

    Readers need not follow Perry's Monk series to follow this slight tale of Monk's ex-boss, Superintendent Runcorn, who stumbles upon a young murder victim while on holiday in Anglesey. Runcorn has no j...

  • Kate Medina (alittlereader1)
    Jan 14, 2017

    Intentaré ser breve.Los personajes y los lugares estuvieron muy bien construidos. Como todo, ha sido un muy buen trabajo de Anne, pero para mi gusto fue un poco aburrido. Lo admito, me aburrí un poc...

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