A Christmas Odyssey
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A Christmas Odyssey


In her beloved Christmas novels, Anne Perry brings readers both the authentic Victorian charm and the nail-biting suspense that have made her Thomas Pitt and William Monk tales bestsellers for a generation. Though rife with intrigue, these special seasonal stories beam with the blessed light of the holiday.
Ten days before Christmas, as an icy wind cuts through London, wealthy James Wentworth feels not joy but grief. His reckless son, Lucien, has been lured into a deadly world of drugs and wild passion. Wentworth's only hope, he believes, is his old friend Henry Rathbone, who volunteers to search for the prodigal son. Rathbone knows nothing of the sensation-obsessed underworld where Lucien now dwells, but he acquires two unexpected new companions who do: Squeaky Robinson, a reformed brothel-keeper who now works in Hester Monk's medical clinic, and Crow, a mysterious slum doctor who turns no one away, however undeserving.
Slowly this odd trio gathers clues--about Lucien's mad infatuation with a beautiful woman named Sadie, and about Shadwell, the ruthless man who owns her and, like the Devil, never lets go of one of his own. Rathbone, Squeaky, and Crow even welcome into their little band a most valuable recruit: young Bessie, a teenager whose courage holds fast even in the depths of the slum. And so they set forth on their odyssey into London's dark streets, on a mission whose outcome they cannot begin to guess.
Anne Perry's novels are supreme masterpieces of suspense, and "A Christmas Odyssey" ranks with the very best. The days leading up to Christmas may prove to be fraught with challenges, but 'tis the season for comfort and joy and miracles.

Title:A Christmas Odyssey
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:193 pages

    A Christmas Odyssey Reviews

  • Bobbie
    Dec 22, 2015

    I ran across this book at the library in a Christmas display and checked it out on impulse. It was certainly not what I expected in a Christmas book, when I want to read something uplifting. This was ...

  • Lisa
    Feb 02, 2011

    I checked this book out before Christmas thinking that it was a nice little story of Christmas and redemption in Victorian England. Some of that is true, but it is a very dark tale a wayward son that ...

  • Cindy
    Feb 10, 2017

    Not my favorite in series but "all's well that ends well" ... hope the series goes on. Well narrated and recommended. ...

  • Janet
    Nov 22, 2010

    I enjoy reading Anne Perry and was not disappointed in this novel dealing with the darker side of Victorian England. James Wentworth is not feeling the Christmas joy this year. His son, Lucien, has be...

  • Laura
    Dec 03, 2011

    A gift from dear friend Bettie which just arrived safely home. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!This is my first book on the series "Christmas stories" and I really liked it. This is the story of James Wentworth's...

  • Diane
    Nov 09, 2010

    Love Anne Perry--her detailed descriptions from facial expression to mannerisms to dress are incredible. The book was interesting because it really delved into the darker side of life. ...

  • Marilyn Fontane
    Jun 03, 2011

    Apparently I read this Christmas novella 5 or 6 years ago and wrote a wretched review. Having re-read the novel (and having read far more of the Monk series in the meantime), I have a much more favora...

  • Kathy Albright
    Mar 04, 2017

    Very tedious read. Twist on the Prodigal Son....

  • Sophia
    Mar 02, 2011

    This eighth installment in Anne Perry's Christmas Stories features the minor characters, Henry Rathbone and Squeaky Robinson from the Monk series. I just love that she does this- featuring the minor c...

  • Susan
    Dec 17, 2011

    A Christmas Odyssey is the 8th book in the Christmas mystery series by Anne Perry, set in Victorian England. The series features secondary characters from the Thomas Pitt and William Monk series. Comm...

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