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A Christmas Revelation : A Novel
2018
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Characters
Worm (Boy), Orphan, Used to be a river urchin; lived on the banks of the Thames; given job at Hester Monk¿s clinic; Miss Burroughs and Mr Robinson are his makeshift family; attempts to rescue a woman he saw abducted
Claudine Burroughs (Female), Volunteer, Kind, Volunteer at Hester Monk's clinic in Portpool Lane
Squeaky Robinson (Male), Bookkeeper, Cynic, Curmudgeonly old bookkeeper at Hester Monk¿s clinic in Portpool Lane; one-time brothel owner
Genre
Fiction
Historical
Mystery
Topics
Christmas
Holidays
Orphans
Family
Abduction
Rescue missions
Setting
London, England - Europe
Time Period
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Bestseller Perry's 16th Christmas-themed mystery (after 2017's A Christmas Return) is disappointingly unsophisticated. Worm, a nine-year-old orphan in 1860s London, is thunderstruck by a woman he spots on the street, who was "like sudden sunshine on a dark day-the place you looked without even thinking about it, all light and warmth and softness." Worm follows her only to see her accosted by two men, who lead her into an unfamiliar part of the city. Desperate to come to her rescue, he seeks help from Squeaky Robinson, a reformed brothel owner, who now serves as the bookkeeper for the clinic on the property formerly occupied by the brothel. Suspecting that Worm witnessed a domestic dispute, Squeaky is reluctant to get involved, but of course he ends up joining Worm in pounding the pavements in search of the woman. The mystery of her situation is quickly revealed, and the drama of resolving it plays out in purely predictable ways. Hopefully, Perry will exhibit her usual depth of character and intricacy of plotting next time. Agent: Donald Maass, Donald Maass Literary. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
"Perry's Victorian-era holiday mysteries [are] an annual treat."-- The Wall Street Journal <br> <br> In this intriguing, uplifting holiday mystery from bestselling author Anne Perry, an orphan boy investigates a woman's kidnapping--and discovers there's more at stake than a disappearance. <br> <br> It wouldn't quite be Christmas without a holiday mystery decorated with all the Victorian trimmings, as only New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry can render it. Now the tradition continues as mayhem is once again found under the mistletoe, and intrigue stalks the cobblestone streets and gaslit parlors of old London Town.<br> <br> Formerly a river urchin living on the banks of the Thames, nine-year-old Worm has never experienced a family Christmas. But thanks to a job at Hester Monk's clinic in Portpool Lane, he's found a makeshift family in kindly volunteer Miss Claudine Burroughs and curmudgeonly old bookkeeper Squeaky Robinson.<br> <br> When Worm witnesses the abduction of a beautiful woman by a pair of ruffians just days before Christmas, he frantically turns to Squeaky for help. A one-time brothel owner, Squeaky knows the perils of interfering in nasty business, but he can't bear to disappoint Worm--or leave the boy to attempt a rescue on his own. What neither of the would-be saviors expects, however, is that the damsel in distress already has her dilemma well in hand . . . and is taking steps to bring her captors to justice for crimes far worse than kidnapping. But the rogues, as cunning as they are deadly, are not to be underestimated. The aid of cynical old Squeaky and hopeful young Worm just might make the difference between a merry triumph over evil and a terrible yuletide tragedy.
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