A Christmas Beginning
By (author) Anne Perry
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Christmas Beginning by Anne Perry
Book DescriptionThe fifth in Anne Perry's series of charming Christmas novellas. For Superintendent Runcorn, Christmas has rarely looked so bleak. Believing that a change of scenery may help him finally forget Melisande Ewart, Runcorn heads for the beautiful, desolate Isle of Anglesey. Any hopes of Christmas passing quietly are dashed, however, when he discovers Melisande is also in Anglesey and, moreover, that she is engaged to another man. Then the local vicar's sister is found murdered and Melisande's brother is implicated in the crime. Determined to assist Melisande in her time of need, Runcorn resolves to find the killer. Is it possible in doing so, that he will also win the heart of his one true love?
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780755334315
(178mm x 111mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Headline Book Publishing
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Publish Date: 2-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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US Kirkus Review » 'Tis the week before Christmas, and inquiry agent William Monk's ex-boss Supt. Runcorn, having decided to get as far away from his depressing London beat as possible, runs into a brutal murder on an isolated Welsh isle.Anglesey would be a perfect setting for the midwinter holidays if it weren't so bleak and lonely, and if Supt. Runcorn had someone he loved to celebrate with, and if it weren't the current home to Melisande Ewart, who antagonized her brother, John Barclay, by identifying the victim and testifying against the killer in one of Runcorn's cases. And, of course, if it weren't for the sudden death of Olivia Costain, the vicar's sister, sensitive and lively but widely accounted a bit of a child. Now the child, stabbed in the stomach, will never grow old. Sgt. Warner, the local constable, is clearly out past his depth, and Melisande's fiance Sir Alan Faraday, when he arrives from Caernarfon to take charge of the case, seems so intent on soothing troubled waters that he ignores the one fact clear to Runcorn from the beginning: that Olivia knew her killer and felt comfortable with him.The investigation is ill-paced, with repetitive rounds of questioning suddenly yielding climactic revelations for no good reason, and the murderer is negligible. Perry's fifth seasonal bouquet (A Christmas Secret, 2006, etc.) works best as a study of Runcorn's lower-class inhibitions and how he learns to deal with them. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Anne Perry
Anne Perry is a New York Times bestselling author noted for her memorable characters, historical accuracy and exploration of social and ethical issues. Her two series, one featuring Thomas Pitt and one featuring William Monk, have been published in multiple languages. Anne Perry has also published a successful series based around World War One and the Reavley family, and the recent standalone novel The Sheen on the Silk. Anne Perry was selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime'.
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