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A Christmas Journey (Christmas Story, Book 1) by Anne Perry

By Anne Perry

Anne Perry - A Christmas Journey
Christmas tale sequence, ebook 1

Readers of Anne Perry's bestselling suspense novels enjoy a global that's all their very own, sharing the privileged life of Britain's filthy rich and strong elite in West finish mansions and nice nation homes. it's also an international within which possibility bides in unsuspected areas and the road among solid and evil could be razor skinny. This new novel positive factors woman Vespasia Cumming-Gould--one of the main memorable characters from the Thomas Pitt series--who looks right here as a full of life younger lady, the final word aristocrat who can hint her blood to part the royal homes of Europe.

It's Christmas and the Berkshire nation-state lies wrapped in wintry weather sit back. however the well-born visitors who've accumulated at Applecross for a scrumptious weekend of blameless intrigue and passionate romance are warmed through roaring fires and candlelight, holly and mistletoe, stable wine and gorgeously wrapped presents. It's scarcely the surroundings for misfortune, and no one--not even that shrewdpermanent younger aristocrat and budding sleuth Vespasia Cumming-Gould--anticipates the tragedy that's to darken this light-hearted vacation condominium social gathering. yet quickly one younger girl lies lifeless, a suicide, and one other is ostracized, held partially answerable for the stunning flip of events.

To expiate her guilt, Gwendolen Kilmuir units out for the Scottish Highlands, hoping to give an explanation for to the useless girl's mom the conditions surrounding the sad act--and to convey her again to England for the funeral. Gwendolen's sole significant other in this nightmarish trip is Vespasia. As Vespasia learns extra in regards to the sufferer and the grotesque forces that formed her determined deed, she knows the heartbreaking fact of the tragedy.

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She turned to Kolya. “He’s a sweet one. ” “He lived in the Kirov. ” “The Kirov? That’s the one that went down last night? ” She gathered me in her arms. It was like being embraced by a scarecrow. I couldn’t feel any body beneath her clothing, just layer after layer of smoky wool. Still, it felt good to have a woman showing concern. Even if she was just being polite, it felt good. “Come,” she said, taking my hand, leather glove on leather glove. “This is your home now. If you need to sleep here for a night, a week, this is where you sleep.

No one else in the world has heard this story,” she confided to me. “She learned all about these lusty painters, got her juices flowing, couple of shots of vodka, that was it. ” She leaned closer to me, touching the sleeve of my overcoat, and told me with a stage whisper: “He came, anyway. ” I wasn’t used to hearing women speak about sex. The boys I knew never shut up on the subject, though none of them seemed like great authorities, but the girls saved those talks for their own closed covens. I wondered if Grisha had laid Vera yet, before remembering that Grisha and Vera were both dead, buried beneath tombstones of broken concrete.

Yes, the colonel’s daughter is pretty. I like your optimism. ” “You might be wrong about that. ” We walked past a group of young boys with stepladders and pails of whitewash who were busy painting over street signs and building numbers. Kolya stopped and stared at them. ” he shouted at the closest boy, who wore so many layers of wool you would have thought he was fat, unless you saw the drawn skin of his face, his eyes shining and black above shadows as deep as an old man’s. Very few children this young were left in the city; most had been evacuated back in September.

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