A Christmas Escape

A Christmas Escape

A Novel

Book - 2015
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For countless readers, Christmastime means a delicious new holiday mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry. A Christmas Escape, her thirteenth noel to the season, transports us to the Mediterranean island of Stromboli for an unconventional Yuletide adventure--and an unforgettable volcanic encounter.

Lonely Charles Latterly arrives at his small hotel hoping that the island's blue skies and gentle breezes will brighten his spirits. Unfortunately, there's no holiday cheer to be found among his fellow guests, who include a pompous novelist, a stuffy colonel, a dangerously ill-matched married couple, and an ailing old man. The one charming exception is orphaned teenager Candace Finbar, who takes Charles under her wing and introduces him to the island's beauty. But the tranquility of the holiday is swiftly disrupted by a violent quarrel, an unpleasant gentleman's shocking claims of being stalked, and the ominous stirrings of the local volcano. Then events take an even darker turn: A body is found, and Charles quickly realizes that the killer must be among the group of guests.

Captivating in its depiction of untamed nature in all its awesome power, and of the human heart in the throes of transformation, A Christmas Escape gifts readers with Anne Perry's talent for making the season brighter--and more thrilling.

Praise for the Christmas novels of Anne Perry

"Perry's Victorian-era holiday mysteries [are] an annual treat." -- The Wall Street Journal

A New York Christmas

"A thoroughly enjoyable mystery set against the wonderful historical backdrop of 1904 New York City at Christmastime." --Library Journal (starred review)

A Christmas Hope

"Very much recommended . . . a wonderful story." --Historical Novel Review

A Christmas Garland

"In Anne Perry's gifted hands, the puzzle plays out brilliantly." --Greensboro News & Record

A Christmas Homecoming

"Could have been devised by Agatha Christie . . . [Perry is] a modern master." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Christmas Odyssey

"[Perry] writes with detail that invades the senses." --Lincoln Journal Star
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2015.
ISBN: 9780553391411
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY PER
Characteristics: 157 p. ; 20 cm.


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Nov 01, 2017

Yes, it's a Christmas story, actually pre Christmas. And that's the reason the characters in the
story are there. This is a story well told with characters that are well fleshed out and sufficient mystery to carry a significant pulse in the telling through to the end.

Feb 10, 2017

Strange little story, ok, but stretched very thin in the reality department.

May 19, 2016

My first Anne Perry book and I'll not be reading more; I can find much better books, be they "Christmas" themed, historic, or murder-criminal justice.

Dec 22, 2015

Not one of Anne Perry's strongest Christmas mysteries. The setting lacks atmosphere, the mystery is weak and the story lacks tension. But, as always, Anne Perry explores a Victorian moral dilemma seen through a contemporary lens. This she does well.

Dec 01, 2015

Associating Christmas with murder and an erupting volcano. Really?

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