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A Christmas Promise (Christmas Novella 7)

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1st August 2013

Price: £6.99

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Selected: ebook / ISBN-13: 9781472210111

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A young girl is searching for the truth behind her uncle’s death. Can she solve the mystery before the Christmas bells toll?

Set in the Victorian world where Anne Perry reigns supreme, A Christmas Promise culminates in a radiant finale that will remain with you long after the final page is turned. Perfect for fans of C. J Sansom and Harriet Smart.

‘[Perry] writes with detail that invades the senses’ – Lincoln Journal Star

Three days before Christmas, in the freezing slums of London’s East End, thirteen-year-old Gracie Phipps encounters Minnie Maude Mudway, who is only eight, alone, and determined to find her friend Charlie. However Charlie is no ordinary companion: He is a donkey who belonged to Minnie Maude’s Uncle Alf. Gracie is shocked to learn that only the day before, someone brutally murdered Uncle Alf and made off with his rag-and-bones cart and the beloved beast who pulled it. Now, come hell or high water, Minnie Maude means to rescue Charlie-and Gracie decides to help. But the path that Uncle Alf had taken to his death was not his regular route, and in his cart were not just the usual bits of worn silver and china but also, the children are told, a dazzling golden box. What its contents may have been no one can say, for, like Charlie and the cart, it too has vanished.

Uncertain where their four-legged friend may be, the children are drawn into an adult world far beyond their innocent imaginings. And in a shop gleaming with beautiful objects, they recruit an unexpected ally: Mr. Balthasar, who warns them that the shining prize may be just a Pandora’s box of evil…

What readers are saying about A Christmas Promise:

You feel you are there in Victorian England with all the smells, sights and sounds that accompany the story-telling’

Very atmospheric, entertaining, well written and just that bit different

Five stars


Lincoln Journal Star
Praise for Anne Perry: [Perry] writes with detail that invades the senses
The Washington Times
Poignant... should be on the Christmas stocking list of anyone who likes a sniffle of nostalgia
The Wall Street Journal
Perry's Victorian-era holiday mysteries... are for many an annual treat
The Washington Post
Perry, as always, does an admirable job of pulling back the Christmas tree skirt and showing the darker underside tucked away behind the trappings of a Victorian holiday
Oxford Times
Delightful... The perfect gift for a whodunit addict who likes to curl up with a good book after Christmas lunch
[A] heart-warming, if crime-tinged, complement to the holiday season
Daily Telegraph
A bite-sized mystery that could be fitted in after your Christmas lunch
The Orlando Sentinel
Perry's gift is that she can evoke a sense of place and time while still producing the thrills and chills expected of a modern-day mystery writer
Greensboro News & Record
In Anne Perry's gifted hands, the puzzle plays out brilliantly