A Christmas Hope

A Christmas Hope

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"Claudine Burroughs--who works with William Monk's wife Hester at the women's clinic--expects nothing but an unbearably boring several hours from a Christmas party she attends with her husband. However, when an endearingly romantic poet has his prostitute companion crash the glittering event--and the woman winds up dead--Claudine has more on her hands than she bargained for. Feeling sorry for the poet, she sets out to uncover the truth about what happened, in hopes of preventing his Christmas from being a dark one"--
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2013.
ISBN: 9780345530752
0345530756
Branch Call Number: Mystery
Characteristics: 197 pages ; 20 cm.

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maipenrai
Nov 27, 2016

Book 11 in the Christmas novellas series

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Sarah1984
May 04, 2016

8/12 - A simple, unsophisticated historical mystery. This was my first Anne Perry book and I was kind of expecting a 'cosy romance'. A Christmas Hope was one of many (10) Christmas themed books I picked up a couple of weeks ago. All the other books I picked up were romances and I just assumed this would be the same, it wasn't until I realised that Claudine was married to a cold, unfeeling man who wasn't the man of her dreams (and that he wasn't going to have a convenient heart attack) that it occurred to me that this wasn't a 'cosy romance', but a 'cosy mystery'.

Claudine happens across a man at a party who charms her with his poet's heart. She is shocked when, only a little while later he is accused of murder. She doesn't believe a man could say such romantic things to her one minute and then beat a woman to death the next, so, despite all the roadblocks those around her put up, she does everything in her power to get to the truth.

This is the eleventh book in Perry's Christmas Stories series, but there is no reason to be irritated if you haven't read the previous ten. A couple of times Claudine mentions another character, Hester, who runs the women's clinic she volunteers at, and another case she was involved in that nearly got her killed is also brought up, but the main characters Claudine and her husband and friends are all well-drawn and wholly described. I'm one of the strictest followers of the religion of 'series must be read in chronological order', so if I'm not that bothered, then most other readers will hardly notice. Not a fantastic read, but an enjoyable one, which is good as I have another two of Perry's books in my towering pile of Christmas themed borrows and I hate to give up on a book before I've even opened it.

hgeng63 May 15, 2014

Solid entertainment that covers Perry's usual grand themes. Claudine's backstory is too undeveloped in these 197 pages.

samdog123 Feb 14, 2014

I always enjoy these Christmas stories from Anne Perry. This was was particularly good due to the very strong character, Claudine Burroughs. When three young society men try to blame the death of a prostitute on a poet, Claudine knows something is amiss and she uses her contacts to help solve the crime.

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caj1222204441801
Nov 20, 2013

This book is in my opinion is not one of my favorites. It was slow to get started and it kind of rambled. I love the author but not so much on this book.

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