by Anne Perry
Series: Christmas Stories #16
Genres: Historical, Mystery
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In this intriguing, uplifting holiday mystery from bestselling author Anne Perry, an orphan boy investigates a woman's kidnapping--and discovers there's more at stake than a disappearance.
When Worm, a young orphan boy who works at the local clinic, sees Eloise being kidnapped by two men in the days leading up to Christmas, he immediately recruits Squeaky Robinson to help rescue her. But as they track Eloise down, they're surprised to hear that she does not, in fact, wish to be rescued. Instead, Eloise intends to bring the kidnappers, who drew her father into their shady business deals and then murdered him, to justice. The kidnappers are skilled illusionists, and after they try their tricks on Worm and Squeaky, the friends are determined to help Eloise with her plan--and they might just be able to use the kidnappers' tricks against them.
We are in the middle of the #HoHoHoRAT at Caffeinated and sharing holiday and winter recommendations with you. Today, Sophia Rose is here to share a review for, In A Christmas Revelation by Anne Perry. Grab a cup of cocoa and enjoy…
Sophia Rose’s Review
Combining the nostalgia of Victorian Era Christmas and the grit and grime of the author’s usual historical mystery world, readers of the authors’ regular mystery series are treated to a holiday mystery novella each year.
In A Christmas Revelation, sixteenth of the Christmas stories collection, Worm and Squeaky, minor characters from the William Monk series, get their time to shine.
Worm, a waif from the streets, has no understanding of Christmas, and little understanding about family. Against the odds, he still has a little child-like belief left in goodness. He spots a woman he sees as a pretty angel get dragged away off a street and he wants to help her. He pulls in old, cantankerous and barely reformed Squeaky Robinson to be his reluctant partner.
I felt sad, but also slightly amused as tough ex-crook and someone who grew up without family trying to explain Christmas to Worm as they go about decorating the Portpool Lane clinic and work to find the woman and discover what troubles her.
Worm watches and tries to learn from those around him. He might be a child, but he has an eye for truth and falsehood and those who are truly good from those who pretend. He enjoys Squeaky’s stories and appreciates that he’s willing to help Worm on his quest. Meanwhile, this holiday mission of Worm’s drudges up too many bad or empty memories for Squeaky and he reflects back on where his life has been and what he thinks about the reformed life he lives now. He knows he went wrong through most of his past, but now, he is able to use his shady connections to help Worm even though he fears, and rightly so, that Worm’s ‘lady’ is not as good as her smile and that her trouble is of her own making.
The tale combines long introspective moments set against the era’s Christmas time, steady tracking of clues, and an exciting grand finale. I enjoyed it, but those introspective moments got long at times. The ending did make up for a lot of that, though. I enjoyed getting to know Worm and Squeaky better, particularly Squeaky who has been a fixture in the William Monk series for quite some time.
In A Christmas Revelation was a fast-read and an engaging historical mystery that fans of the author and her series will appreciate while newcomers can get a heartwarming and thoughtful Christmas mystery on the dark streets of London.In A Christmas Revelation was a fast-read and an engaging historical mystery that offers a heartwarming and thoughtful Christmas mystery on the dark streets of London. #SophiaRose #HoHoHoRAT Click To Tweet
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