A Christmas Revelation by Anne Perry

November 14th, 2018 Kimberly Guest Post, Review 38 Comments

14th Nov
A Christmas Revelation by Anne Perry
A Christmas Revelation
by Anne Perry
Series: Christmas Stories #16
Genres: Historical, Mystery
Source: Publisher
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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.

Book Series historical Holiday mystery

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.

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About Anne Perry

Anne Perry

Juliet Hulme a British historical novelist took the name “Anne Perry,” the latter being her stepfather’s surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurring characters, most importantly Thomas Pitt, who appeared in her first novel, and amnesiac private investigator William Monk, who first appeared in her 1990 novel The Face of a Stranger. As of 2003 she had published 47 novels, and several collections of short stories. Her story “Heroes,” which first appeared the 1999 anthology Murder and Obsession, edited by Otto Penzler, won the 2001 Edgar Award for Best Short Story.

About Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate. Associate Reviewer for Delighted Reader blog.

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38 Responses to “A Christmas Revelation by Anne Perry”

  1. Olivia Roach

    I don’t read seasonally usually, but all these Christmas recommendations have had me thinking twice about that. Especially this review because I love historical fiction and always want to read it more πŸ˜€

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  2. Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

    Everyone is in the holiday kickoff and I am reading horror. I am a few months behind I guess. This sounds good tho. I will have to add this one to my list. I guess I will be reading Christmas books in February.

    Mary

  3. Greg

    I read a few of Anne Perry’s Christmas novellas a few years ago but I guess I’ve gotten out of the habit. I like them though- she seemed to always pack a nice story into the page length. This one sounds great too! I always love those covers too- they’re usually very Christmasy. πŸ™‚

    • Sophia Rose

      I love most of them and I agree about how much story she can pack into these. Whoever does her covers does a fabulous job. So holiday and cozy. πŸ™‚

  4. Rachel @Waves of Fiction

    I do love a good mystery and Worm sounds like a sweet character. I’d feel bad for anyone who had to survive on the streets of historical London, especially in the winter! It’s cold! Glad to hear you enjoyed the story overall, Sophia Rose. πŸ™‚

  5. Bookworm Brandee

    I’ll have to check out this series, Sophia, if only so I can meet Worm. Your description of him makes me want to hug him! πŸ™‚ I also like books set against the Victorian era. You know I don’t read mysteries very often but I think I might really like this series. πŸ™‚

    • Sophia Rose

      He is a cute kid and I loved how my favorite characters in the William Monk series gave him a home. πŸ™‚ Hope you like the main mystery series if you get the chance, Brandee!

    • Sophia Rose

      I’ve watched a couple holiday movies, but I’ll probably get to more of them around the Thanksgiving break.

      It was a nice one for getting me in the holiday mood. I think the cover is gorgeous and nostalgic, too. Though, just between you, me, and the lamppost, it has nothing to do with the story. LOL

    • Sophia Rose

      Hey, that’s great, Suzanne! Clipping right along with the readathon.

      Hope you like it when you get into reading it. πŸ™‚

  6. Lorna

    I feel sorry for the boy who doesn’t understand Christmas. How sad. This does sound different to me as far as a Christmas novella. I’ve not read this author before. I’m glad you enjoyed it except for the long introspective moments. I don’t think I would like that either!

    • Sophia Rose

      It comes across as sad the way I explained it and it is a little, but he’s actually an upbeat and energetic kid who is well pleased to finally have a home and friends to enjoy Christmas with.

      But, yes, I did crave a little more action. LOL

  7. Heidi

    A different type of Christmas novel. I like that it is set in Dickens era. Worm and Squeaky sound interesting too.

    • Sophia Rose

      Oh man! I know the feeling. It’s one book off the pile and two books on. LOL

      I hope you like this one, but just in case you sense the feeling that lots have gone on before it, this is a side story in her William Monk series. πŸ™‚

  8. Anne

    Hmm this sounds like a great option to all the romances I have been reading. It does sound a bit Little Match Girl though. I don’t enjoy children left on the street., I enjoy her Thomas Pitt mysteries. Anne – Books of My Heart

    • Sophia Rose

      Yes, this is a good holiday option that doesn’t have any romance in it. πŸ™‚ I need a break now and then, too. LOL
      Worm was the Little Match Girl type, but during the regular series he got taken in by the ladies at the clinic and he has a home there now so he’s no longer a street kid. I think you’d like the William Monk series, too. Love the Pitts and this new spinoff where their son is the new lead character. πŸ™‚

  9. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I went through a spell where I collected all of Anne Perry’s books only to discover that I didn’t really care for them! I’m about to start this one as I’ve never tried her Monk books so I’m glad to see you enjoyed it despite the somewhat long introspective moments.

    • Sophia Rose

      That’s funny! I’ve done the collecting thing with series I haven’t read yet, too. Just to let you know. These Christmas novellas are a different style then the main series books. These get nostalgic where those are more action. The William Monk series has been my favorite of all her series. Hope you like them, Katherine.

    • Sophia Rose

      LOL! It’s funny you mention the cover. I do love it, but in truth it has little to do with the story. It hit the spot since I’ve been craving Christmasy reads since Halloween was over. πŸ™‚

    • Sophia Rose

      Yes! If you like Victorian era murder mysteries her William Monk series is fab and these novellas are great side stories. πŸ™‚

    • Sophia Rose

      I love these Christmas novellas she does. I’m spoiled and my hubby buys me the new one each year. Hope you like it if you get the chance, Debbie. πŸ™‚

    • Sophia Rose

      Thanks, Nick! I did enjoy it as a holiday read. Her regular mysteries are not quite as introspective so I could tolerate a little of it for this one. It made sense, too, since Worm’s questions about Christmas force Squeaky to think back.
      But, yeah, get on with the action. LOL

  10. Ailyn Koay

    After reading your review, I kinda wish that Santa would send some happy thoughts to Worm and Squeaky’s way… that is such a sad background. Not really sure about the girl angel though

  11. RO

    I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve been watching way more Christmas programs on The Hallmark Channel, Amazon Prime and Netflix than reading about them(lol), but I still love a really good Christmas read too. Glad you enjoyed this one and it sounds pretty interesting! Hugs…RO

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    • Sophia Rose

      Nothing to be ashamed about there, Radiant Ro. Tis the season for Christmas movies. πŸ™‚ I’ve been trying to do both.