Sophia Rose is here with another novel in Anne Perry’s Christmas Stories series. Curl up with some hot cocoa and check out her five star review of A Christmas Deliverance.
by Anne Perry
Series: Christmas Stories #19
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
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A courageous doctor and his apprentice fight to save London's poor--and discover that the hearts of men can be colder than a winter chill--in this gripping holiday mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry.
Scuff has come a long way from his time as a penniless orphan scraping together a living on the banks of the Thames. Now he's studying medicine at a free clinic run by Dr. Crowe. Lately Crowe has grown distracted after witnessing an altercation between a former patient of his named Ellie--a woman he not only treated but grew to love--and her controlling fiancé. It seems someone is forcing Ellie to marry the man, and as Crowe's emotions come flooding back, he sets out to uncover the troubling connection between Ellie, her father, and her betrothed.
With Crowe engrossed in his investigation just weeks before the holidays, Scuff is left to fend for himself, performing surgery after surgery on London's poor and vulnerable. He is desperate for help, so when a needy young girl named Mattie comes to the clinic for treatment, Scuff offers her a place to live in exchange for assistance with his medical work. Together, Scuff and Mattie must not only run the clinic but also fend off the police, who are growing suspicious of Crowe's amateur sleuthing. Will Crowe be able to help Ellie, and will Scuff and Mattie ensure all of their patients--and they themselves--can manage to have a peaceful Christmas?
Sophia Rose’s Review
Victorian London during the Christmas season conjures up warm, nostalgic feelings of glowing lights, greenery and berries, holiday parties, roasted chestnuts… but Anne Perry’s latest takes the reader to the bleak streets and back alleys, a clinic for the poor, and a rush to get answers to a mystery that might save a sweet young woman from a cruel fate for Christmas.
In this nineteenth Christmas stories release, A Christmas Deliverance returns us to the world of William Monk mysteries and focuses on engaging side characters, Crowe and Scuff. Readers don’t have to have read the William Monk series to enjoy the story, but long-time fans of the series will be well-rewarded to see what has come along since the events of the last book for the man practicing medicine without his degree in the meaner parts of London and the one-time mudlark orphan taken in by William and Hester Monk who wishes to follow his adopted mother into medicine.
Crowe finds himself in what he believes is a one-sided unrequited love for a sweet daughter of a wealthy London businessman who owns warehouses and a wharf along the Thames. He knows she’s out of his class and he tries to be content with thinking of her fondly. But then her father plans to marry her to the cruel, abusive son of his business partner. Crowe knows the only way to save her might not save her at all- but he has to try. He has to return to the mysterious events of the fire that consumed one of her father’s warehouses and his business partner’s goods, the death of the night watchman, and the subsequent insurance payout that increased their wealth. Scuff backs him completely even though they both face danger from someone who doesn’t want the incident brought back to light again since Monk and his River Police didn’t find evidence at the time of foul play.
I love how the author blends sweet elements like the little street girl and her kitty, the homey feeling at the clinic that Crowe and Scuff run together and then the harder biting mystery they must solve out on London’s streets and along the Thames set against the holidays. It was all so marvelously done and I was reluctant to let the book go when the last page was reached.
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Rachel @Waves of Fiction
Oh, nice to know you don’t necessarily have to read the previous stories to enjoy this one. I’ve been wanting to try Anne Perry since seeing how much you love her stories, Sophia. I’ll request this at my library. Wonderful review!
Her Christmas stories are all separate entries that connect to the main series. Hope you like it when you get the chance, Rachel. 🙂
I’ve only read a few Anne Perry books and none of the Monk books. I’m glad to see how much you enjoyed this one. I really should give this series a try.
Yes, definitely give these a try. Each of her Christmas novellas are standalone so you could pick and choose for characters you might recognize from the books you’ve already read. 🙂
I miss these. I used to read her holiday novellas every year but then the last few I just stiopped getting them. I’m so glad she’s still doing these.
Yes, she’s still going strong. 🙂
I don’t usually read this genre but this sounds really good.
She does a great job of giving the Christmas feels with a gritty mystery.
Lover of Romance
I know how much you have really enjoyed Anne Perry! Love seeing a review for this one. It just sounds like such a homey read and I ADORE the title, it just delivers such a cozy feel.
You know me well, Renee. 🙂 Oh yes, the cozy feeling was there and blended well with the stark dangers outside, too.
Christmastime is a great time to read short stories and novellas for me. Another wonderful review, Sophia.
I agree. My reading and even listening time is so limited the week or so before Christmas so I need the shorter ones about then.
Anne - Books of My Heart
I really love these holiday novellas. Anne Perry does an excellent job of developing the characters and adds to the main series by expanding these supporting characters. I loved this one, too.
You said it, Anne! She’s got a gift at it with these Christmas stories- well all her books, really.