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A CHRISTMAS HOPE
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth, Historical
Filled with Christmas spirit and strong suspense, Perry’s latest in her annual holiday series is the perfect present for the season. Through heroine Claudine, the author clearly shows the powerless position of even upper-class women in Victorian times. It is heartening to see the heroine grow stronger, and Perry does this without turning her into a 20th-century woman. A Christmas Hope has a strong atmosphere, pertinent details of a Victorian Christmas and a heartwarming conclusion.
Claudine Burroughs, a volunteer at Hester Monk’s women’s clinic for ailing prostitutes, is lonely. Society finds her opinions too liberal and her husband, a successful investment broker who is always looking for new clients, is annoyed that she won’t play the role of the perfect, mindless wife. At a Christmas party she meets poet Dai Tregarron, a charming man who is interested in her views. But a murder occurs at the party and Dai is immediately a suspect. Claudine knows that society would rather blame an outsider like him instead of the other wealthy young men at the scene. She decides to search for the truth, however painful. (BALLANTINE, Dec., 208 pp., $18.00)
Reviewed By: Page Traynor
Published: December 2013