Among the brilliant array of Anne Perry’s New York Times bestselling novels, her Christmas stories occupy perhaps the warmest spot in the hearts of readers. Each one is a masterpiece of suspense; each is alight with the true holiday spirit.In A Christmas Homecoming, a familiar face from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels—Charlotte’s mother, Caroline—travels with her young husband, Joshua Fielding, and his theatrical troupe to Whitby, the Yorkshire fishing village where Dracula the vampire first touched English soil in the sensational novel named after him. Joshua has arranged to produce a stage adaptation of Dracula by the daughter of Whitby millionaire Charles Netheridge during the Christmas holiday, but after the disastrous first read-through of her amateurish script, only the fact that the company is depending on Netheridge’s financial backing for their spring tour keeps them at work. As tempers flare and wind and snow swirl around Netheridge’s lonely hilltop mansion, a black-cloaked stranger emerges from the storm—an eerily opportune arrival, for this enigmatic figure, one Anton Ballin, turns out to be a theatrical genius. At the same time, a brooding evil makes itself felt. Instead of the theatrical triumph that Netheridge desired for his daughter, there is murder—shocking and terrifying.Anne Perry’s ninth Christmas novel keeps us poised on a razor’s edge of suspense, hypnotized by a story in which the heartwarming power of goodness is challenged by the seductive power of inner darkness. In the end, A Christmas Homecoming lifts the spirit and rejoices the heart.
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Anne Perry, well-known mystery writer pens a Christmas mystery every year centering around a minor character from one of her series. This Christmas novella finds us with Caroline and Joshua Fielding, the mother and stepfather of Charlotte Pitt.Joshua and actor has been invited to Whitby to perform a play written by a potential backer's young daughter. The play is an adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. A major snowstorm dumps feet of snow in the area and the occupants of the Netheridge home are trapped right before Christmas. Need rehearsal, this causes no issues until a stranger who had also been stranded at the house, is found murdered with a stake through his heart.What fun this mystery was especially since I was reading this for my December book club and in October we had read Dracula. It was so fun to see Dracula from another vantage point.more
One of Anne Perry's Christmas stories in which Caroline, her young husband Joshua, and his troupe of actors travel to Whitby, a Yorkshire fishing village. Written in a time when people are obsessed with Bram Stroker's newly released book, Dracula, and the daughter of Whitby millionaire Charles Netheridge has written a stage adaptation of the book. Netheridge has contracted the actors to put on the production over the Christmas holiday's. His promised financial backing for the next season is all that keeps the cast focused on the script which requires major reworking. Added into this volatile mix is a black-cloaked pale stranger who knocks on the door seeking shelter from the snow-storm. Murder is committed and all become suspect as Caroline tries to track down the murderer, and then the missing body, amongst the people in the snow-bound house. An interesting read.more
Charlotte Pitt's mother, Caroline, travels with her actor husband, Joshua, to the stately mansion of a wealthy theater patron. The man's daughter has written a stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's newly released, and already popular, Dracula. The script is awful but the acting troupe needs the money. Unexpected help comes from a stranger seeking shelter from the winter storm who seems to have an unusual interest in vampires and a knack for acting. With his suggestions, the play slowly improves until a dead body brings rehearsals - and Christmas - to a chilling halt. Clearly, a murderer is among them and, isolated by the snowstorm, Charlotte aims to do her law enforcement son-in-law proud by solving the crime.Perry takes a risk, employing the device of a vampire story in a Christmas novel, but she uses Stoker's idea of 'inviting evil in' as a counterpoint to inviting love and goodness into one's life at Christmas. The device works well but the story would benefit from a more likely resolution.more
This is a story set in the 1890's about the new novel Bram Stoker's Dracula. The setting is Christmas as a troupe of actors goes to the country estate in the village of Whitby to perform a stage production of Dracula. The estate owner's daughter has adapted the play from the novel. A mysterious guest, Mr. Ballin, arrives as the rehearsals begin. With Mr. Ballin's help the production captures the essence of Stoker's Dracula. Of course, this Christmas novella must have adversity, in this case a death during a winter snowstorm. Caroline Fielding, the mother of Charlotte Pitt from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series must solve the mystery. This is a short novella, but I like the way that Perry has used the play production to enhance the story. The scenes and dialogue for the production show mystery and danger waiting to enter the house.more
I love Anne Perry's little Christmas novellas. In them we see some of the minor characters from both of her long-running series. In this one we have Caroline, Charlotte Pitt's intrepid mother. She and her husband Joshua are in Whitby, Yorkshire with some other members of Joshua's acting troupe. They are there to put on a private play from a script taken from the newly released Bram Stoker's Dracula. The year is 1897 and it's just a few days before Christmas. Things aren't going well with the rehearsals since the play is cumbersome and doesn't flow. The group is locked inside because a vicious winter storm is occurring outside. Then a stranger comes to call, and murder and mayhem follow. Even with all that, the book is a delight as all these little novellas are. Nothing puts me in the Christmas spirit more than my annual fix of one of Anne Perry's little Christmas stories. It is a tradition that I have grown to love.more
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