Fast and interesting mystery novelette for a first time Anne Perry reader

A Christmas Return: A Novel

By: Anne Perry

Rating: 5 of 5

This is the first story I have read by Anne Perry but it will certainly not be the last. I am guessing from the tone of the book that the protagonist, Mariah Ellison, plays a part in other books in Ms. Perry’s various series. That alone is enough to have me go seek those books out to read them. I found that the book was very easy to read as a stand-alone but would probably flow even better if a reader has more background on this character.

Mariah is an 80 something rather plain but fiercely protective individual. She has experienced much in her life and is determined to protect the memory of a deceased friend as well as the welfare of his remaining family members. When she is called on to assist those individuals at Christmas time, she doesn’t hesitate though it brings up many memories that are hard for her to recall.

While the whodunnit is not so much a question in this book, the story is more about character both in the past and in the present. I’ll be looking forward to reading more about Harriet and her various family members in the future.

I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.

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