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A New York Christmas Hardcover – 4 Nov 2014


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  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (4 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345548469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345548467
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With twenty million books in print throughout the world, Anne Perry's bestselling novels are noted for their memorable characters, exploration of social issues and historical accuracy. Selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime', Anne lives in Scotland.

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With its powerful message of responsibility and redemption - "We need both to forgive and to be forgiven" - it conveys a moral force in keeping with the season (Wall Street Journal)

The tale is redolent with Victorian atmosphere, from the hypocritical snobbishness to the rigid social conventions of the time (Tangled Web)

A bite-sized mystery that could be fitted in after your Christmas lunch (Daily Telegraph)

Delightful . . . The perfect gift for a whodunit addict who likes to curl up with a good book after Christmas lunch (Oxford Times) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Dark secrets threaten the highest of New York society in the twelfth Victorian Christmas novella --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By London Fog on 6 Dec. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid reader of Anne Perry, who has looked forward to her Christmas novellas for the past several years, and while there is normally a variance in quality or those that veer from our traditional ideas of what constitutes the seasonal trappings, this was lacking so sorely in those glimpses of Christmastide spirit she manages to write into the darkest tales, it almost seemed like another author had penned it. Her plots can also meander or not be fully developed as they would in a longer, more fleshed out book, yet it is always the theme of her stories which snags my attention. Not so in this latest effort.

From the opening chapter, Jemima appears bitter and vapid, setting the stage for the sort of heroine she is to become. The actual murder mystery does not come about until halfway through the book, the buildup entirely too leisurely, the romance(s) contrived. On that front, we are in for a disappointment with what seems to be budding love, and when that disintegrates, it is clear as crystal not only who the culprit is, but what his motivations were. Still, I trudged onwards, being loathe to leave a book unfinished.

It only declines further once Jemima begins what passes for an investigation, which is nothing more than a dull, drawn out questioning of locals who magically happen to know the murdered woman's intimate life history. It defied credulity, as did the second romance, which was at best forced and stilted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanne on 5 Dec. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Jemima Pitt, I’m assuming the daughter of Inspector Pitt in one of Perry’s others series’ is heading to New York to accompany her wealthy young friend Delphinia Cardew to New York to marry into the Albright family, who are the cream of New York society. On arrival Jemima finds herself mixed up in the murder of Maria, a women believed to be Delphinia’s estranged mother. Jemima must use all her detective skills picked up from her father to help her out of trouble.
I really wanted to enjoy this story more than the previous Anne Perry novel which I read, but sadly I did not. I found the characters weak and the plotline bordering on ridiculous. The first thing that bothered me was that Jemima at twenty-three is considered past-it and only useful as a chaperone to nineteen year old Phinnie. Jemima herself came across very easily led, all Harley Albright had to do was smile at her and she followed him round New York on a silly quest, later on in the story she meets Patrick Flannery again who again pays her a little attention and she’s smitten, which made her seem a little desperate. I found Phinnie to be an incredibly annoying character; she was so smug about her fancy wedding, if I was Jemima I would have smacked her.
There was no mystery around the murder, it was obvious who has done it and why and I really couldn’t understand why Jemima was unable to see what was right in front of her nose. It lacked any kind a depth which makes a good crime novel. As for this being a Christmas novella, well the only link to Christmas throughout the whole book is the fact that New York is covered in snow, a very weak link to Christmas.
I’m glad that this was a short novella as it only took me an hour to read, any longer and I think I would have given up. I know Anne Perry has a huge following and has written a great number of books but they are not for me. I would like to thank bookbridgr for sending me a copy to review; sadly I can only give this book 1/5.
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The book, as always with Anne Perry, is a good story.
The quality of the hard back book however is awful so I don't recommend it, especially if it is going to be a present.
This is because the paper quality is poor and the pages haven't been cut evenly giving a generally cheap feel to the book.
Such a shame for an author to be presented this way !
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