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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (541 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Perry Narrator: Terrence Hardiman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Superintendent Runcorn—who Anne Perry fans will remember as William Monk’s ex-boss—is feeling rather lonely during his holiday on the remote, snowy island of Anglesey, off the north coast of Wales. However, he is suddenly called into action when the sister of the local vicar is discovered murdered and draped over a gravestone in her brother’s churchyard. Investigating this tragic crime with the assistance of the beautiful Melisande gives him just the opportunity he needs to spend time with an upper class woman who normally wouldn’t give him the time of day. Interweaving the original Christmas story with her own holiday tale, Perry also explores the meaning of Joseph’s secondary role compared to that of Mary and Jesus. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Perry manages to keep the seasonal charms of Victorian England and still solve the case. She also builds the plot around the Christmas story of Mary and Joseph in an unexpected and quite lovely way.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Mystery author Perry returns to holiday fare and sends rumpled London policeman Runcorn to a lonely Welsh island for Christmas, where he gets pulled into the case of the murder of Olivia Costain, the town vicar’s lively single sister…Runcorn’s modest, unflashy ways carry this moody, understated mystery.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This leisurely paced murder features a perceptive look at class differences in Victorian England and an engagingly introspective hero forced to take stock of himself and the safe choices he has made in his life.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ginny | 2/20/2014

    " I like the other books in this series but I found this one dull and hard to get through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cathie | 2/17/2014

    " A good mystery story involving the death of a lovely young woman and the investigation into her death. I liked how the story was written with the investigation and also an underlying tormented love situation between the visiting investigator and a woman in the village planning to be married to the police officer he has to deal with. I really liked how it ended and liked the main character, Runcorn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/15/2014

    " I enjoyed it but found it a bit confusing at times. It was written in the third person but from the perspective of the officer investigating a crime. I had trouble following his line of thinking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joyce Haner | 2/11/2014

    " I was very very disappointed in the ending. "

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