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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (393 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Perry Narrator: Terrence Hardiman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Christmas Novellas Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781482979107
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It’s a freezing winter day in London, 1895, when two young girls have a chance meeting. The pair turn out to have much in common: both are poor, both are parentless. But Minnie Maude, only eight, has even worse problems: the uncle with whom she lived has just been murdered, and if that’s not enough, the family’s donkey has run away. Her new friend Gracie, all of thirteen, feels obliged to help her, and so the girls team up to solve the mystery—and find Charlie the donkey. Anne Perry fans will recognize young Gracie as Charlotte Pitt’s maid, a continuing character in the author’s bestselling Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Victorian mystery series. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With Perry, you’re guaranteed evil will be mixed with good. Let’s just say a Nativity scene at the end will give you faith that all’s right with the world – for a brief shining moment.”

    USA Today

  • “[Perry] does a highly credible job of evoking Dickens, especially in the opening scenes.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The contrast is fascinating, and the story…is meticulously laid out and hard to put down.”

    RT Book Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/19/2014

    " Good Christmas mystery but felt I was a little short-changed. It, as my son says, got a good story going then decided to end. Set in old England, as many of this author does, two young girls try to find what happened to the donkey and cart when the driver is killed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 2/16/2014

    " adore this author but just couldn't get into this story. I love all the other series, but this left me sad with no desire to finish which rarely happens to me or attempt the rest of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Solla | 2/16/2014

    " This was an historical story set in England. We learn about the hardships of life and the friendship that develops between two young girls. The story itself is a whodoneit and is well developed by the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 2/15/2014

    " Sometimes a little hard to understand because of the phonetic way the conversations are written but overall an interesting story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/29/2014

    " I always look forward to Perry's Christmas series, but was very disappointed. Cockney dialogue was too distracting, I didn't want to finish the book after losing interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fay Bassett | 1/23/2014

    " Enjoyed reading one of her books that was not a murder mystery. Would like to read some more of her Christmas stories as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Mather | 1/21/2014

    " Great insight into the character of Gracie Phipps. It looks back at a mystery that she helped solve before she entered Anne Perry's Pitt series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Ellis | 1/13/2014

    " I love these Christmas "escapes"! So gentle and relaxing! I look forward to each year's addition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 1/2/2014

    " A very loosely based 20th century story like The Christmas Carol. It is worth about what I paid for it. I got it as a free download from Amazon on my Kindle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenette | 12/31/2013

    " Once I get past the London "accent" that the characters use I can start to understand the storyline a little easier. I like Anne Perry's Christmas Novels. They are short little reads that get me in the Christmas mood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lewestover | 12/29/2013

    " A nice introduction to Gracie Phipps and Minnie Maude Mudway. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Randal S | 12/16/2013

    " I didn't get the depths this book was trying to achieve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanda | 12/9/2013

    " It was a good story. Sometimes it was difficult reading the dialects. It ended with all loose ends tied up nicely but quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Moberg | 8/27/2013

    " I always enjoy Anne Perry's Christmas novellas, and this is no exception -- except I have to say that I found the dialect annoying. There is rather a lot of it, from beginning to end. I found it less distracting when I read very quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C. | 6/9/2013

    " One of her Christmas novellas. I enjoy these, but I wish she'd focus her time on the Monk or Pitt novels. I miss getting a new installment in each series every year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 5/24/2013

    " Very quick read with a charming story and characters...lots of detail about the 1800's in England. Anne Perry at her tender best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 5/16/2013

    " Pretty pathetic storyline but you can't help but like it because its got a donkey and little girl in it lol. Very quick and easy to read. Oddly the book is not split into chapters, but on reading it could have been. I suppose it helped give the feeling of continuing mystery and action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/11/2013

    " Nice and somewhat light. More of a mystery than some of the other Perry Christmas stories. Luckily I finished this one in about an hour. If Trent had seen me reading Christmas books before Thanksgiving, he would have commented on it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olean Public Library | 3/2/2013

    " Two brave girls in Victorian England, a murder, a lost treasure, a lost donkey, a tall, thin Santa. What's not to like? Reading this was like Christmas in July. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 9/1/2012

    " Anne Perry brings Christmas joy to London's East End. Presenting the Pitts' maid, Gracie, as a streetwise teenager who befriends a youngster in need, Perry delivers another Victorian mystery for our book shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lauer | 8/14/2012

    " I wavered between 4 and 5 stars for this one. I really like Gracie, and I like the end where I can see how she came to work with the Pitts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianna | 5/14/2012

    " This is more interesting that "A Christmas Journey" but the dialect is a bit distracting. It's worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 3/8/2012

    " Anne Perry is such a talented writer that even a simple story is a lovely reading experience. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 10/19/2011

    " I never finished it. I didn't like it as much as her other Christmas books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 9/2/2011

    " I like Anne Perry's little Christmas novellas. They have a simple mystery, the Victorian setting, but not the angst and wallowing of the longer books. This one is about Gracie as a child, and is really delightful. The ending has a really nice touch, but no spoilers here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 7/31/2011

    " I love Anne Perry. A Christmas Promise brings you into the world of the hard-scrabble life of lower class London at the turn of the century. It is a reminder that every life matters and traits like integrity and courage don't just belong to adults. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 1/25/2011

    " I never finished it. I didn't like it as much as her other Christmas books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/21/2011

    " Great insight into the character of Gracie Phipps. It looks back at a mystery that she helped solve before she entered Anne Perry's Pitt series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/31/2010

    " I always like to read books set at Christmastime during December and found six--make that eight, I found two more-- all short(100-200 pages) mysteries set in Victorian Britain, by Anne Perry. Fun, easy reads for whiling away the cold hours 'til Christmas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanda | 12/30/2010

    " It was a good story. Sometimes it was difficult reading the dialects. It ended with all loose ends tied up nicely but quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/7/2010

    " A fun,quick read for the Christmas season. The Dickinsian setting was particularly appropriate for Christmas reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tangela | 12/7/2010

    " The best part of this story is that you finally understand how Gracie Phipps becomes a part of the Pitt household. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olean Public Library | 8/19/2010

    " Two brave girls in Victorian England, a murder, a lost treasure, a lost donkey, a tall, thin Santa. What's not to like? Reading this was like Christmas in July. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C. | 7/27/2010

    " One of her Christmas novellas. I enjoy these, but I wish she'd focus her time on the Monk or Pitt novels. I miss getting a new installment in each series every year. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Randal S | 7/18/2010

    " I didn't get the depths this book was trying to achieve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianna | 6/27/2010

    " This is more interesting that "A Christmas Journey" but the dialect is a bit distracting. It's worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/27/2010

    " While I enjoyed reading this book, the way the main characters talk was getting on my nerves after awhile!! But, the story was a good one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/27/2010

    " Another good Anne Perry novella. This one didn't seem as christmasy as some of the others until the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stitchywoman | 2/16/2010

    " A light read, if slightly predictable and sappy, with a lot less characters then her mystery books. A Christmas message which was nice. I had the feeling there are some recurring characters so it would be interesting to read some of the earlier stories in the series. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Perry

Anne Perry is the New York Times bestselling author of a number of holiday novels, two acclaimed mystery series set in Victorian England, and a series set during World War I. She has also written several stand-alone novels and novellas, and her books have been finalists for the Agatha, Edgar, and Macavity awards. Born in London, she now lives in the Scottish highlands.

About the Narrator

Terrence Hardiman has worked extensively in theater. He began at the Old Vic, went on to repertory at Bristol, and then spent five years as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has played the title role in BBC TV’s The Demon Headmaster, while other his other television appearances include major parts in Secret Army, Miss Marple, Hannay, and Inspector Morse. Among his film credits are Mask of Murder, Loophole, and Gandhi.