- Virginia Johnson
When readers of Anne Perry’s Charlotte & Thomas Pitt mystery series first met Charlotte’s grandmother, Mariah Ellison, in The Cater Street Hangman, she was an embittered shrew. She certainly disapproved of her headstrong granddaughter marrying a mere policeman, an occupation considered quite below her well-heeled family’s Victorian-era standards.
But time and some enlightening experiences, including those events taking place in another year’s Christmas novella (A Christmas Guest), have left Mariah finally coming to terms with the damage done by her extremely regrettable marriage. Alone at Christmas, she feels she is strong enough to make A Christmas Return to right an old wrong that threatens people she cares about very much.
Readers do not have to have read any of the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt books to enjoy this one. Anne Perry is good at her craft, and, while A Christmas Return is certainly a wonderful gift to her loyal readers, it could also work to introduce the unfamiliar to her world, where brave and intelligent persons of all classes do what they may to thwart the evils that may dwell in mired streets, elegant drawing rooms, or even picturesque villages.