- Virginia Johnson
Nursing her aunt during her last illness was not how Victorian socialite Emily Radley expected to spend her holiday season. The forlorn and frozen Irish village is a far cry from London’s fashionable drawing rooms, but in Anne Perry’s A Christmas Grace, that is where she finds herself. Far away from her sleuthing sister Charlotte, it is up to Emma to unravel yuletide secrets.
Anne Perry writes two series of best-selling Victorian murder mysteries. These Christmas novels are a yearly gift to her readers. They feature supporting characters stepping into the spotlight and solving the riddles that surround them. They are rather short, perfect for a frosty evening or two, yet even so she does not skimp on the intriguing characterization, settings, or moral quandaries.
Perry’s A Christmas Grace does more than entertain with a cozy mystery story. The Connemara villagers’ lives ring harsh but true, and Emily, a sweet but usually hapless soul compared to her sister, finds that she is capable of action to find a note of grace in the tragedies that have marred the lives of those around her.