A New York Christmas (Christmas Stories, #12)

A New York Christmas (Christmas Stories, #12)

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Hardcover, Pages: 164

Genres: Mystery, Holiday, Christmas, Fiction

Language: English

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A brand new Christmas mystery, and the very first set in New York City, from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, featuring Charlotte and Thomas Pitt’s daughter Jemima.

December, 1904. Jemima Pitt, now twenty-two, agrees to act as a “suitable companion” to her friend Delphinia, who is traveling to New York to be married to Brent Albright, toast of New York high society. Jemima is excited about the prospect of a Christmas adventure in a strange big city, but little does she expect to be enlisted on a top secret mission by Brent’s brother Harley, to track down Delphinia’s estranged mother. After some detective work and a little luck, they manage to locate her lodgings—but to their horror, they find Maria dead. Truly her parents’ daughter, Jemima is determined to unmask the killer, and enlists the aid of handsome young police officer Patrick Flannery to do it. And along the way she comes to learn an important lesson about staying true to oneself, no matter the cost. Once again, as only she can, Perry delivers a darkly suspenseful, ultimately heart-warming novel that truly captures the essence of the holiday spirit.

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  •    Kajinn Alberlain
    2020
    In the latest of Anne Perry's Christmas novellas, Jemima Pitt, twenty-three-year-old daughter of Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, travels to New York with her young friend, Delphinia Cardew. Delphinia is on her way to marry Brent Albright at Christmas time, and her father is too ill to make the trip. At just nineteen, she needs Jemima as a companion and chaperone.

    Once in the opulent home of the Albright family, Jemima soon learns that Delphinia's absent mother did not die when Delphinia was young, but merely left, for reasons no one wants to discuss. When Brent's older brother Harley explains that Maria Cardew has led a scandalous life, and is new in New York, possibly planning to disrupt the wedding, Jemima is happy to agree to help find her, and persuade her to stay away.

    This is, of course, a terrible mistake.

    When Jemima finds Maria Cardew dead, she is soon in deep trouble and scrambling to use skills learned from observing her parents in order to learn the truth. Along the way, she meets a young man who may change her life, if it doesn't end very abruptly first.

    This is, like all Perry's Christmas stories, a mystery tightly contained in both location and participants. Character development outside the most essential characters is light, but not absent. Jemima herself is smart, sensible, and clear-eyed. It's fun to see her explore the alien world of New York City, discovering the ways it does and doesn't resemble London.

    If you've enjoyed the previous Christmas stories, you'll certainly enjoy this one. Recommended.

    I bought this book.
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  •    Nikokora Kaluscha
    2020
    Christmas in New York in 1904. In the last Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel which I read earlier this year, young Jemima was 16 years old. For those not in the know, Jemima is Charlotte and Thomas's daughter. In this book we jump ahead seven years and we sail across the ocean with Jemima. She is accompanying her young friend on an Atlantic crossing in order to be there to support her at her wedding in New York. I was excited to read this book because I love Charlotte and Thomas Pitt so much, and I thought it would be wonderful to read about their grown daughter. Not to mention that New York and Christmas seem to go together. New York has always had such a holiday cachet about it. The book was OK, but it was a disappointment to me. Ms. Perry's little Christmas novellas are always short, but Ms. Perry usually manages to get a whole story in the few pages of these books. There are never usually any glaring loopholes and startling coincidences. I didn't feel the same about this one. The book seemed rushed and in fact, unbelievable in spots, which is totally unlike Anne Perry's writing. I found as I was reading that there were a number of times where the reader is expected to take a leap of faith in order to get to the next point in the story. So disappointed as I look forward every year to these little Christmas cozies.
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