A Christmas Garland

A Christmas Garland

A Novel

Book - 2012
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"An annual treat," declared The Wall Street Journal of Anne Perry's Victorian-era holiday mysteries. Now she continues this magnificent tradition with A Christmas Garland, a yuletide tale set in exotic India. This time the mistress of mystery tells the story of a terrible crime that sets the stage for another: accusing an innocent man of murder.
 
The year is 1857, soon after the violent Siege of Cawnpore, with India in the midst of rebellion. In the British garrison, a guard is killed and an Indian prisoner escapes, which leads to yet more British deaths. Cries for revenge are overwhelming. Despite no witnesses and no evidence against him, a luckless British medical orderly named John Tallis is arrested as an accomplice simply because he was the only soldier unaccounted for when these baffling crimes were committed.
 
Though chosen to defend Tallis, young Lieutenant Victor Narraway is not encouraged to try very hard. Narraway's superiors merely want a show trial. But inspired by a soldier's widow and her children, and by his own stubborn faith in justice, Narraway searches for the truth. In an alien world haunted by memories of massacre, he is the accused man's only hope.
 
The trial of John Tallis equals the white-knuckle best of Anne Perry's breathtaking courtroom dramas. And thanks to a simple Christmas garland and some brilliant detective work, Narraway perseveres against appalling odds, learning how to find hope within himself--and turn the darkest hour into one full of joy and light.
 
PRAISE FOR THE CHRISTMAS NOVELS OF ANNE PERRY
 
A Christmas Homecoming
 
"Could have been devised by Agatha Christie . . . [Perry is] a modern master." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
"Vastly entertaining . . . uplifting and thought-provoking by turns." --The Star-Ledger
 
A Christmas Odyssey
 
"[Perry] writes with detail that invades the senses." --Lincoln Journal Star
 
A Christmas Promise
 
"Poignant . . . should be on the Christmas stocking list of anyone who likes a sniffle of nostalgia." --The Washington Times
 
A Christmas Grace
 
"[A] heartwarming, if crime-tinged, complement to the holiday season."-- Booklist
 
A Christmas Beginning
 
"Intriguing . . . Perry's use of period detail is, as always, strong and evocative." --The Seattle Times
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345530745
Branch Call Number: MYS F PER
Characteristics: 194 p. ; 20 cm

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mrsgail5756 Jan 17, 2014

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

samdog123 Mar 24, 2013

I read these books each year as Anne Perry writes them. I always enjoy them, but this one, set in India, was not my favourite. A new officer must try to clear a medic of a crime. Satifsying resolution, but I do prefer the books in this series set in England instead.

rowanquincy Dec 18, 2012

I enjoyed this.Some parts hard to read, about the British in India. But some good characters.

hgeng63 Nov 21, 2012

Okay, things like this happen in real life, but they don't make for a very suspenseful mystery.

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