By Anne Perry
Anne Perry - A Christmas Secret
Christmas tale sequence, publication 4
Just in time for the vacations, Anne Perry provides her fanatics a fabulous present: a brand new yule yarn choked with mild get together and darkish mischief.
Dominic Corde is delighted to "fill the robe" as alternative vicar within the village of Cottisham, whereas the Reverend Wynter is away on a three-week Christmas vacation. blissful to flee his dreary London flat and a less-than-satisfying activity as church curate, Dominic and his loved spouse, Clarice, trigger for what they wish should be a stunning iciness getaway.
Upon arrival, in the course of a frigid, enormously snowy season, Dominic and Clarice are welcomed via hot, hospitable associates and enchanted by way of the comfortable, inviting vicarage. every little thing turns out nearly too excellent. Dominic's basically quandary is how he'll be obtained by means of the congregation, who carry the Reverend Wynter in such excessive regard. yet as Clarice quickly discovers, she and Dominic have even more dire issues to fret approximately. It seems that the Reverend Wynter isn't on vacation at all--and that anything very sinister has transpired.
As a snow fall leaves Cottisham treacherously snowbound and the remoted village swirls with unsavory secrets and techniques, Dominic and Clarice without warning locate themselves in lethal possibility.
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I waited until his crew’s fish were all unloaded and he stepped along the harbour road, his boots ringing on the cobbles. Then I ran after him. . ’ He looked at me, his eyes very blue in his weathered face. He was the most handsome of all the men, fine and upstanding, without a big belly filling his jersey. He was clean shaven and had good white teeth when he smiled. Oh, he had such a dazzling smile. ‘Yes, I’m Bobbie. ’ he said pleasantly. I swallowed, trying to think of the right words. I saw the woman I’d spoken to staring at us curiously.
Oh dear, it’s been a long night. I shall be glad to get to my bed. So how can I help you? Who are you? ’ ‘I – I have several names. ’ ‘My, my, you go in for some very fancy names! ’ He said the three names solemnly enough, but his eyes crinkled, his mouth twitched, and I knew he was laughing at me. I took a deep breath. ‘I – I think I might be kin of yours,’ I said. He stared at me. ‘What, some long-lost cousin or something of that sort? ’ ‘No, sir. I have taken the surname of Battersea, after my mother.
She looked as if she wanted to stick it straight in me. ‘Could you call Mina from the shore? And where’s Ezra? Is he playing truant from school again? Look for him on Long Beach. I need you all at home,’ Father said. ’ He spoke with calm authority, but I could feel him trembling as he turned me round and steered me onwards. I heard an excited babble behind us as folk repeated what he’d said. I peered round. Katherine was staring after me as she hurried down to the beach. ‘Oh, Father, she hates me,’ I said.
A Christmas Secret (Christmas Story, Book 4) by Anne Perry