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A Christmas Garland (Christmas Stories #10)

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“[Anne] Perry’s Victorian-era holiday mysteries [are] an annual treat,” declared The Wall Street Journal. Perry continues this magnificent tradition withA 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: that of knowingly accusing an innocent man of murder.

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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published 2012)
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Sylvia Kelso
Jan 06, 2013 Sylvia Kelso rated it did not like it
Memo to self: do NOT buy any more Anne Perry Christmas books.
I liked the first half-dozen, but the last couple suffered more and more from her increasing wordiness, repetition, and diffuseness, and this one wasn't worth the price. $10.00 for basically a novella, set in India and so thinly realised it cd. have been anywhere - except for the minor but irritating error of having tamarind leaves "rattle." I grew up with tamarind trees. They have tiny feathery leaves that sigh at the absolute utmost
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Gerry
Jan 03, 2016 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the festive season coming to an end, I thought I would squeeze in another Christmas read. However, if one is looking for merriment, parties and Christmas activity, this is not the one to read. The Christmas connection is slightly tenuous in that the hero receives a blue Christmas garland from a young girl and when the case is over he retires to the barracks to put the decoration up.

The storyline is quite straightforward in that the year is 1857, in the middle of the Indian Mutiny, and Lieut
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Shirley Schwartz
Nov 06, 2012 Shirley Schwartz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-5-star-reads
These little books are a Christmas tradition for me. I read every book that Anne Perry writes. She is my favourite author, and I love all of them. I especially love these little Christmas gems. Each one is about a more minor character in either of Ms. Perry's Victorian series. This one is about Thomas Pitt's old boss Victor Narraway from the Thames River Police. Narraway is a young man of 20 during the time of this book. The book is set in India in 1857 and close to Christmas. That is is the yea ...more
Lisa
Dec 13, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok
Don't let the cover photo (of a Christmas-decorated veranda overlooking a snow-covered scene) fool you--this book has almost nothing to do with Christmas. It takes place in India, shortly after the siege of Cawnpore during the Great Indian Rebellion of 1857. A young English officer is tasked with representing (at a military trial) a Sikh man who has been charged with murder and treason and is being railroaded toward his execution simply because he is the only person without an alibi. The story i ...more
Andrea Guy
Don't read this book if you are expecting a light fluffy Christmas tale. This isn't anything like that. It is a mystery set in 1857 India.

Narraway is given the task of trying to defend Tallis, an orderly accused of killing a man and setting a prisoner free. Things don't look good for him as his is the only person that doesn't have an alibi.

Narraway is a character you can really come to admire. He is determined to give Tallis a fair trial, even though no one else seems to want to. And he only has
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Sophia
I loved this opportunity to go back in time to see what Pitt's commander, Victor Narraway was like as a young man. The setting of India just after the Mutiny was colorful and intense even without the pressure he was put under to defend a man that everyone felt was guilty of murder and treason. I've always liked his character in the Charlotte and Thomas stories, but he is so closed off that it was nice to get some of his family background and see how he thought about things since he was the narra ...more
Diane S ☔
Nov 03, 2012 Diane S ☔ rated it liked it
3.5 Every year at Christmas time, Perry writes a novella featuring one of the characters from her books that doesn't ever really have a starring role, so to speak. In this book, she takes Victor Narraway, Pitts' old boss, and goes back many years to when he was only twenty, places him in India in the military, and has him ordered to defend a medic accused of murder. Have always like Narraway, found him very principled and intelligent. I think this may be a favorite of mine, at least as far as th ...more
Debbie Maskus
Nov 04, 2012 Debbie Maskus rated it it was ok
I love to read Christmas stories during the holiday season, and have always enjoyed Anne Perry. This book was a disappointment, as the characters were flat and the story not too interesting. The ending of the story was an ending out of Agatha Christie or Perry Mason, with the solution offered just before the condemned is carted away. Perry does focus on the problems of the uprisings in India in 1857, and hits upon the mixed feelings between the English and the Indian. This book was not as festiv ...more
Jess Swann
Je n'aime pas spécialement Victor Narraway mais j'admets que j'ai bien aimé le voir dans sa jeunesse (et donc pas encore le tout puissant ex chef de la Special Branch).Le côté historique est bien rendu et c'est intéressant de découvrir des épisodes sur les Indes (l'histoire de la graisse sur les balles par exemple). En revanche, on tourne beaucoup en rond dans cette enquête qui n'avance pas vite et dont la résolution est finalement assez simple... C'est bien écrit mais assez plat et j'avoue que ...more
Cheryl
Dec 18, 2015 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice enough court room drama, and it certainly kept me listening to the end. The story is set in 1857 India, when tensions between the British East Indian Company and native Indians were high and bloody retributions were the norm for both sides. At this particular post, the siege of Cawnpore is a bitter and sore memory for the soldiers, so when a trusted prison guard is murdered and a "traitorous Sikh" with valuable information about a patrol is allowed to escape, it is no small matter ...more
Cathy Cramer
The mystery in this Christmas story was more engrossing than the past couple of Anne Perry Christmas mysteries I've read. The description of the traumatized British soldiers in India was somber, too. I had come up with a different solution, which oddly enough, the main character never considered or investigated. Was the brig truly inescapable? I would have thought that the defense attorney - or someone else- would have gone into the the inside of the brig to determine that, to challenge the assu ...more
Carol
Nov 30, 2012 Carol rated it liked it
The conclusion to the who dunnit is clever, a puzzle solution more or less, and I did like Narraway, his willingness to try his hardest to provide the best defense he can, but overall it’s not a book I would have read if it didn’t have “Christmas” in the title. But as a Christmas story, it is heart-warming. The sense of hope, even in the devastated town, is never lost, people can still depend on each other, there is always a light in the darkness.

Clarabel
Jan 16, 2016 Clarabel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: winter, vintage
En seulement 157 pages, le roman nous livre une intrigue poignante, dans un contexte solennel et pesant (post mutinerie, 1857 à Kanpur, Inde Britannique). Les bonnes ondes de Noël tentent d'y percer, même si le cœur n'est pas à la fête, l'auteur essaie avant tout de rappeler que c'est une période chargée d'espoir.

Avec un brin de mystère et beaucoup de classicisme, l'histoire partage ainsi les pérégrinations du jeune lieutenant Narraway (qui deviendra le supérieur de Thomas Pitt à la Special Bra
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Morgan Gerlach
Jan 06, 2014 Morgan Gerlach rated it did not like it
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Carol
Mar 03, 2013 Carol rated it liked it
a nice little short story that gives some enlightening background to narroway. I will be reading more of these christmas stories for further background info on her mayor characters.
Grey853
Nov 26, 2012 Grey853 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Having the word Christmas in the title does not make it about the holiday. I found the story and characters dull. One of the least successful of Perry's so-called holiday stories.
Stephanie
Jun 07, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une belle intrigue sur une base militaire. Les pages filent à grande vitesse et le mystère reste entier jusqu'à la fin.
Judith
As usual, Perry has produced a good, quick reading mystery, involving one of my favorite characters, Victor Narraway, as a young, newly posted lieutenant to Cawnpore. We have a slight introduction to frontier life in India and some aspects of military posting there. I gave this book 4 stars as there was a lot of talk and agonizing over duty that became a bit repetitious; a little less agonizing and Narraway might have recognized the important clue earlier (tho that would make a much shorter book ...more
Susan
A Christmas Garland by Anne Perry is the tenth of her Christmas mystery novellas. All are set in the mid-1800s at the Christmas season, and enhance the “back stories” of characters from her Thomas & Charlotte Pitt or William Monk Victorian mystery series.

It’s December 1857 in Cawnpore, India where the infamous mutiny began. Lieutenant Victor Narraway faces the first great challenge of his career. At 20 years old, he’s only a year out of college in England. He has served briefly in India, but
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Loraine
SUMMARY: 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
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Carl
Dec 30, 2015 Carl rated it liked it

This is the first of Anne Perry's "Christmas novels" that I have read, and it will not be the last. "The Christmas Garland" is Perry's tenth Christmas novel; it is an historical mystery set in India in 1857, soon after the tragic Siege of Cawnpore. Tensions and emotions are prevalent and still raw from the bloody 1857 Indian mutiny. Into this situation walks our protagonist Lieutenant Victor Narraway, who will become the future boss of Thomas Pitt (star of one of Perry's long-running series). So
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Alice
Jan 18, 2015 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: séries-en-cours
Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Un Noël à Kanpur?
"Le papa Noël, qui connaît mon amour des livres, de Noël et d'Anne Perry, a eu la gentillesse de m'amener le dernier né de ces petits contes policiers."

Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...
"Victor Narraway, alors tout juste âgé de 20 ans, se trouve en Inde en tant que lieutenant lorsqu'on lui assigne une tâche bien déplaisante: défendre un soldat que tout le monde apprécie, accusé de trahison et de meurtre, san
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Karen
Apr 28, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
I have never before read an Anne Perry Christmas book, her Christmas books apparently a tradition over a period of years, but I picked this one up at the library because of its setting...India during the great Mutiny of 1857, also known at the Sepoy Mutiny. Having recently traveled in India, I find myself attracted to any and all books about the sub-continent. A short novel, it was certainly not a typical Christmas story but a murder mystery. In the midst of the mutiny, in Cawnpore, recovering f ...more
TAMMY CUEVAS
Oct 27, 2012 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it it was amazing
Young Victor Narraway has been assigned to defend an orderly against the charge of murdering a guard and allowing a criminal to go free. Because there is no one else who could have possibly committed the crime, and everyone in the regiment wants swift justice, the trial is merely a formality. But Narraway is determined to give the accused his best effort.

Anyone who is already a fan of Anne Perry's novels will recognize the character of Narraway. This stand-alone Christmas novel is set much earli
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Luanne Ollivier
Nov 02, 2012 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Anne Perry for a long time. She writes the most wonderful historical novels. Her William Monk mystery series remains my favourite. Although I have missed a few of her books over the years, I have never missed reading the annual Christmas novella she's been writing since 2003.

This year's book - A Christmas Garland - takes us to 1857 India. It is a few days before Christmas, but things are not peaceful in Cawnpore. The Indians are rebelling against the rule of the East India Co
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Marilyn Fontane
Jan 10, 2013 Marilyn Fontane rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anne Perry fans; mystery fans
Recommended to Marilyn by: Previous Anne Perry Christmas novels.
Shelves: anneperry, christmas
Every year Anne Perry writes a Christmas novel. These are a real treat for her fans because in each she takes an ongoing minor character and makes that person the protagonist in the Christmas novel. Thus, you not only get an excellent story, but you learn more about the personal life of one of the characters you have seen over and over again but not known in depth. In A Christmas Garland the character is Victor Narraway, Pitt's long time superior on the police force. But in this novel he is not ...more
Lis Carey
Dec 22, 2012 Lis Carey rated it really liked it
Thomas Pitt's Special Branch boss, Victor Narraway, wasn't always the head of Special Branch. Long ago and far away, he was a twenty-year-old British Army lieutenant in India during the Mutiny. As the youngest officer, and new to the unit he's now in, Lt. Narraway gets assigned a fairly nasty task: defending an Army medic charged with a horrible murder.

The medic was well-liked, but so was the guard who was killed. And this killing took place as part of the escape of a prisoner, who after escapin
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Don
Dec 03, 2013 Don rated it really liked it
I really look forward to the Christmas season. No matter how old I get, or how my beliefs change over the years, it somehow still holds magic and joy for me. And, of course, books are very much a part of my holidays as they are in every other area of my life. This year, however, has been rather different where reading is concerned. The first two books I chose were perfectly awful. well, it looks like the spell has finally been broken with Anne Perry's "A Christmas Garland." Perry apparently writ ...more
Missy
Dec 20, 2012 Missy rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
In A Christmas Garland, Perry brings us to British occupied India during the 1857 rebellion. In December, a prisoner escapes, a soldier dies, and a young medic is charged with the crime. The hero, Lieutenant Victor Narraway, a young commissioned officer barely 20 years old, has been assigned to counsel the defendant.

At first glance, Narraway’s supervisors see the case as being an “open and shut.” The medic is guilty. Under orders to restore the morale of the troops, he must find a reason why the
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Shari
Aug 05, 2013 Shari rated it it was ok
I hate to do this to Perry. This in not one of her better outings. While it is about one of my favorite characters especially in view of what seems to be happening in her latest novel, I felt it was written in a very sparse voice. Not one of her usually denser offerings.

It dealt with interesting material--the Sikh rebellion of 1857 in Cawnpore, India, a bit of hideous and brutal history, particularly for the savagery of the attacks on the British corps and the British civilian population. It als
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Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

Juliet took the name "Anne Perry," the latter being her stepfather's surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
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