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A Christmas Garland (Christmas Stories #10)

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  578 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Book by Perry, Anne
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sylvia Kelso
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...more
Shirley Schwartz
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
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...more
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.
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
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
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.

Morgan Gerlach
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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.
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.
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...more
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
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...more
Luanne Ollivier
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...more
Marilyn Fontane
Jan 10, 2013 Marilyn Fontane rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anne Perry fans; mystery fans
Recommended to Marilyn by: Previous Anne Perry Christmas novels.
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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
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Since I am usually drawn to Anne Perry's novels for her unparallelled ability to realistically portray Victorian London, I was a bit unsure as to whether I would appreciate the departure from her normal setting into one revolving around British occupied India. And yet, once I picked this book up, I was hard pressed to put it down.

'A Christmas Garland' is the story of Victor Narraway, a Lieutenant recently stationed in India who is called to defend John Tallis, an army surgeon accused of a traito...more
First Sentence: Lieutenant Victor Narraway walked across the square in the cool evening air.

Young Lt. Victor Narraway has been given the unenviable task of provide a defense for British medial orderly John Tallis. He is accused of being an accessory to murder. His guilt is based solely due to him being the only person whose whereabouts were unknown when a guard was brutally murdered and a prisoner escapes. Although Narraway isn’t encouraged to try very hard and is given very little time to inves...more
Christmas will arrive soon but it doesn't feel like Christmas in India where a young Lieutenant must defend a Corporal who is being brought up on murder charges. The Corporal declares his innocence but everyone wants to set this murder behind them to relieve stress from the recent uprisings and murders of soldiers and their families. The Lieutenant is not a lawyer but he must defend the Corporal to the best of ability even if it only for show as everyone believes the man to be guilty. The Lieute...more
Regina Spiker
Another little Christmas gem by Anne Perry spun around the events set in the 1850s following the horrendous massacre of many during the siege of Cawnpore in India. The British military is depending on one young man to unravel a mystery, a thankless job, that can only point the way of restoring loyalty and the code of honor during the Christmastide. Lt. Victor Narraway is chosen to defend a medical orderly named John Tallis because Tallis is the only man unaccounted for his whereabouts during a b...more
Dave Hoff
Having discovered Anne's Christmas series, this one is totally different. Based on a non-fiction event, the Siege of Cawnpore, a British medic is accused of killing a Sikh guard & letting a bad Sepoy go. A bloody who-dun-it but keeps you wondering who really did it. Occupation of India by British and loyal Sepoy troops for the benefit of the East India Co. leads to horrible massacres on both sides.
A prisoner has escaped and murdered his guard and because of this a platoon has been massacred in British ruled India during the Indian mutiny.. Young Victor Narraway is assigned to defend the accused... the only evidence is he is the only one without an alibi so he had to do it... The previous few months in the unit have seen the horrible massacre and horrific mutilation of british prisoners who had given themselves up...Victor resolves to defend the accused to the best of his ability... no one...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This novel is set in Cawnpore, India after the Siege of Cawnpore, 1857. A man is accused, by being the only man not accountable for, of allowing a prison break, and subsequent murder of further British deaths.

A young Lieutenant, Narraway, must try to defend John Tallis knowing that it is considered only a formality and that the judge has already determined his man's guilt.

In two days, Narraway has to recreate the actual break and re-interview all the persons connected. He meets the widows and ch...more
Cynthia Egbert
This was a very intriguing read, a small volume, as her Christmas offerings usually are, but well written and sweet. Well...sweet might not be the correct word. It is a military court mystery and so there is a lot of darkness in the book, but it ended well and I was satisfied. I keep being drawn back to the British and India or Arabia for some reason. Not sure what I need to learn about that, but I better keep trying. If you want a quick read that also offers a decent mystery, I recommend this n...more
Every year Anne Perry writes a short Christmas novel to mark the season. This year's offering is set in India in 1857 just months after the Siege of Cawnpore with all of its horrors on both sides. After a British soldier is killed and an Indian prisoner escapes, everyone at the British camp is under suspicion. A popular medical orderly, John Tallis, is arrested only because he is the only member of the British garrison whose movements couldn't be verified during the incident. It's up to Lt. Vict...more
Julie Barrett
The Christmas Garland by Anne Perry
India 1837-This story starts out with Lt. Narraway and he's been given an assignment-to be the lawyer for the soldier who's being charged with murder.
He goes to visit him in jail and John Tallis claims he is not guilty of the crime and tells the lt. what happened the night in question.
He then cycles it through his mind and tries to figure out different angles and how things could've been.
He also questions the others and their story is pretty much the same, diff...more
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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 cate...more
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