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A Christmas Hope (Christmas Stories #11)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  697 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Although she lacks for nothing, Claudine Burroughs dreads the holiday season for forcing her to face how empty her life has become. She no longer expects closeness with her coldly ambitious husband, and she has nothing in common with their circle of wealthy, status-minded friends. The only time she is remotely happy is when she volunteers at a woman’s clinic—a job her husb ...more
Hardcover, 197 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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This is the first of the "Christmas stories" Anne Perry has written which I have read, though by the list inside the cover, she's been doing this a while. I enjoy her regular series about Monk and Hester, which present a gritty underbelly to Victorian London, as well as a wicked eye to the morals and mores of the time. This small novel, sent to me through the Library Thing early Reviewers program, was a little nugget of Victorian society, wrapped up with a Christmas bow.

Claudine Burroughs, who h

Full disclosure -- I'm an Anne Perry fan. Fifteen years ago a friend put me on to Perry and I've read her Pitt series, WWI series plus a few Christmas. No doubt I’m addicted.

Perry's Christmas mysteries are the winter equivalent of "beach books". Not actually novels, more novellas, A Christmas Hope is the latest offering and perfect for a wintry weekend when a quick cozy, with a backdrop of Victorian England (1868 London here), will fit the bill. Perry fans will be happy as a Christmas Hope adds
A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry is a November 2013 Random House/Ballantine Books publication.

In December 1868 Claudine Burroughs is attending a party when a scuffle breaks out. She had stepped out for air and saw a little of the incident.
A young street girl was injured and later dies as a result. Claudine believed the accused gentleman is innocent. She proceeds to investigate the matter much to her husband Wallace's chagrin. He would prefer she make contact with those in their social circles, an
Dec 10, 2013 Kai rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: History buffs and fans of Christmas stories
Shelves: christmas, mysteries
A very good but short story. I admire Claudine's courage, especially since she didn't know she had it. I also sometimes wonder as she does about the person I might have been. Doing the right thing isn't easy. Claudine definitely has become one of my heroes.
P.D.R. Lindsay
I always enjoy Anne Perry. She writes well, her books make you think and her research is impeccable. You feel you are in Victorian London. This was a delightful Christmas read because justice was served and a woman found she wasn't a mere wife and useless, but capable, competent and her own person.

Claudine Burroughs is mentioned in the William and Hester Monk series. She helps out at Hester's clinic. She is a sad and unhappy woman trapped in a marriage with a husband who despises her. She is a t
Ron Ratchford
I have read many of Ann Perry's books in the series of Monk and Pitt.
This book is a genisis of a new series with a lot of delightful attributes. The woman is from the Monk series but she is a person in her own world.

Christmas season in London holds some delights but this book is looking at the harsher aspects of the season. London has villians and heroes but the book plays with the possibility that all heroes are not obvious. Claudine Burrough is present at an assault upon a woman and she seems
I won this book in an exchange for an honest review.

# 11 in Anne Perry's collection of Christmas stories, this story transports us to Victorian times where a murder has been committed.

A basic story of a murder committed in Victorian England. In this case, a ne'er-do-well is blamed for the crime and it is up to Claudine Burroughs to prove his innocence. No easy feat as she is trying to prove the guilt of 3 well known young aristocrats. This becomes a Christmas story because the crime occurs a few
Eustacia Tan
A while back, I reviewed Anne Perry's novel Blind Justice (link leads to review). And so, when I heard that she wrote a Christmas story, I decided to sign up to read it. And of course, it's set in the same world - so, a murder mystery with a Christmas twist.

A Christmas Hope follows a minor character in the series, Claudine Burroghs, an upper class lady. At a Christmas party, a prostitute is killed and fingers are pointed at a drunkard poet. The only thing is, she spoke with the poet before that,
It's 1868 and the Christmas season has begun in London. Claudine Burroughs, however, isn't looking forward to the incessant parties and social calls the season requires of her class. She knows she should be thankful for all her blessings, her wealth and status. She's a volunteer at Hester Monk's clinic for prostitutes and other poor and desperate women and it has made her aware of how fortunate she is. In fact, her volunteer work is the only thing that brings her any satisfaction. She's stuck in ...more
Although she lacks for nothing, Claudine Burroughs dreads the holiday season for forcing her to face how empty her life has become. She no longer expects closeness with her coldly ambitious husband, and she has nothing in common with their circle of wealthy, status-minded friends. The only time she is remotely happy is when she volunteers at a woman’s clinic—a job her husband strongly disapproves of. Then, at a glittering yuletide gala, she meets the charming poet Dai Tregarron and finds her spi ...more
Each holiday season I look forward to getting the latest installment in The Christmas Stories series. I love how the author has taken her minor characters from her regular series and given them their own stories all set against the backdrop of Christmas and their own mystery to solve along with a minor romance for them to dabble in. In this case, it is Claudine Burroughs from the William Monk series. This was an enjoyable bit that showcased Claudine's strength, determination and honor and that o ...more
Ashley Arthur
I received a free advance copy of this e-book from NetGalley via Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Books.

I should start by saying that this is my first experience reading Anne Perry. “A Christmas Hope” is her eleventh Christmas story. It was a quick read, more like a novella than a novel. Her protagonist is Claudine Burroughs, a woman who finds her life of privilege with a husband she despises suffocating. As I read the first few pages where Claudine describes what her life is like, I t
3 1/2 stars -
I quite enjoyed this little mystery! It was a bit on the brief side, and would have benefited from being a bit longer and having a bit more depth. But I enjoyed the main character and the mystery itself was entertaining. I'd like to know what happens after the book ends with the main character and her husband - perhaps Perry addresses this in a later book. Anyway, its an enjoyable little read.
A mystery novel set in the Old English British Victorian class system. Claudine Burroghs is married into money and leads a good life. Materially she does not lack for anything but has no emotional tie to her husband. She despises the high society that she moves in and to stave off her loneliness she volunteers at the local clinic to help better the life of those less fortunate than her

While attending a high society Christmas party she meets Dai Treggaron and finds that he is good company but sio
Perry has given us a new character that I would like to see more of -- Claudine Burroughs, with a pass by Squeaky Robinson, one of her scruffy ne'er-do-well's that turns out to be a rather roughly friendly and helpful guy.

Three young scions of the elite have done away with prostitute at a fancy ball and blame a poet with a rather dubious character, because they can with their sense of entitlement and the belief that they can do anything they wish to and get away with it because of their station
Sharon Chance
“A Christmas Hope” is the eleventh seasonal novel from Anne Perry, and as with the previous book, features a character readers have encountered in Perry’s “Monk and Pitt” mysteries. While set during the Christmas season, this story is a captivating and intriguing mystery with little of the usual holiday celebrations to lighten the tale. However, it is a captivating story that will have readers on the edge of their seats wondering if the beleaguered poet will find justice or if Claudine’s efforts ...more
The Anne Perry Christmas books have become an annual tradition. They are generally short fast reads and some are definitely better than others. This was not a mystery as we find out who the killer is early on. It was slightly tedious and I felt the favored theme of the Victorian Societies morals was a bit "hammer over the head" in this one. I have read all these books. Its a hard habit I am not trying to break. I felt at the end as if I'd just whittled away the pages and a few hours.

If you love
As a first time reader of Anne Perry’s Christmas novels, I thoroughly enjoyed this Victorian cozy mystery. The heroine is compelling in her aloneness and search for meaning in her life, while the whodunit part of the story is a strong part of the story without being overpowering. Underlying themes of forgiveness, compassion, and love makes this Christmas tale stand out from other mysteries. Clear, succinct writing, with poignant scenes and the sympathetic main character kept me turning the pages ...more
A "harlot" is murdered at a fancy party and a poet is to blame or so all the rich people think. Of course, the three young men, from well-to-do families, that were there could have been responsible but no one is willing to believe that or let anyone think that way. That is, no one, except Claudine Burroughs, who begins to investigate what truly happened.

Another great Christmas story from Anne Perry. One in which the gentry get their comeuppance in a great way and from one of their own.
London, 1868. As the Christmas season begins, Claudine Burroughs feels little joy in its endless social calls and extravagant events. Working at a clinic for desperate women has opened her eyes to a different world.

Then her two worlds collide. A prostitute smuggled into a grandiose Christmas party is found brutally beaten. Poet Dai Tregarron stands accused. But Dai insists he was trying to protect her from the violence of three young men. Claudine believe
Kathy Davie
Eleventh in Anne Perry's Christmas Stories historical mystery series and set in Monk's Victorian world of 1868, although Monk doesn't appear in this.

My Take
It's a bleak existence, attending parties for the sake of social and business advancement. Things get out of hand, however, and everything in Claudine's world is overturned. And we encounter the double standards and the huge preference for appearance over character that are so disgusting in a society.

People's prejudices and expectations cond
Ariana Baxter
I went into this expecting historical romance, but once I accepted it was historical fiction I was able to be swept into the intrigue of the murder mystery, the rich characterization and holiday spirit. Claudine Burroughs has found happiness in her work at a clinic for underprivileged women, since her marriage has become a loveless institution.

An enjoyable tale set in Victorian England, sure to delight old fans and draw in many new ones.

*ARC provided through Netgalley for an honest review.*
I am a great admirer of Anne Perry's novels. Her characters are very well developed and the story leads you right along. This novel deals with the subject of justice, how it differed for the upper classes versus the lower classes in Victorian times in England. I am not sure how much of that has changed here in the U. S. It also deals with the subject of upper class women having to make a "good" marriage, many times having to marry a man chosen for them because the woman's father considers the ma ...more
Patricia Ann
Claudine is back as the main character
in Anne Perry's Christmas novel. The
reader learns more about Claudine's
unhappy hopeless marriage and her
husband's and her mutual dislike
of each other. A husband and wife
who shared almost nothing.
We also learned about the ways of
their society and their thinking about
"people like that" and its' pending
consequences and what might happen if
a person is without faith or hope.
"Tis the Christmas season, and I always love turning to Christmas-themed books, particularly English mysteries set in the Victorian era.

Anne Perry's annual Christmas novels are always a treat, and this, her latest, is no exception.

Atmospheric as well as thought provoking, it captures the spirit of the season perfectly.
Claudine Burroughs (at Hester's clinic) feels she must find the real killer of a street walker to save a "poet" (Dai Tararron) from a death penalty. Claudine investigates to show 3 friends were lying to protect which of them did the killing. It was too big a crime for their "rich" families to accept. A good Anne Perry book.
This book probably won't be too memorable for me, but I like that it is short and easy to read. I'm finding that some of Anne Perry's mysteries are less about finding clues and more about talking to people until the truth comes out. That's how this was. I thought it was pretty good.
Julie Barrett
A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry
Have read the author's other Christmas works and enjoyed them.
This one is about a party at Christmas but the events lead to a death. Someone has brought along a woman of the streets and there is a fight and she ends up dead.
Claudeen has gone outside for a breath of air when she comes upon the scene and Derek appears with a lot of blood all over himself and quite drunk.
She doesn't realize til the next day at things are not what they appear. She proceeds to find more
Betty Strohecker
It is the height of the Christmas season in Victorian London when a streetwalker is murderd at an upper class society gala. Found near the body, a middle-aged poet is blamed for the death, however, Claudine Burrowes doesn't believe he's guilty. Working to prove his innocence, Claudine goes against her husband's wishes since he thinks investigation could endanger his career. Highly ambitious, Claudine's husband treats her as a showpiece and has forbid her to continue volunteer work at a clinic fo ...more
This is one of Anne Perry's Victorian era holiday mysteries, more of a short story to her usual series, and I like that they include characters we see in her other series, in this case, from the Monk series. One of the volunteers from Hester's clinic (medical care & temporary shelter to prostitutes), is at a party when a prostitute, who came with a questionable guest (a poet who drinks too much & womanizes), is beaten & seriously hurt on the terrace. Claudine, rushes to her aid, usin ...more
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Christmas Stories (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • A Christmas Journey (Christmas Stories, #1)
  • A Christmas Visitor (Christmas Stories, #2)
  • A Christmas Guest (Christmas Stories, #3)
  • A Christmas Secret (Christmas Stories, #4)
  • A Christmas Beginning (Christmas Stories, #5)
  • A Christmas Grace (Christmas Stories, #6)
  • A Christmas Promise (Christmas Stories, #7)
  • A Christmas Odyssey (Christmas Stories, #8)
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“Life is frightening," Claudine corrected her. "And beautiful and full of strange and unexpected opportunities. This is one of them.” 1 likes
“Dai Tregarron had called her Olwen, had spoken to her as if she were a creature capable of escape from the commonplace, not the pedestrian, middle-aged woman everyone else saw, incapable of imagination, even less of passion. He had seen who she wanted to be and given the dream a moment's life.” 0 likes
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