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A Christmas Secret (Christmas Stories #4)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  1,285 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
Just in time for the holidays, Anne Perry gives her fans a marvelous gift: a new yuletide yarn full of light celebration and dark mischief.

Dominic Corde is thrilled to “fill the robe” as substitute vicar in the village of Cottisham, while the Reverend Wynter is away on a three-week Christmas holiday. Glad to escape his dreary London flat and a less-than-satisfying job as c
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Nov 29, 2008 Dorothy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Perry lovers
Recommended to Dorothy by: My mystery book group leader
This is the book selected for reading by my library mystery book group. It's probably not one I would have chosen on my own, although I am a fan of Anne Perry. I have long loved and followed the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt and the William Monk series. This is a story of another couple in the tradition of those two series. This time it is a vicar, Dominic Corde, familiar from the first Charlotte and Thomas book, "The Cater Street Hangman," and his wife, Clarice. This couple shares many of the same ...more
Jess Swann
Aug 27, 2013 Jess Swann rated it really liked it
Un Anne Perry comme je les aime. Déjà il met en scène Dominic Corde, l'ex beau frère de Charlotte que j'ai toujours apprécié. Par ailleurs, l'intrigue est à la hauteur et l'ambiance est bien rendue et le suspens soigneusement distillé. Au contraire des autres contes que j'ai lu, il y a moins de passages philosopho-lyrique ce qui me convient bien aussi. Bon certes le personnage de Clarice fait penser à celui de Charlotte (d'ailleurs le couple en lui-même fait penser aux Pitt, version avant promot ...more
June Ahern
Aug 05, 2013 June Ahern rated it it was amazing
Always Glad to Be Warm - maybe that's why I read so many of this author's Christmas novellas this summer.
I enjoy Anne Perry's mysteries, some more so than others. This one is good. I certainly did feel a cold every time a character ventured out and at times, imagined how drafty the house was. A nice short read as are all the author's Christmas novellas. A youngish very handsome preacher leaves the crowded London with his new wife to take over the duties of a preacher who left quickly for a hol
Dec 17, 2014 Correen rated it really liked it

Perry features lesser characters from earlier books in her Christmas series. As is the case with the in this series, it is not a complicated book but well done. The characters are a minister and a family member from a Pitt novel. The minister established himself in the earlier novel as highly empathetic. His wife was a daring family, willing to defy family expectations and marry a man of lesser social stature -- she married beneath her station. Perry appears to have used her parson to preach the
Erica T
Despite having a Christmas name and being set during the weeks before Christmas I wouldn't really call this a Christmas story. It was more of a cozy mystery. It was a fun, quick read that was very clean. I didn't really have it all figured out, but honestly I didn't think the author provided the clues to allow you to figure it out which was fine with me. This was my first book by Anne Perry, and I will likely read more by her.
Dec 29, 2008 Heather rated it liked it
It was quite plain the Perry was trying to put out a short Christmas mystery for her publisher. It didn't deliver like I'd hoped. The story was very rushed at the end. Although there were plenty of red herrings to distract the reader.
yes, I know it's not as satisfying as one of Perry's full-length, non-holiday-set novels, but I loved A Christmas Secret for its sense of place and its narrator. I read it in 2 days and didn't want it to end. For me, that's the mark of a great book.
Dec 16, 2010 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very entertaining short novella with a Christmas theme - perfect reading for the time of year, and liked her writing.
Although I had not realised that this was the fourth book in a series it was a fine stand alone read.
The story is set in 1890 in the village of Cottisham. The Reverend Wynter notifies the bishop that he is going on holiday for Christmas and the bishop sends Rev. Dominic Corde and his wife Clarice to stand in. Dominic and Clarice have been in a London parish where Dominic is curate to the Rev. Spindlewood. They are not very happy in the London Parish and are both delighted to arrive in the lovely
Dec 14, 2016 Lexi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: december2016
Better than the last several I've read. Kept me guessing till the end, and I really liked the Reverend Corde and his wife, Clarice.
Cindy Grossi
Nov 28, 2016 Cindy Grossi rated it liked it
I liked the setting very much, although the content seemed light. I expect Christmas books to be of a certain length, but the plot in this one seemed spotty.
Dec 15, 2016 Susie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A picturesque English village, a not too complicated mystery and a heartfelt message adds up to a nice holiday treat.
Nov 04, 2016 Sheila rated it liked it
Shelves: wom-2016
The visiting minister gets more that he bargained for when he fills in over Christmas in a small village.
Susan O'Bernier
Dec 14, 2016 Susan O'Bernier rated it it was amazing
Mellow Mystery, easy read
A quick escape from chilly modern life to cold, drafty Victorian England. Pleasant short mystery.
Jenn Marinacci
Dec 03, 2016 Jenn Marinacci rated it it was ok
Dec 25, 2016 Sherri rated it it was ok
Boring. No other way to put it.
Dec 15, 2016 Anwnh5 rated it liked it
cute Christmas story.
Mikka Gottstein
Dec 21, 2015 Mikka Gottstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Der Weihnachtsmord" ist ein kurzes Büchlein, dass man an einem oder zwei Tagen wunderbar weglesen kann. Es ist eine wunderbare Mischung aus historischem Roman, traditionellem Krimi und rührender Weihnachtsgeschichte. Ich war erstaunt, wie viel Festtagsstimmung eine Geschichte um Mord und Totschlag erzeugen kann!

Der Leser folgt dem Ehepaar Dominic und Clare im Jahr 1890 ins beschauliche Dörfchen Cottisham. Dominic ist Vikar und soll über die Feiertage den plötzlich verreisten Pfarrer vertreten.
Valerie Penny
Mar 19, 2014 Valerie Penny rated it really liked it
I chose this book in my local library, partly because it was short(!) and partly because I had never read anything by Anne Perry. I did not have particularly high hopes for the book, but I was pleasantly surprised. The central characters are Dominc Corde and his wife, Clarice. Dominic is chosen by the bishop to take over for an old vicar who has gone on an end-of-the-year vacation, just at Christmas-time. He is delighted to stand in as substitute vicar in the village of Cottisham while the Rever ...more
Ana T.
Dominic Corde is thrilled to “fill the robe” as substitute vicar in the village of Cottisham, while the Reverend Wynter is away on a three-week Christmas holiday. Glad to escape his dreary London flat and a less-than-satisfying job as church curate, Dominic and his beloved wife, Clarice, set off for what they hope will be a lovely winter getaway.

Upon arrival, in the midst of a frigid, exceptionally snowy season, Dominic and Clarice are welcomed by warm, hospitable neighbors and enchanted by the
Cathy Cramer
Jan 22, 2016 Cathy Cramer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these Anne Perry Christmas novels this year and will probably check out more next Christmas. I enjoyed the nice, leisurely start to this mystery. In this one, Dominic fills in for another vicar on "vacation."

I didn't figure this one out.

Favorite quotes:

"Tell them about what you said to me about courage then, and how it's the one virtue without which all others may be lost." - Clarice to Dominic

"It doesn't help to close one's eyes. That's how evil flourishes, bec
May 15, 2014 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Le Secret de Noël?

"Ceci est le dernier conte de Noël réedité par 10 18 dans le recueil "Des Contres de Noël" d'Anne Perry. Promis, après je ne vous en reparle plus jusqu'à l'année prochaine (des contes de Noël, pas d'Anne Perry!)"

Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...

"Dominic Corde, l'ancien beau-frère de Charlotte Pitt, est appelé à remplacer le pasteur de Cottisham pendant la période des fêtes. Clarice, sa nouvelle femme espèr
Perfectly inoffensive and genteel cosy little Christmas mystery set in Victorian England. I suppose it's a nice length as well, a short little novella, so it doesn't require too much effort when you're full of mince pies and your concerntration is a bit so-so. This is the second of her Christmas mysteries I've read, and there are a few similarities. It's set in a small, rural community again, the vicar plays a key role in the plot (this time he and his wife are the investigators!), the country ...more
Suzie Grogan
Nov 24, 2011 Suzie Grogan rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
Anne Perry is not a writer I have come across before. Even though she was described by The Times as one of the top 100 crime writers of the 20th century, some of her books are probably titles I would not pick up as a rule. She is also incredibly prolific and very popular in the US with her Victorian mysteries which, as I picked up this book at a car boot, worried me a little. Would she be writing about a schmaltzy US view of a typical English Victorian Christmas? Well no, although I wondered if ...more
Fredell Boston
Feb 17, 2016 Fredell Boston rated it it was amazing
The usual excellent mystery by Anne Perry.
I wasn't sure who the culprit was until the end of the book!
Dominic and Clarice Corde are called upon to "fill the robe" at the little rural English village of Cottisham. Dominic Corde is thrilled to substitute for the vicar in the village of Cottisham, while the Reverend Wynter is away on a three-week Christmas holiday. Glad to escape his dreary London flat and a less-than-satisfying job as church curate, Dominic and his beloved wife, Clarice, set off f
Aug 13, 2007 LJ rated it really liked it
A CHRISTMAS SECRET (Historical-England-1800s) – VG
Perry, Anne – 4th Christmas standalone
Headline, 2006- Amer Hardcover
*** Dominic Corde, brother-in-law to Charlotte Pitt, has left banking, is married to Clarice and is a cleric in a church in London. However, Dominic and Clarice have sent to a small town to fill in for a much-beloved vicar during his Christmas holiday. They soon discover the vicar did not leave town after all.
*** Perry’s Christmas novellas are wonderful little gifts. I love that
Dec 11, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it
This is the first Anne Perry novel I've ever read. I had heard she was an excellent writer, famous for her period mysteries. For several years, she has taken characters from those mystery novels and written Christmas mysteries. This one is #4 in the series. I normally will only read series in the order they are written, but all of these are stand alone novels, so it's ok to read them any order you wish.

A Christmas Secret is a light, easy to read mystery. It stars the vicar Dominic Corde and his
Jan 05, 2014 Judy rated it liked it
A mystery book in my stocking. Oh my! Someone knows me very well and I suspect that it wasn't Santa. Who wouldn't want to be the substitute vicar for three weeks in the village of Cottisham over Christmas? Eager to leave both London and his unsatisfying job as a curate for at least the holidays, Father Dominic and his wife, Clarice, are initially charmed by the snowy village that looks like a Victorian picture post card, by the friendly and welcoming residents of the village, and by the charming ...more
Dec 06, 2013 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely festive read.
Reverend Dominic Corde and his wife Clarice have just moved to a new parish temporarily to take over Reverend Wynter's flock while he is away on holiday.
The couple adore the area and hope to prolong their stay but the village seems to hold dark secrets, it seems like each inhabitant has something to hide.
Things are nagging at Clarice, why if the Reverend has gone on holiday did he not take his personal Bible or even his art utensils as he adores drawing, why would they be l
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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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