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A Christmas Visitor (Christmas Stories #2)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  1,222 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
Renowned for her acclaimed Victorian novels as well as a stunning new series set in World War I, Anne Perry consistently dazzles us with stories rife with emotion, intrigue, and psychological depth. She recently expanded her talents with the delightfully rendered novella, A Christmas Journey, which USA Today called “one of the best books to brighten the joyous season.” Now ...more
ebook, 71 pages
Published October 26th 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Suzy
Do not believe the descriptors! "On the heels of the success of A Christmas Journey comes this festive mystery." "In this delightful Christmas tale . . ."

Part of my 2015 Christmas marathon, the only reason I didn't abandon this is that it was so short. I struggled through the last hour and in the end I had no idea of what had happened to cause the death of the murder victim whose name I cannot remember. What I do remember is that poor Henry Rathbone, godfather of the murder victim's wife, had to
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Knitme23
Dec 30, 2010 Knitme23 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Well, I'm not sure why this one is hailed as a Christmas story. It's about a murder, and spends an inordinate amount of time focusing on poor Henry Rathbone having to tell the victim's siblings, one by one, the bad news as they arrive for the holiday visit. The descriptions of the weather, the food, the setting, and even the detecting are interesting and rich, but every so often I would think, "Wait a minute: uplifting Christmas story? HUH?" Perhaps this is an example of marketing actually putti ...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
This is a short story and though it was enjoyable enough most of the time I felt there was too much left out or maybe I just missed bits.

Judah Dreghorn dies in mysterious circumstances and his wife Antonia calls on her godfather Henry Rathbone to come to her aide after his death. There are also her husband's brothers Benjamin, Efrim and her sister in law Naomi. They have all come home for Christmas and it is left to Henry to tell them the sad news about their older brother and the claim that the
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Susan
More of a Murder Mystery than a Christmas story.
Loraine
SUMMARY: The Dreghorn family is gathering for an anticipated reunion in the Lake District of England. The blissful tranquility of the snowbound estate, however, is soon shattered by what appears to be an accidental death. The victim’s distraught wife, Antonia, summons her godfather, distinguished mathematician and inventor Henry Rathbone–one of the most beloved characters from Perry’s bestselling William Monk series. But questions about the tragic event turn into whispers of murder, sending shoc ...more
LJ
A CHRISTMAS VISITOR (Historic Mystery-England-1850’s) - VG
Anne Perry – Standalone
Ballantine Books, 2004- Hardcover
Harry Rathbone is off to spend Christmas with his newly widowed goddaughter, Antonia Dreghorn, and her family. But when he finds her husband’s death may not have been accidental, he decides to find out the truth.
*** This is the second year Ms. Perry has taken one of the secondary characters from her main series and given them their own Christmas mystery novella, which is wonderful. I
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Mayda
Dec 26, 2015 Mayda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A happy Christmas reunion of the Dreghorn family was thwarted by the sudden death of one of the brothers. Though ruled accidental, the gathering family cannot believe the tragedy was simply an accident. In trying to understand the events that led up to the death, they suspect it could have been murder. But digging deeper, they uncover an unsavory act that could change all their lives forever. This intricate plot has as many twists as a country road, and will keep your interest until the very end ...more
Kim
Nov 01, 2010 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read much Perry (I can't get past being creeped out that someone who committed a brutal and horrifying murder makes their living writing murder mysteries), but this one was not great. There was nothing special about this being a Christmas book - it could have taken place anytime at all. And, as I was attracted by the Christmas in England aspect, that was disappointing. I also figured out the ending way before the end of the book.
Carol
Dec 24, 2012 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Perry here writes a morality tale rather than a stereotypical mystery. It is also a character study, a comparison between brothers (one courageous and idealistic, and another - dead - who was quiet and forgiving. The character of Benjamin (the courageous and idealistic one) reminds me a bit of St. John Rivers in Jane Eyre - unrelenting in his idealism, but harsh and judging.

This is a quiet tale, with some magic and mystery, with a Christmas message.
Donna
Dec 30, 2010 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like Henry Rathbone in the Monk series, but he doesn't seem a strong enough character to base a story on. Perhaps this book indicates why most mysteries are long...otherwise the "detecting" seems to move too quickly and wrap up too soon.
VMom
Henry Rathbone (Sir Oliver's father in the Monk series) solves a mystery. Quite unrealistic ending though.
Alyse
Dec 08, 2009 Alyse rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
SPOILER ALERT*** Honestly I was looking for a good holiday mystery but this book is SO depressing and it ends horribly, without really ending.
Christa
Sep 21, 2009 Christa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ok, not much of a mustery, not much of an anything really.
Becky
First sentence: "There, Mr. Rathbone, sir, are yer right?" the old man asked solicitously.

Premise/plot: Henry Rathbone (Oliver's father) is visiting his goddaughter for the Christmas holidays. Her husband has literally just died. And Henry ends up being the one who meets each returning child (all adults) about the death. As the story gets told and retold, questions arise. Was Judah Dreghorn murdered? Who murdered him? Why? Can anyone prove it was murder and not an accident?

My thoughts: For suc
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Marilyn Fontane
The second of Anne Perry's annual Christmas novellas, A Christmas Visitor, (all the Christmas novellas use a minor character from one of her main series--Monk or Pitt--as the protagonist of the novella, which enables the reader to add more depth to both the other stories in the series and to this story) describes a visit by Henry Rathbone, Oliver (Monk and Hester's friend)'s father, to the Lake District to console the wife, Antonia, on the death of his close friend, Judah Dreghorn. Also coming f ...more
Lydia Hattrick
This one was a little slow to start but, if you give it a chance, it was better then the first one!

Just a heads up, this one is not about the same characters as the first book, but it is still set in the Victorian era. I think you should still read them in order because it looks like the Christmas Stories book that came out this Christmas has some recurring characters in it, but it probably doesn't really matter.

Also, so far, the ethics of this series is spot on.
Andrea Engle
Nov 03, 2016 Andrea Engle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2016
Entertaining puzzlement ... Henry Rathbone joins his goddaughter's family for Christmas and must unravel a particular knotty problem ... Anne Perry at her usual best ... a very intriguing mystery, masterfully set out ...
Toni
Jan 21, 2017 Toni rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Perry's writing is tedious. Her development is slow, her story is repetitious, her characters shallow and the tale uninteresting. This is the second book of hers that I have read and found the first to be similar.
Mary Anne
Dec 18, 2016 Mary Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit I love Anne Perry but I couldn't make it through this book. My mind started wandering and I lost track of whose who. Didn't bother finishing. I'm on to the next Christmas book to see if it's any better.
Jeanine
Jan 15, 2017 Jeanine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This sad little mystery is no Christmas book at all. I picked this up at the book booth at our parish festival for $1. I believe I paid $1 too much.
Joan
Dec 18, 2016 Joan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bit grim for a Christmas story, not Perry's usual holiday fare.
Cathy Cramer
I think this may be my favorite Anne Perry Christmas novel yet, and I've read six, not necessarily in order. I suspect, though, that in this society, some other reviewers will find one of the characters' extreme honesty improbable. I don't. I have known a few truly honest people, even when it is to their own hurt or disadvantage. Definitely not a glitter and glamour type of Christmas story, but I like it all the better for that.

The character depth is well done for several of the characters, and
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Rachel
Jan 07, 2017 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Agust
Dec 23, 2016 Agust rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reseña en mi blog

Un argumento interesante, en donde vemos cómo una familia se une para resolver el crimen y restaurar su reputación.

Me gustó, pero le faltó ese algo que ya estoy buscando en las novelas de misterio y policiales. Seguramente es porque ya leí varios títulos de estos géneros y me volví un poquito más exigente jaja

Una novela que recomiendo para los que se inician en estos géneros, ya que si este habría sido mi primer libro, sin dudas le daba una mayor puntuación.

El primer libro que l
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Susan
A Christmas Visitor, 2nd book in Anne Perry's Christmas mystery series, is set in mid-December 1850 on an estate near Penrith in the Lake District of England. The Dreghorn siblings will be arriving from around the globe (Palestine, Africa, America) for a Christmas celebration. Henry Rathbone receives an urgent request from new widow Antonia Dreghorn, his god-daughter: please come to discover the facts of her husband's sudden and unexpected death, and fight the slander spread about him.

The case
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Alice
Dec 30, 2012 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Le Voyageur de Noël?

"Les nouvelles de Noël d'Anne Perry deviennent vite introuvables après leur parution et il m'en manquait toujours quelques-unes. Heureusement, cette année, 10 18 a eu la riche idée de publier un recueil des quatre premières: la Disparue de Noël, le Voyageur de Noël, la Détective de Noël et le Secret de Noël.

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


"Henry Rathbone se rend chez les Dreghorn à la demande de la maît
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David Freudenburg
This short, quick and succinct mystery is really about the size of a novella. There aren't enough books this size these days so it is refreshing to have something like that. Even so, there is a surprising amount of padding. There are plenty of somewhat needless descriptions of food, drink, breakfast, dinner, ale, brandy and weather. In addition, a side-plot describing how one character has always been in love with another seemed rather pointless. All in all, this could have been a very clever, ...more
Jess Swann
troisième conte de Noel que je lis sous la plume de Anne Perry et cette fois c’est père d’Oliver ( série Monk) qui est au centre de l’histoire. Soyons franc, Henry n’est pas mon personnage secondaire préféré et mon intérêt pour lui est proche de zéro. Cependant, l’histoire de spoliation d’héritage, de faux en écriture et d’un accident qui ressemble de plus en plus à un crime avait tout pour me plaire. Et ça m’a plu. Pendant les deux tiers du livre. Malheureusement, après un synopsis aussi promet ...more
Ana T.
Feb 07, 2008 Ana T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, victorian
Another novella about Christmas and in this case about doind the right thing...this is my second novella by Perry and once again it's very good.

Henry Rathbone arrives to spend Christmas at the Dreghorn family manor house near Ullswater. He is greeted by the news that the master of the house, Judah Dreghorn has slipped while crossing a stream in the grounds of the estate in the middle of the night, and drowned. Not only this, but Ashton Gower, recently released from prison, is slandering Judah's
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Heather
Dec 19, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read Anne Perry when I was in college. At the time, I spent my two years getting my associate’s degree working my way through her Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mysteries. After I moved on to complete my undergraduate work, I went to a different school and didn’t have access to those books any longer. This year, I found this book on my shelf and, lacking anything else to read, I picked it up.

It’s a novella-length story, so I figured that I could read it while I waited for the loan request tha
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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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Christmas Stories (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • A Christmas Guest (Christmas Stories, #3)
  • A Christmas Secret (Christmas Stories, #4)
  • A Christmas Beginning (Christmas Stories, #5)
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