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A Christmas Homecoming by Anne Perry
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Charlotte Pitt's mother, Caroline, travels with her actor husband, Joshua, to the stately mansion of a wealthy theater patron. The man's daughter has written a stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's newly released, and already popular, Dracula. The script is awful but the acting troupe needs the money. Unexpected help comes from a stranger seeking shelter from the winter storm who seems to have an unusual interest in vampires and a knack for acting. With his suggestions, the play slowly improves until a dead body brings rehearsals - and Christmas - to a chilling halt. Clearly, a murderer is among them and, isolated by the snowstorm, Charlotte aims to do her law enforcement son-in-law proud by solving the crime.

Perry takes a risk, employing the device of a vampire story in a Christmas novel, but she uses Stoker's idea of 'inviting evil in' as a counterpoint to inviting love and goodness into one's life at Christmas. The device works well but the story would benefit from a more likely resolution.

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