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A Christmas Escape

(Christmas Stories #13)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,145 ratings  ·  235 reviews
For countless readers, Christmastime means a delicious new holiday mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry. A Christmas Escape, her thirteenth noel to the season, transports us to the Mediterranean island of Stromboli for an unconventional Yuletide adventure—and an unforgettable volcanic encounter.
Lonely Charles Latterly arrives at his small hotel hopi
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 22nd 2015 by Headline
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The Christmas Escape by Anne Perry is a 2015 Random House publication.

I would like to thank the publisher and The LibraryThing early review program for the lovely hardcover copy of this book.

I always look forward to Anne Perry’s Christmas stories which has loose ties to her ‘Monk’ series. In this case Charles is on holiday on the island of Stromboli when a dormant volcano suddenly decides to awake from its long nap.

Charles is immediately befriended by a precious and delightful fourteen year o
I've said it before, but it bears repeating. I love how the author has made a holiday tradition of writing these Christmas-themed suspenses each year for a side character from one of her historical detective series. This time, the hero is Charles Latterly, brother to Hester Monk part of the William Monk series.

The holiday Christmas stories series have a series order, but the real connection isn't within this series. The connection is to the other series by the author. This book's character is c
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
The librarian saw me browsing the new book area and excitedly shared that the new Anne Perry Christmas book had just arrived. I guess she saw me browsing through another holiday release by a different author and figured I was interested in Christmas reads. Knowing that I have read and enjoyed a few of Anne Perry's past works, and yes, interested in a good Christmas book, I decided to give this read a try.

I found it to be a very disappointing read.
Set on the Mediterranean island of Stromboli, the
Christmas with a difference!

It took me a while to realize that this story is about Hester Monk's brother, Charles Latterly. Charles has decided to escape the harshness of a Victorian London Christmas and has journeyed to a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the north coast of Sicily, containing one of three active volcanoes in Italy. His hostelry is perched against the upper reaches of the volcano.
Here Charles hopes to attain a measure of inner healing, a different perspective. What he find
Susan Johnson
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this from Net Galley to review.

Anne Perry writes a short novella about Christmas every year. I really enjoyed last year's A New York Christmas so I was looking forward to this one. I was disappointed. The only thing Christmasy about this is the last day of the book it becomes Christmas Day. That's it.

The novel is set in Stromboli in Italy that has an active volcano. Strangers and people with slight connections meets up at a lonely hostel in the hills of the Island. The one thing t
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These annual Christmas novellas are meant to be fluff pieces, but this one is fluffier than most. Charles Latterly travels to the Mediterranean island of Stromboli to spend a quiet Christmas holiday at an inn at the base of a volcano. The guests at the inn are a grab bag of characters usually found at country houses in a cozy mystery story. None of them too interesting except for a precocious 14-year-old traveling with her uncle.Tempers among the others seethe & meanwhile the volcano rumbles ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the Ann Perry novel I just finished enough that I decided to read another one. They are very short after all and both of these had Christmas themes.

This one tells of recent widower Charles Latterly who decides to spend Christmas on Stromboli, an island off the coast of Sicily. He meets a very precocious teenager, but the other guests are unfriendly at best. As one would expect from Perry, they are all eventually suspected of murder.

These characters are interesting enough, and the plot
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Charles Latterly, Hester's brother, has been a shadow character in the series so far - appearing occasionally, but not one you feel you know (an acquaintance of the reader, if you will) - so being the central character is something new, and very welcome.

He's passing the Christmas holiday in Stromboli, a small island off the Sicilian coast. At first his manner is reserved, his regret evident, but as the atmosphere and his host work their magic he welcomes the change, becoming almost playful as he
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Allen Steele
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas, library
I enjoyed this, quick read- one sitting.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge, christmas
3.5 stars. I enjoyed this Christmas novella with Charles Latterly from Anne Perry's Monk series. It wound up being an exciting story as they tried to flee from an active volcano on an island. A quick read.
Intrigue trop simple et surtout AUCUNE ambiance de Noël ! Déçue.
Italo Italophiles
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This novella, set on Stromboli, the volcano/island off the coast of Sicily, is the 13th Christmas novella by this well-known writer of historical crime fiction. She uses minor characters from her Thomas Monk Victorian Mystery Series as the protagonists of her Christmas novellas.

The protagonist of A Christmas Escape she uses the forty-something brother, Charles, of the female partner, Harriet, of her Monk series. The story is told from his perspective in 3rd person limited narrative style. He is
Erin Cataldi
Anyone looking for a historical Christmas mystery has come to the wrong place. Anne Perry has created a short, small predictable mystery but thrown in the whole Christmas thing as an afterthought. Nothing about this story screams Christmas except perhaps the last line. Charles has gone to a small island for the holidays to bask in the sun on the side of the volcano. Things take a dark turn when one of the men staying at the "hotel" (more like B & B) says that someone tried to kill him. As if ...more
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the latest in the author's Christmas series. It is the first one I have read, to find that Charles Latterly, a recent widower is spending it in on Stromboli. So not your traditional Christmas fayre!

At first reticent, Charles comes out of his shell and begins to embrace the island with its volcano. There is a wide array of marvellous characters, a death and rumblings from the volcano to liven up the proceedings considerably and the build up of suspense.

This is a quick and entertaining re
This one took me too long to get through, considering how short this novella is. It didn't draw me in. During the first half of the book, the only thing remotely interesting were Perry's descriptions of the meals the characters ate. I couldn't tell what time period the book was set in, although a blurb somewhere hinted at it being Victorian historical mystery fiction. This could have been set in any time period, notwithstanding a few nods towards Victorian conventions. The novel finally picked u ...more
Jess Swann
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une histoire de Noel qui nous en dit plus sur les événements évoqués dans le dernier Monk et qui, pour le coup, s'inscrit parfaitement dans la saga Monk. Nous faisons la connaissance de James, le frère d'Hester, qui n'a été qu'évoqué dans le dernier Monk ainsi que de sa (future) pupille Candace. J'ai beaucoup apprécié ce tome qui m'a fait penser à une nouvelle d'Agatha Christie (certes en beaucoup plus simple et plus court). L'histoire est un peu un huis clos et les personnages sont bien brossés ...more
Randy Tramp
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful Island, Mediterranean island of Stromboli, with an active volcano, a dead body, and a mystery.

Charles Latterly just lost his wife and wants to escape the loneliness.

Casts: A pompous novelists, a stuffy colonel, a dangerously ill-matched married couple and an ailing old man.


An orphaned teenager Candace Finbar.

I loved the interesting characters, the non-stop action, and the simple plot. When nature erupts the tension increases, and the truth comes out. What an ending!
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good light hearted read. But it’s not as cozy as her other Christmas novels. If you’ve just been watching Durrells in Corfu this is a good way to continue that atmosphere since it takes place on an island in Italy.
First Sentence: Charles Latterly stared across the untroubled sea at the shore they were fast approaching.

Hester Monk’s brother, widower Charles Latterly wishes to escape from the holidays in England and travels to a small hotel on the Italian island of Stromboli. However, with the exception of the innkeeper, an elderly man and his niece, neither his co-visitors, nor the island’s volcano, prove to be very restful. When the volcano starts to make its presence felt and one of the guests is found m

Title: A Christmas Escape
Author: Anne Perry
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Series: Christmas Stories #13
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"A Christmas Escape" by Anne Perry

What I liked about this novel...

This was a enjoyable mystery thriller that happened around Christmastime. I found this read one
excitable read that will definitely keep your attention as it was for Charles Latterly's three week adventure where he finds himself on the 'Mediterranean Island of Stromboli' in Tyrrh
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Charles Latterly is taking a vacation on one of Italy’s islands, hoping the location will brighten his spirits. He is not alone at the inn where he is staying, in the shadow of a volcano that has been quietly raging on and off for years. Stefano, their host, is a wonderful cook and tries his best to take care of his guests. The Baileys are a strange couple. Mr. Bailey enjoys bullying his wife as well as treating everyone else abominably. Colonel Bretherton is a stuffy, old military man, who is s ...more
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe this is Perry's thirteenth "Christmas" book, though it's the first I have read. I received my copy from NetGalley and was thrilled to do so because I've been meaning to give Perry a try and this was a good excuse to do so.

Overall it was an enjoyable short read. I'm only giving it three stars out of five, though, because of the lack of seasonality that I was anticipating.

Charles Latterly (the brother-in-law of Perry's Victorian detective William Monk) is vacationing before Christmas on
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
This was the first book I have read by this author and was referred to it by another library patron. Apparently Ms. Perry writes a short Victorian-era mystery novella set around Christmas every year, using one of her side characters from her William Monk series (not the "Monk" of TV series fame).

The protagonist's wife has died recently and questioning the value or success of his life thus far, he decides to escape for the Christmas holidays to the Mediterranean island of Stromboli, Italy near th
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A delightful escape from the English snowy holiday, off to Stromboli for Christmas -- and a hotbed of intrigue among the British visitors to a volcanic mountainside inn. Hester Monk's brother, Charles Latterly, finds himself with a refreshingly intelligent young teenager, as well as with a charming innkeeper who is a master cook. The story has a reliable set of an assortment of British standbys ... and something nasty hidden among them. The characterizations, the motivations, the intrigue among ...more
Shirley Schwartz
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I look forward to Anne Perry's little Christmas novelettes every year. They always include a minor character from one of her two long-running series. In this case we have Charles Latterly, Hester Monk's brother. The setting is different for a Christmas story. Charles has traveled to the Mediterranean island of Stromboli to spend Christmas. He has just recently lost his wife and he wants to get away to regroup and do some hiking. Stromboli island has a very active volcano, but the hiking is spect ...more
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Charles Latterly, a widower, decides to spend a few weeks staying in a house under the shadow of the volcano Stromboli while he does some serious thinking about what he wants to do with his life. It is the year 1866. Charles hopes for lots of long walks, good food and time to think and relax.

The volcano has other ideas. His fellow guests are an interesting mixture of pleasant and thoroughly nasty and one of their number is found murdered just as the party has to make its escape from the eruptin
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I received a copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Anne Perry's newest Christmas book is different from the rest. Instead of being set in cold and raining England, the action takes place on a warm, sunny Mediterranean island with a cantankerous volcano. The protagonist, Charles Latterly, is spending the holidays at a charming hotel with fellow Brits. The mood turns ominous when the volcano stirs, and the guests fear it is about to erupt.

The plot of this book i
I must first say that Anne Perry is one of my favorite authors. This book did not disappoint. It is not the usual Christmas story with holly, and trees, and mistletoe. It takes place on an island that has a rumbling active volcano. It also has a group of characters who would not be called good friends. The star of the story is Candace,a spirited fourteen year old girl,being raised by an elderly guardian uncle. One of the other characters is Charles Latterly. He is the brother of Hester, in the M ...more
Yet another winner from Anne Perry. I'm always impressed by how thoroughly she draws me into the scenes she writes of. In this unusual Christmas mystery, a volcano plays so large a part as to nearly become a character in its own right. The murder does not happen until late, but the story is so good I didn't mind.

This story has just the right amount of foreshadowing to make the murder and its solution believeable, but I wasn't sure if my guess was actually going to be right for a while. And the
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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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