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A Christmas Return by Anne Perry
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A Christmas Return by Anne Perry is the 15th novella of the Christmas Stories mystery series set in Victorian England. Rather than a single protagonist for the series, each tale features a character from the author's other Victorian mystery series: Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, and William Monk.

Mariah Ellison is "Grandmama" to Emily and Charlotte (of the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt mystery series). One week before Christmas, Mariah receives an unexpected package, which brings back terrible memories from 20 years ago. Mariah reluctantly agrees to a plea for help, and travels to the country estate of her former best friend Rowena. The man who committed murder (a young girl and a lawyer) got off scot free when tried for the girl's murder. After all these years, he's back and stirring up trouble. The crimes were never solved; he's now spreading rumors that Rowena killed the lawyer (her husband).

How can Mariah ease Rowena's torment? By solving the murders. Mariah finds inspiration thinking "what would Thomas do?" (her grandson-in-law at Scotland Yard). She begins investigating like a detective, evaluating the validity of the accepted "facts" in the case. She correctly decides the key to solving the mystery is to find out why did the lawyer drop the case? To unlock the secrets of the past, she must travel to another village and share painful memories of her own.

To get the full enjoyment from the rich character development provided by the Christmas Stories, as well as references to previous mysteries, read the Victorian series in chronological order, in parallel with each other. For instance: in A Christmas Return, Mariah reflects on her oldest granddaughter's murder, the family's reaction at first to Charlotte's choice of husband, and Mariah's own change-of-heart while solving a previous Christmas mystery.

Goodreads seems to have lost the organized list of Christmas Mysteries it once had; consult the author's book list instead: https://anneperry.us/product-category....

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