December 21, 2014
A Christmas Guest by Anne Perry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Although I have read all of Anne Perry's Pitt and Monk books, I like to save the Christmas novellas for Christmastime. Each of her Christmas themed books feature one of the minor characters. A Christmas Guest is Charlotte Pitt's irascible Grandmama. She has been sent to spend the holiday with her daughter in law Caroline and her actor husband Joshua Fielding. Of course, Grandmama is put out and thoroughly disgusted at the prospect of spending two weeks there. But the attention is taken off Grandmama Ellison when Maude Barrington is also sent to the Fieldings by her family. Grandmama is irritated by the woman but can sympathize with being pawned off for the holidays.
Of course, it wouldn't be an Anne Perry book if there wasn't a murder. Maude is found dead in her bed one morning and Grandmama is compelled to find the murderer.
I can't remember which previous novel featured Grandmama, but as with that book I was glad to get a better insight into the character and to find some sympathy for her.
Anne Perry cranks these holiday books out, I can tell. If it weren't for her little plot devices and descriptions that often pad her stories, the book would be about 25 pages long. That's ok, though. It's a holiday trifle. Perfect for this time of year.
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