By Anne Perry
Anne Perry - A Christmas Odyssey
Christmas tale sequence, booklet 8
In her liked Christmas novels, Anne Perry brings readers either the actual Victorian allure and the nail-biting suspense that experience made her Thomas Pitt and William Monk stories bestsellers for a new release. although rife with intrigue, those precise seasonal tales beam with the blessed mild of the holiday.
Ten days ahead of Christmas, as an icy wind cuts via London, prosperous James Wentworth feels no longer pleasure yet grief. His reckless son, Lucien, has been lured right into a lethal international of gear and wild ardour. Wentworth's in basic terms desire, he believes, is his previous good friend Henry Rathbone, who volunteers to look for the prodigal son. Rathbone understands not anything of the sensation-obsessed underworld the place Lucien now dwells, yet he acquires unforeseen new partners who do: Squeaky Robinson, a reformed brothel-keeper who now works in Hester Monk's scientific health facility, and Crow, a mysterious slum health professional who turns nobody away, notwithstanding undeserving.
Slowly this strange trio gathers clues--about Lucien's mad infatuation with a gorgeous lady named Sadie, and approximately Shadwell, the ruthless guy who owns her and, just like the satan, by no means we could pass of 1 of his personal. Rathbone, Squeaky, and Crow even welcome into their little band a Most worthy recruit: younger Bessie, whose braveness holds speedy even within the depths of the slum. they usually set forth on their odyssey into London's darkish streets, on a challenge whose end result they can not start to guess.
Anne Perry's novels are superb masterpieces of suspense, and A Christmas Odyssey ranks with the superior. the times top as much as Christmas might end up to be fraught with demanding situations, yet 'tis the season for convenience and pleasure and miracles.
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Their emergence into a sunlit valley was almost startling, the escarpment dropping away below them where a stream tumbled recklessly down the cliff face. It was then that Alexandra saw him, outlined against the golden rays of the sinking sun on the ridge opposite them, a magnificent black stallion silhouetted by the purplish gold backdrop of earth and sky. Just for a second he was there and then he was gone, plunging into the gully behind him, so that she thought for a moment she had imagined him.
He never should have. Then--then when my mother died when I was born--well . ' She shrugged again. ' Jason shook his head. 'You speak very good English. ' 'Yes. Just outside Paris, actually. My mother was French, you see. ' Jason ran an impatient hand round the back of his neck, trying to restrain the sense of injustice that was threatening to erupt once more. How could Durham have ignored his child's existence to the extent that never once in the two years he had known him had he mentioned the fact that he had a daughter?
She was young, that much Alexandra registered at a glance, tall, with full swelling breasts, and hair as dark as Jason's own. It was long, like Alexandra's, but whereas hers was inclined to curl in the heat, this woman's was perfectly straight, and fell smoothly over one shoulder. Her features were those of the Madonna, calm and impassive, but as Alexandra alighted from the vehicle, too, she felt a wave of hostility emanating from her that had none of the Virgin's compassion about it. J Jason greeted the woman with a faintly wry expression,turning first to help his other passenger to climb down, be- fore saying: 'This is my housekeeper, Miss Holland.
A Christmas Odyssey (Christmas Story, Book 8) by Anne Perry