A Christmas Homecoming:
3 stars. This was a nice holiday novella, set amongst some snowed-in Victorian characters who are performing an adaptation of Dracula for the stage. The connected character is Charlotte Pitt's mother. Serviceable, but not extraordinary.
A Christmas Garland:
4 stars. This was a much more compelling novella, set in India during the mutiny. A young lieutenant is appointed to defend a man - acknowledged by everyone to be guilty - accused of murdering a guard and letting a prisoner escape. The escape has resulted in an ambush of a patrol, and terrible deaths. It's a very psychological tale, with Narraway figuring out an answer to a puzzle. The setting is fascinating and the story is very different and very compelling.