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Moonlight Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

Two Christmas Novellas

Anne Perry's Christmas Crimes: Two Victorian Holiday Mysteries: A Christmas Homecoming and A Christmas Garland - Anne Perry

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.