By Anne Perry
Anne Perry - A Christmas Odyssey
Christmas tale sequence, ebook 8
In her liked Christmas novels, Anne Perry brings readers either the actual Victorian appeal and the nail-biting suspense that experience made her Thomas Pitt and William Monk stories bestsellers for a new release. notwithstanding rife with intrigue, those specified seasonal tales beam with the blessed gentle of the holiday.
Ten days prior to 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 global of substances and wild ardour. Wentworth's simply desire, he believes, is his outdated pal Henry Rathbone, who volunteers to go looking for the prodigal son. Rathbone is aware 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 sanatorium, and Crow, a mysterious slum health care professional who turns nobody away, in spite of the fact that undeserving.
Slowly this unusual 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 shall we move of 1 of his personal. Rathbone, Squeaky, and Crow even welcome into their little band a most beneficial recruit: younger Bessie, whose braveness holds quickly even within the depths of the slum. they usually set forth on their odyssey into London's darkish streets, on a project whose final result they can not start to guess.
Anne Perry's novels are ideally suited masterpieces of suspense, and A Christmas Odyssey ranks with the superior. the times prime as much as Christmas could turn out to be fraught with demanding situations, yet 'tis the season for convenience and pleasure and miracles.
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