A Christmas Visitor - Henry Rathbone Author:Anne Perry Renowned for her acclaimed Victorian novels as well as a stunning new series set in World War I, Anne Perry consistently dazzles us with stories rife with emotion, intrigue, and psychological depth. She recently expanded her talents with the delightfully rendered novella, A Christmas Journey, which USA Today called ?one of the best books to brig... more »hten the joyous season.? Now she has given readers another gift?a yuletide offering full of holiday magic . . . and murder.
The Dreghorn family is gathering for an anticipated reunion in the Lake District of England. The blissful tranquility of the snowbound estate, however, is soon shattered by what appears to be an accidental death. The victim?s distraught wife, Antonia, summons her godfather, distinguished mathematician and inventor Henry Rathbone?one of the most beloved characters from Perry?s bestselling William Monk series. But questions about the tragic event turn into whispers of murder, sending shock waves among members of the Dreghorn clan, who haven?t seen each other in ten years.
Now Rathbone must put his analytical and creative capacities to the test as he assumes the role of an amateur investigator. But while searching for clues and mulling over potential motives, he cannot help but wonder: Will another poor soul meet the same untimely end?and be silenced like the night?
In this Christmas novella, featuring a colorful, somewhat eccentric cast of characters and an irresistible plot as twisty as a ribbon, Rathbone rescues the holiday with a grace that would impress William Monk himself.« less
This story is about the Dreghorn family trying to resolve the suspicious death of one of its members. Henry Rathbone is called by his goddaughter Antonia to help her break the news of her husband Judah's death to his family members as they are on their way for a family reunion. Henry learns that a man Judah put in jail, Ashton Gower, was recently released and trying to blacken Judah's name by saying he knew all along that Gower was innocent and framed him so he could buy Gower's estate. Henry and the Dreghorns must find out if Judah was murdered and why.
All-in-all, it's a very basic story to follow...a light read. I did find though that the plot did drag for quite a bit in the middle, then was wrapped up much too swiftly at the end. The pacing just seemed off. Still, it is an enjoyable read if you are looking for a mystery that you don't have to put too much thought into to fill an afternoon.
The Dreghorn family is gathering for Xmas, The head of the family dies under supicous surcomtances. Henry Rathbone a family friend helps to unraval the mystery, This a was a cozy easy to read mysetery .