By Anne Perry
Anne Perry - A Christmas Secret
Christmas tale sequence, booklet 4
Just in time for the vacations, Anne Perry supplies her fanatics a fabulous present: a brand new yule yarn filled with mild occasion and darkish mischief.
Dominic Corde is delighted to "fill the robe" as alternative vicar within the village of Cottisham, whereas the Reverend Wynter is away on a three-week Christmas vacation. comfortable to flee his dreary London flat and a less-than-satisfying task as church curate, Dominic and his cherished spouse, Clarice, trigger for what they wish may be a stunning wintry weather getaway.
Upon arrival, in the middle of a frigid, awfully snowy season, Dominic and Clarice are welcomed by way of hot, hospitable friends and enchanted by means of the comfy, inviting vicarage. every thing turns out virtually too ideal. Dominic's in basic terms main issue is how he'll be got through the congregation, who carry the Reverend Wynter in such excessive regard. yet as Clarice quickly discovers, she and Dominic have even more dire concerns to fret approximately. It seems that the Reverend Wynter isn't on vacation at all--and that whatever very sinister has transpired.
As a snowstorm leaves Cottisham treacherously snowbound and the remoted village swirls with unsavory secrets and techniques, Dominic and Clarice without notice locate themselves in lethal chance.
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