Review: A Christmas Return by Anne Perry


Historical Fiction
Pub date: 
November 7th 2017
Buy: Amazon
Rating: 2. stars


As Charlotte Pitt’s grandmother Mariah Ellison finds herself investigating a long-unsolved slaying, it becomes clear that grappling with intrigue and foul play runs in the family. A festive Christmas package left on Mariah’s doorstep contains an ominous present, sparking memories of a twenty-year-old murder that shattered her friendship with the victim’s widow. Though the gift is a bitter reminder of that tragic time, in the spirit of the season Mariah travels to Surrey in hopes of reconciling with her estranged friend and solving the crime that drove them apart.

On arrival, Mariah joins forces with the murdered man’s grandson, a sleuth in his own right who’s discovered promising evidence as well as a suspect. But Surrey’s picturesque hills conceal dark doings and shocking revelations that could make the holiday anything but calm and bright.


Anne Perry is a novelist whose books I’ve been wanting to read for ages, I hear she is a master at the historical thriller, however I feel that this was not the book to begin with.

This is not a whodunnit, unfortunately, as I assumed it would be. It is the story of Mariah, an elderly woman, who returns to her hometown to assist an old friend in solving two twenty year old murders. I believe this is a continuation of a family story and therefore I did not have the background or the understanding of the character development.

There was quite a bit of repetition in the dialogue and the Christmas theme didn’t particularly work well with this story in my opinion.

I’m going to start at the beginning with The Face of a Stranger (one of these days!) and I look forward to what appears to be an exciting series. This one was just not for me. 2.5 stars.

Thank you to Netgalley, Anne Perry and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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