A bleak Christmas turns into a murder investigation for Superintendent Runcorn...
The fifth in Anne Perry's series of charming Christmas novellas, A Christmas Beginning is a touching story of lost love, wrapped up in a thrilling murder mystery. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Ann Granger.
'Delightful ... The perfect gift for a whodunit addict who likes to curl up with a good book after Christmas lunch' - Oxford Times
For Superintendent Runcorn, Christmas has rarely looked so bleak. Believing that a change of scenery may help him finally forget Melisande Ewart, Runcorn heads for the beautiful, desolate Isle of Anglesey. Any hopes of Christmas passing quietly are dashed, however, when he discovers Melisande is also in Anglesey and, moreover, that she is engaged to another man.
Then the local vicar's sister is found murdered and Melisande's brother is implicated in the crime. Determined to assist Melisande in her time of need, Runcorn resolves to find the killer. Is it possible in doing so, that he will also win the heart of his one true love?
What readers are saying about A Christmas Beginning:
'Christmas would not be Christmas without a Perry novella'
'A great read, good to curl up with by the fire on a snowy day'
'A real page turner'
Mystery author Perry returns to holiday fare (after last year s A Christmas Secret) and sends rumpled London policeman Runcorn to a lonely Welsh island for Christmas, where he gets pulled into the case of the murder of Olivia Costain, the town vicar s lively single sister. Runcorn employs his bare-knuckle investigative skills in interviewing Olivia s family and her various suitors, to the chagrin of the local constable, Sir Alan Faraday, whose pursuit Olivia rejected. Runcorn s modest, unflashy ways carry this moody, understated mystery.