Thomas Pitt's daughter Jemima, now a young woman, leads the cast of Anne Perry's enthralling festive mystery. In New York, at the turn of the century, where new American money and old English aristocracy collide, a young bride's secret past could destroy her future. Jemima, in America as a chaperone until her friend's wedding, is instead drawn into the crisis, and must decide whom to trust, and how to thread her way through the dangerous streets of this cold, brash new city.
What did I think?
This was a very quick read and wasn’t at all what I expected; it didn’t really have much to do with New York or indeed Christmas. I suppose, putting the title aside, it wasn’t a bad little story. There is a little twist, although it was a very easily guessable ‘whodunit’.
I haven’t read any of Anne Perry’s books before so I am not familiar with her Thomas Pitt series. In this book, Thomas’ daughter, Jemima, is escorting her friend, Delphinia, to New York to be married into the wealthy and powerful Albright family. Delphinia has a skeleton in her closet that puts her impending marriage in jeopardy – the mother she thought was dead is alive and well, and is living in New York with a questionable reputation. If Delphinia’s mother, Maria, attends the wedding, Delphinia will be shamed.
Jemima agrees to visit Maria with Harley Albright, who is Delphinia’s future brother-in-law, to ask her to stay away from the wedding. When Jemima arrives at Maria’s apartment she finds her dead and Jemima is accused of her murder. Now Jemima must find out what really happened to clear her name and find out who framed her.
It’s not a bad little story to pass an hour or so – a bit like a Sunday afternoon Miss Marple. Apart from one twist, that I didn’t see coming, it was quite predictable. Perhaps it’s a book that the older generation might enjoy.
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