A Christmas Beginning
On Sale: October 30, 2007
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Whatever the season, a new novel by bestselling author Anne
Perry is always a wonderful gift, but her holiday novels are
particularly special treats, and A Christmas Beginning is a
deeply felt story of passion and redemption.
Superintendent Runcorn of Scotland Yard is spending
Christmas on the wild and beautiful island of Anglesey off
the north coast of Wales. On one of his solitary strolls,
the lonely bachelor stumbles upon a lifeless body in the
village churchyard. The unfortunate victim is quickly
identified as Olivia Costain, the local vicar’s younger sister.
In life, Olivia had been a free spirit, full of charm and
grace. For Runcorn, she is a haunting reminder of Melisande
Ewart, the one woman he’s never been able to forget.
Everyone on Anglesey is quick to insist that only a stranger
to the island could have committed the heinous crime. But
the evidence proves otherwise, and the unpopular work of
discovering who among Olivia’s friends and neighbors–and
numerous eligible suitors–is a ruthless killer falls to
Runcorn. A plebian outsider in the drawing rooms of the
snobbish local gentry, Runcorn never dreams that the key
that will unlock the secrets of Olivia’s life and death may
also, miraculously, open the door to a new future for himself.
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