In A Christmas Guest, Mariah Ellison, better known as the
vinegar-tongued Grandmama from the Charlotte and Thomas
Pitt series, makes a stunning appearance in a bracing story
full of devious delight . . . and certain death.
For Grandmama Ellison, Christmas is no reason to celebrate.
And when her daughter and son-in-law plan a Christmas
vacation to Paris sans hers truly, the cantankerous
Grandmama is forced to stay elsewhere–and travels to the
chilly, windswept Romney Marshes to spend the holiday with
Charlotte Pitt’s parents, Caroline and Joshua Fielding.
Grandmama is immediately miserable. For starters, Christmas
with the Fieldings is nothing like the cultured life to
which she’s accustomed, and the Romney Marshes are
unbearably provincial. When Joshua’s cousin Maude
Barrington arrives, Grandmama is at her wit’s end. Although
Maude is well traveled and friendly, Grandmama thinks she’s
improper and strange. But when Maude is found lifeless in
bed, Grandmama senses foul play and takes it upon herself
to assume the role of amateur detective–uncovering not only
the truth about Maude Barrington but some startling truths
about herself as well.
Enlivened with bold characters and vivid, witty writing, A
Christmas Guest is yet another holiday novella with the
perfect combination of mystery and murder mixed with a
generous helping of yuletide cheer.
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