I'm back today with my second audio book suggestion for the festive period, although if you have the time I would suggest reading the book. I read the book a couple of years ago but only recently hired it from the library as an audio book. Previously I had read A Christmas Journey which is why I decided to read the second Christmas novella by this author.
|Photo courtesy of Anne Perry website.|
Henry Rathbone has been invited by his god daughter, to spend Christmas at the Dreghorn family manor house near Ullswater. Unfortunately the festivities will be a somber affair as her husband and Henry's friend, Judah Dreghorn, has died, presumed accidentally drowned. Not only this, but Judah’s good name is being slandered by someone claiming to be the rightful owner of the manor and estate.
Set in the Lake District during the Victorian era, a time Anne Perry is renowned for writing about, this gritty mystery is just the story for those dark Winter nights. However I wouldn't class it as a Christmas story, it's Christmas time because we are told it is but the mystery element and family reunion are but far the strongest threads in this story. Mostly I listen to audio books on my laptap whilst pottering about but I think this one would benefit from being listened to through headphones. It isn't spooky but if you don't focus you can miss some of the details.
I've recently discovered that Anne Perry herself was convicted of a murder in 1954 which has me looking at her novels in a new light!
The Christmas Visitor - Anne Perry - Published 2004 -Available in Hardback, Paperback, eBook and Audio.