By Anne Perry
IN those vacation MYSTERIES SET IN VICTORIAN LONDON, CHRISTMAS COMES WITH A supporting OF MAGIC AND MURDER.
A CHRISTMAS PROMISE
Three days ahead of Christmas, in London’s East finish, thirteen-year-old Gracie Phipps encounters eight-year-old Minnie Maude Mudway, freezing and on my own. basically the day ahead of, anyone murdered Minnie Maude’s Uncle Alf and made off together with his rag-and-bones cart—as good as with Charlie, the cherished donkey who pulled it. Now, Grace and Minnie Maude trigger to rescue Charlie. however the course that Uncle Alf had taken to his demise was once now not his average course, and in his cart, the youngsters are instructed, was once a blinding golden casket which may rather well be a Pandora’s field of evil or a shining prize of hope.
A CHRISTMAS ODYSSEY
Ten days sooner than Christmas, James Wentworth feels now not pleasure yet grief. His reckless son, Lucien, has been lured right into a international of gear and wild ardour. Wentworth’s in basic terms wish, he believes, is his outdated buddy Henry Rathbone, who volunteers to look for the wayward younger guy with the aid of new companions—Squeaky Robinson, a reformed brothel-keeper, and Crow, a mysterious slum health practitioner. As this extraordinary trio gathers clues approximately Lucien’s disappearance on London’s darkish streets, they locate themselves on a challenge whose final result they can not start to bet.
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