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Publisher's Summary

Superintendent Runcorn (Anne Perry fans will remember him as William Monk's ex-boss) is feeling rather lonely during his holiday on the remote, snowy island of Anglesey, off the northern coast of Wales. However, he is suddenly called into action when the sister of the local vicar is discovered murdered and draped over a gravestone in her brother's churchyard. Investigating this tragic crime with the assistance of the beautiful Melisande gives him just the opportunity he needs to spend time with an upper-class woman who normally wouldn't give him the time of day. Interweaving the original Christmas story with her own holiday tale, Perry also explores the meaning of Joseph's secondary role, compared with that of Mary and Jesus. The novel ultimately shows that the seemingly less important people in our lives are sometimes more crucial than we realize.
©2007 Anne Perry; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America
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Critic Reviews

"One of the best books to brighten the joyous season." (USA Today)
"Runcorn's modest, unflashy ways carry this moody, understated mystery." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Debbie on 05-02-13

Christmas Murder Mystery

The unusual coupling of murder and the Christmas holidays make this listen just delightful. It is a very enjoyable listen.

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By Rebecca on 11-23-10

A good story well-read

I am a longtime Anne Perry fan and thoroughly enjoyed this story even though the usual cast is not around. The interior life of a middle-aged man who knows his shortcomings--who is in love with his soulmate btw--is sensitively and realistically drawn.

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