The year is 1857, soon after the tragic Siege of Cawnpore. In the British garrison, a guard is killed and an Indian prisoner escapes, which leads to yet more British deaths. Cries for revenge are overwhelming. Despite no witnesses and no evidence against him, a luckless British medical orderly named John Tallis is arrested as an accomplice simply because he was the only soldier unaccounted for when these baffling crimes were committed.
Though chosen to defend Tallis, young Lieutenant Victor Narraway is not encouraged to try very hard. Narraway’s superiors merely want a show trial. But inspired by a soldier’s widow and her children, and by his own stubborn faith in justice, Narraway searches for the truth.
In an alien world haunted by memories of massacre, he is the accused man’s only hope. The trial of John Tallis equals the white-knuckle best of Anne Perry’s breathtaking courtroom dramas, as Narraway struggles to persevere against appalling odds and a frightful injustice.
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Although I'm not a fan of novellas, I look forward to Anne Perry's short Christmas mysteries each year. So I had high expectations for this one. Unfortunately this one is, well, disappointing. It pains me to say it but this one falls short on pretty much every measure.
- Robin L
An Anne Perry Christmas Treat
I would put it in the top third. I have listened to all of Anne Perry's Victorian books.
I would compare it to her other Christmas stories. This one has the interesting setting of British soldiers in India.
I liked the lead character Victor Narraway. I enjoyed seeing the investigation progress. Simon Prebble is an outstanding narrator so all the characters wete well done.
No. I just thoroughly enjoyed the story and looked forward to the next Anne Perry book.
I good choice for fans or a nice introduction to the author.