A courageous doctor and his apprentice fight to save London’s poor—and discover that the hearts of men can be colder than a winter chill—in this gripping holiday mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry.
“Perry’s Victorian-era holiday mysteries [are] an annual treat.”—The Wall Street Journal
Scuff has come a long way from his time as a penniless orphan scraping together a living on the banks of the Thames. Now he’s studying medicine at a free clinic run by Dr. Crowe, a thoughtful if stoic mentor. But lately Crowe has been distracted, having witnessed an altercation between a wealthy former patient of his named Ellie—a woman that he not only treated but developed unacknowledged feelings for—and her controlling fiancé. It seems someone is forcing Ellie to marry the man. When Crowe’s emotions come flooding back, he sets out to uncover the troubling connection between Ellie, her father, and her betrothed.
With Crowe engrossed in his investigation just weeks before the holidays, Scuff is left to run the clinic on his own, treating London’s poor and vulnerable. In the holiday spirit, he offers Mattie, a young girl in need, a warm place to stay as the winter chill sweeps through the city. Together, Scuff and Mattie must also fend off the police, who are growing suspicious of Crowe’s amateur sleuthing. Will Crowe be able to help Ellie, and will Scuff be able to ensure that he and Mattie—and all of their patients—have a safe and peaceful Christmas?
About the Author
Anne Perry is the bestselling author of nineteen previous holiday novels, as well as the William Monk series, the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, the Daniel Pitt series, and the Elena Standish series. She has also written five World War I novels and a work of historical fiction, The Sheen on the Silk. Anne Perry lives in Los Angeles.
PRAISE FOR THE CHRISTMAS NOVELS OF ANNE PERRY
A Christmas Legacy
“This satisfying Christmas novella combines mystery, suspicion, upheaval, acts of kindness, and a Christmas miracle together to create a captivating story. . . . Anne Perry has once again created a Christmas tale that will captivate the reader and transport them straight to Victorian London during the holidays.”—Historical Novel Society
A Christmas Resolution
“Once again, Anne Perry has combined the classic elements of a mystery with the ageless sentiments of the yuletide season. A Christmas Resolution is another must-read for the holidays.”—Bookreporter
A Christmas Gathering
“A short historical mystery from the absorbing Perry is an annual holiday tradition. Here, espionage mingles discreetly with classic British country-house huggermugger. . . . Rest assured that Christmas will nonetheless be a holiday of good cheer.”—The Seattle Times
A Christmas Revelation
“Perry slips in some good Dickensian details—and even a little Peaky Blinders–style grit—with her velvet-trimmed holiday spirit.”—Entertainment Weekly
A Christmas Return
“Exceptional . . . Perry unobtrusively incorporates insights about the true meaning of the season into the engrossing plot.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A Christmas Message
“[Perry’s] characters have that larger-than-life quality that permeated so many classic films from the golden age of cinema.”—BookPage