A festive tale of courage, faith and the importance of fighting for the truth, from the master storyteller of Victorian crime fiction.
London, 1868. As the Christmas season begins, Claudine Burroughs feels little joy in its endless social calls and extravagant events. Working at a clinic for desperate women has opened her eyes to a different world.
Then her two worlds collide. A prostitute smuggled into a grandiose Christmas party is found brutally beaten. Poet Dai Tregarron stands accused. But Dai insists he was trying to protect her from the violence of three young men. Claudine believes him, but with society closing ranks against him, how can she prove his innocence without risking everything?
Delightful . . . The perfect gift for a whodunit addict who likes to curl up with a good book after Christmas lunch - Oxford Times
A bite-sized mystery that could be fitted in after your Christmas lunch - Daily Telegraph
The tale is redolent with Victorian atmosphere, from the hypocritical snobbishness to the rigid social conventions of the time - Tangled Web
Anne Perry is a New York Times bestselling author noted for her memorable characters, historical accuracy and exploration of social and ethical issues. Her two series, one featuring Thomas Pitt and one featuring William Monk, have been published in multiple languages. Anne Perry has also published a successful series based around World War One and the Reavley family, and the recent standalone novel The Sheen on the Silk. Anne Perry was selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime'.