This is the first Anne Perry novel I've ever read. I had heard she was an excellent writer, famous for her period mysteries. For several years, she has taken characters from those mystery novels and written Christmas mysteries. This one is #4 in the series. I normally will only read series in the order they are written, but all of these are stand alone novels, so it's ok to read them any order you wish.
A Christmas Secret is a light, easy to read mystery. It stars the vicar Dominic Corde and his wife, Clarice, from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. All the characters in this book are full of life, each with their own personality quirks.
I particularly enjoyed Clarice who, even though a female in the Victorian era, was a very strong lady and didn't rely on her husband for everything. She did her own part in looking for clues in solving the murder.
This is a great Christmas book to pick up if you enjoy mysteries, historical fiction, and don't want anything too heavy.
I give this book 4 Christmas Penguins!
Hardcover: 198 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (November 7, 2006)
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Headline (October 31, 2007)
Format: Ebook 122 kb
Print Length: 208 pages
Sold by: Random House Digital, Inc.