by Anne Perry
Ballantine Books, 2017. 176 pages.
Anne Perryâ€™s Christmas murder mysteries have become a holiday tradition for me. Theyâ€™re cozy; theyâ€™re short; and reading one is a nice way to indulge myself as Christmas approaches.
A Christmas Return features Charlotte Pittâ€™s grandmother Mariah Ellison, who is asked for help with a striking message â€“ a Christmas pudding with a fake cannonball inside. Sheâ€™s being told that someone is digging up the case about an old friend who was killed when his bookcase fell over and a decorative fake cannonball struck him, which happened twenty years before.
The dead manâ€™s grandson is asking for her help. He was only ten years old when the death happened. Now he wants Mariahâ€™s help clearing his grandmotherâ€™s name. Mariah was there at the time, so she alone can help.
These Christmas mysteries are short, but Anne Perry gives us enough back story to care. And thereâ€™s something nice at Christmas about seeing justice done and good people vindicated.
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