Everyone has their own Christmas traditions and one of mine is to find new Christmas stories to read each season. This title, A New York Christmas by Anne Perry, was released November 4, 2014. The following is a synopsis from Amazon:
The year is 1904. Twenty-three-year-old Jemima Pitt, the daughter of
Thomas Pitt, head of Britain’s Special Branch, is crossing the Atlantic.
She is traveling with an acquaintance, Delphinia Cardew, who is to
marry the aristocratic Brent Albright in a high-society New York
wedding—a grand affair that will join together two fabulously wealthy
families, titans of the international financial world.
Jemima senses a mysterious shadow darkening the occasion. Missing from
the festivities is Delphinia’s mother, Maria, who is marked by disgrace.
Nearly sixteen years ago, Maria abandoned young Delphinia and
disappeared—and now the Albrights refuse to mention her name. But when
Harley, the groom’s charismatic brother, asks Jemima to help him search
for Maria and forestall the scandal that would surely follow if the
prodigal parent turned up at the wedding, she agrees to assist him.
From Hell’s Kitchen to Fifth Avenue, the Lower East Side to Central
Park, Jemima trudges through strange, snowy streets, asking questions
but getting few answers—and never suspecting that she is walking into
mortal danger, from which not even a handsome young police officer named
Patrick Flannery may be able to protect her.
My take: Anne Perry stayed true to the era, police procedures seemed to be true of the time and place. The characters are richly developed and it is evident through the writing that the author cares for her characters. The story is less about the Christmas holiday and more about the spirit of Christmas. For me, I would have liked a little more about the season in her descriptions. However, it is a delightful read for the holiday and if you are a who-dun-it reader, you will find this novella rewarding.