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Publisher's Summary

It's Christmas and the well-born guests who have gathered at Applecross for a delicious weekend of relaxation are warmed by roaring fires, mistletoe, and gorgeously wrapped gifts.

It's scarcely the setting for misfortune, and no one - not even that clever young aristocrat and budding sleuth Vespasia Cumming-Gould - anticipates the tragedy that is to darken this light-hearted holiday house party.

But soon one young woman lies dead, a suicide, and Vespasia must uncover the heartbreaking truth behind the tragedy.

©2003 Anne Perry (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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Suicide, Adultery, and Not Much Merriment

I am a BIG fan of Anne Perry and have listened to many of her books, but this one just did not set right with me. A bunch of spoiled, rich folks gathered together for a big Christmas party stretching over several days, and all they can do is gossip and insult one another? I did not find much to redeem these well-born guests who took it upon themselves to look down upon others. And the fact that Omegus Jones has to come up with a pact that all the guests will agree upon (to never speak of the entire ordeal again) if the one who caused Gwendolen Kilmuir, a young widow, to commit suicide will travel to Scotland to inform her mother of her death, is just outrageous. Finally, the arrogant, mean-spirited, Isobel Alvie, agrees to the arrangement, and Lady Vespasia decides to accompany her. There are so many contrived situations that I can't count them . . . and absolutely no merriment. Not a Christmas story here.

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Never tire of Anne Perry

Would you listen to A Christmas Journey again? Why?

A Christmas Journey is right up there with Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol". It wouldn't be Christmas without listening or reading either one.

What did you like best about this story?

Anne Perry has brought into the book some of my favorite characters from the Thomas & Charlotte Pitt series.

What does Terrence Hardiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The voices of Terrence Hardiman are exactly like what I 'hear' in my head reading the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire book kept me 'on the edge of my seat.'

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Vespacia

The author and the narrator have made this story a wise and sweet homily. The journey was described so well that one feels the wet and cold. Bravo to the author and the narrator.

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The best Anne Perry Christmas novella!

Descriptions of Scottish landscape at Christmas were beautifully done. You were right there with each gale and storm. Fun to read about Vespasia as a young mother, but puzzling as to why the children have not been featured in other books. Still, a lovely, lovely book

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Vague message, good narrator.

I really like her writing style, and the narrator was great, but this was one of those books with confusing messages that make you (or me at least) feel like I missed a chapter or something.

The “... it was then that she knew” ending that has you going WHAT? What did she know?! And what did she do about whatever that was? And why do I care? What was this story supposed to do for me?

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A Christmas journey

Long winded story of a trip to inform a mother of her daughters' death. I didn't enjoy this story very much.

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Christmas understanding

This story seemed unrelated to a Christmas theme until the very end. A pleasant surprise and worth the time spent listening!

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An Interesting Short Mystery

I liked the overall premise of redemption, and the plot was unique. It is a relatively short story very focused on the current action, so there is not a LOT of detail on things relevant to the story that happened in the past. I was kept very interested in the unfolding facts, wondering what the final revelation and outcome will be.

You may read other reviews of this series that say these are not Christmas stories in the traditional sense, and that is true. However, in this, the first of the series, it does tie in with the ending in a very real way.

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I found the story/ ending a bit confusing, but that may be because I listen before bed (and fall asleep before the chapter ends)