“A Christmas Legacy” reviewed by Rebecca Rosenberg.
“A Christmas Legacy” by Anne Perry is a heartwarming and suspenseful historical mystery novel set in London in the late 19th century.
The story follows Gracie, a former maid who is now married and has a child of her own. When her friend’s daughter, Millie, comes to her with a story about missing items from the kitchen of the household where she works, Gracie agrees to take her place for a few days to investigate.
Gracie soon discovers that the couple who employs Millie are neglectful of their elderly grandmother, who lives in the upstairs bedroom. The husband and wife are hoping that the grandmother will die soon so that they can inherit her money. Gracie is determined to help Millie clear her name and to protect the grandmother from further neglect.
“A Christmas Legacy” is a well-written and suspenseful mystery novel. Perry does a great job of creating a vivid and believable setting, and the characters are well-developed and sympathetic.
The story is also thought-provoking, raising questions about the treatment of the elderly and the importance of family.
I recommend “A Christmas Legacy” to fans of historical mysteries and to anyone who enjoys a good story with a heartwarming message.
Here are some of the things that I liked about the book:
The characters were well-developed and sympathetic. I especially liked Gracie, who was a strong and resourceful woman.
The setting was vividly described. I could picture the London streets and the interior of the household where the story takes place.
The mystery was suspenseful and well-plotted. I was kept guessing until the very end.
The story had a heartwarming message about the importance of family and community.
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