By Anne Perry
Anne Perry - A Christmas Secret
Christmas tale sequence, booklet 4
Just in time for the vacations, Anne Perry offers her lovers a wonderful present: a brand new xmas yarn packed with gentle get together and darkish mischief.
Dominic Corde is delighted to "fill the robe" as alternative vicar within the village of Cottisham, whereas the Reverend Wynter is away on a three-week Christmas vacation. joyful to flee his dreary London flat and a less-than-satisfying task as church curate, Dominic and his cherished spouse, Clarice, trigger for what they wish may be a stunning iciness getaway.
Upon arrival, in the middle of a frigid, incredibly snowy season, Dominic and Clarice are welcomed via hot, hospitable buddies and enchanted by means of the comfy, inviting vicarage. every little thing turns out virtually too ideal. Dominic's basically difficulty is how he'll be acquired through the congregation, who carry the Reverend Wynter in such excessive regard. yet as Clarice quickly discovers, she and Dominic have even more dire issues to fret approximately. It seems that the Reverend Wynter isn't on vacation at all--and that anything very sinister has transpired.
As a snow fall leaves Cottisham treacherously snowbound and the remoted village swirls with unsavory secrets and techniques, Dominic and Clarice without notice locate themselves in lethal possibility.
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Said Gomez. 'Late! ' said everyone, bristling. ' Gomez edged away from these men who glared from him to the suit to the open window. Outside and below it was, after all, thought Martinez, a fine Saturday night in a summer month and through the calm warm darkness the women drifted like flowers on a quiet stream. The men made a mournful sound. ' Villanazul licked his pencil and drew a chart on a pad. ' demanded Vamenos, scowling. Martinez thought quickly and smiled. ' 'Hey,' said Vamenos, 'that's right.
I pick Manulo, who drinks, yes, but who sings as sweet as a girl, eh? Okay. Villanazul reads books. You, you wash behind your ears. But then what do I do? Can I wait? No! I got to buy that suit! So the last guy I pick is a clumsy slob who has the right to wear my suit — ' He stopped, confused. 'Who gets to wear our suit one night a week, fall down in it, or not come in out of the rain in it! ' 'Gomez,' whispered Villanazul from the room. 'The suit is ready. ' Gomez and Martinez entered. And there on the dummy in the centre of the room was the phosphorescent, the miraculously whitefired ghost with the incredible lapels, the precise stitching, the neat button-holes.
He held the white coat out on the air. In a trance, the others did not at first recognize the dirty hand that reached to take the coat. ' cried Gomez. 'Or even shave, while you waited! ' said everyone. ' Vamenos flailed. 'The night air! ' They hustled him yelling out and down the hall. Now here stood Vamenos, unbelievable in white suit, beard shaved, hair combed, nails scrubbed. His friends scowled darkly at him. For it was not true, thought Martinez, that when Vamenos passed by, avalanches itched on mountaintops.
A Christmas Secret (Christmas Story, Book 4) by Anne Perry