By Anne Perry
Anne Perry - A Christmas Secret
Christmas tale sequence, e-book 4
Just in time for the vacations, Anne Perry offers her lovers a wonderful present: a brand new yule yarn jam-packed with mild social gathering and darkish mischief.
Dominic Corde is overjoyed to "fill the robe" as alternative vicar within the village of Cottisham, whereas the Reverend Wynter is away on a three-week Christmas vacation. completely happy to flee his dreary London flat and a less-than-satisfying task as church curate, Dominic and his loved spouse, Clarice, trigger for what they desire might be a beautiful wintry weather getaway.
Upon arrival, in the middle of a frigid, really snowy season, Dominic and Clarice are welcomed by means of hot, hospitable buddies and enchanted by means of the comfortable, inviting vicarage. every thing turns out nearly too ideal. Dominic's in simple terms hindrance is how he'll be obtained through the congregation, who carry the Reverend Wynter in such excessive regard. yet as Clarice quickly discovers, she and Dominic have even more dire concerns to fret approximately. It seems that the Reverend Wynter isn't on vacation at all--and that anything very sinister has transpired.
As a snowfall leaves Cottisham treacherously snowbound and the remoted village swirls with unsavory secrets and techniques, Dominic and Clarice without notice locate themselves in lethal chance.
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The truth was that he would have rather been at the arena, but the new gladiators had just arrived and would not perform for another two days. They cleared the stairs and stood above the highest gallery of the theater, gazing down into the middle tier of twenty rows, accessible by vaulted corridors at the side of the building. Below the middle tier a covered gallery curved around the half circle, separating it from the lowest tier for slaves and the poor and providing special box seating for the magistrates whose generosity sponsored the event.
They sparred for what seemed hours, but Ariella did not back down. Even when she saw the beige tents go up nearby and imagined falling into one and sleeping until autumn. Her short tunic grew damp with sweat and dingy with kicked-up dust, and the collective odor of the men hung heavy over the field. Her sword felt weighted in her hand, and the grunts and calls of the fighters muddled together. Would that she had an arm of iron rather than flesh. But still she did not yield. It was not until the mountain loomed purple to the southwest, with the sun hiding behind it, that Drusus called an end to the drills.
A Christmas Secret (Christmas Story, Book 4) by Anne Perry