It's not too early to pick up a Christmas mystery. Trust me. This story is not light and fluffy or covered in tinsel and sparkling lights.
Anne Perry has presented us with a themed mystery every year since 2003. A Christmas Garland is the 10th. As is appropriate with each Christmas tale, snuggle up with a warm quilt with a cup of tea. A crackling fire would be nice, too.
A Christmas Garland is set in 1857 India. Lieutenant Narraway is a young soldier who is assigned by his superior officer to defend a medical orderly accused of murder. The court hearing is mostly for show, as all the evidence points to the orderly and yet, the orderly swears to his innocence. Amid the horrors that war brings, the families of Cownpore who have suffered great loss, strive to maintain a semblance of hope and reason during the holiday season.
I always enjoy Perry's historical novels for both the mysteries and and the historical atmosphere she captures and writes so well.
** I received a copy of A Christmas Garland from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received.