Dominic and Clarice Corde, who met and fell in love in Brunswick Gardens, journey to a quaint hamlet to replace the local vicar who is away on holiday. The holiday takes a nasty turn when the vicar is discovered not to be away at all, but brutally murdered and stashed in the cellar. So instead of fulfilling the vicar's duties, the Cordes are charged with solving his murder. All the while, the picturesque village is becoming increasingly and dangerously snowbound, its residents trapped as a killer remains at large. The crime's surprising solution reveals not only the killer, but the true meaning of the Christmas message.
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by Anne Perry
"The splendid Terrence Hardiman seems to get even better and better as a narrator. In this endearing story, Father Dominic Corde and his wife, Clarice, move to a village so that Dominic can substitute for the local vicar, who seems to have been loved by all. Hardiman perfectly captures a wide range of emotions and personalities as he skillfully portrays the local men and women. When the couple ultimately must investigate the vicar's murder, the story's tone changes dramatically. Setting, especially weather, plays an important part in Perry's atmospheric novels, and Hardiman aptly delivers the author's portrait of an English village in the late nineteenth century. This is perfect for Perry fans and those who simply want to enjoy an exceptional performance. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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