A Christmas Beginning
When Scotland Yard Superintendent Runcorn decides to spend the holidays on Anglesey Isle, Wales, his intention was to get away from the crowds, noise, and dirt of London and enjoy the peace and quiet under wide-open skies suspended over softly rolling, sheep-covered hills. The last thing he expected was to find the body of thre vicar's young sister at his feet as he ambled through the graveyard, and to be called on to help with the investigation.
Closely bound up in the investigation, and complicating matters is Melisande, a woman for whom Runcorn has strong feelings, and whose difference in class and engagement to the man who is heading the investigation puts her out of Runcorn's league.
I really loved A Christmas Beginning, although it wasn't very cozy or Christmassy. I liked the characters, though, and found their psychology and motives to be pretty realistic and interesting. The interplay and connections between the characters was pretty fascinating as well.
I'm definitely going to be reading more of Anne Perry, in fact I have already requested two more of her Christmas books from the library, and if those are as good as this was, I'll be starting on the Monk series.
I enjoyed this book so much that I ended up having a look 'round Anne Perry's website, and found it interesting as well!