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A Christmas Deliverance by Anne Perry
Narrator: Jenny Sterlin
Series: Christmas Stories
Published by Recorded Books on November 8, 2022
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Length: 5 hours, 22 minutes
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Scuff has come a long way from his time as a penniless orphan scraping together a living on the banks of the Thames. Now he's studying medicine at a free clinic run by Dr. Crowe, a thoughtful if stoic mentor. But lately Crowe has been distracted, having witnessed an altercation between a wealthy former patient of his named Ellie--a woman that he not only treated but developed unacknowledged feelings for--and her controlling fianc�. It seems someone is forcing Ellie to marry the man. When Crowe's emotions come flooding back, he sets out to uncover the troubling connection between Ellie, her father, and her betrothed.
With Crowe engrossed in his investigation just weeks before the holidays, Scuff is left to run the clinic on his own, treating London's poor and vulnerable. In the holiday spirit, he offers Mattie, a young girl in need, a warm place to stay as the winter chill sweeps through the city. Together, Scuff and Mattie must also fend off the police, who are growing suspicious of Crowe's amateur sleuthing. Will Crowe be able to help Ellie, and will Scuff be able to ensure that he and Mattie--and all of their patients--have a safe and peaceful Christmas?
I really enjoy the historical mystery series by this author and she has multiple series. For the HoHoHo Read-athon, I listened to the newest Christmas story. Goodreads doesn’t consider it a series, but I think of it that way. All of the Christmas stories are a bit shorter, about a half book size but longer than what I consider a novella (under 100 pages). They are standalones but further develop side characters from various series.
A Christmas Deliverance is related to the William Monk series. The clinic is where his wife Hester, who is a nurse sometimes works. Their adopted son, Scruff, is studying to be a doctor with the main doctor, Crowe, also encouraged by the Monks.
We get an engaging mystery about the plight of a young woman, Ellie, who is a former patient. She seems to be engaged to a man who mistreats her and she doesn’t even like him. Crowe believes she is protecting her father. He and even Scruff, use their contacts to gather information and find out why. It’s a bit dangerous though.
Crowe and Scruff also end up helping a small girl, Mattie. She is homeless, alone, and only about 5 years old. Scruff recognizes one similar to the situation he had at that age. When she brings him a kitten in payment for her treatment, he insists she must stay and take care of it for him. Crowe agrees that they must add her to their clinic.
I love the way these add to our knowledge of the series and its world. We get more about these strong supporting characters. Yet, the mysteries are strongly appealing on their own. I highly recommend them if you appreciate this genre or want to try it.
I had not previously listened to Jenny Sterlin. I was very comfortable with her male and female voices. The tone and emotion in the performance felt authentic as well as the English accents. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
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