My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Anne Perry’s latest Christmas novella finds Dr. Crowe and his apprentice, Scuff, running their free clinic in London’s poorest neighborhood. When a young patient appears with no way to pay but her precious kitten, of course both child and cat are taken in … even though Crowe is unsure how they’ll feed two extra mouths.
In the meanwhile, Crowe is thinking often of a former patient: a beautiful society girl, Ellie, whom he treated when she was injured in a carriage accident near the clinic and couldn’t be moved. When he goes to check on her, he finds she’s engaged to marry a man whom it is clear is cruel to her — and whom she does not love. And herein comes the mystery, as Crowe discovers that Ellie’s father is involved in an apparent insurance scam. Soon, Crowe and Scuff are up to their eyeballs in an investigation.
To say more would be to deliver spoilers, which I do not wish to do. If you love Victorian-era mysteries, this will be right up your alley.
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