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A Christmas promise
Anne Perry
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From Publishers' Weekly:

While bestseller Perry doesn't offer much of a puzzle in her seventh Christmas-themed Victorian historical (after 2008's A Christmas Grace), she does a highly credible job of evoking Dickens, especially in the opening scenes set in Whitechapel. As the 1883 holiday season nears in London's East End, 13-year-old Gracie Phipps, a supporting character in Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series (Buckingham Palace Gardens, etc.), encounters a woebegone younger child, Minnie Maude Mudway, on the mean streets of her neighborhood. Minnie is looking for a missing donkey, Charlie, which belonged to her beloved uncle Alf. The animal disappeared the day before, around the same time Alf, a bone-and-rag dealer, was killed. The two girls turn detective in an effort to find Charlie as well as the truth about how Alf died. Mr. Balthasar, a shopkeeper who assists in the sleuthing, lends an appealing Holmesian touch. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Mystery author Perry returns with the seventh annual Victorian Christmas offering (after A Christmas Grace). Minnie and Gracie are working on the mystery of a missing donkey. Oh, and Minnie's uncle has just been murdered, so they set off to solve that crime as well. Short and sweet, for mystery collections where the previous Perry Christmas offerings have done well. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/09; library marketing.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Gracie Phipps
Age: 13
Helping Minnie find her uncle's lost donkey and rag cart.

Minnie Muade Mudway
Age: 8
Searching for a donkey that belonged to her uncle who was recently murdered.

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