By Anne Perry
Anne Perry - A Christmas Secret
Christmas tale sequence, e-book 4
Just in time for the vacations, Anne Perry offers her fanatics a fabulous reward: a brand new yule yarn jam-packed with gentle party and darkish mischief.
Dominic Corde is overjoyed to "fill the robe" as alternative vicar within the village of Cottisham, whereas the Reverend Wynter is away on a three-week Christmas vacation. blissful to flee his dreary London flat and a less-than-satisfying task as church curate, Dominic and his liked spouse, Clarice, trigger for what they wish may be a beautiful iciness getaway.
Upon arrival, in the course of a frigid, really snowy season, Dominic and Clarice are welcomed by way of hot, hospitable buddies and enchanted through the comfy, inviting vicarage. every little thing turns out nearly too ideal. Dominic's purely difficulty is how he'll be bought via the congregation, who carry the Reverend Wynter in such excessive regard. yet as Clarice quickly discovers, she and Dominic have even more dire issues to fret approximately. It seems that the Reverend Wynter isn't on vacation at all--and that anything very sinister has transpired.
As a snowstorm leaves Cottisham treacherously snowbound and the remoted village swirls with unsavory secrets and techniques, Dominic and Clarice without warning locate themselves in lethal chance.
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Icebones felt her stomach turn as cold as a lump of ice. " Spiral fell back, growling dismally, and Icebones felt a stab of shame. Autumn said, "The Lost were with us always... " Icebones gathered her courage and stepped forward. Breeze, still slumped to her knees, was straining, her belly distended. "You must stand," Icebones said. " "Help her," Icebones ordered. Briskly Spiral and Shoot stepped forward. They dug their trunks and foreheads under their sister's belly, while Icebones pushed at her rump.
The only water was to be found in hollows where rain or snow had gathered. Most of these puddles were frozen to their bases, but as they descended they found a few larger ponds where some liquid water persisted beneath a thick shell of ice. Gratefully the mammoths cracked the ice lids with their tusks or feet and sucked up the dirty, brackish water. But the taller, spiral-tusked sister complained about the foul stink of the pond water compared to the cool, clean stuff the Lost used to provide for them.
She could see the bird's eggs, which glowed with a smooth pink light. Away from the river small lakes stood out, purple-black. In the larger ponds Icebones could see a gleam of green: cores of ice that survived from the last winter, and would probably persist to the next. In the shimmering, complex light, this land at the foot of the cliff was a bowl of life. She saw more willows and sedges, their green vivid against the underlying crimson of the rock. And even the bare outcropping rock was stained yellow or orange by lichen.
A Christmas Secret (Christmas Story, Book 4) by Anne Perry