And while the Germans had been decorating Christmas trees for at least a couple of hundred years, it was Queen Victoria and her German husband, Prince Albert, who popularized them in England. In 1848, the royal family was shown celebrating around a decorated tree in the Illustrated London News. It did not take long for the German tradition to spread throughout England.
(Clearly I am not a Victorian, as I find the contrast between the fat, happy family enjoying a bountiful meal and the hungry, cold people surrounding them to be rather jarring if not outright offensive.)
If Christmas is Victorian, then tonight's author has to be Anne Perry. Known for her Thomas Pitt and William Monk mysteries, she also writes an annual Christmas novella, frequently featuring minor characters from the series.
But Maude Barrington is a surprise to Grandmama. A world traveler with an ability to see joy and beauty in all things, Grandmama finds herself drawn to this woman in spite of her best efforts to resist finding anything pleasurable in her stay with the Fieldings. When Maude apparently dies in her sleep Grandmama sets out to solve a mystery. What she finds surprises even her.
Both mysteries are light cozies, well suited to a busy holiday season and delightful when taken with a cup of tea and a grain of salt. As usual, Anne Perry can be counted on to provide an entertaining look at a different time and place. Especially at Christmastime.
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