The Pretty Little Box

The Pretty Little Box

Title:The Pretty Little Box
Edition Language:English
ISBN:null
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:47 pages

A simple theft leads to unforeseen tragedy in this story from the New York Times–bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries.
 
In a quaint antiquarian bookshop in the Midlands of England, a woman is captivated by a rare gilt-edged devotional nestled within an exquisite and equally tempting box. Her desire to pilfer it overcomes her scruples, and her guilt and terror at doing something so audacious, so unlike her. With a simple sleight of hand, it’s hers.
 
But this irresistible book of hours isn’t in her possession for long. By chance, desire, and cruel twists of fate, it soon falls into the covetous grip of others—from a pickpocket to a schoolboy to a priest—as one woman’s transgression sets in motion a dreadful chain of events.
 
This diabolically clever story from the New York Times–bestselling author proves Stephen King was right when he said, “You’re going to love Todd.”


    The Pretty Little Box Reviews

  • LJ

    First Sentence: She didn't know what had come over her. A rare devotional in an exquisite box moves from person-to-person, affecting the life of each person by whom it is possessed. What a thoroughly ...

  • Sienna

    Meh. Their short stories aren't nearly as satisfying as their books....

  • Linda

    When a "rare gilt-edge devotional book" is stolen from a bookshop by a woman who had never done anything like that before, there is no telling where it will end up. Over a number of years the book goe...

  • Lisa

    This short story is not up to the quality of Todd's other books--a pattern I have seen in other of the Bibliomysteries series. The box and the book inside it bring bad luck to whoever comes across it,...

  • Cathy Cole

    I remember watching a movie a long time ago called "The Yellow Rolls Royce" which told of the many owners of a splendid Rolls Royce motor car. This short story follows much the same path. A woman can'...

  • Patsyann

    A very interesting story about a box. Not really a mystery, but Charles Todd's World War One storyline is here. In the middle of the story I felt that I knew the end of the story - but I didn't. I tho...

  • Michelle Wilson

    About 100pages it is a ‘cute’ little book. One follows the priceless little book of prayers through its life, it has been stolen, it has been taken and forgotten, and always it was appreciated for...

  • L S Hardy

    Not a Usual Charles ToddIf one is expecting a normal Charles Todd story, you will be disappointed, but this story is an interesting story of how an object can change people's lives. Tracing a book's p...

  • Heidi

    This is the story of a little box that was stolen from an antiquities store by an elderly lady on a whim. The story follows the little box on its travels from one individual to another and the trials ...

  • Richard L. Canavan

    What a waste!!I find it hard to understand why truly gifted writers such as the Mother and Son combo known as Charles Todd would publish this short story. Even though the kindle price was inexpensive ...