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Funeral in Blue

Funeral In Blue by Anne Perry.

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(March 22, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0345514149

 

 

Amazon Review:

Two beautiful women have been found strangled in the studio of a well-known London artist. To investigator William Monk and his wife, Hester, the murders are a nightmare. One of the victims is the wife of Hester’s cherished colleague, surgeon Dr. Kristian Beck, a Viennese émigré who becomes the prime suspect. With an intensity born of desperation, the Monks seek evidence that will save Dr. Beck from the hangman. From London’s sinister slums to the crowded coffeehouses of Vienna, where embers of the revolution still burn in the hearts of freedom-loving men and women, Hester and Monk seek to penetrate not only the mystery of Elissa Beck’s death but the riddle of her life.

 

 I found a few books in the Monk series at The Friends of the Library.  Just finished Funeral in Blue.

It is another good read in the series.  You will have a hard time figuring out the murderer in this one!  You don’t learn who it is until the very end! 

I have a few more Monk books so I will begin another tonight!  I am not reading them “in order” but after the first two books, where you learn about Monk, I don’t think it’s necessary.

So, if you have a chance to pick one up.. do it!

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A Dangerous Mourning

A Dangerous Mourning by Anne Perry.

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(May 26, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0345513940

Amazon Review:

No breath of scandal has ever touched the aristocratic Moidore family–until Sir Basil’s beautiful widowed daughter is stabbed to death in her own bed, a shocking, incomprehensible tragedy.
Inspector William Monk is ordered to investigate in a manner that will give the least possible pain to the influential family. But Monk, brilliant and ambitious, is handicapped by lingering traces of amnesia and by the craven ineptitude of his supervisor, who would like nothing better than to see Monk fail. With the help of nurse Hester Latterly, a progressive young woman who served with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea, Monk gropes warily through the silence and shadows that obscure the case, knowing that with each step he comes closer to the appalling truth.

 

This is book 2 of series of Victorian Mysteries by Anne Perry. 

In this series the main character is Detective Monk, however in book two it features Hester Latterly.

This was a good mystery. There is a murder in a very wealthy family and you need to figure out who.  Who did it?  Who is keeping family secrets? Who gets blamed for it?  And did he really do it??

Lots of questions and they all get answered!

I am not one who generally reads books by many of the most popular writers.  Not because they don’t deserve to be popular but because the content is not what I feel I want to read.

I enjoyed this book and have to others in this series (not in order) which I will be reading. You might want to try Anne Perry yourself!

The Murder Room

The Murder Room by P. D. James.

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage;(November 9, 2004)
ISBN-10: 1400076099

Amazon Review:

Commander Adam Dalgliesh is already acquainted with the Dupayne–a museum dedicated to the interwar years, with a room celebrating the most notorious murders of that time–when he is called to investigate the killing of one of the family trustees. He soon discovers that the victim was seeking to close the museum against the wishes of the fellow trustees and the Dupayne’s devoted staff.  Everyone, it seems, has something to gain from the crime.  When it becomes clear that the murderer has been inspired by the real-life crimes from the murder room–and is preparing to kill again–Dalgliesh knows that to solve this case he has to get into the mind of a ruthless killer.

I thought for sure that this would be a good book for me.  *sigh*  It turned out not to my liking. But being a female I  had to read it to see “who done it”.

For me there was more description of everyone and everything than there was about the who done it.  Generally every so often you have a feeling of the culprit but not in this one.  And I never felt it was because it was “so well written”.

I am sure for others it will be more enjoyed then it has for me.

On a scale of 1-10  it was only a 4 for me.

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright.

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 21, 2017)
ISBN-10: 076423028X

 

Amazon Review:

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.
A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–including her own–are lost?

I really enjoyed this book.  I always like a mystery when the backgrounds of the family are discovered!

There were 2 mysteries going on in this book:  Kaine Prescott, who moved when being stalked after her husbands death.  And Ivy, Kaine’s Great, Great Grandmother.  The book has one or two chapters on Kaine and then one or two on Ivy.  Very easy to follow (that means it’s really simple since I get lost easily) The chapters are not long, and the story grows with each chapter!  Hard to put this one down once you get into it!

I would definitely recommend this book if you like mysteries and enjoy learning the hidden secrets of the family lives!

The Face of a Stranger

The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry.

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 30, 2008)
ISBN-10: 034551355X

 

Amazon Review…

 

In this exhilarating series debut, police detective William Monk must solve the mystery of his own past.
His name, they tell him, is William Monk, and he is a London police detective. But the accident that felled him has left him with only half a life; his memory and his entire past have vanished. As he tries to hide the truth, Monk returns to work and is assigned to investigate the brutal murder of a Crimean War hero and man about town. Which makes Monk’s efforts doubly difficult, since he’s forgotten his professional skills along with everything else.

Without realizing this was such a large series I happened to read “Revenge in a Cold  River” and enjoyed. Especially liking the flawed main character, William Monk.

So I searched and found the first book of the very long series (you do not have to read them all to enjoy them).  … and I loved it!  A super read with questions in your mind at all times!  Set back in Victorian London, I find it enjoyable to read mysteries that don’t have modern means to help them solve the murders!  I do, however, wish some of them were in other parts of England!

This book was so enjoyed I found a used copy on Amazon that is book number 2.  Monk leaves many questions about himself that I need finding out… let alone, another mystery!

City of Bones

City of Bones by Michael Connelly.

Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Warner Books (October 2, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0446699535

 

Amazon Review:

 

It’s a cold case, but for Detective Harry Bosch, it stirs up memories of his childhood as an orphan. He can’t let it go. As the investigation takes Bosch deeper into the past, a beautiful rookie cop brings him alive in the present. No official warning can break them apart–or prepare Bosch for the explosions when the case takes a few hard turns. Suddenly all of L.A. is in an uproar, and Bosch, fighting to keep control, is driven to the brink of an unimaginable decision.

This is the third book of Michael Connelly’s, using Harry Bosch, that I’ve read.

It was quite good. Lots of twists and turns as it got closer to the end.   Nice short chapters that certainly keeps you reading.

Mostly I do like that it takes place in Los Angeles near where I lived and so I get to hear towns names and street names that I know of.  Having that makes you picture exactly what’s going on, and makes you feel as if you are there.

A good main character (Harry Bosch) and very good writing.  An enjoyable book if you like detective mysteries.

The Essex Serpent

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.

Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Custom House;(April 24, 2018)
ISBN-10: 006266638X

 

 

Amazon Review:

An exquisitely talented young British author makes her American debut with this rapturously acclaimed historical novel, set in late nineteenth-century England, about an intellectually minded young widow, a pious vicar, and a rumored mythical serpent that explores questions about science and religion, skepticism, and faith, independence and love.

When Cora Seaborne’s brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at nineteen, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was ill-suited for the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive eleven-year old son, Francis, and the boy’s nanny, Martha, her fiercely protective friend.

While admiring the sites, Cora learns of an intriguing rumor that has arisen further up the estuary, of a fearsome creature said to roam the marshes claiming human lives. After nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent is said to have returned, taking the life of a young man on New Year’s Eve. A keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, Cora is immediately enthralled, and certain that what the local people think is a magical sea beast may be a previously undiscovered species. Eager to investigate, she is introduced to local vicar William Ransome. Will, too, is suspicious of the rumors. But unlike Cora, this man of faith is convinced the rumors are caused by moral panic, a flight from true belief.

These seeming opposites who agree on nothing soon find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart—an intense relationship that will change both of their lives in ways entirely unexpected.

 

In the beginning I became confused with so many characters and it seemed to jump from one to the other…(since I have always had a problem remembering names I get lost easily lol) but eventually it cleared up!

I did get a feeling that there were things I read before (but knew I didn’t read this book before.)  In the beginning it reminded me somewhat of a book I read long ago called Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier.

It was a good study of a Victorian woman finally living the life she wanted rather than what was expected.

The book wasn’t what I thought it would be, but I enjoyed it anyway.