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The Twisted Root

The Twisted Root by Anne Perry.

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(October 1999)
ISBN-10: 9780345433251

Amazon Review:

As private investigator William Monk listens to young Lucius Stourbridge plead for help in tracking down his runaway fiancée, he feels a sense of heavy foreboding. Miriam Gardiner disappeared suddenly from a croquet party at the luxurious Bayswater mansion of her in-laws-to-be, and has not been seen since. But on Hampstead Heath, Monk finds the coach in which Miriam had fled and, nearby, the murdered body of the coachman. There is no trace of Miriam.

What strange compulsion could have driven the beautiful widow to abandon the prospect of a loving marriage and financial abundance? Monk’s attempt to answer that question proves a challenge, as Miriam Gardiner’s fateful flight ends in a packed London courtroom where brilliant barrister Oliver Rathbone wages an uphill battle to absolve her from a charge of murder. And in a race with the hangman, Monk and clever nurse Hester Latterly–themselves now newlyweds–desperately pursue the elusive truth . . . and an unknown killer whose malign brilliance they have scarcely begun to fathom.

I thought by now  (9 Monk books) that I would be getting tired of the writing.. most prolific mystery/ detective writers get an outline that works and use it every book… not Anne Perry!   Each book is it’s own and her story telling is superb !  They all build in such a way that each time you pick up the book you read a little more then the last time!

Really liked this book. Thank you again Kiyo for send them to me!!!

 

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A Breach of Promise

A Breach of Promise by Anne Perry.

Hardcover: 374 pages
Publisher: Fawcett;(September 14, 1998)
ISBN-10: 9780449908495

Amazon Review:

When Anne Perry sets her magic pen to paper, Victorian England awakens from her long sleep to vibrant, teeming life. Firelight flickers in luxurious withdrawing rooms. Ambitious ladies gossip and scheme. Horse-drawn carriages clatter over cobblestones while cries of flower sellers and newsboys ring out in crowded streets. In this magnificent new novel featuring investigator William Monk, however, it is the breathless hush of a London courtroom that first holds readers enthralled.

The plaintiffs in a sensational breach of promise suit are wealthy social climbers Barton and Delphine Lambert, suing on behalf of their beautiful daughter, Zillah. The defendant is Zillah’s alleged fiancé, brilliant young architect Killian Melville, who adamantly declares that he will not, cannot, marry her. Not even to his baffled counsel, distinguished barrister Sir Oliver Rathbone, will Killian explain his rejection of rich and charming Zillah.

Utterly baffled, Rathbone turns for help to his old comrades in crime–Monk, the private investigator who knows his city like the back of his hand, and fearless nurse Hester Latterly. But even as they scout London for clues, from Mayfair to sordid Devil’s Acre, the case suddenly and tragically ends. An outcome that no one–except a ruthless murderer–could have foreseen.

Stripping away the pretty masks that conceal society’s darkest transgressions, Anne Perry unflinchingly exposes the human heart’s deepest hiding places–and creates the most mesmerizing courtroom drama of her distinguished career.

 

Oh my!  These  Books just keep getting better and better!!

I loved this one!  One mystery turns into two, turns into three!  Perry, has created 3 really unique and fabulous characters to help tell her stories. Monk is one of a kind and a great detective.  Hester is the infallible Nurse, and Sir Oliver Rathbone is a barrister of finest quality… great casting for her books!

I really can’t say anything much, I wouldn’t want to give anything away should you want to read any of this series..I just have to say that it seems the more books she writes using these characters the better her stories get!  ‘Nuff said…..

The Silent Cry

The  Silent Cry by Anne Perry.

Hardcover: 361 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(October 7, 1997)
ISBN-10: 0449908488

Amazon.com Review

Readers of Anne Perry’s series of Victorian murder mysteries know that her novels are as much social histories as crime stories. She pens her tales with an acute eye for period detail and a strong moral outrage at the hypocrisies and miseries of life in 19th-century England. Mysteries featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt and his upper-class wife, Charlotte, explore the life of the middle class and aristocracy; those that center on William Monk illuminate the back alleys and pauper’s hospitals of England’s lower classes. In The Silent Cry, Monk and his friend Hester Latterly, an independent young woman inured to life’s horrors by her nursing service during the Crimean War, investigate the murder of prostitutes in Seven Dials. As always, Perry’s grim landscape of tenements, sweatshops, and boozing kens becomes almost as much a character as the living people who inhabit them, while Monk and Hester’s rebellious intelligence and unconventionality keep us coming back for more.

 

Yet, another really good Mystery for Monk by Anne Perry!

This one began a tad slow (for me) but it was long before it picked up and with each time I sit down to read it was going faster and faster!   Towards the end I thought I had it figured out and of course Anne Perry had a few last minutes twists!  But I did  have part of it right!!

This series is a pleasant surprise to me, since I don’t generally read authors that are so prolific as they generally get into a set routine and after a bit are no longer good stories.  Well I’ve read 8 of the Monk series so far and am still enjoyed her mysteries and finding out about Monk!!

I have a few more of her books here, and although I occasionally slip a different book in between I will have no trouble reading the rest that I  have!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Dial Press (May 5, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1448730686

Amazon Review:

 

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb. . . .
As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.
Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.
Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

 

 I needed a short bread from Monk!  But I am going right back to him starting today  🙂

I love this book!  It is the third time I have read it over the years.

The book is written in the form of letters from Guernsey to Juliet, a book writer. You get the feeling of looking into others lives during a time no one should have to go through.  By mid book, you are totally invested in the people of the Island and feel as if you have lived their lives with them.

I don’t want to say a lot… just… if you read this book I doubt you will be disappointed.

Cain His Brother

Cain His Brother by Anne Perry.

Hardcover: 390 pages
Publisher: Fawcett;(September 19, 1995)
ISBN-10: 044990847X

 

 

Victoria’s London was the queen of the universe, a dazzling metropolis from whose magnificent mansions and discreetly luxurious clubs flowed the strategies that built the greatest empire ever known. Meanwhile the city’s poor suffered and died in hopeless obscurity. Inspector William Monk knows his city’s best and its worst–or so he believes until the day when charming Genevieve Stonefield comes to plead with him to find her missing husband.
In his family life, Angus Stonefield had been gentle and loving; in business, a man of probity; and in his relationship with his twin brother, Caleb, a virtual saint. Now he is missing, and it appears more than possible that Caleb–a creature long since abandoned to depravity–has murdered him.
And so Monk puts himself into the missing man’s shoes, searching in Stonefield’s comfortable home, his prospering business, his favorite haunts, and, finally, the city’s dangerous, fever-ridden slums for clues to Angus’s fate and his vicious brother’s whereabouts. Slowly, Monk inches toward the truth–and also, unwittingly, toward the destruction of his good name and livelihood….
Cain His Brother builds from one astonishment to another until, in a transfixed courtroom, fate, or perhaps the devil, plays with men’s lives and laughs a last mad laugh. Never before has Anne Perry penetrated so deeply into the darkness of the human heart and into a past that rises up to haunt us with its tragic ironies.

 

This one I really liked alot! I am getting to know many of the “families” that get involved with Monk’s mysteries! Since I am not reading each and every one in succession sometimes Monk is Married and sometimes he is not ! lol.  But with each book one learns more and more of the main characters personalities .

I actually had my suspicions as to how this would end and (for a change) I was right ! lol.  But it was really well written as to how you will find out how it was figured out!

Good book! (Big thank you to Kris’s mom for sending it to me!!)

Corridors of the Night

Corridors of the Night by Anne Perry.

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(September 6, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0553391402

 

Amazon Review:

Anne Perry, that incomparable novelist of life in Victorian England, has once again surpassed herself, with this twenty-first installment of her New York Times bestselling William Monk series. In Corridors of the Night, nurse Hester Monk and her husband, William, commander of the Thames River Police, do desperate battle with two obsessed scientists who in the name of healing have turned to homicide.
The monomaniacal Rand brothers—Magnus, a cunning doctor, and Hamilton, a genius chemist—are ruthless in their pursuit of a cure for what was then known as the fatal “white-blood disease.” In London’s Royal Naval Hospital annex, Hester is tending one of the brothers’ dying patients—wealthy Bryson Radnor—when she stumbles upon three weak, terrified young children, and learns to her horror that they’ve been secretly purchased and imprisoned by the Rands for experimental purposes.
But the Rand brothers are too close to a miracle cure to allow their experiments to be exposed. Before Hester can reveal the truth, she too becomes a prisoner. As Monk and his faithful friends—distinguished lawyer Oliver Rathbone and reformed brothel keeper Squeaky Robinson among them—scour London’s grimy streets and the beautiful English countryside searching for her, Hester’s time, as well as the children’s, is quickly draining away.

 

This book of the Monk series was pretty much all about Hester.   And as usual Anne Perry gives me an interesting and enjoyable read. A tiny bit  historical in that it seems to have been the beginning of realizing blood transfusions.

As always there is Murder and mystery involved with characters that call you back to learn more.

I am not usually a person who reads books of a prolific author (excluding Anne McCaffrey) but Anne Perry has certainly given my characters that I like to read about and wrapped them into  good stories and good writing!

 

The Shifting Tide

The Shifting  Tide by Anne Perry.

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(June 28, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0345514181

 

 William Monk knows London’s streets like the back of his hand. But the river Thames and its teeming docks—where wharf rats and night plunderers ply their trades—is unknown territory. Only Monk’s dire need for work persuades him to accept an assignment from shipping magnate Clement Louvain, to investigate the theft of a cargo of African ivory from Louvain’s recently docked schooner, the Maude Idris. But why didn’t Louvain report the ivory theft directly to the River Police? Another mystery is the appearance of a desperately ill woman who Louvain claims is the discarded mistress of an old friend. Is she connected to the theft, or to something much darker? As Monk endeavors to solve these riddles, he can’t imagine the trap that will soon so fatefully ensnare him.

 

Well… The first half of this book didn’t exactly excite me.  I was disappointed and a chill went down my back realizing I had 7 more Monk books!  I pushed my way through..kinda slow.   Then… and then!  Along came Hester!!! (Monks wife)  The reading got a whole lot faster and slowly the earlier part that didn’t interest me so much was woven into the second story involving Hester!!  So the second half of the book became really good!

I think the first half didn’t appeal to me because it was by the docks and with ships and missing cargo… However, as I said the second half pulled it all together adding Hester and her trials and tribulations.  All in all…. I did like this book!