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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!

 

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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!

 

 

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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!

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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.

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