Books by Anne Perry

Anne Perry is the author of several finely-wrought and entertaining mysteries set in the Victorian Era. Her latest, Slaves of Obsession, continues the adventures and misadventures of her well-loved hero, Private Investigator WIlliam Monk.


A CHRISTMAS HOPE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

Veteran Perry (A Christmas Garland, 2012, etc.) draws back the curtain on an 11th round of decorous Yuletide skullduggery among the oh-so-proper Victorians. Read full book review >
BLIND JUSTICE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Paring back on her usual period detail, Perry produces her fleetest tale in years. If the courtroom sequences are never exactly surprising, they're guaranteed to produce the deep satisfaction you feel after hearing a series of particularly rousing speeches."
William Monk, of Queen Victoria's Thames River Police (A Sunless Sea, 2012, etc.), steps outside his bailiwick to rescue his friend Sir Oliver Rathbone from a dire fate. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS GARLAND by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"A novel approach to an oft-explored subject, this tale will delight Perry's fans and bring her new ones."
Perennial best-selling author Perry (A Sunless Sea, 2012, etc.) once again shows why her work resonates with readers in this short Christmas story that doesn't rely on all of the usual yuletide tricks to make it sing. Read full book review >
A SUNLESS SEA by Anne Perry
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Lumbering, repetitive and preachy. But the final surprise packs a punch, and the overlong courtroom sequences show how much Perry's learned about legal testimony since Cain His Brother (1995)."
Cmdr. William Monk, of the Thames River Police (Execution Dock, 2009, etc.), continues his quest to cure Victorian London of all its social ills—this time, of the horrors of unregulated opium. Read full book review >
DORCHESTER TERRACE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2012

"Slow to catch fire, but full of pleasing twists once it does—one of Perry's most successful attempts to cloak contemporary geopolitical anxieties in plummy faux-Victorian periods."
A dying adventuress holds entirely too many secrets for the miscreants who threaten Queen Victoria's government, whose peace Thomas Pitt is sworn to keep. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING by Anne Perry
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"With careful attention to the nuances of character, Perry offers a tale worthy of mulling over by the fireplace."
Christmastime in Victorian England. Read full book review >
THE SHEEN ON THE SILK by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"The history is consistently more surprising than the fiction in this grandly scaled epic of a turbulent period. "
A veteran of Victorian intrigue (Execution Dock, 2009, etc.) trains her sights on the late 13th century, when the powerful of Rome and Byzantium were just as unscrupulous and prone to violence. Read full book review >
EXECUTION DOCK by Anne Perry
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 24, 2009

"Perry hammers every point home mercilessly, but fans of this well-upholstered series have surely learned long since to deal with repetition."
William Monk, now commander of the Thames River Police's Wapping Station, finally closes his late predecessor's last case. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS BEGINNING by Anne Perry
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 30, 2007

'Tis the week before Christmas, and inquiry agent William Monk's ex-boss Supt. Runcorn, having decided to get as far away from his depressing London beat as possible, runs into a brutal murder on an isolated Welsh isle. Read full book review >
WE SHALL NOT SLEEP by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2007

"This moving mystery focuses more on the message than the murder, but it brings one of history's pivotal times back to life through sharp period detail."
Historical-whodunit maven Perry (No Graves As Yet, 2003, etc.) completes her World War I series with an old case and a new murder. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS SECRET by Anne Perry
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"As usual with Perry (Dark Assassin, 2006, etc.), the setup is more rewarding than the payoff. Apart from the mystery, however, the parable of sin and redemption rings true."
A vicar and his wife substitute for an Oxfordshire prelate on Christmas vacation. Read full book review >
DARK ASSASSIN by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2006

"Even so, the powerful image of subterranean skullduggery tirelessly proceeding beneath the heart of the city, brilliantly exploited in several key scenes, supplies just the right metaphor for the Victorian muckraking Perry might as well have patented."
Inspector William Monk, now with Queen Victoria's River Police, serves a most unlikely function in his 15th case: eyewitness to a pair of mysterious deaths. Read full book review >
THOU SHALT NOT KILL by Anne Perry
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"If there's a moral here, it's that the justice system, with its emphasis on crime and punishment, may be a modern invention, but that sin is eternal."
Were biblical times more pious than our own? These 15 new stories suggest that criminal violence goes on forever. Read full book review >
LONG SPOON LANE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2005

"The period setting allows both some thoughtful debate on a difficult problem and a solution more reassuring than anything you'll find in tomorrow's papers."
Taking a break from her WWI fiction (Shoulder the Sky, 2004, etc.), Perry exposes the political machinations behind a Victorian-era Patriot Act. Read full book review >
SHOULDER THE SKY by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2004

Perry trades the stately homes of Selbourne St. Giles for the rat-infested trenches of Flanders in this foursquare sequel to No Graves as Yet (2003). Read full book review >
NO GRAVES AS YET by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Merchant/Ivory fans, Elgar devotees, Upstairs Downstairs freaks, and Galsworthy maniacs will wallow. Others may find it all a bit too stately."
Prolific period-mystery writer Perry (Seven Dials, 2002, etc.) arranges some stately murders in golden Cambridge in the last exquisitely beautiful days before the Great War. Read full book review >
SEVEN DIALS by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Indefatigable Perry forgets a cardinal rule: Even if the fate of nations depends on their characters, novelists first need to make readers care about them as people."
The case seems open and shut. Read full book review >
MUCH ADO ABOUT MURDER by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2002

"The latter's disconcertingly Shakespearean cast may well make you miss iambic pentameter and blame the Bard for creating such conventional victims, villains, and detectives."
Perry (Death of a Stranger, p. 1180, etc.) and 16 accomplices take on the daunting job of rewriting Shakespeare. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A STRANGER by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Only Monk, Hester, and their crusades shine through the period trappings."
In the seven years William Monk (Funeral in Blue, 2001, etc.) has plied his trade as an inquiry agent, his fear of what he might find has prevented him from ever inquiring very closely into his own past, curtained off by amnesia. Read full book review >
FUNERAL IN BLUE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"As usual, however, the principals' many ringing speeches show them equally exercised over more timeless problems of love and betrayal."
Perry's latest sojourn among the other Victorians begins with a double mystery for private inquiry agent William Monk's nurse wife. Read full book review >
DEATH BY HOROSCOPE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"The editor's introduction is too brief and slapdash to pick up all the obvious portents of the briefest of bookstore stints before most copies are remaindered or pulped."
Sixteen original (but not very) stories, most featuring a skeptic who comes to believe in the power of the stars even if the reader remains unconvinced. Read full book review >
SOUTHAMPTON ROW by Anne Perry
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2001

"Perry's legion of fans will forgive her customary middle-inning longueurs among the principals' earnest friends and relations in their race toward answers most of them will already know."
Sir Charles Voisey, the traitorous head of the Inner Circle whose plan to overthrow the Crown (The Whitechapel Conspiracy, 2000) Superintendent Thomas Pitt outwitted but could not checkmate, is back with another load of mischief, running for Parliament from the historically Liberal bastion of South Lambeth. Read full book review >
THE WHITECHAPEL CONSPIRACY by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"There'll be more killings before the tumultuous saga comes to an end—not a moment too soon for this overlong, unconvincing bag of bones."
Yet another chapter in the life of Superintendent Thomas Pitt of Victorian London's Bow Street Station (Half Moon Street, p. 87, etc.). Read full book review >
A DISH TAKEN COLD by Anne Perry
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"20 historical hindsight to make it a dish best gulped in a sitting—or sent back to the kitchen."
The second in Carroll & Graf's series of vest-pocket fiction for publisher Otto Penzler (following Ed McBain's Driving Lessons, p. 838) unfurls an anecdote of condign revenge for the strongest reason of all. Read full book review >
SLAVES OF OBSESSION by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Perry's unusual and welcome sympathy for both sides of a complex social issue—the Civil War—is undermined by a feeble mystery distinguished only by its length. (Author tour)"
Perry turns from her customary Victorian social issues to the War Between the States when enquiry agent William Monk (The Twisted Root, 1999, etc.) takes on the case of Daniel Alberton. Read full book review >
HALF MOON STREET by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"For fans of prolific Perry, a comfortably stalwart contribution to the Pitt canon (Bedford Square, 1999, etc.); others might be better served by starting earlier on. (Author tour)"
Bereft for three weeks of his wife and children, Supt. Read full book review >
THE TWISTED ROOT by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"No writer since Agatha Christie has been so good at teasing her audience with such obvious questions until choosing to ring down the curtain. (Mystery Guild selection)"
Now that he's savoring the joys of marriage to unlicensed nurse Hester Latterly, enquiry agent William Monk (A Breach of Promise, 1998, etc.) is all the quicker to feel the distress of Lucius Stourbridge, whose fiancÇe, bewitching widow Miriam Gardiner, vanished from the middle of a croquet match at the Stourbridge home in Cleveland Square. Read full book review >
BEDFORD SQUARE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"Only the solution, coming a few quick breaths before the last page, is a letdown. (Mystery Guild main selection; author tour)"
The latest grand address to suffer the blight of Victorian crime is General Brandon Balantyne's house in Bedford Square, whose doorstep, one early morning in 1891, is adorned with a cooling corpse. Read full book review >
A BREACH OF PROMISE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A banquet for history buffs who live to see the Victorians chastised for acting like citizens of their age, or commended for having the rare good sense to advocate the views of our own. (Mystery Guild main selection; author tour)"
Why would handsome, courteous, brilliant young architect Killian Melville—maneuvered (all unwitting, Melville insists to Sir Oliver Rathbone) into wedding plans by patron Barton Lambert's daughter Zillah and her pushy mother Delphine—refuse to marry the lady, a paragon of beauty and virtue, and her wealthy father's heiress? Read full book review >
BRUNSWICK GARDENS by Anne Perry
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1998

"A far cry from this veteran author's best and a test of endurance for even the most devoted fan."
 It's 1891, and once again Superintendent Thomas Pitt of London's Bow Street Station is called upon to solve a difficult case (Ashworth Hall, 1997, etc., etc.). Read full book review >
THE SILENT CRY by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"As overblown as any of Perry's recent historical forays (Weighed in the Balance, 1996, etc.), but fueled by the painful intensity of Rhys Duff's silent cry."
 It's a long way from sheltered Ebury Street to the disreputable neighborhood of St. Read full book review >
ASHWORTH HALL by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"Fans of the series will be delighted. (Author tour)"
 There's trouble afoot as negotiators open a crucial 1890 conference on the fate of Ireland. Read full book review >
WEIGHED IN THE BALANCE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 1996

 Twelve years after middle-German Prince Friedrich abdicated his throne to marry Gisela Berentz, and four months after the Prince died following a fall from a horse, his intimate friend Countess Zorah Rostova retains Sir Oliver Rathbone, Q.C., to prove her innocent of a charge of slander. Read full book review >
PENTECOST ALLEY by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1996

"Altogether, Perry's best book since Defend and Betray (1992). (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection; author tour)"
 Superintendent Thomas Pitt's rise to commander of the Bow Street station has carried him above the sordid run of London crime, but when Whitechapel prostitute Ada McKinley is tortured and strangled two years after the reign of Jack the Ripper, a cufflink and a button from the defunct Hellfire Club on the scene make the case sensitive enough to bring in Pitt. Read full book review >
CAIN HIS BROTHER by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Despite the reliable period trappings and the stylishly inert prose, Perry hits rock-bottom with this overinflated, malnourished fable. (Mystery Guild main selection; Literary Guild alternate selection)"
 Edged out of the Metropolitan Police in the wake of The Sins of the Wolf (1994), ex-Inspector William Monk has set up shop as a private inquiry agent when proper, passionate Genevieve Stonefield asks him to trace the movements of her husband, Angus, a prosperous businessman who left home three days ago to meet his Dionysiac twin brother, Caleb, and never returned. Read full book review >
TRAITORS GATE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"All the period touches, enlightened 20th-century sentiments, and show-stopping tableaux Perry's fans have come to expect, though the plotting is plodding, the Inner Circle unconvincing, and Pitt more dogged than inspired. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
 A monstrous conspiracy among Queen Victoria's best and brightest is betraying secrets of Britain's African policy to rival German diplomats—and killing anyone who opposes them. Read full book review >
THE SINS OF THE WOLF by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

 Crimean War veteran nurse Hester Latterly thinks she's taking a routine job escorting ailing Edinburgh publishing matriarch Mary Farraline to London to visit her youngest daughter. Read full book review >
THE HYDE PARK HEADSMAN by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"The same mixture as before—but more, much more of it."
 Victorian London is being plagued by a series of axe murders, and it's the job of newly promoted Thomas Pitt, now Police Superintendent, to find the killer. Read full book review >
A SUDDEN, FEARFUL DEATH by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Ambitious but overblown. (First printing of 50,000)"
 William Monk, tough, unhappy ex-policeman hero of several of the author's Victorian-era novels (The Face of a Stranger, etc.), is almost peripheral in this one. Read full book review >
FARRIER'S LANE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"The same mixture, then, but suffering an attack of bloat."
 In this 13th outing for Victorian-era Police Inspector Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife Charlotte (Belgrave Square, etc.), it's Gracie, the Pitt maid of all work, who uncovers the most telling and dramatic clue. Read full book review >
DEFEND AND BETRAY by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Overall: another winner in this fine series."
 Victorian London society is shocked by the bizarre killing of General Thaddeus Carlyon during a dinner party at the elegant home of Maxim and Louisa Furnival. Read full book review >
BELGRAVE SQUARE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"Fans will love it, but even they might appreciate a little less padding."
 Another of the author's leisurely evocations of Victorian London (Highgate Rise, 1991) by way of Police Inspector Thomas Pitt, whose latest case is the murder of moneylender-blackmailer William Weems. Read full book review >
A DANGEROUS MOURNING by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Repetitive emphasis on women's sorry lot in Victorian England is a minor irritant in what is nevertheless a richly textured, masterfully plotted, thoroughly enjoyable story."
 Perry's Victorian era Police Inspector William Monk (The Face of a Stranger, etc.) plays second fiddle here to Hester Latterly, the plain, outspoken nurse whose experiences in the Crimea bloodbath have hardened her against the hypocrisies of London society. Read full book review >
HIGHGATE RISE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"Only the author's finely detailed evocation of the high and low life of another era might make this one worth while."
 Another of the author's forays into Victorian London's manners and moves (Cardington Crescent, etc.), once again featuring high- born Charlotte Pitt and her stalwart police Inspector husband Thomas. Read full book review >