Search Results: "Anne Perry"


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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 >

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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 >

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A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The parchment that's been so contested, along with two others equally sought, turns out to be something priceless, inspiring, and not at all likely to disturb any readers of this extended greeting card who keep Christmas."
Perry's 14th helping of seasonal warmth and crime (Revenge in a Cold River, 2016, etc.) is more stripped-down and elemental than ever, maybe because its Holy Land setting casts such a spell. Read full book review >

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A CHRISTMAS SECRET by Anne Perry
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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EXECUTION DOCK by Anne Perry
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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AN ECHO OF MURDER by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Lesser work from a sometime master, less striking for its echoes of a Victorian past than for its previsions of a xenophobic future marked on both sides by distrust and fear."
Cmdr. William Monk, of the Thames River Police, is faced with a series of murders among Shadwell's Hungarian circle as sanguinary as they are ritualistic. Read full book review >