Search Results: "Anne Perry"


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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >

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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 >