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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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 >

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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 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 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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SOUTHAMPTON ROW by Anne Perry
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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

"Though there's precious little mystery here, there's considerable pleasure to be had in watching Perry, on her annual sabbatical from her cumbersomely virtuous anatomies of Victorian social mores (Acceptable Loss, 2012, etc.), manage Claudine's nimble cut-and-thrust conversations with young people, society hostesses and her own husband."
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 >

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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 >

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A CHRISTMAS BEGINNING by Anne Perry
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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. What better setting for staging a vampire play and solving a murder mystery? Read full book review >