Search Results: "Anne Perry"


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 >

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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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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 >

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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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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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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 >

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BRUNSWICK GARDENS by Anne Perry
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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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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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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 >