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The William Monk Mysteries: The First Three Novels by [Perry, Anne]
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“Murder fans who prefer their crimes with a touch of class should heat some scones and nestle back for the afternoon.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Anne Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens’s eyes pop.”
The New York Times Book Review



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Few authors have made Victorian London as engaging and lively as Anne Perry has and her rich descriptions and charismatic characters have long captivated fans around the world. Now in one enticing volume, here are Anne Perry's first three classic novels featuring private investigator William Monk.
THE FACE OF A STRANGER
His name, they tell him, is William Monk, and he is a London police detective. His memory vanished after a terrible accident, intent on hiding his condition and starting a new life, Monk tackles a grisly murder case in which each new revelation leads him to the answers he seeks but dreads to find. . . .
A DANGEROUS MOURNING
Called upon to investigate the brutal murder of a blue-blooded young widow, Monk is plagued by his lingering amnesia and an inept supervisor. But nurse Hester Latterly offers her assistance, and together they grope warily through the silence and shadows that obscure the aristocrat's demise.
DEFEND AND BETRAY
After a brilliant military career, General Thaddeus Carlyon meets his death not on the battlefield but at a London dinner party, and his wife confesses to the murder. But Monk and Hester Latterly suspect deceit, and with the trial only days away, they feverishly work to unravel the dark heart of the mystery.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3107 KB
  • Print Length: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 29, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043EWVCE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,172 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By S. J. Ortiz on January 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've read every book in the William Monk and Hester Latterly series and loved them all. Anne Perry's research into Victorian history is accurate and mesmerizing. She often builds her stories around known events of the period. These two characters are people you can care about because they are separately fascinating and together entertaining. Monk is a private investigator with a mysterious past and Hester is a Crimean war nurse--one of Florence Nightingale's band of revolutionary nurses. Both learn from their experiences and apply what they've learned to their lives. It is fun to watch them bicker and argue and irritate one another and then grudgingly come together on one overriding ethical issue. Through the years, they mature into wiser people who also grow to love and appreciate one another after a very prickly beginning. Monk himself is a mystery for most of the novels as he remembers bits and pieces of his past life before an accident that took his memory. This series is well worth investing your precious reading time. Perry's other series featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt are equally engaging, but set in a later Victorian time period. If you like characters who value integrity and place the welfare of the unfortunate before their own in that old-fashioned way, and are smart at solving some really puzzling crimes, all in the context of British Victorian society, you will love these two series. And after that, there is Perry's superb WWI mystery series. I think this is her best work to date.
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I have admiration for anyone willing to do the research to convey the sense of a period in a story and Anne Perry has done that. Her plotting is also pretty interesting and I, more or less, enjoy the major characters, although some of the minor figures are much more sympathetic than the protagonists. William Monk is a difficult character to root for because of his uncontrollable temper and his outer arrogance, whatever doubts he may hold about himself . Hester Latterly is more sympathetic, but tends to be preachy in her inner monologues and outer dialogues. She seems to be trying too hard to convince the reader of the validity of her reform zeal, but the reader probably needs no convincing.
I like the soft-boiled mystery genre as much as the next reader and have generally enjoyed this series--so far--but the careless editing of the Kindle editions (maybe they are also in the print editions?) considerably lessens my enjoyment. Here're some examples that I noted from "A Dangerous Mourning", half-way through the story:

"...I was watching the jurors' feces..." (no comment--reviewer)

"So for I haven't."

"...beautiful, I don't see bow you can find fault with her for either case."

"He had been arrogant, dedicated, brilliant-- and earned himself promodon-- and dislike;.."

"And perhaps she knew that Myles was more than property attracted to Octavia." (Jane Austen would have understood that--reviewer)
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Anne Perry's stories are worth reading. However, the manner in which this item was delivered to my kindle is really disappointing. I've never encountered rampant typos such as these before: 'man' for 'than', 'Hp' for 'lip', 'mere' for 'there', etc. This is irritating and I wonder who's proofing things? Also, I hate receiving a new Kindle book only to discover somebody else's underlined highlights appearing on my device. I pay money for a new read; I do not want others' thoughts intruding. Can anything be done about the latter? Every single Kindle book I have ordered and read has somebody's else's highlights on it. Grrrr.
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This set of three novels shows what a mystery should be. They are without doubt some of the best examples of mystery writing I have read. Setting, characters and plot combine to create situations that enthrall. And the third of these first three mysteries is simply unforgetable.
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i tried this author as a change of pace and was really suprized. i got so caught up in the story that i went back and ordered, one at a time, the rest of the series. there are so many twists and turns that you never know whats on the next page. i really loved the whole series.
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If you like historial novels---with some mystery combined with realistic romance; if the Regency, Victorian or Edwardian periods interest you, then buy this book. Fans of Anne Perry's Thomas and Charlotte series are bound to appreciate Monk. I found this series richer and more satisfying than Charlotte and Thomas (although I still re-read them also).

Perry is an excellent writer, relaxing to read. Her characters are memorable. They grow and develop as the series procede. This three-for-one is one terrific bargain!
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Book is a combination of Perrys first 3 stories. The second is repetitive but overall it is a good book. The typos are a slap in the face to readers who buy this as an ebook. Any author with integrity would demand better of their editers. Do not buy this as an ebook.
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The year : 1853. The place : London.
William Monk is a detective in the regular police force. “The William Monk Mysteries” is, in fact a trilogy : three cases solved by Detective Monk. If we look at Anne Perry’s bibliography, we can see immediately that she has written many more detective novels with Monk as the main character. So, why put those three together ? They are linked by the fact that, at the beginning of the first one, Monk was hit by a cab, and has become partially amnesic. He has to grope his way through his personal and professional lives, trying to solve cases while rediscovering his past and his own personality : a veritable psychological tightrope act.
A major element of the fascination these books exert on the reader, is not the result of particularly mysterious and entangled plots, but simply the fact that the guilty are members of the upper class. The novels are not "who done it" ? But rather, how to prove that they've done it ?
Anne Perry’s analysis of mid-nineteenth century English society is mesmerizing on three main counts :

1. The rich are untouchable. Of course, that hasn’t changed much at all. Still, they are so convinced of their own superiority that, in their minds, it becomes genetic. In a court of law, for instance, it is clearly implied that if a witness is a servant, you cannot possibly take his or her testimony more seriously than if it came from some representative of a sub-human species. If we add that a servant who testifies against his masters will never find work again, will end up on the sreet and starve, then the so-called upper class can feel pretty safe.
2. By some strange result of sociological brainwashing, the population at large share these ideas.
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