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A Breach of Promise
This is a tale of a man being sued for a breach of promise, (reneging on a marriage proposal he claims never to have made) and the ensuing court battle which reveals more than anyone ever dreamt about the litigants and the accused in a startling and wholly unexpected manner! A crashlingly good read- I was almost afraid to turn the page for fear I'd be yet again hit broadside with the unexpected!I always try and beat the Detective to the finish, and coul...
A Christmas Journey
Ballantine, Nov 2003, 15.95, 180 pp. ISBN: 034546673X With the London season over, Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould like most of her peers is now looking forward to the Christmas holidays. Vespasia's husband is abroad on business and her children remain in London while she attends a party at Applecross, home of friend Omegus Jones. Vespasia feels good about life in general, but hers in particular as she reflects that her nation is prospering in the ...
Bedford Square
In Victorian London, Police Investigator Thomas Pitt and his wife Charlotte learn that many of their acquantences in prominent positions are being blackmailed. Who would want to blackmail these men and why, and what is thread that ties these men together? A mystery until the final chapter!...
Bluegate Fields
Young Arthur Waybourne has been homosexually abused, drowned and thrown in a sewer. His tutor, Maurice Jerome, is accused and convicted of the crime. Inspector Pitt and his wife Charlotte are unconvinced of his guilt, because all avenues of possibility have not been pursued. They suspect that class favoritism has played a role in the investigation of murders and crime in general, and this case in particular. Despite the conviction they pursue the r...

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Callander Square
When gardeners unearth the bodies of two newborn babies, the residents of fashionable Callander Square do not concern themselves overmuch. They dismiss the burials as the act of a desperate working-class girl, and patiently wait for the police to stop poking around in their lives. But they do not count on Inspector Thomas Pitt, and his curious, compassionate wife, Charlotte. As Pitt questions the square's residents, Charlotte finds employment in one o...
Dark Assassin
Set in Victorian England during a freezing winter, Inspector William Monk is back working for The Thames River Police after some previous mishaps with his former employers, The Metropolitan Police. It is his misfortune to watch the suicide of two people as they plunge into the icy water from a bridge over the river Thames. But was it suicide, was it an accident or was it murder? Identifying the girl's body, it soon becomes clear that Mary's father, too, ...
Death Of A Stranger
William Monk, a private detective suffering from amnesia, is asked to work on a case involving possible railroad fraud which seems closely related to one in his past by a young lady whose finace may be involved. In seeking to find out if there is fraud, he must also delve into his past and perhaps discover his own secrets. Hester, Monk's wife and a nurse, is running a clinic for prostitutes. A rich business man also involved with the railroads has bee...
Funeral In Blue
Ballantine, Oct 2001, 25.00, 352 pp. ISBN: 0345440013 Victorian era private investigator William Monk lost his memory in a London accident six years ago. He remade himself and his wife Hester is very proud of how her beloved has dealt with adversity. Hester studied nursing under Nightingale and assists surgeon Kristian Beck in the operating room. When Kristian's wife and a model are killed in an artist's studio, Hester prevails upon ...
Half Moon Street
A photographer is found with his head crushed, wearing a velvet dress and chained to a boat. Inspector Pitt investigates a difficult case that deals with pornography and censorship. Perry has again written a suspenseful book with less preaching than usual, but with an annoying red herring and no Charlotte....
Long Spoon Lane
Ballantine, Apr 2005, 25.95, 336 pp. ISBN: 0345469275 By the summer of 1893, the English have become concerned with the bombing activities of anarchists who set explosions recently in London and Paris. A tip has come into the Special Branch, whose mission is to stop terrorists, claiming a bomb is set to go off in East London. Special Branch Chief Victor Narraway and Agent Thomas Pitt rush to the area; they capture two of the bombers. A third, ...

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No Graves as Yet
Ballantine, Sep 2003, 25.95, 352 pp. ISBN: 0345456521 In 1914 in Cambridge, England, Professor and Chaplain Joseph Reavley attends a cricket match when his Intelligence Officer brother Matthew arrives to inform him that their parents died in an automobile accident. Stunned by their deaths, Joseph has no time to mourn as Matthew also tells him that their father had a document that if placed in the wrong hands would defame their country and probab...
Seven Dials
Ballantine, Feb 2003, 25.95, 352 pp. ISBN 0345440072 After exposing the workings of the Inner Circle, Thomas Pitt was fired as superintendent of Bow Street. For his and his family's sake he went to work for Special Branch, a top secret agency charged with keeping Great Britain safe from its' enemies. His latest case involves an Egyptian woman, Ayesha Zakhari, the mistress of cabinet minister Saville Ryerson. The police believe that Ayesha sh...
Shoulder the Sky
Ballantine, Sep 2004, 25.95, 352 pp. ISBN: 0345456548 In 1915, though they remain in mourning over the vehicular murder of their parents, the Reavley brothers and sisters continue to their efforts to help England at war with the Kaiser. Joseph serves as a chaplain in the trench warfare in Belgium and France. Judith works as a driver and translator for General Cullingsford, who leads the English Expeditionary Force fighting in these trenches. M...
Slaves of Obsession
Anne Perry goes abroad in this one! In “Slaves of Obsession,” British bestseller Perry takes her formidable duo--William and Hester Monk--to American shores, just in time for the Civil War. It is 1861 and they are in America tracking down a killer and, naturally, before they know it, they are involved in local politics, as it were. Extortion and murder are teammates in this book and the Monks find that it is no simple matter. Combining hist...
Southampton Row
Ballantine, March 2002, 25.00, 336 pp. ISBN 034544003x In late nineteenth England, it is not the monarchy or parliament who rules the country but a clandestine organization known to only a few as the Inner Circle. Thomas Pitt, a Metropolitan Street policeman, once tangled with a member of that group and for his effort was fired from his position as the superintendent of the Bow Street Station. When he was able to neutralize his enemy Queen ...
The Cater Street Hangman
The Ellisons were a well-bred, proper Victorian family living in a respectable neighborhood. Then the killings began. Someone was stalking young women, high- and low-born alike, and garroting them. As neighbor began to suspect neighbor, carefully cultivated facades started to slip, revealing the human frailties beneath. The crimes of the Cater Street Hangman stripped bare the strict social conventions that ordered the Ellisons' world and exposed Victoria...

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The Hyde Park Headsman
Thomas Pitt has recently been promoted from Detective to Superintendent and is faced with what will become his most challenging case to date. The Honorable Oakley R.N. has been brutally murdered. His beheaded body has just been found in Hyde Park. Working with sketchy evidence,Thomas Pitt begins to suspect that this victim was no stranger to his murderer. With little evidence to work with, Pitt is at a loss to nab the killer, allowing the madman or ma...
The One Thing More
Set in the week leading upto the execution of King Louis XVI during the Terrors of the French Revolution of 1793, the murder of M.Bernave thows his house into fear and insecurity. Celie, his laundress and messenger must discover more than his killer; he was the leader of a plot to save the King from the guillotine! Amid the cold, wet streets of Paris, surrounded by the desperate, starving people and the ruthless politicians, Celie - for the France she ...
The Shifting Tide
Ballantine, April 2004, 25.95, 352 pp. ISBN 0345440099 It is 1863 in Victorian London and times are lean for private enquiry agent William Monk and his wife Hester who receives no money for working at the clinic in Portpool Lane that provides medical care to sick and injured prostitutes. Louvain, a powerful business man who makes a profit in shipping, hires Monk to recovery a shipment of ivory that was stolen off his shop while it was waiting to...
The Silent Cry
Women are being brutally reaped and beaten in the slums of Seven Dials, but when a wealthy man is killed and his son horribly beaten the police become intensely interested. Hester Latterly is called on to take care of the son who has lost the ability to speak and she gets the family to consult with Monk, her detective friend in order to find out what happened. Anne Perry, as usual, is concerned with the underside of Victorian society and the repressed...
The Twisted Root
Newlyweds William Monk & Hester Latterly once again are solving crimes in England's Victorian Era. The reader is given a view not only of crime detection, but disease infested sickrooms. Many twisting plots are unearthed, including missing hospital drugs and blackmail; before the mystery of a beautiful widow abandoning the prospect of a loving marriage and financial security is solved in a crowded London courtroom....
The Whitechapel Conspiracy
Police superintendant Thomas Pitt provided the missing elements for the trial of John Addinett for the murder of his best friend. Unfortunately, after the trial, the very powerful organization "Inner Circle", to which John Addinett belonged, decieds to punish Pitt, and send him to stop anarchists in the East End, far from his family. Deciding to get him out of there, his wife Charlotte and the maid Gracie try to find out why Addinett killed his friend, w...

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Traitor's Gate
This is an excellent novel for any Perry or mystery fan (though I must warn any unfamiliar to Anne Perry's writings that there are long, tedious points of the story which make for slower reading). Overall it is a book showing tremendous historical research offering you a look inside Victorian England and Colonial Africa. Betrayal, secret organizations, murder, society, and relationships are explored in this novel featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt (poli...
Weighed in the Balance
This novel in the Monk series focuses on Oliver Rathbone who is defending a foreign noblewoman for slander. She has accused the wife of an exiled prince of a German principality of poisoning her husband. There seems to be no possible way the woman could have done it. Rathbone enlists the aid of Monk who travels abroad to see if he can get information, and finds a little romance himself. The whole case centers on the kind of poison used. ...


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