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posts on 7/6/2006 6:55:40 PM
We've recently had a "police" series where a senior detective is in a car crash and when he recovers he finds he has slipped back 30 years - with all his memories of his time ine 2005. He goes to work and is appalled to find how crude the methods of persuding suspects to give evidence were 30 years earlier. I wonder how getting confessions out of crooks really was in Monk and Pitt's time. Its an item Anne never mentions, perhaps someone should do a little research on the subject. No recording then of "interogations" - not even in 1970 so what must have interogation been like in 1870?
posts on 6/26/2006 3:09:30 PM
Hi PMS. It is amazing to think that things like the profiling of DNA has only been around since 1984. (And look what that did to crime detection!) What kind of advancements in police work will there be in another 20 years? I agree that "we" have probably made some significant errors when solving crimes in the past and assume that "we" will continue to do so just because human beings are involved in the process. Ah, but we will also have great writers to help us solve the whodunits!
posts on 6/25/2006 9:57:07 PM
Wendy, I am glad I live in todays world but even today you have woman that stay in a relationship that is very unhealthy. Atlest we can walk away from things if we have family or friends that will help us. In the time of Monk and Hester woman were still considered chatell(I don't think I spelled that right). I can not imagine living like that. That is one of the reasons I enjoy Historical Mysterys. It fun to see the difference between now and then. I don't mean the crimes. They never change. I mean the way they were solved without all the things police have today. Ofcourse they got the wrong person a lot of the time. So even though its fun to read I am glad I live in todays world. They still get the wrong person now and then but not as much.
posts on 6/25/2006 1:53:10 PM
A friend had read it before me and inadvertently told me “the bad guy”. So, as I was reading, I knew who I should be looking for and when he “arrived” expected it to be so much clearer that he was the villain. But that wasn't the case. Knowing that he was the murderer I read between the lines in a number of conversations but, even then, I wasn't too sure that I was getting the gist correctly. I was impressed. As I've never read her books more than once I am now going to go back to some favourites and read them again to see if this is a common occurrence. I did wonder if there was an actual physical affair between Jenny and Sexsmith or if it was something else. I don't think I missed anything but near the end of the book I was reading so quickly that I may have just skipped over it. I also wonder if Jenny would do as Hester had suggested and what that would have led to. My temperament and the times we live in gives me the ability to leave a relationship that is so damaging. To be in the position of my future depending upon the man I am married to is just so “not a possibility” that I do find it difficult to grasp how unhappy Jenny is/was and that she would be willing to do so much for a relationship that is so tenuous….. Again, I am so happy I live when and where I do! The only small concern I had was Rose's behaviour - as I wasn't too sure that it was “real”. My friend was concerned with the fact that Hester and Monk's different paths seem to meet so often but that actually did not concern me. We live in a small town and it is amazing the number of times that I have run into people, in the most amazing places, that are connected with either my self or my husband. It is a small world and we do interconnect a lot more than we think we do. (Personal opinion – of course!) I do apologize if I've given things away but I figured most on this site had already read the book so I could go ahead. So, how did everyone else like the book?
posts on 6/23/2006 10:37:52 AM
I love the "Allo"Allo series. I love History and have read a lot about WW1. The wasted deaths on all sides is just to much to read. I have cried reading some of these books. Thats why I will not reat her WW1 series. About catching errors, I am one of those people unless its just to big to miss I will not see it. Hope every one is enjoying summer. Pat
posts on 6/22/2006 2:44:01 PM
When I last saw Anne and we talked about research she knew what she would be writing about for the next 5 years, although not specific titles. Thank you for getting those titles for the next three. Yes the WW1 books are pretty horrific in places (those are the pages I skip) especially when you have been in WW11 which I find it hard to watch films on (except 'Allo 'Allo and Dad's Army) Yes the researched facts Anne "throws at us" are very interesting though in the WW1 books I've found a few howlers like the car that wasn't invented until 1920. Checking on life in Victorian times is easier because it is well documented, but it could well be we wouldn't spot anything not correct anyway.
posts on 6/22/2006 10:28:21 AM
Hi A.M. My thoughts are also with you; along with a warm online hug. Thanks for the list of titles. Another thing, that I find somewhat annoying, is that titles are released waaay before they are even written. So you look inside a cover for the next book, which is listed. You try to find it and you can't because it hasn't even been written yet! It won't be written for another year.... Sorry, just needing to vent. On topic, finally started Dark Assassin and, of course, it has me hooked already.
posts on 6/21/2006 5:50:06 PM
I am so sorry to hear about your not being well. My prays are with you. Thanks for the update about her next books. I have to say I did not read any of her war stories. WW1 was a horror is so many ways I just am not confortable reading about it.
posts on 6/21/2006 4:16:26 PM
Once again it has been awhile since I last posted. Glad to see you all are thriving and reading! My chemotherapy has kept me sidelined quite a bit. Derrick, to answer your question about her next books, here you go: (These are UK titles which may change when published in the U.S. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the next Thomas Pitt novel.) "At Some Disputed Barricade" is due out October 2006. This is a WWI book - book 4. Her next Christmas book is due out November 2006 and is titled "A Christmas Secret" and seems to continue in the Monk family tradition. "We Shall Not Sleep" - another WWI book, is due in December 2007. Another book, "Africa Passage", a non-series book, is due in 2007-2008 though I do not know who nor what the book is about as yet. In case anyone is wondering, often a popular author must commit to a certain number of books within a series to satisfy his/her publisher. Hope this gives you a taste of what's to come!
posts on 6/20/2006 5:11:44 PM
Will have to check out the ones on the French Revolution. My she is amazing when you consider the time periods that she covers. (I am constantly impressed by the factual information she "throws out" in her books. I'll read something and think... That can't be right... but when I check the Internet or the encyclopedia sure enough she is!) Happy reading all. (Still haven't started the Monk book but will after tonight. Belong to a book club and have been reading Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. Unusual for her as this book is set in 1834 Canada and deals with a true crime. Not bad but will take an AP book over Ms. Atwood anytime. - Sorry Margaret!)
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