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Anne Perry is the bestselling author of the World War I novels No Graves As Yet, Shoulder the Sky, and Angels in the Gloom; as well as four holiday novels: A Christmas Journey, A Christmas Visitor, A Christmas Guest, and A Christmas Secret. She is also the creator of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England. Her William Monk novels include Dark Assassin, The Shifting Tide, and Death of a Stranger. The popular novels featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt include Long Spoon Lane, Seven Dials, and Southampton Row. Her short story "Heroes" won an Edgar Award. Anne Perry lives in Scotland. Visit her website at www.anneperry.net.

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Perry's fourth entry in her World War I series finds army chaplain Joseph Reavley and his sister, Judith, an ambulance driver, coping with the horrors associated with the battle at Passchendaele. Joseph is then called upon to investigate the death of an incompetent officer who may have been murdered by his men. The story drags a bit at times but picks up considerably during the climactic trial. Perry's usual attention to detail and passionate depiction of loyalty and honor in wartime help overcome Michael Page's flawed reading. Page makes the concern and anger of the characters seem, at times, more like peevishness and hysteria. Still, recommended for collections where this series has proven popular.-Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Fans of the first three books in this WWI series from Perry, best known for her Victorian police procedurals, will eagerly pick up this fourth volume to learn more of the ongoing saga of the three Reavley siblings: Joseph, a chaplain working with soldiers on the front line in France; Matthew, a British intelligence officer; and Judith, an ambulance driver. (Newcomers may struggle to understand the backstory.) Matthew continues his search for the traitorous mastermind-the "Peacemaker"-plotting to align Britain with Germany to end the war, while Joseph is working on a smaller mystery: was British officer Howard Northrop killed by one of his own men? Exposition slows down the pace in places, but the author vividly captures the unspeakable horrors of the Great War. Readers won't have long to wait for the fifth and final entry in the series, We Shall Not Sleep (Reviews, Feb. 5). (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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