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The Twisted Root (William Monk Mystery, Book 10)
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The tenth mysterious novel in the William Monk series from Anne Perry

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Anne Perry is a New York Times bestselling author noted for her memorable characters, historical accuracy and exploration of social and ethical issues. Her two series, one featuring Thomas Pitt and one featuring William Monk, have been published in multiple languages. Anne Perry has also published a successful series based around World War One and the Reavley family, and the recent standalone novel The Sheen on the Silk. Anne Perry was selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime'.

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In this 10th entry in the popular series featuring prickly English investigator William Monk and his equally prickly bride, nurse Hester Latterly (A Breach of Promise, etc.), Perry mulls over the moral justification of criminal acts. Just back from his honeymoon in the summer of 1860, Monk tries to locate Mrs. Miriam Gardiner, a comely widow who inexplicably fled in a coach from her wealthy young fianc‚'s home. Monk's search takes him to Hampstead Heath, where the coachman's body is foundÄmurdered, he deduces, by a single blow to the head. Could Miriam have struck that deadly blow as she fled, and if so, why? Cornered at last, Miriam refuses to explain her behavior or implicate the coachman's murderer, even though Monk suspects she's the victim of some atrocity. Meanwhile, Hester gears up to defend Cleo Anderson, a saintly nurse who admits to filching hospital supplies to treat impoverished war veterans. Plot mechanics grind away as Perry strains to connect the two crimes, resolving matters with an ending that reads like Henry Fielding without the laughs. Fans of earlier Monk and Latterly mysteries may enjoy Perry's sometimes overwrought depiction of the two-career couple negotiating who cooks supper, but the many other anachronisms just don't wash (says Hester's colleague: "you want to have nurses visit the poor in their homes? You are fifty years before your time"). Despite the characters' tendency to sermonize self-righteously, Perry's theme is the hazy nature of guiltÄa topic sure to intrigue those who've followed her career. For thrills, however, readers should turn to other books in the series. Mystery Guild selection; Random House audio. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Series entry No. 10 featuring Victorian England investigator William Monk follows two twisted mysteries until they merge. Lucius Stourbridge hires Monk to find his runaway fiance, Miriam Gardiner, and missing coachman, James Treadwell, who is found bludgeoned to death. William's new wife, Hester, hospital volunteer and war nurse, becomes embroiled in a mystery surrounding drugs missing from the hospital pharmacy. Although lifelike, the characters drone on about the nature of guilt, medical standards, veterans' rights, and the status of women. Terrence Hardiman's dramatic reading doesn't quite save it. Purchase only for Monk fans.-Sandy Glover, West Linn P.L., OR Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

'Perry's skill lies in combining a moving and detailed portrait of the day - complete with its complex social etiquette - with a good, old fashioned whodunnit' Liverpool Daily Post

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