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From the beloved creator of Inspector Pitt and his wife, the second in the Victorian mystery series started by The Face of a Stranger. No breath of scandal had ever touched the aristocratic Moidore family--until Sir Basil's daughter was stabbed to death. "A richly textured, masterfully plotted, thoroughly enjoyable story".--Kirkus Reviews....

Title : A Dangerous Mourning
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ISBN : 9780804110372
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Number of Pages : 344 Pages
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A Dangerous Mourning Reviews

  • Bettie☯
    2019-05-07 20:29

    Description: From the beloved creator of Inspector Pitt and his wife, the second in the Victorian mystery series started by The Face of a Stranger. No breath of scandal had ever touched the aristocratic Moidore family--until Sir Basil's daughter was stabbed to death. "A richly textured, masterfully plotted, thoroughly enjoyable story".Walkies! This is the mediocre murder mystery of Ms Moirdore (Mordor) - in her very own boudoir, at that! Enjoyable enough as I tramped through newly sprouted spring green birches. Perry writes in a slow style that couches repetitious information which seems baggy in today's crime fiction world.3* The Face of a Stranger (William Monk, #1) 3* A Dangerous Mourning (William Monk, #2) 2* A Sudden, Fearful Death (William Monk, #4) TR Silence in Hanover Close (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #9) 3* The Shifting Tide (William Monk, #14)4* Dark Assassin (William Monk, #15) 4* Execution Dock (William Monk, #16) 3* Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #3) TR Resurrection Row (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #4) 3* Death in the Devil's Acre (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #7)TR Bethlehem Road (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #10) TR Highgate Rise (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #11) 3* A Christmas Guest (Christmas Stories, #3)3* A Christmas Beginning (Christmas Stories, #5) 2* The Sheen on the Silk

  • JBradford
    2019-05-24 19:45

    I was so impressed by the first Inspector Monk book that I dashed to the library to get the next two in the series, of which this is #2. I have to admit I did not find it quite so entertaining as the first, but the promise is still there. The anticipated blossoming romance between William Monk and Hester Latterly does not seem to be going too well (they still don’t like each other), and Monk’s performance here as a detective seems less than stellar (at the end of the novel, Monk is standing outside the house, fired and disgraced, while Sergeant Evan does the arresting), but I shall definitely continue with the series.The real interest in this novel is the depiction of the interrelationships between the upper and lower classes of Victorian society, in this case largely confined to a single family household: a couple, their three children and the latter’s marriage partners (one already deceased), the brother of the wife and the sister of the husband, and two grandchildren … and the servants: the cook, the butler, the housekeeper, two ladies’ maids, the scullery maid, the kitchen maid, the upstairs maid, the between-stairs maid, two laundrymaids, the parlormaid, the bootboy, the groom, and the footman (and there might have been two each of the last two). All of these had names, of course, and I found it difficult to keep; them all straight in my head (particularly because sometimes they were identified by first name and sometimes by title/surname) … all mixed up with the overflow of characters from the preceding book, from Hester’s friend & mentor, Lady Callandra Daviot; Monk’s superior, the disagreeable Runcorn; Sergeant Evans; and the lawyer, Oliver Rathbone, not to mention Dr. Pomeroy, Hester’s new superior, plus a couple minor characters brought in for a page or two. In case you lost count, that is 34 or more different characters, which is a bit more than I can keep straight in my head!The chilling differences between high society and the lower classes (which to the members of high society meant everyone who was not) is striking. I am aware at all times that I am reading this as a 21st-century citizen of the United States with 20th-century beliefs and attitudes, whereas it is written by a Scottish woman who may find the social classes more familiar but is describing the society and culture that lived more than a century previously, but it is an education, nevertheless. It is sometimes confusing but always interesting--and once again I find myself glad I did not live in that time. It is clear that Ms. Perry has done a lot of research into contemporary language, devices, and warfare activities, and I have to presume that the depiction is largely accurate and true-to-life … and I would rather live here and now.

  • Dorrie
    2019-05-09 12:33

    This is the second book in the William Monk series by Anne Perry. There is a pattern to her books that I find intriguing, yet comforting. (I did not start with the first book; I read several later books in the series by Perry when I first discovered her. Then I decided to figure out where the beginning of the series was. It has cleared up so many questions for me!) They all seem to be about 12 to 13 chapters long; the beginning is usually about Monk and nurse Hester Latterly working on a new case (Monk is first with the police department in London, but then quits to become a private investigator after quarreling with his vitriolic boss, Runcorn); as the case develops, it becomes entangled with a case that Oliver Rathbone (barrister extraordinaire and friend to both Hester and Monk)is involoved in. When we are certain that Rathbone will lose his case, Monk and Hester dig up some information that saves the day. Meanwhile, though, we are treated to the foggy, atmospheric climate of London--primarily along the Thames River--during the 19th century. Perry includes references to America and the Civil War, along with references to the recently-fought Crimean War, in which Hester served as a nurse alongside Florence Nightengale. And like the first book, Monk is struggling to find out about his past and what kind of man he was before his terrible accident.

  • Marlene
    2019-04-24 13:50

    Once again Perry has pulled me into her world. She gave puzzle pieces, clues, to solve the unknown picture. I thoroughly enjoyed how she left me hanging at the end of The Face of A Stranger, the first book in the Monk series. I had to know what was going to happen to Inspector Monk so I followed him to A Dangerous Mourning. Only now, she has me even more fascinated with Hester to boot!I am very drawn to the main characters Monk and Hester. They have such admirable qualities. They are witty and do not hesitate to share their opinions. They always seem to handle situations wonderfully. Never sacrificing themselves for someone else. Always aware of their thoughts and how to best handle the people and the circumstances they are in. Receptive to others personality and emotions as they speak to them. Characteristics that many would be fascinated with. I enjoy how Perry speaks of customs and social norms. Especially those pertaining to women. How women were meant to be gentle, fragile beings sitting pretty doing needle work. I wonder if there were a great many more women in that era that were like Hester, wanting more from life, wanting to make a difference.I am curious about how she unfolded the story, laying out her clues. I deciphered early on that there was something in the story that had to do with Octavia's husbands dying in the war. The night of her death she told her Uncle, Septimus, that he would understand better than anyone else. The only major quality that was shared about Septimus was that he had been unable to spend his life with the woman he loved. So I was left wondering when Monk would investigate Octavia's husbands passing. Yet, I suppose a man dying in the war was nothing much to investigate. Even more so, what could she possibly have in common with her Uncle. Who would think to tie these two concepts in real life when there is so much else going on around them. I guess it may have been a dead end, no pun intended. Yet, I felt very pleased, watch me as I stroke my ego, that I had suspicions about this part of the story and was glad to see that it played out in the end.I was also keen on the characters behaviours and declared who the murderers were before there was any proof. I knew who was responsible but had no idea why. I feel proud that I deciphered Perry's code ... well part of it.Closing the book and laying it on my night stand I layed my head down on my pillow, for it was five o'clock in the morning, to think about the story. As the day crept on I noticed a new light inside me. An energy floating around. I was in a high all day. I am still feeling the side affects a day later. It inspired me to write, shook my muse awake as she has been sleeping for a few weeks, maybe months. I am not sure when I last saw her actually. It opened up a door for me and I believe it is because I saw my interests as well as messages, quotes, that spoke to me. It woke me up and revitalized me and I hope to hang onto this feeling as long as I can. Her ability to wrap the reader into the lives of the characters as well as bring you into their perspective is most rewarding for any writer. For the characters are strong believers for every person to be themselves and pursue their interests yet recognize socially that is not acceptable in many cases. It is like a self-help book that snuck onto your book shelf. To see the characters determined to pursue their passions, to know their strengths and not let anyone, not even social pressures detour them from their path is most amazing. These characters could be real people out there.Due to my desire to follow Monk and Hester I will be picking up the next book, Defend and Betray, in the very near future to stalk them on their next adventure.

  • Barb
    2019-05-01 20:44

    The first novel in this series seemed to hold some promise in putting an end to my quest to find another series to love, but after having read the second book I can honestly say this series isn't for me. I'm STILL searching...The premise of William Monk having amnesia was a good story line and really added a lot of interest to the first novel. While I expected it to carry over into this second novel, I didn't expect so much repetition of it. Four months are supposed to have passed in time since the ending of the last story. I expected Monk to have done some investigating of his own life in order to discover who he is, especially because he would need to work the connections he had with any informants as well as navigate his hostile workplace. The idea that he wouldn't have learned more about himself in that period of time just isn't realistic. I thought the story itself was far too similar to the first mystery in the series, so much so that it felt like a rehash of the same mystery, there were just too many similar ingredients. The entire story was tedious, repetitious and pedantic. There were far too many times where information was repeated without reason, the repetition only served to stall the momentum of the story. Monk was unrealistically maudlen and the dialogue was often melodramatic and unrealistic. I found it hard to believe that Sergeant John Evan would be unfamiliar with the duties of a footman as he claims to be at one point in the story. There are far too many unrealistic questions asked which only to offer the author the opportunity to educate the reader on the mores of Victorian life. When you choose to narrate a novel in the third person you have every opportunity to educate the reader without the need to insert unrealistic diologue in order to do so. And the education of the reader on the Victorian period was tiring.The things that pulled me into the story in the first novel were not developed at all in the second novel. It's as if the author just repeated the same storyline without showing any growth or evolution to the characters. Most disappointing was the relationship between Monk and Evan which was virtually nonexistent in this novel.Sadly I'm still looking for a good series to read...

  • Jamie Collins
    2019-05-08 14:36

    I liked this second book even more than the first. The writing is good, if still a bit repetitive, and still hitting the themes of sexism and classism pretty hard. I'm enjoying the Victorian London setting.I like the setup for this series. Monk is a driven, abrasive police detective, suffering from amnesia and trying to discover what kind of man he used to be. Hester was a nurse in the Crimean War, and is disgruntled to find that her talents and experience are unappreciated back in London. They have a charming, wealthy lawyer friend who's willing to take on difficult cases, and an aristocratic sponsor willing to give advice, spend money, and use her influence on their behalf. It's an interesting team, and I look forward to reading more about them.

  • Rebecca Huston
    2019-04-23 15:45

    A fairly interesting, very involved murder set in an upper-class Victorian home where nearly everyone, from servants to Sir Basil himself are lying. Several characters return from the previous book, and a large loose end is tied up as well. I was hooked all the way through, and intend to keep reading more of this series. To read the longer review, please go here:

  • Diane
    2019-04-30 17:52

    Okay - I did not see that ending coming. I like books that surprise me.This is a very enjoyable mystery. Perry's characters are interesting and complicated. Monk and Hester are quirky and intelligent and I enjoy their company. This is the second in the William Monk series and I will be reading more.

  • Bailey Marissa
    2019-05-22 15:35

    I love how the two main characters pretend to despise each other, but secretly really like each other.Also, the plot was great, yet also shows a different side to the 1850's.

  • Sierra Abrams
    2019-05-22 12:54 case is dangerous: the murder of a young woman of society, stabbed to death in her own room and a few trinkets stolen. Inspector William Monk takes on the case, still lacking 95% of his memory but determined to keep this loss a secret and prove himself worthy. It seems a simple endeavor, but the case becomes more and more complicated with time. Monk is able to prove that the murderer attacked from within the house, a feat that could only be accomplished by someone living in the house. It being practically a crime itself to accuse a member of high society of being a criminal, Monk's reputation is on the line. Was the murderer a servant, like society says it should be? Or was he a family member, harboring a dark secret? And Monk has his own problems to attend to, more personal and deeper than anything he's ever experienced - or so they tell him. Who is he? Why does he have the reputation he has? Who will he become without his memory? With these questions never ceasing, and the murder case honing in on him, Monk must face problems and consequences he never foresaw.___________________________________My thoughts -I normally don't read mysteries. They intrigue me, but I'm not motivated to read them like I am a good fantasy/dystopian book. That is, I'm not motivated to read mysteries other than the William Monk mysteries, which are some of the greatest books around. I could rave for hours about the genius of these books. They provide incredible, life-like characters, situations that are out of the ordinary but not hard to believe, insight into the Victorian era in England like only a Victorian novelist could give, and phenomenal mysteries that have you guessing until the very end. Literally, the last few pages.Have I caught your attention yet?If I haven't, keep reading and I hope by the time you finish reading this review you'll have made up your mind to start reading this incredible series.Character notes -The characters in Anne Perry's novels seem, to me, as real as any one I can see or hear or interact with. They are full to the brim with wonderful liveliness and incredible depth, human desires, strengths, and weaknesses. This is hard to come by these days in a near perfect way - but Anne Perry has nailed it and I can't tell you how much it inspires me.Monk is one of those "tragically wonderful" characters who I love and adore. I can't get enough of him. Whatever he does is interesting, whether its solving a crime or discovering things about his past. I admire him and love his journey as he discovers how proud he was in the past and is humbled. He and Hester are the perfect duo for these I love their arguments!Runcorn and Evan are great characters as well. The Lord Basil and his wife Beatrice, their son and daughters, their brothers and sisters, their servants - all of them had me captivated. There is a sense of human desperation in these stories that is very real and easy to relate to. Everyone, tried and exhausted and frustrated, trying to make sense of it all, no one trusting, everyone confused - it is stunning to read and makes for an intensity that builds and builds and builds and finally bursts. Wonderfully done, Perry!Hester has a greater part in this story than the last (actually, half of the book is from her perspective). I feel like I should say this in case anyone is expecting just Monk's perspective and is possibly frustrated (as I was at first). But Hester is a fun character and brings a lot to the story, so if you go into it expecting that, you'll love it from the first!Story notes -While character development and interaction is a major focus (and one of the main ways the author uses to solve the mystery), Anne Perry uses incredible details and events to set up the story, create a conflict, and solve the crime. A few scenes had me cringing (or freaking out, haha!) because it was so intense and I had no idea what was going to happen and I didn't want one thing to happen... Or I was just plain stumped.This book, just like its predecessor, was not a "fast" read for me. For me, it was intense, yes, and very interesting and satisfying and incredible, but it's one of those books I feel like I have to read slower to get all the details... The details are meant to be soaked in. Let's say you ate a really sweet strawberry really fast and didn't let the taste linger on your sad! You wouldn't get the full potential of that wonderfully tasting strawberry! It's the same with these books. If you don't savor them, you might miss out on some incredible details that make the story all the more fantasic. That is what I love about these books. They make me slow down and focus on the little things; they make me forget about the next book I have to read and just enjoy; they make me appreciate slow-building intensity.One word to sum it up (final thoughts) -Stunning. This is some of the best prose out there, a lovely combination of mystery and historical fiction, of detail and story and character. And it's all tied up perfectly at the end, leaving you surprised at the turn the story took in just the last ten pages, and totally in love with good literature, Victorian England, and William Monk. Is there anything not to love? Need I say more?For the parents: These are not children's books; whether or not they are young adult books is everyone's personal opinion. There is nothing sexual, and there is little bad language. However, the subject matter and the violence and possible psychotic killer can be very intense for certain readers. One character is stabbed mercilessly and left for dead (details not shown, but the inferred could be enough to make a more sensitive reader uncomfortable to the point of dislike); there are a few references to rape and how to rape a Lord's daughter is a crime, but to rape the same Lord's servant is pardonable. Over all a profound book and recommended to every adult, and most older teens out there!

  • Grace
    2019-05-03 12:51

    This series is SO good - how have I missed this all these years. I would almost say this is not so much the second in the series as a bit of a sequel to the first book. If you didn't read the first book first, you will find out 'whodunit' pretty early on in the second, which kind of surprised me. But unlike other series writers, I get the feeling Ms. Perry doesn't necessarily want each book to be a standalone.Hester and Monk continue to become the most interesting characters. And I'm really very glad I didn't live in Victorian times. Ms. Perry paints a rather dreary picture of what it was like for the poor, uneducated and female. Heaven help you if you were all three.Looking forward to book three!

  • Gaetano
    2019-05-11 17:24

    Secondo episodio della serie dell’ispettore Monk.Ritroviamo i protagonisti dell’episodio precedente, riuniti per l’epilogo processuale, unitamente ad un nuovo e misterioso delitto.La pazienza di Monk viene messa a dura prova anche dai suoi superiori che spingono per una soluzione comoda del mistero, che non urti le nobili famiglie coinvolte.Famiglie di quell’aristocrazia inglese dell’epoca vittoriana che Anne Perry descrive con arte e con spietata e pungente critica.Non ho potuto smettere di leggerlo fino a notte fonda per arrivare al finale… sconvolgente!Fondamentale seguire l’ordino cronologico. ;-)

  • Ana T.
    2019-05-24 12:46

    There is something to be said about a character that starts a story not remembering who he is and without and family and close friends to help him. That is exactly what Anne Perry did in the first book of this series and that is what really attracted my attention to the books. In this second book the Inspector Monk is still unable to remember his past but has he moves through London he finds glimpses of familiar things and an image of him that seems very different from who he is now. (Would a kind soul me know if he ever remember and in which book?)In this story Monk is called to investigate the murder of a young lady, Octavia Haslett, the daughter of Sir Basil Moidore has been stabbed to death in her own bedroom during the night. From the beginning, it is clear that Sir Basil and most of his family is mostly concerned with hushing the scandal and finding a guilty party as soon as possible. Even after it seems it is one of them who must have done it, the family still believing it must be one of the servants.When Monk finds himself unable to find evidence pointing to someone he asks for the help of Hester Latterly, one of Miss Nightingale's nurses who was also a character in the previous book. I really like Heather! She is dedicated to her job, honest and has a hard time controlling her temper when she perceives an injustice. Despite her efforts while nursing Lady Beatrice, Octavia's mother, Heather is unable to find the culprit and when a bloody knife is found in one of the footmen's room the case seems closed to all but Monk and Heather. Refusing to arrest the footman leads to Monk being fired from the police force but Heather doesn't give up and manages to interest Oliver Rathbone, a lawyer and a very interesting character that I hope to see in future books, in the case.I just love Perry's view of the Victorian world and there was lots of information about it in the book. In this particular story, I very much enjoyed her portrayal of the higher and lower classes. The differences in behaviours, beliefs and social status. Much of the book is set in the Moidores house and the atmosphere is oppressing, intriguing and full of suspense. I couldn't wait to get to the end of the story and find out who had done it and I must say that the final twist surprised me. I loved how they followed all the clues to reach the right conclusion about what really had happened and who was responsible. And now I can’t wait for the next book.Grade: 5/5

  • AnnaMay
    2019-05-04 19:25

    How is it that I want to clap my hands in glee after finishing one of Perry's books?! I love a lot of books, but something about the way she wraps up her plot or whatever, I can't quite figure it out, something about it brings this odd reaction out in me.I thought I had the plot figured out the whole way through and was a little disappointed in the back of my mind (if I, of all dumb gullible people, can figure out the plot before the book ends, then that severely insults the intelligence of the author.) Ha ha. I was wrong about the plot, which proved a relief and a delight (I love it when authors prove how much better they are at their craft than I could ever dream of being.)I'm a fan of books set in the Victorian era. My husband 'enjoyed' a grueling college course on Jane Austen and our eyes were opened to the reality vs. the hollywoodness of the culture we have created around Jane Austen's works and the Victorian Era. Perry sticks to reality and I am so glad. An example: the inspector/policeman is on an equal social standing with a laundry maid, pretty much. It's good Perry doesn't set him up as some CSI heartthrob or something ridiculous. This makes everything else with her writing more trustworthy.The thought occurred to me: I don't think I could read Perry's books if they were set in modern times. I don't have interest in reading about current-day murders and class differences in a fiction setting. Perry's setting her tales in a time and place so distant from me helps the harsh realities she uncovers to be very much more palatable and approachable for me. She then leaves it the the reader to draw the parallels and correlate the lessons learned with our modern-day situations. Smart, Perry.Once again, I loved Lady Callandra, Ms. Latterly, Evan, and of COURSE Inspector Monk. The twists and peeks at his evolving character that his returning memory provide are a fun addition to an already great storyline. I'm ready for the next in the series!I'd love to read a bit more about the wars referred to (the Crimean, the charge of the Light Brigade, the battles at Balaclava...) If anyone knows of great material on any of those, I'm game...

  • Lectrice Hérétique
    2019-05-09 16:38

    Après avoir lu le premier volume de la série William Monk je m’étais promis de la poursuivre, il m’aura fallu plus de 3 ans ! Mais m’y revoilà, et je pense faire une cure dans les semaines qui viennent.William Monk se lance dans une nouvelle enquête délicate, et pénètre dans l’intimité de la famille Moidore. L’une des filles est retrouvée poignardée dans sa chambre. Monk devra agite vite, et ne pas trop remuer la boue au sein d’une famille puissante et respectée. Les secrets, les rivalités, les jalousies et les antécédents parfois embarrassants de certains membres devront pourtant être passés au crible et le coupable démasqué. Malgré l’apparente coopération des Moidore, l’enquête se révèle difficile et Monk marche dès le départ sur des œufs.Toujours amnésique, il fait mine de rien mais on devine le trouble constant qui l’habite. Son goût prononcé pour la justice ne plaît pas à son supérieur qui préfère l’efficacité. La situation déjà incongrue de Monk va s’en trouvée modifiée, et compliquera sa tâche. Nous retrouvons la volontaire Hester Latterly ainsi que l’avocat Oliver Rathbone qui seront d’une grande aide et joueront un rôle crucial dans la résolution de l’enquête.Anne Perry a le don de tisser des intrigues particulièrement tordues et efficaces, elle nous mène peu à peu vers la solution par des détours aussi nombreux que subtils. Il arrive que le lecteur parvienne lui-même à une hypothèse pas forcément éloignée de la vérité, mais les détails ont une telle importance que de nombreux éléments contribuent à la complexité de l’ensemble. Lorsque la vérité éclate, on s’aperçoit que celle-ci n’est pas aussi simple. Le pourquoi, le comment, le qui n’ont pas forcément une seule réponse, et les scènes de procès qui sont supposées clore le roman contribuent à intensifier un suspens qui semble inépuisable.

  • Taylor D
    2019-05-13 12:31

    Overall a good book, but I didn't find it as interesting as the first. I feel like mysteries can depend on interesting investigators, an interesting crime, or a blend of both. In this case, both the mystery and Monk's development beyond confused amnesiac detective left a lot to be desired. Now, to be fair, confused amnesiac detective is a pretty awesome premise, but the author didn't cover much new ground for Monk personally in this book compared to the previous. His professional developments were interesting enough, but Perry mostly seemed to use this book to set up future novels, so it felt pretty flat emotionally. To be fair, Hester Latterly and a mostly new character, Oliver Rathbone, are both interesting, sympathetic characters, and I'm excited to see more of them. The mystery itself and its conclusion were disappointing. Personally I thought the resolution - or at least, the main antagonists - were fairly obvious. As a very nitpicky sidebar, all of the characters are very definite about the fact that women won't be able to be doctors, never, ever, oh no, poor Hester. I would have liked at least a throwaway line about Elizabeth Blackwell and some hope for the future. EB graduated from medical school in the US in 1849 then studied in Paris in 1852 or thereabouts. She worked in England in the late 1850s and was a recognized physician there. Either way, 4-7 years before our characters come into contact with each other she had medical training and was recognized in the States and in Europe. Now, I'm not saying this would have significantly altered Hester's career path, but you'd think it would at least have come up in conversation.

  • Lori
    2019-05-18 14:48

    Not quite as good as the first book in the series that I just read but an enjoyable read all the same. The setting of Victorian England makes for an interesting premise for a murder mystery series. The limitations police investigators have to work within: being considered low class and not worthy of the gentry's time, a general animosity of the press and public towards them as they investigate the rich and famous and the lack of forensics : no fingerprinting, no blood spatter analysis, no autopsies and no DNA make it exceeding challenging for any officer to solve a case. In this particular case any of those forensic strategies would have helped figure out the true nature of the case more quickly. The daughter of wealthy and privileged Basil Moidore is found dead of stab wounds in their house. Monk, Perry's likeable-in-his-own-way, amnesiac detective is on the case with his trusty partner, Evan. Not long into it, the fiery and independent Hester Latterly also becomes involved in figuring "who dunnit". The "uptightedness" of the time back then gets hard to take some time and makes for some plodding reading in parts. However it also creates an excellent atmosphere to showcase the personalities, back-stabbing and jockeying for status and position reflective of that time. Two books in, I am really enjoying this series already and don't hesitate to recommend it to you if you're a murder mystery fan.

  • Angie
    2019-05-09 14:30

    I was waiting for my tattoo artist the other day, reading a Martha Grimes novel, when the man in charge of the tattooing school walked in and struck up a conversation about books. Anne Perry was his main recommendation, and I'm glad I picked this up. Since it is set in the Victorian era, some of the concepts are hard to explain, but I think the author does a good job of setting them in context within the story. For instance, the problem of a maid being 'raped' to the upper class people was an indication that she was a loose woman with no morals; hence, there really was no rape as we would think of it today- except that's exactly what it was. The book also goes into the problems the new Police force had. The Police were considered not equal to servants, but similarly low class. The middle and upper class homes of the Victorian era were considered inviolate; in the circumstance of a murder, the pressure to simply arrest the most likely servant was immense.It's the setting that gives a lot of tension to the novel, and from what I've read, Anne Perry is very accurate in her portrayal of the Victorian era- although she doesn't go into too much unnecessary explanation, and sometimes I wanted a little more explanation. However, I also picked up the first paperback of Anne Perry's that I found, so I'm sure I started the series in the middle, not the beginning.

  • Yvette
    2019-05-15 14:33

    Decent women don't get violated - they don't lay themselves open to it - they don't invite it - or frequent such places in such company.Deft writing, great characters, excellent plot twist.Perry's characters are always so well-done - they are flawed characters, realistically strong in their own ways. I enjoyed this book better than the first one: the mystery is better done, and the twist at the end - wow! I did not expect that at all.One thing I've noted about Perry's books is how feminist they are. In this book, within the frame of a mystery, we deal with rape culture, and how the powerful prey on the weak and steal their voices away. Relevant in the context of the Victorian England drawing room, and relevant to our world today. And we have our protagonists, Monk and Hester, fighting for the powerless in their own ways - it's just so awesome.Monk and Hester - their simultaneously antagonistic and caring relationship. Now these are two people who know themselves and know the other person very well, and (will eventually it seems from the other books) go into the relationship clear-sighted. I love them together and how they bounce ideas off each other and fight for the truth.TLDR: Intriguing plot, can't wait for the next book to see how Monk and Hester's relationship develops.

  • Linda
    2019-05-22 19:39

    In this second in Perry’s series of mysteries featuring William Monk and Hester Latterly, Monk is still suffering the effects of his amnesia and trying to do his job in a way that will please his supervisor, Mr. Runcorn, who would be happy to dismiss Monk from the police force. Octavia Moidore, the young widowed daughter of wealthy Basil Moidore has been stabbed to death in her bed, supposedly the victim of a robber. Wealthy Moidore and his large extended family lived a life of leisure, attended by many servants; they were very concerned about their image in Victorian London. Monk is convinced that someone in the house was guilty of the crime, and that someone In the family knows more than they are telling. Before the truth comes out, Monk has been dismissed from the police force for refusing to arrest the prime suspect, one of the servants, and an innocent man has been hanged. Perry’s descriptions of life in Victorian England, the rigid social system, and the place of women in society bring so much more to this novel than just another mystery plot.

  • Robert
    2019-05-18 18:28

    I think the author wanted to write a history book about the life and events of the Victorian era, but thought a mystery book would sell better. The story is fine, a typical whodunit (I am not a big mystery fan). Also, the author has a disturbing tendency to describe how angry everyone is at each other all the time. All those gritted teeth and glares became tiresome about halfway through the book. But I think the story line is just an excuse to take the reader back to the Victorian age. And at this task, conjuring the atmosphere, beauty, hope, fear and misery of that time, Ms. Perry succeeds admirably. I will definitely read more of these books. Recommended.

  • Sharyn
    2019-05-17 12:24

    I still can't believe how late I came to this author. I am reading the Monk series and the Pitt series concurrently, and really enjoying them both. The details of the Victorian era are so minute, and I love it! The mysteries are also good, and never solved until almost the very end! I have read some of them out of order and am now going back and reading them in order, some library, some bought. One of the Christmas stories that I listen to because the library has them was about Runcorn, Monk's superior, and now I see how they interacted. I am hoping to see Anne Perry in Scottsdale on November 15, 2015 when she will be at the Poisoned Pen bookstore.

  • Mary Corbal
    2019-05-10 15:36

    Muy entretenido. La autora refleja las costumbres de la época victoriana, haciendo hincapié en las diferencias existentes entre los aristócratas y los criados, que son el telón de fondo para la investigación del asesinato de Octavia.

  • Naomi Blackburn
    2019-05-17 13:37

    Loved this book...this book was interesting from the beginning and kept my interest until the end.

  • Rusty Wright
    2019-05-18 12:31

    In some ways I like her writing a lot, but in other ways it can be very annoying. One of the annoyances is how much time she spends describing what people are wearing; typically an entire paragraph. And it's not even germane to the story; simply saying that someone was elegantly or well dressed would be sufficient for me.Spoiler alert: At first I thought how it ended was quite clever but then after thinking about it it seemed rather too contorted. First off the victim's father hated her husband because he hated this son-in-law's father? And the son-in-law's father wasn't some odious horrible person, just some distasteful person he had to put up with in college. And everyone thought very highly of his son-in-law. And his daughter worshiped her husband. But to have him killed?Secondly, the daughter killed herself when she found out that her father had her husband killed? And she killed herself with a knife? Apparently hari kari / sepuku was the way to go back in those days in England?And then the War Office had recorded her father's asking to have her husband transferred in the Army? That seems like the kind of thing where they'd just record the transfer and discreetly not mention that it was requested by family. And she was able to waltz into the War Office and ask to see his records?

  • N.W. Moors
    2019-05-03 20:36

    Monk and Evan are assigned to investigate the murder of a young woman found in her bedroom stabbed to death. She is the daughter of a baronet, and they are quickly able to ascertain the murder must have been done by someone in the house. The police chief wants Monk to charge one of the servants, but the evidence is pointing to someone in the family. Monk manages to insert nurse Hester Latterly into the family under the guise of caring for Lady Moidore, mother of the murdered woman.I enjoyed the first book in this series very much, but this one was a little slow for me. In both books, the solution to the murder comes at the very ending and is surprising, at least for me. But in the first book, Monk is suffering from amnesia and that condition colors the rest of the story and adds to it. Here, Monk still can't remember much of his life before his accident, but nothing much gets added to the rest. Monk and Evan interview people over and over, never learning much to add to their case. Hester who's inserted with the family also talks to family and servants but learns only a little bit more. I like Ms. Perry's writing and the setting, but this book dragged. I'd give it a 3 and 1/2 stars.

  • Susan
    2019-04-28 18:43

    Should be the Hester Latterly Mystery - Monk is virtually invisibleI enjoyed the rough edges of murky London rookeries and true suspense in book 1 but this tale focuses largely on the narrow domestic troubles in a upperclass household after a violent death occurs their.Once the fascinating Monk disapears from the story and the often stupid Hester Latterly starts investigating the story loses any real suspense. Hester is so insensitive and blase about any possible danger she might be in and often down right stupid, for a supposedly clever woman, that the reader finds her an irritating and unsympathetic character despite her professional integrity as a nurse. I found the tedious downstairs gossip and upstairs machinations very boring and very soap opera like. In short there was not enough tension or danger and there was too little Monk and considerably too much Hester. I cannot warm to Hester at all. She is a tad too sneering and superior. Monk is going through a fasinating journey of personal discovery and growth. He challenges his previous arrogance and single mindedness. Hester is frankly less interesting and frankly once she starts to do the investigating this mystery becomes boring.

  • Qube
    2019-05-15 18:42

    A little too much repetition from the first book and too many similarities. That gets boring. The plot is a little more involved than in the first book. But like in the first book, the author holds back vital information till the end. The reader has little to work with. Monk doesn't live up to the role of the primary protagonist after whom the whole series is named. He comes across as a bitter, angry man who isn't particularly effective. Like in the first book, the end is weak, at least for Monk. The second half of the book moves fast, especially the last quarter.

  • Martina Sartor
    2019-04-28 13:26

    Libro corposo in cui l'autrice fa un'approfondita descrizione della società vittoriana dei quartieri alti, soffermandosi anche su ambienti, arredamento, abbigliamento, ecc e rallentando forse un po' il ritmo del racconto e della trama 'gialla'. Ma non si può non rimanere affascinati da tutto ciò e da come il delitto si inserisce perfettamente, alla fine, nella mentalità dei personaggi descritti. Solo alla fine si scoprirà quale è stato però il vero delitto commesso!!!

  • Trudy Pomerantz
    2019-05-08 20:54

    While not quite a gripping novel as the first in the series, I still enjoyed the mystery as well as the development of the characters that were met in the first in the series. As my daughter pointed out when she decided not to continue reading this novel, the author started to harp to much on the point that William Monk had lost his memory and that it did not seem consistent with the end of the first in the series where he was, at least, gaining some flashes of his memory back.