Anne Perry - Author

About the Author

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'. She lives in Scotland.

Featured books by Anne Perry

A New York Christmas

A New York Christmas

Author: Anne Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/2014

New York, 1904. Jemima Pitt arrives in a city where new American money and old English aristocracy collide. She's here to chaperone her friend, Delphinia, who has crossed the ocean to marry one of New York's richest men, but Jemima discovers a secret that could destroy Phinnie's future. Drawn into the crisis, Jemima desperately wants to protect her friend. And she must use all her courage and wits to decide whom to trust, and how to thread her way through the snowy streets of this brash new city. A New York Christmas is the enthralling new festive tale from the master of Victorian mysteries.

Blood on the Water

Blood on the Water

Author: Anne Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/04/2014

London, 1856. It is a time of progress, with the Empire's interests expanding and the Suez Canal nearing completion. Many people stand to gain - and to lose - as the world rapidly changes. When a Thames pleasure boat is blown up with the loss of many lives, an Egyptian man is quickly sentenced to hang for the crime. But William Monk, head of the River Police, discovers the evidence was flawed. As he and his wife Hester investigate further, Monk begins to wonder if the wrong man was convicted. If justice itself has been tainted, exposing the true culprit will be far more hazardous...

A Christmas Hope

A Christmas Hope

Author: Anne Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/10/2013

London, 1868. As the Christmas season begins, Claudine Burroughs feels little joy in its endless social calls and extravagant events. Working at a clinic for desperate women has opened her eyes to a different world. Then her two worlds collide. A prostitute smuggled into a grandiose Christmas party is found brutally beaten. Poet Dai Tregarron stands accused. But Dai insists he was trying to protect her from the violence of three young men. Claudine believes him, but with society closing ranks against him, how can she prove his innocence without risking everything?

Other books by Anne Perry

A Christmas Revelation (Christmas Novella 16)

A Christmas Revelation (Christmas Novella 16)

Author: Anne Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2018

A daring rescue reveals the true meaning of Christmas... The queen of Victorian crime, New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry returns with the 16th novella in her festive crime series. Christmas is coming and the streets of London are full of festive cheer. As young Worm returns to his home at the Portpool Lane clinic, he encounters the most beautiful woman he has ever seen and, spellbound, he follows her until she is dragged away by two evil-looking men. Convinced that she is in grave danger, Worm begs Squeaky Robinson to help him track her down. But Elouise is embroiled with dangerous criminals who want information that only she can tell. They will stop at nothing to get what they want and, with Christmas day fast approaching, Worm and Squeaky must conjure up a daring plan to help Elouise before it is too late. Praise for Anne Perry's Christmas novellas: 'A bite-sized mystery that could be fitted in after your Christmas lunch' Daily Telegraph

A Christmas Return (Christmas Novella 15)

A Christmas Return (Christmas Novella 15)

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/10/2018

A CHRISTMAS RETURN is the 15th novella in the festive series by Anne Perry, the queen of Victorian crime. As the festive season approaches, Charlotte Pitt's grandmamma, Mariah Ellison, is facing Christmas alone. When she receives an unexpected gift, memories are sparked of a Christmas in Haslemere long ago, when her beloved friend Cullen Wesley died and a local villager was brutally murdered, with no killer brought to justice. The unsolved case has resurfaced and Cullen's grandson, Peter, begs for Mariah's help to solve the crime that led to his grandfather's death. Mariah can't resist a friend in need and she returns to Haslemere to investigate the murder and heal old wounds. But evil still lurks in the picturesque village and she'll need all her wits about her to see that justice is done. A Christmas Return is the enthralling new festive tale from the pen of Anne Perry, the master of Victorian crime.

Triple Jeopardy (Daniel Pitt Mystery 2)

Triple Jeopardy (Daniel Pitt Mystery 2)

Author: Anne Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2018

The second thrilling mystery in an exciting new generation of Pitt novels, from the New York Times bestselling author and queen of Victorian crime, Anne Perry. 'Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries are marvels of plot construction' New York Times Daniel Pitt is delighted that his sister is visiting London with her American husband Patrick, a policeman, and their young daughters. But Patrick's trip has another purpose, for which he enlists Daniel's help. Philip Sidney, a young British diplomat, is accused of robbery and assault in Washington, but he has taken diplomatic immunity and fled to England. The perfect opportunity to obtain justice presents itself when Sidney is accused of a small embezzlement at the British Embassy in the USA, but as Daniel digs deeper into the case it becomes clear that vengeance is involved. When a witness is murdered in America suspicion of guilt falls on Sidney. But is somebody trying to frame him? And, if so, who and why? Daniel follows a trail that uncovers another murder, and leads from Washington to the idyllic Channel Islands, then to a dramatic scene in court that almost defies belief...

Dark Tide Rising (William Monk Mystery, Book 24)

Dark Tide Rising (William Monk Mystery, Book 24)

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/09/2018

DARK TIDE RISING is the 24th compelling mystery in the William Monk series, from the master of Victorian crime, New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry. 'Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries are marvels of plot construction...truly remarkable' New York Times. When Kate Exeter is kidnapped on the shore of the Thames, Commander William Monk is enlisted by her desperate husband to save her. Kate's captors are demanding a ransom for her safe return and Monk and his most trusted men must arrange a secret handover in the dark slums of Jacob's Island. But on the night someone betrays them and a brutal skirmish breaks out, leaving death and destruction in its wake . . . Who is to blame for what went wrong? Monk senses tensions mount and no one knows who to trust. Then a whistle blower claims that the ransom money was embezzled funds that incriminate Kate's husband, and the case takes on a whole new meaning...

Dark Tide Rising (William Monk Mystery, Book 24)

Dark Tide Rising (William Monk Mystery, Book 24)

Author: Anne Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/04/2018

DARK TIDE RISING is the 24th compelling mystery in the William Monk series, from the master of Victorian crime, New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry. 'Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries are marvels of plot construction...truly remarkable' New York Times. When Kate Exeter is kidnapped on the shore of the Thames, Commander William Monk is enlisted by her desperate husband to save her. Kate's captors are demanding a ransom for her safe return and Monk and his most trusted men must arrange a secret handover in the dark slums of Jacob's Island. But on the night someone betrays them and a brutal skirmish breaks out, leaving death and destruction in its wake . . . Who is to blame for what went wrong? Monk senses tensions mount and no one knows who to trust. Then a whistle blower claims that the ransom money was embezzled funds that incriminate Kate's husband, and the case takes on a whole new meaning...

Twenty-One Days (Daniel Pitt Mystery 1)

Twenty-One Days (Daniel Pitt Mystery 1)

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2018

TWENTY-ONE DAYS is the first in an exciting new generation of Pitt novels, featuring Daniel Pitt, by New York Times bestseller and queen of Victorian crime, Anne Perry. 1910. Sir Thomas Pitt's son, Daniel, is in the middle of his first case as a barrister when he is summoned to the Old Bailey for an important trial. Renowned biographer Russell Graves is charged with the brutal murder of his wife and Daniel must assist in his defence. When the jury finds the accused guilty, Graves insists he has been framed. He is writing a shocking expose of a powerful figure, revealing state secrets so damning that someone might well have wanted to silence him. With the reputations of those closest to him at stake, Daniel has twenty-one days to uncover the truth and ensure that an innocent man isn't sent to the gallows . . . 'Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries are marvels of plot construction' New York Times

Fantastic Crimes

Fantastic Crimes

Author: Anne Perry, F. Paul Wilson, Elizabeth George, Christopher Fowler Format: eBook Release Date: 13/02/2018

Book-centered mystery novellas from four masters of the craft. From Anne Perry, the New York Timesbestselling author of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, comes The Scroll. Hapless bookseller Monty Danforth's recent discovery of a millennia-old manuscript plunges him into a cutthroat conspiracy. ';A master storyteller.' The Star-Ledger Christopher Fowler, author of the Bryant and May mysteries, presents Reconciliation Day. One man's obsession with a lost edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula sends him on a dangerous journey to Transylvania. ';If Edgar Allan Poe and Monty Python had lived in the same country and the same century and somehow struck up a creative collaboration, their work might have resulted in fiction similar to Fowler's.' Richmond Times-Dispatch From F. Paul Wilson, the New York Timesbestselling creator of Repairman Jack, comes The Compendium of Srem. Prior Toms de Torquemada yields the ultimate power, deciding who lives and dies during the Spanish Inquisition, but an ancient, evil tome is about to change that. ';A great storyteller and a thoughtful one.' David Morrell, New York Timesbestselling author of First Blood Elizabeth George, the New York Timesbestselling author of the Inspector Lynley novels, brings you The Mysterious Disappearance of the Reluctant Book Fairy. A woman's gift for immersing herself in the plot of whatever book she likes draws overwhelming fameand misfortune. ';An essential writer of popular fiction today.' The Washington Post

A Christmas Message (Christmas Novella 14) A gripping murder mystery for the festive season

A Christmas Message (Christmas Novella 14) A gripping murder mystery for the festive season

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2017

A Christmas Message is Anne Perry's 14th novella in her festive series. Christmas 1900. Victor Narraway, Thomas Pitt's former boss and his new wife Vespasia are travelling by train from Jaffa to Jerusalem. Although enjoying their time together and the interesting people they meet, Vespasia soon becomes concerned that someone is watching their every move. When one of their new acquaintances is found murdered, the only clue is a mysterious piece of parchment written in a foreign tongue, and a message imploring Narraway to continue the stranger's quest. Sensing its importance, Narraway and Vespasia decide to fulfil their dead friend's wish. Continuing to Jerusalem with the parchment in hand, they quickly find themselves embroiled in danger. With Vespasia's fears suddenly realised and a watcher on their trail, will Narraway and Vespasia's fates follow that of their friend or can they make it to the Holy Land unscathed? A Christmas Message is the tantalising new festive tale from the pen of Anne Perry, the master of Victorian crime.

A Christmas Return (Christmas Novella 15)

A Christmas Return (Christmas Novella 15)

Author: Anne Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

A CHRISTMAS RETURN is the 15th novella in the festive series by Anne Perry, the queen of Victorian crime. As the festive season approaches, Charlotte Pitt's grandmamma, Mariah Ellison, is facing Christmas alone. When she receives an unexpected gift, memories are sparked of a Christmas in Haslemere long ago, when her beloved friend Cullen Wesley died and a local villager was brutally murdered, with no killer brought to justice. The unsolved case has resurfaced and Cullen's grandson, Peter, begs for Mariah's help to solve the crime that led to his grandfather's death. Mariah can't resist a friend in need and she returns to Haslemere to investigate the murder and heal old wounds. But evil still lurks in the picturesque village and she'll need all her wits about her to see that justice is done. A Christmas Return is the enthralling new festive tale from the pen of Anne Perry, the master of Victorian crime.

Twenty-One Days (Daniel Pitt Mystery 1)

Twenty-One Days (Daniel Pitt Mystery 1)

Author: Anne Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2017

TWENTY-ONE DAYS is the first in an exciting new generation of Pitt novels, featuring Daniel Pitt, by New York Times bestseller and queen of Victorian crime, Anne Perry. 1910. Sir Thomas Pitt's son, Daniel, is in the middle of his first case as a barrister when he is summoned to the Old Bailey for an important trial. Renowned biographer Russell Graves is charged with the brutal murder of his wife and Daniel must assist in his defence. When the jury finds the accused guilty, Graves insists he has been framed. He is writing a shocking expose of a powerful figure, revealing state secrets so damning that someone might well have wanted to silence him. With the reputations of those closest to him at stake, Daniel has twenty-one days to uncover the truth and ensure that an innocent man isn't sent to the gallows . . . 'Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries are marvels of plot construction' New York Times

An Echo of Murder (William Monk Mystery, Book 23) A thrilling journey into the dark streets of Victorian London

An Echo of Murder (William Monk Mystery, Book 23) A thrilling journey into the dark streets of Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2017

The master of the Victorian crime, New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry returns with the 23rd novel in the William Monk series, AN ECHO OF MURDER. London, 1870: The body of a Hungarian immigrant is found dead in what appears to be a ritualistic killing, with a bayonet through his heart, his fingers broken and his body surrounded by seventeen blood-dipped candles. At first, Commander William Monk of the Thames River Police suspects the killer is from within the community, but when another murder takes place, Monk fears the immigrants are being targeted by an outsider... Meanwhile, Hester is reunited with a doctor who had been left for dead on a Crimean battlefield. Traumatised by his experiences, Fitz has made his way home via Hungary and is now living in the community. Hester is determined to help him and, when he is accused of the killings, she sets out to prove his innocence...

Funeral in Blue

Funeral in Blue

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 16/05/2017

Two beautiful women have been found strangled in the studio of a well-known London artist. To investigator William Monk and his wife, Hester, the murders are a nightmare. One of the victims is the wife of Hesters cherished colleague, surgeon Dr. Kristian Beck, a Viennese migr who becomes the prime suspect. With an intensity born of desperation, the Monks seek evidence that will save Dr. Beck from the hangman.From Londons sinister slums to the crowded coffeehouses of Vienna, where embers of the revolution still burn in the hearts of freedom-loving men and women, Hester and Monk seek to penetrate not only the mystery of Elissa Becks death but the riddle of her life.

An Echo of Murder (William Monk Mystery, Book 23) A thrilling journey into the dark streets of Victorian London

An Echo of Murder (William Monk Mystery, Book 23) A thrilling journey into the dark streets of Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2017

The master of the Victorian crime, New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry returns with the 23rd novel in the William Monk series, AN ECHO OF MURDER. London, 1870: The body of a Hungarian immigrant is found dead in what appears to be a ritualistic killing, with a bayonet through his heart, his fingers broken and his body surrounded by seventeen blood-dipped candles. At first, Commander William Monk of the Thames River Police suspects the killer is from within the community, but when another murder takes place, Monk fears the immigrants are being targeted by an outsider... Meanwhile, Hester is reunited with a doctor who had been left for dead on a Crimean battlefield. Traumatised by his experiences, Fitz has made his way home via Hungary and is now living in the community. Hester is determined to help him and, when he is accused of the killings, she sets out to prove his innocence...

Murder on the Serpentine (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 32) A royal murder mystery from the streets of Victorian London

Murder on the Serpentine (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 32) A royal murder mystery from the streets of Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

The queen of the Victorian mystery, New York Times bestseller Anne Perry returns with the 32nd novel in the Inspector Pitt series MURDER ON THE SERPENTINE. Pitt is on a secret mission for the Queen, maybe his last... London, 1899: Head of Special Branch Commander Thomas Pitt is summoned to Buckingham Palace. In the twilight of her years, Queen Victoria is all too aware that the Prince of Wales will soon inherit her empire and must be beyond reproach. She tells Pitt she tasked her close friend and confidante, John Halberd, with investigating the Prince's friends, specifically Alan Kendrick, a wealthy playboy and betting man, but before he could report back, Halberd was found dead in a rowing boat on the Serpentine. The death has been ruled an unfortunate accident and the investigation closed, but the Queen is not convinced that all is as it seems and tasks Pitt with finding the truth. Forced to act alone in this most sensitive of investigations, Pitt finds himself embroiled in a plot that threatens not only the reputations of men, but also the safety and reputation of the Empire. . .

A Christmas Message (Christmas Novella 14) A gripping murder mystery for the festive season

A Christmas Message (Christmas Novella 14) A gripping murder mystery for the festive season

Author: Anne Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2016

A Christmas Message is Anne Perry's 14th novella in her festive series. Christmas 1900. Victor Narraway, Thomas Pitt's former boss and his new wife Vespasia are travelling by train from Jaffa to Jerusalem. Although enjoying their time together and the interesting people they meet, Vespasia soon becomes concerned that someone is watching their every move. When one of their new acquaintances is found murdered, the only clue is a mysterious piece of parchment written in a foreign tongue, and a message imploring Narraway to continue the stranger's quest. Sensing its importance, Narraway and Vespasia decide to fulfil their dead friend's wish. Continuing to Jerusalem with the parchment in hand, they quickly find themselves embroiled in danger. With Vespasia's fears suddenly realised and a watcher on their trail, will Narraway and Vespasia's fates follow that of their friend or can they make it to Jerusalem unscathed? A Christmas Message is the tantalising new festive tale from the pen of Anne Perry, the master of Victorian crime.

A Christmas Escape (Christmas Novella 13) A festive murder mystery set on a lonely Italian island

A Christmas Escape (Christmas Novella 13) A festive murder mystery set on a lonely Italian island

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/10/2016

Set in Italy in 1866, A Christmas Escape is Anne Perry's 13th festive Victorian novella. December, 1866. Charles Latterly, Hester Monk's brother, travels to Italy to spend Christmas on the volcanic island of Stromboli. In his secluded mountain hotel a curious group of people has gathered, and Charles senses a brittle strain between some of his fellow guests as they visit the crater of the island's famous rumbling volcano. While the guests prepare for Christmas, the volcano threatens to erupt, and they realise they must leave at once. As they plan their escape, with Charles thrust reluctantly into leading the group to shelter, one of their number is found dead. But if this is murder, there is a killer in their midst, and Charles must navigate a path to safety... A Christmas Escape is the intriguing and dramatic new festive tale from the pen of Anne Perry, the master of Victorian crime.

Revenge in a Cold River (William Monk Mystery, Book 22) Murder and smuggling from the dark streets of Victorian London

Revenge in a Cold River (William Monk Mystery, Book 22) Murder and smuggling from the dark streets of Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/09/2016

The queen of the Victorian mystery, New York Times bestseller Anne Perry returns with the 22nd novel in the William Monk series REVENGE IN A COLD RIVER. An adversary Monk cannot remember threatens everything he holds dear - will he survive what is to come? London, 1869: The body of a middle-aged man is found tangled in a mass of rope and wooden wreckage near the dockside of the River Thames. Commander William Monk of the River Police is called when initial investigations reveal the man was shot in the back. When he learns that the man was a master forger who had just escaped prison, Monk's interest is immediately piqued. But as his investigations lead him ever deeper into the murky world of smuggling and forgery, Monk is forced to confront his own forgotten past. The unsolicited interference of an old foe takes precedence as it becomes clear to Monk that a bitter enemy is back for revenge and has him in his sights. With his life and career in imminent danger, can Monk navigate his way to the truth before it is too late? Commander William Monk - A man with no past has only his conscience and instinct to guide him.

Murder on the Serpentine (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 32) A royal murder mystery from the streets of Victorian London

Murder on the Serpentine (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 32) A royal murder mystery from the streets of Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2016

The queen of the Victorian mystery, New York Times bestseller Anne Perry returns with the 32nd novel in the Inspector Pitt series MURDER ON THE SERPENTINE. Pitt is on a secret mission for the Queen, maybe his last... London, 1899: Head of Special Branch Commander Thomas Pitt is summoned to Buckingham Palace. In the twilight of her years, Queen Victoria is all too aware that the Prince of Wales will soon inherit her empire and must be beyond reproach. She tells Pitt she tasked her close friend and confidante, John Halberd, with investigating the Prince's friends, specifically Alan Kendrick, a wealthy playboy and betting man, but before he could report back, Halberd was found dead in a rowing boat on the Serpentine. The death has been ruled an unfortunate accident and the investigation closed, but the Queen is not convinced that all is as it seems and tasks Pitt with finding the truth. Forced to act alone in this most sensitive of investigations, Pitt finds himself embroiled in a plot that threatens not only the reputations of men, but also the safety and reputation of the Empire. . .

Treachery at Lancaster Gate (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 31) Anarchy and corruption stalk the streets of Victorian London

Treachery at Lancaster Gate (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 31) Anarchy and corruption stalk the streets of Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/04/2016

Thomas Pitt arrives at a devastating bombing in Lancaster Gate to find two policemen dead and three more gravely wounded. London's anarchists are blamed, but as Pitt and Inspector Tellman investigate they find it looks increasingly like a personal vendetta against those particular men. Did they lie about a drugs raid that went fatally wrong, and let an innocent man hang? The idea of police dishonesty cuts Tellman to the quick - he joined the force to protect society, not exploit it. But he must uncover the truth, however much he wants to resist the signs of blackmail and corruption. With the threat of further bombings, and their superiors pushing for a quick resolution, Pitt and Tellman find their every move scrutinised, and their own lives suddenly at risk... Treachery at Lancaster Gate is the exceptional new historical thriller from the master of Victorian crime.

A New York Christmas (Christmas Novella 12) A festive mystery set in New York

A New York Christmas (Christmas Novella 12) A festive mystery set in New York

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/10/2015

Thomas Pitt's daughter Jemima, now a young woman, leads the cast of Anne Perry's enthralling festive mystery. In New York, at the turn of the century, where new American money and old English aristocracy collide, a young bride's secret past could destroy her future. Jemima, in America as a chaperone until her friend's wedding, is instead drawn into the crisis, and must decide whom to trust, and how to thread her way through the dangerous streets of this cold, brash new city.

A Christmas Escape (Christmas Novella 13) A festive murder mystery set on a lonely Italian island

A Christmas Escape (Christmas Novella 13) A festive murder mystery set on a lonely Italian island

Author: Anne Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/10/2015

Set in Italy in 1866, A Christmas Escape is Anne Perry's 13th festive Victorian novella. December, 1866. Charles Latterly, Hester Monk's brother, travels to Italy to spend Christmas on the volcanic island of Stromboli. In his secluded mountain hotel a curious group of people has gathered, and Charles senses a brittle strain between some of his fellow guests as they visit the crater of the island's famous rumbling volcano. While the guests prepare for Christmas, the volcano threatens to erupt, and they realise they must leave at once. As they plan their escape, with Charles thrust reluctantly into leading the group to shelter, one of their number is found dead. But if this is murder, there is a killer in their midst, and Charles must navigate a path to safety... A Christmas Escape is the intriguing and dramatic new festive tale from the pen of Anne Perry, the master of Victorian crime.

Corridors of the Night (William Monk Mystery, Book 21) A twisting Victorian mystery of intrigue and secrets

Corridors of the Night (William Monk Mystery, Book 21) A twisting Victorian mystery of intrigue and secrets

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2015

One night, in a corridor of the Royal Naval Hospital, Greenwich, nurse Hester Monk is approached by a terrified girl. She's from a hidden ward of children, all subject to frequent blood-letting, and her brother is dying. While William Monk's River Police fight to keep London safe from gun-runners, Hester takes on a new role at the hospital, helping to administer a secretive new treatment. But she slowly realises that this experimental cure is putting the lives of the children at risk. Attempting to protect the young victims, she comes under threat from one rich, powerful, and very ill man who is desperate to survive...

Treachery at Lancaster Gate (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 31) Anarchy and corruption stalk the streets of Victorian London

Treachery at Lancaster Gate (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 31) Anarchy and corruption stalk the streets of Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2015

Thomas Pitt arrives at a devastating bombing in Lancaster Gate to find two policemen dead and three more gravely wounded. London's anarchists are blamed, but as Pitt and Inspector Tellman investigate they find it looks increasingly like a personal vendetta against those particular men. Did they lie about a drugs raid that went fatally wrong, and let an innocent man hang? The idea of police dishonesty cuts Tellman to the quick - he joined the force to protect society, not exploit it. But he must uncover the truth, however much he wants to resist the signs of blackmail and corruption. With the threat of further bombings, and their superiors pushing for a quick resolution, Pitt and Tellman find their every move scrutinised, and their own lives suddenly at risk... Treachery at Lancaster Gate is the exceptional new historical thriller from the master of Victorian crime.

The Angel Court Affair (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 30) Kidnap and danger haunt the pages of this gripping mystery

The Angel Court Affair (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 30) Kidnap and danger haunt the pages of this gripping mystery

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/04/2015

When Commander Thomas Pitt is ordered to protect a young woman visiting London from Spain, he cannot see why this is a job for Special Branch. When she disappears in the dead of night from Angel Court, however, he is faced with a dangerous mystery. Sofia preached new, and some say blasphemous, religious ideals, and her life had been threatened. But Pitt senses there is some deeper and more dangerous reason for her kidnap - if that is what it is. Three men are caught up in the hunt for Sofia - her cousin, a banker for the Church of England, a popular and charismatic politician, and a journalist who seems determined to goad Pitt to the truth. Each seems to be hiding something, and as the search for answers stretches from London to Spain, Pitt knows that time is running out, and the nation's security could be at stake... Angel Court is the thirtieth superb mystery featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt from the master of Victorian crime.

Corridors of the Night (William Monk Mystery, Book 21) A twisting Victorian mystery of intrigue and secrets

Corridors of the Night (William Monk Mystery, Book 21) A twisting Victorian mystery of intrigue and secrets

Author: Anne Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2015

One night, in a corridor of the Royal Naval Hospital, Greenwich, nurse Hester Monk is approached by a terrified girl. She's from a hidden ward of children, all subject to frequent blood-letting, and her brother is dying. While William Monk's River Police fight to keep London safe from gun-runners, Hester takes on a new role at the hospital, helping to administer a secretive new treatment. But she slowly realises that this experimental cure is putting the lives of the children at risk. Attempting to protect the young victims, she comes under threat from one rich, powerful, and very ill man who is desperate to survive...

Bethlehem Road (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 10)

Bethlehem Road (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 10)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2015

Westminster is struck by a deadly killer... In Anne Perry's tenth Victorian mystery featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, a murderer strikes at Members of Parliament crossing Westminster Bridge. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Harriet Smart. '[Anne] Perry once again demonstrates her true and lively passion... Her finely drawn characters couldn't be more comfortable within the customs and sensibility of their historical period' - New York Times Book Review In the few minutes it takes to cross Westminster Bridge, Sir Lockwood Hamilton has his throat slit and is tied to a lamppost with his evening scarf. The killer vanishes without being seen. Inspector Thomas Pitt thinks the motive might have been personal... or political. When a second Member of Parliament is murdered in the same way, politics seems certain to be the reason. Soon the suspect list includes anarchists and suffragettes. Public outrage mounts and fear grips London and Parliament after a third lamppost murder. Deep in his own investigation, Pitt must rely on his wife, Charlotte, and Great-aunt Vespasia to explore the drawing rooms of the upper class for clues to the mystery. With burning social issues swirling around them, the three of them must solve the case before another MP falls victim to the Westminster cutthroat. What readers are saying about Bethlehem Road: 'These are a great set of books. Pitt is a really likeable hero''I could not put it down. One of her best works''Gripping read'

Silence in Hanover Close (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 9)

Silence in Hanover Close (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 9)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2015

A secret so shocking it will lead to murder including, quite possibly, Pitt's own... In Anne Perry's ninth crime novel featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, an unsolved murder will take the acclaimed Victorian policeman into the gravest danger. Perfect for fans of C. J. Samson and Ann Granger.'Descriptions of London's Upstairs/Downstairs society [are] historically illuminating' - St. Petersburg Times When Thomas Pitt is required to reopen a murder case in Hanover Close, he doesn't know how perilous it will become. Three years earlier Robert York, who worked for the Foreign Office, was murdered. Pitt believes a mysterious woman may hold the key to his death, and his suspicion deepens when one of the York household's maids dies suddenly - soon after talking to him. Then Pitt himself is arrested for the murder of the woman he'd been seeking. Only Charlotte and her sister Emily can stand between Pitt and the gallows. Charlotte and Emily find a way to delve deep into the confidences of the York family and their household, but with Pitt in prison and a murderer among the inhabitants of Hanover Close, they are playing a deadly game... What readers are saying about Silence in Hanover Close: 'Excellent read... you will struggle to put it down''Another excellent book in the Thomas Pitt series; easy to read and well researched into the social life of Victorian era''Five stars'

Cardington Crescent (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 8)

Cardington Crescent (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 8)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2015

With only Inspector Pitt believing in the accused's innocence, can he hope to uncover the truth in time? In Anne Perry's eighth Victorian mystery, featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt, Charlotte Pitt's sister is charged with murder. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Sarah Perry.'Perry gets the Victorian mood just right... Settle in with this one on a rainy day' - BooklistAs Inspector Thomas Pitt works to resolve the case of a dismembered woman, his brother-in-law, George March, Lord Ashworth, is poisoned. The police's main suspect: Charlotte's sister, Emily. Convinced of her innocence, Charlotte and Pitt take on the March clan with the help of her formidable Great-aunt Vespasia, attempting to break through their wall of deceit and silence. When Emily finds Sybilla March, George's suspected mistress, strangled by her hair, the case would seem hopeless for anyone but the Pitts. Their pursuit of the truth takes them down a path of corruption, depravity, and murder, from the elegant townhouses lining fashionable Cardington Crescent to the horrifying slums of London. What readers are saying about Cardington Crescent: 'This has been the best read of the Thomas Pitt series. Didn't want to put the book down''A wonderful read, kept me guessing who the murderer was right up until the end!''A fascinating plot and a good portrayal of the Victorian era'

Death in the Devil's Acre (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 7)

Death in the Devil's Acre (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 7)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2015

From the slums of Devil's Acre, to the elegant drawing rooms of Callander Square, there is always something to investigate... In Death in the Devil's Acre, Anne Perry's seventh mystery featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, the Devil himself seems to be at work in the dark slums of Victorian London. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Harriet Smart. 'Rich in plot development, believable characters and period detail, this entry will only add to the already sizable ranks of Perry's admirers' - Publishers WeeklyA serial killer is loose in Devil's Acre. The murders are brutal, but it is the killer's grizzly signature that shocks even Inspector Thomas Pitt, no stranger to death and violent crime. The victims are stabbed and sexually mutilated. When Pitt recognises one of the dead as a blackmailing footman from a case on Callander Square, his investigation takes him from the slum brothels to the high reaches of Victorian society and into a world where upper-class women descend to depravity to relieve their boredom. Despite Pitt's warnings, his wife Charlotte is determined to pursue her own investigation in the elegant drawing rooms of Callander Square. As Pitt and Charlotte approach the same dangerous conclusion from differing paths, no one is spared - not even Pitt. What readers are saying about Death in the Devil's Acre: 'Anne Perry scans the width and depths of Victoria society with skill and efficiency, bringing her characters to life so vividly''As always, Anne Perry excels''Five stars'

Bluegate Fields (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 6)

Bluegate Fields (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 6)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2015

A tidy solution to a murder makes Inspector Pitt uneasy - is there more to this case than meets the eye? In the sixth acclaimed mystery from Anne Perry, Thomas and Charlotte Pitt must discover the truth of a young gentleman's sordid murder - or an innocent man will hang. Perfect for fans of C. J. Samson and Ann Granger.'The period detail remains fascinating, and [Perry's] grasp of Victorian character and conscience still astonishes' - Cleveland Plain Dealer The naked body of an aristocratic youth turns up in the sewers beneath Bluegate Fields, one of London's most notorious slums. But Arthur Waybourne had been drowned in his bath, not in the Thames. More shocking still is the discovery that the boy had been violated and infected with syphilis before his murder. Despite Inspector Thomas Pitt's efforts to investigate the crime, the family closes ranks, leaving him to wonder what they are hiding. All evidence points to Arthur's tutor, Jerome, as the murderer, but Pitt and his wife, Charlotte, don't believe the answer is so simple. But if not Jerome, then who? To learn the truth, Charlotte uses her familiarity with the upper classes to draw aside the curtain of lies, while Pitt defies his superior and the boy's family to follow a trail that leads him into the foulest streets of London through a web of deceit. In a race against time, Thomas and Charlotte must find the real killer to save Jerome from the hangman's noose. What readers are saying about Bluegate Fields: 'A thought-provoking whodunit''Yet again Anne Perry keeps you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. Her knowledge of Victorian London is remarkable''Another winner for Anne Perry - five stars'

Rutland Place (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 5)

Rutland Place (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 5)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2015

Will the dangerous persistence of Charlotte and the quiet patience of Inspector Thomas Pitt make it possible to solve this most macabre and chilling mystery? Anne Perry's Rutland Place is the fifth novel featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, which sees the duo uncovering the darkest and most desperate secrets hidden in fashionable Rutland Place. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Sarah Perry. 'When Anne Perry puts Thomas and Charlotte Pitt on the case, we are in exemplary Victorian company' - New York Times Charlotte Pitt's mother has lost a locket holding a comprising picture. Arriving at her mother's home at Rutland Place to help her search, Charlotte discovers that other residents of the exclusive neighbourhood have suffered similar unexplained small thefts. Then Mina Spencer-Brown, a woman known for prying, dies from poisoning. It seems likely that Mina's snooping had led to her murder, but what secrets had she stumbled upon? And whose? As Thomas Pitt patiently struggles to break down the protective silence of London's high society, Charlotte works behind its closed doors to help unravel a mystery revealing sordid secrets and the chilling, dark corners of human behaviour. What readers are saying about Rutland Place: 'Once started, impossible to put the book down''Brilliant as usual''Another excellent murder mystery - five stars'

Resurrection Row (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 4)

Resurrection Row (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 4)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2015

The doctors insist that Lord Augustus' death was natural. But as far as the police are concerned, there's certainly nothing natural about what happens next... In the fourth Victorian mystery featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt, the detective is faced with a frightening case of bodies that won't stay buried. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Harriet Smart. 'Perry has a wonderful feel for period and remains utterly convincing' - Guardian Lord Fitzroy-Hammond of Resurrection Row has been dead and buried three weeks when he turns up sitting atop a hansom cab. Grave robbing, though a crime, isn't Inspector Thomas Pitt's usual work. But when the macabre joke is repeated, and the man's corpse is found sitting in the family pew following his second burial, and other disinterred bodies appear, Pitt begins to wonder if a message is being sent.A new mother, Charlotte Pitt only takes a cursory interest in the case until she hears Thomas mention her late sister's husband as a possible suspect. As Pitt follows leads into the slums and rookeries, she too is drawn into the politics and horrors of greed and exploitation. For Pitt and Charlotte, what begins as a bizarre mystery becomes a deadly pursuit through the London underworld of pornographic photographers, brothels, and sweatshops. What readers are saying about Resurrection Row: 'A wonderfully gruesome novel from Anne Perry... Her research into the murky world of [grave digging] cannot be faulted''This one has a particularly ingenious plot and I was delighted to see that the interesting and mildly eccentric Aunt Vespasia was back again''Another thrilling read from Anne Perry'

Paragon Walk (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 3)

Paragon Walk (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 3)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2015

In the posh London street of Paragon Walk, an unspeakable crime is committed... In New York Times bestseller Anne Perry's third mystery featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, something deadly lurks in the stifling shadows of Victorian London. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Ann Granger.'When it comes to the Victorian mystery, Anne Perry has proved that nobody does it better' - San Diego Union-Tribune When young Fanny Nash dies in the arms of her sister-in-law, Jessamyn, Inspector Pitt is assigned to investigate her rape and murder. Every man of Paragon Walk is under suspicion, even Pitt's brother-in-law, Lord George Ashworth, who was the last to have seen her. Could the charming, enigmatic Frenchman be a killer? Fanny's cruel brother? Or wealthy Dilbridge, who hosts wild, decadent parties? As Pitt digs deeper, Paragon Walk's aristocratic haughtiness gives way to fear, its calm to hatred. Keeping her sister Emily company in this difficult time, inquisitive Charlotte finds herself in the midst of the deadly mystery. In the drawing rooms of her sister's neighbours, she uncovers unsavoury intrigues and bitter rivalries that may prove fatal... What readers are saying about Paragon Walk: 'Anne Perry really gets into the era with these novels, includes something for everyone, murder, romance and history' 'A cracking read' 'One of Anne Perry's best'

Callander Square (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 2)

Callander Square (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 2)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2015

Are the upper-class residents of Callander Square as innocent as they claim? In New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry's second Victorian Inspector Pitt mystery, Thomas and Charlotte Pitt find that everyone in Callander Square has something to hide - but someone will kill to keep a secret. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Sarah Perry. 'Murder fans who prefer their crimes with a touch of class should heat some scones and nestle back for the afternoon' - Atlanta Journal-Constitution When the bodies of two infants are dug up in the Callander Square gardens, the upper-class residents resent the intrusion of Inspector Thomas Pitt into their well-ordered lives. They dismiss it as the desperate act of some low-born girl, but Pitt is not convinced that the case should be so easily dropped. Also intrigued by the mystery, and able to move in the places to which Thomas would never gain access, Charlotte probes into the lives and secrets of the residents - secrets that could lead even the most upright aristocrat to kill. But will the Pitts solve the mystery in time to save the innocent residents of Callander Square from the murderer among them? What readers are saying about Callander Square: 'Perry blends period detail, detection, and rot-beneath-the-genteel-surface social commentary with great skill''This is one of those rare books that you have to read in one go''Loved this story from beginning to end'

Cater Street Hangman (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 1)

Cater Street Hangman (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 1)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2015

A deadly killer stalks the streets of Victorian London... The Cater Street Hangman is the opening novel in Anne Perry's bestselling Victorian crime series, introducing us to her acclaimed characters Inspector Thomas Pitt and Charlotte Ellison. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Harriet Smart. 'Give her a good murder and a shameful social evil, and Anne Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens' eyes pop out' - New York Times Book Review A killer is strangling young women in Cater Street, leaving their swollen-faced bodies in the dark shadows of this genteel neighbourhood. When the Ellison family's maid becomes the murderer's third victim, young Inspector Thomas Pitt is assigned to the case. He must break through the walls of upper-class society to get at the truth, and his investigation gradually peels away its veneer, exposing secrets and desires until suspicion becomes more frightening than truth. Outspoken Charlotte Ellison, struggling to remain within the confining expectations of Victorian manners, has no trouble expressing herself to the irritating policeman. As their relationship shifts from antagonism to something more complicated, Thomas and Charlotte must work together to solve the mystery before the Cater Street hangman strikes again. What readers are saying about The Cater Street Hangman: 'I love reading Anne Perry - her description of Victorian life conjures up lifelike images and you really feel you are there''Engrossing murder mystery''You have a treat ahead of you as the rich characters expand and evolve'

A Christmas Hope (Christmas Novella 11) A thrilling Victorian mystery for the festive season

A Christmas Hope (Christmas Novella 11) A thrilling Victorian mystery for the festive season

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/10/2014

London, 1868. As the Christmas season begins, Claudine Burroughs feels little joy in its endless social calls and extravagant events. Working at a clinic for desperate women has opened her eyes to a different world. Then her two worlds collide. A prostitute smuggled into a grandiose Christmas party is found brutally beaten. Poet Dai Tregarron stands accused. But Dai insists he was trying to protect her from the violence of three young men. Claudine believes him, but with society closing ranks against him, how can she prove his innocence without risking everything?

A New York Christmas

A New York Christmas

Author: Anne Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/2014

New York, 1904. Jemima Pitt arrives in a city where new American money and old English aristocracy collide. She's here to chaperone her friend, Delphinia, who has crossed the ocean to marry one of New York's richest men, but Jemima discovers a secret that could destroy Phinnie's future. Drawn into the crisis, Jemima desperately wants to protect her friend. And she must use all her courage and wits to decide whom to trust, and how to thread her way through the snowy streets of this brash new city. A New York Christmas is the enthralling new festive tale from the master of Victorian mysteries.

Blood on the Water (William Monk Mystery, Book 20) An atmospheric Victorian mystery

Blood on the Water (William Monk Mystery, Book 20) An atmospheric Victorian mystery

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Commander William Monk: in search of justice, he will not stop until he has found the truth. It is a time of progress, with the Empire's interests expanding and the contentious new Suez Canal nearing completion. Many people stand to gain - and to lose - as the world rapidly changes. When a Thames pleasure boat is blown up with the loss of many lives, an Egyptian man is quickly sentenced to hang for the crime. But William Monk, head of the River Police, discovers the evidence was flawed. As he and his wife Hester investigate further, Monk begins to wonder if the wrong man was convicted. If justice itself has been tainted, exposing the true culprit will be far more dangerous...

Reavley Series World War One Quintet: No Graves as Yet, Shoulder the Sky, Angels in the Gloom, At Some Disputed Barricade, We Shall Not Sleep

Reavley Series World War One Quintet: No Graves as Yet, Shoulder the Sky, Angels in the Gloom, At Some Disputed Barricade, We Shall Not Sleep

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 05/06/2014

The complete collection of Anne Perry's masterful Great War series, chronicling the fate of the Reavley family from 1914 to 1918. Perfect for fans of Pat Barker and Sebastian Barry. 1914: No Graves as Yet In the last idyllic summer of 1914, the battle lines are already drawn. But for Joseph Reavley the summer is shattered by his parents' deaths in a car accident. His brother Matthew, who works for the secret service reveals that their father, a retired MP, had discovered something sinister, but the evidence has gone missing. And it seems that their deaths may not have been accidental after all...1915: Shoulder the Sky It is April 1915 and the world is in the bloody throes of war. Most civilians have little idea of horrors at the Front, and a young war correspondent wants to publish the truth. But then he is found dead in no-man's land - and it seems that the Germans are not responsible. For Chaplain Joseph Reavley the event has uncomfortable echoes of his own parents' tragedy, with murder and censorship the dark weapons being secretly employed behind the lines...1916: Angels in the Gloom It's March 1916, and Joseph Reavley is on sick leave, cared for by his sister Hannah. Shanley Corcoran, an old friend, comes to visit. Corcoran confides in Joseph that he's come very close to completing an invention that will paralyse the deadly German U-boats. Soon afterwards, however, the leading scientist on that project is found murdered, and it's clear that someone has been betraying secrets to the enemy...1917: At Some Disputed Barricade In July 1917, as the sun sets over no-man's-land, rumours of mutiny grow stronger. After the death of an officer, twelve soldiers are arrested, and it falls to Joseph Reavley to uncover the truth about their involvement. At the same time, his brother Matthew, of the S.I.S, learns of a plot to destroy the only men who can bring about lasting peace...1918: We Shall not Sleep It's 1918, and Joseph Reavley's regiment has suffered huge losses but all hope that peace is near. Then a young nurse is savagely murdered, and Joseph vows to find her killer. Matthew, is already at the Front to meet a prisoner who claims to be able to identify the shadowy figure betraying his country. If Matthew is able to put a stop to The Peacemaker's schemes, there will be a chance for lasting peace; if he fails, then freedom and liberty could be all but a distant memory for future generations...

Die Schriftrolle

Die Schriftrolle

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2014

Der Buchhandler Monty stot in einem Antiquariat in Cambridge unvermutet auf eine ratselhafte Schriftrolle, deren Herkunft Fragen nach der Wahrheit der Bibel aufwirft. Ehe er es noch recht begreift, sieht er sich mit den Machten des Bosen konfrontiert, denn kurz darauf findet er den Besitzer des Antiquariats in dessen Haus verbrannt auf ... In den Storys der Reihe "e;Bibliomysteries"e; geht es immer um Kriminalflle, die im Zusammenhang mit Bchern stehen: mit alten Bchern, seltenen Manuskripten, unschtzbaren Stcken. Und natrlich geht es auch um diejenigen, die sie unbedingt haben wollen: Buchhndler, exzentrische Sammler, Bibliothekare, Buchliebhaber - oder einfach: Leser.

William Monk Collection: The Face of a Stranger, A Dangerous Mourning, Defend and Betray

William Monk Collection: The Face of a Stranger, A Dangerous Mourning, Defend and Betray

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 24/04/2014

Commander William Monk - A man with no past has only his conscience and instinct to guide him... One: THE FACE OF A STRANGERMonk is given a particularly sensational case: the brutal murder of Crimean war hero, Joscelin Grey, in his rooms in fashionable Mecklenburgh Square. It's an assignment to make or break an investigator who must pry into a noble family's secrets.Suggesting that his superior, the wily Runcorn, hopes he will fail, Monk returns to a world where he cannot distinguish friend from foe. Grasping desperately for any clue to his own past and to the identity of the killer, each new revelation leads Monk step by terrifying step to the answers he seeks but dreads to find.Two: A DANGEROUS MOURNINGNo breath of scandal has ever touched the aristocratic Moidore family. London's wealthiest and most influential can often be found taking tea or dining in the opulent family mansion of Sir Basil Moidore in Queen Anne Street.Now Sir Basil's beautiful widowed daughter has been stabbed to death in her own bed, a shocking and incomprehensible tragedy. Inspector William Monk is ordered to find her killer without delay - and in a manner that will give least pain to her family.Handicapped by his inept supervisor and the lingering traces of amnesia, Monk gropes warily through the silence and shadows that obscure the case. But with the intelligent help of Hester Latterly, he begins to approach the astonishing solution, step by dangerous step.Three: DEFEND AND BETRAYAfter a brilliant military career in India, General Thaddeus Carlyon finally meets death not in the frenzy of battle, but at a London dinner party, in what appears to be a freak accident. But the General's beautiful wife readily confesses that she killed him - a story she clings to even under the shadow of the gallows.Investigator William Monk, nurse Hestor Latterly and Oliver Rathbone, counsel for the defence, work feverishly to break down the silence of the accused and her husband's proud family; and with the trial only days away they inch towards the appalling heart of the mystery.

Death On Blackheath (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 29) Secrecy, betrayal and murder on the streets of Victorian London

Death On Blackheath (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 29) Secrecy, betrayal and murder on the streets of Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

Greenwich, 1897. A macabre scene is discovered outside a house on Shooters Hill. There has been a vicious fight, and amid the bloodstains are locks of long auburn hair. Thomas Pitt, head of Special Branch, is called: this is the home of Dudley Kynaston, a minister with access to some of the government's most dangerous secrets, and any inquiry must be handled with utmost discretion. An auburn-haired maid has disappeared from Kynaston's household, but no major crime appears to have taken place. Then a disfigured body is found in the gravel pits nearby. Could this be Kynaston's missing servant? As Pitt begins to investigate, he finds small inconsistencies in Kynaston's story. Are these harmless omissions, or could they lead to something more serious, something that could threaten not just Kynaston's own family but also his Queen and country?

Scroll

Scroll

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2014

Monty Danforth finds the tin buried beneath a shipment of leather-bound classics. Inside is a millennia-old vellum manuscript written in an unfamiliar but unmistakably ancient language. Danforth tries to photocopy and photograph it, but he ends up with blank images, as though the ink were made of something impervious to modern technology. As the scroll's mystery enchants him, this hapless bookseller falls into a cutthroat conspiracy that he may never escape. Soon a dead-eyed old man and his granddaughter come calling for the scroll. Danforth refuses to sell them the manuscript, but they will not be the last to demand it. Powerful forces crave the secrets locked within this ancient document, and Danforth will survive only if he can master its power.

Brunswick Gardens (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 18)

Brunswick Gardens (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 18)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2014

Does the murder of a young woman have a religious cause? Anne Perry's Brunswick Gardens delves deep into the politics of the church, uncovering thwarted ambitions, unfulfilled promises and frustrated passions amid murder. Perfect for fans of C. J. Samson and Ann Granger.'Beautifully crafted, filled with the gaslit atmosphere of a bygone world' - Cosmopolitan In London's affluent Brunswick Gardens, the battle over Charles Darwin's revolutionary theory of evolution intensifies as the respected Reverend Parmenter is boldly challenged by his beautiful assistant, Unity Bellwood - a 'new woman' whose feminism and aggressive Darwinism he finds appalling. When Unity, three months pregnant, tumbles down a staircase to her death, Superintendent Thomas Pitt is certain that one of the three deeply devout men in the house committed murder. Could it have been the Reverend Parmenter? His handsome curate? Or his son, a fervent Roman Catholic? Pitt and his clever wife, Charlotte, will refuse to settle for less than the truth - or less than justice. What readers are saying about Anne Perry: '[Anne Perry's] books are always gripping and beautifully written''These are a great set of books. Pitt is a really likeable hero''Five stars'

Ashworth Hall (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 17)

Ashworth Hall (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 17)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2014

Can Pitt solve the case before the killer strikes again? The murder of a prominent politician has links to Irish civil unrest in Anne Perry's gripping Victorian mystery, Ashworth Hall. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Sarah Perry.'Elegant period novel with a contemporary resonance' - Guardian When a group of powerful Irish Protestants and Catholics gather at a country house to discuss Irish home rule, contention is to be expected. But when the meeting's moderator, government bigwig Ainsley Greville, is found murdered in his bath, negotiations seem doomed. Unless Superintendent Thomas Pitt and his wife, Charlotte, can root out the truth, simmering hatreds and passions may again explode in murder. What readers are saying about Anne Perry: 'The atmosphere of turn of the century London is so absorbing and tangible that you can almost feel yourself shrouded in a cold blanket of East End fog and hear the Hansom carriages clatter along the streets''These are a great set of books. Pitt is a really likeable hero''Five stars'

Pentecost Alley (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 16)

Pentecost Alley (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 16)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2014

Pitt's pursuit of the truth makes him some powerful enemies... After sending a man to the gallows for the murder of a Whitechapel prostitute two years after the ghastly crimes of Jack the Ripper, Superintendent Thomas Pitt is suddenly confronted with another chillingly similar killing that raises speculation that the wrong man has been convicted... or that the Ripper has returned. The thrilling sixteeth novel in Anne Perry's Thomas Pitt mystery series would be the perfect read for fans of C. J. Sansom and Sherlock Holmes.'Stands as one of her most intricately constructed plots... Perry packs a triple wallop into the final pages, one climax following another' - Chicago Sun-TimesInspector Thomas Pitt knows the murder of a prostitute in a bedroom on decrepit Pentecost Alley would normally cause little comment, but under Ada McKinley's body is a Hellfire Club badge inscribed with the name 'Finlay Fitzjames'. Finlay's father - immensely wealthy, powerful, and dangerous - denies the possibility that his son has been in Ada's bed. The implication is clear: Pitt must arrest someone else. But Thomas Pitt will not be intimidated, and with the help of his quick-witted wife, Charlotte, he stubbornly pursues his investigation, determined to expose the truth. What readers are saying about Pentecost Alley: '[Anne Perry's] books are always gripping and beautifully written''Anne Perry writes with amazing clarity of London - a joy to pick up each book''Five stars'

Traitors Gate (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 15)

Traitors Gate (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 15)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2014

A body is found floating towards Traitors Gate - a coincidence, or symbolic? In the fifteenth novel in the Thomas Pitt mystery series, Thomas and Charlotte must battle against the political games at play in the foggy streets of Victorian London. Perfect for fans of C. J. Samson and Ann Granger.'Perry's infallible feeling for the historical moment yields animated political views of Victorian society at play' - New York Times Book Review Someone in the Colonial Office is passing secrets to Germany about England's strategy on Africa. While Police Superintendent Thomas Pitt investigates this matter of treason, he is quietly looking into the tragic death of his childhood mentor, Sir Arthur Desmond. Pitt believes that Sir Arthur was murdered, and that the crime is connected with the treachery in the government. And when the strangled body of an aristocratic society beauty is found floating near lonely Traitors Gate, Pitt and his clever wife, Charlotte, begin to see clearly the pattern of tragedy and frightening evil that Pitt must deal with, at the risk of his career - and his life. What readers are saying about Traitors Gate: 'Another excellent Anne Perry''She takes you into the heart of Victorian London''Five stars'

Hyde Park Headsman (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 14)

Hyde Park Headsman (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 14)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2014

Beheadings in Hyde Park terrorise Victorian London... A series of attacks in Hyde Park has Superintendent Pitt's work cut out, as he pursues a deadly killer in Anne Perry's gripping mystery, The Hyde Park Headsman. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Sarah Perry.'[Anne] Perry's strengths: memorable characters and an ability to evoke the Victorian era with the finely wrought detail of a miniaturist' - The Wall Street Journal Not since the bloody deeds of Jack the Ripper have Londoners felt such terror as that caused by the gruesome beheadings in Hyde Park. And if newly promoted Police Superintendent Thomas Pitt does not catch the murderer quickly, he is likely to lose his own head, professionally speaking. Yet even with the help of Charlotte Pitt's subtle investigation, the sinister violence continues unchecked. And in a shocking turn of events, the case proves to be Pitt's toughest ever. What readers are saying about The Hyde Park Headsman: 'Gripping story''This was a real page turner, enjoyed it enormously''Anne Perry writes with amazing clarity of London - a joy to pick up each book'

Farriers' Lane (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 13)

Farriers' Lane (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 13)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2014

A fresh case rakes up the past, with shocking revelations... With resentment at every turn, Inspector Pitt tries to untangle one of his most convoluted cases to date in Anne Perry's gripping mystery, Farriers' Lane. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Harriet Smart. 'With a steady hand at dissecting character and motivation, a keen grasp of social history and a flair for description of Victorian London, Perry guarantees a good read to those who like their murder in a believable historical and psychological context' - Publishers Weekly The distinguished Justice Stafford's shocking death from opium poisoning resurrects one of the most sensational cases ever to inflame England: the murder five years before of Kingsley Blaine, whose body was found crucified in Farriers' Lane. Amid the public hysteria for revenge, the police had arrested a Jewish actor who was soon condemned to hang. Police Inspector Thomas Pitt, investigating Stafford's death, is drawn into the Farriers' Lane murder as well, for it appears that Stafford may have been about to reopen the case. Pitt receives curiously little help from his colleagues on the force, but his wife, Charlotte, gleans from her social engagements startling insights into both cases. And slowly both Thomas and Charlotte begin to reach for the same sinister and deeply dangerous truth. What readers are saying about Farriers' Lane: 'Lovers of a good 'whodunit' will not be disappointed with the twists and turns of the plot, neither will readers who like to bond with their literary heroes as Thomas and Charlotte Pitt are a very likeable duo who complement each other perfectly''The atmosphere of turn of the century London is so absorbing and tangible that you can almost feel yourself shrouded in a cold blanket of East End fog and hear the Hansom carriages clatter along the streets''Every book is enthralling'

Belgrave Square (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 12)

Belgrave Square (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 12)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2014

Will the hidden layers of conspiracy triumph before Pitt can solve the case? A grisly murder of a moneylender draws Inspector Pitt once more into a world of power and greed in Anne Perry's Belgrave Square. Perfect for fans of C. J. Samson and Sherlock Holmes. '[Anne] Perry's characters are vivid and well-drawn... If you want to be privy to the romance, politics, and scandal of Victorian London, this descriptive, leisurely paced mystery may well be your cup of Earl Grey tea' - Houston Chronicle The murder in Clerkenwell of an obscure moneylender named William Weems brings discreet rejoicing among those whose meagre earnings he so mercilessly devoured. Yet when Inspector Thomas Pitt finds a list including some of London's most distinguished gentlemen in Weems' office, he begins to realize this was no common usurer but a vicious blackmailer. Charlotte Pitt has connections to this distinguished London society, and, at glittering balls and over gossipy tea tables, she begins to perceive a world of passion, power, and greed that the police are seldom permitted to see... What readers are saying about Belgrave Square: 'Brilliant set of books. Will carry on reading them as fast as Anne Perry writes them, they are simply the best''I love all Anne Perry books, this was no exception, [was] sorry when I got to the end''Five stars'

Highgate Rise (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 11)

Highgate Rise (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 11)

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2014

Unexpected clues and unexpected dangers... The death of the doctor's wife in a ferocious fire shocks genteel Highgate Village. But when it proves to be arson, Inspector Thomas Pitt finds himself in charge of a complicated case of murder, in Anne Perry's Highgate Rise. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Sarah Perry.'Perry uses her well-mannered prose, satiric wit and sense of place and time to construct a completely believable and human world. A sterling performance' - Library JournalClemency Shaw, the wife of a prominent doctor, is killed in a tragic fire in Highgate. But the blaze was deliberate, so was she or her husband the intended victim? Could the doctor have set it himself to inherit Clemency's large fortune? While Inspector Thomas Pitt tries to build a case from the scarce clues, his wife Charlotte retraces the dangerous path that Clemency walked in the last months of her life, finding herself enmeshed in a sinister web that stretches from the lowest slums to the loftiest centres of power. What readers are saying about Highgate Rise: 'This is a very satisfying book and I enjoyed it greatly''Taking book to work, can't put it down''Five stars'

Christmas Mysteries 1: A Christmas Journey & A Christmas Visitor

Christmas Mysteries 1: A Christmas Journey & A Christmas Visitor

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 07/11/2013

A double festive treat for Christmas, bringing together two of Anne Perry's spellbinding seasonal novellas in one special edition. A Christmas Journey:A tranquil weekend party in early December at a magnificent country house is shattered by a suspicious death. Taking a leading role in the ensuing investigation is one of the most beloved characters from Anne Perry's Thomas Pitt series: Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould. When Gwendolen Kilmuir's body is found in the lake in the gardens of the estate, it appears she jumped from the bridge. The host, Omegus Jones and Vespasia decide to find who or what might have led Gwendolen to resort to such an extreme measure. They vow to make the guilty party seek forgiveness and expiation through the task of taking a sealed letter written by Gwendolen before her death to her mother up in the north of Scotland. The journey will be both physically and emotionally arduous but will bring answers to some unexpected and profound questions.A Christmas Visitor:Henry Rathbone, one of the engaging characters from Anne Perry's William Monk series, arrives to spend Christmas at a family manor house near Ullswater, but his host, Judah Dreghorn, has slipped while crossing a stream in the grounds of the estate and drowned. Not only this, but Ashton Gower, recently released from prison, is slandering Judah's name, claiming that his family rightfully owns the estate and that the forged deeds for which he was jailed were in fact genuine. Rathbone and the two remaining Dreghorn brothers, also returning to the Lakes for Christmas, must discover the truth behind Judah's death and Gower's outrageous claims.

Christmas Mysteries 2: A Christmas Grace & A Christmas Odyssey

Christmas Mysteries 2: A Christmas Grace & A Christmas Odyssey

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 07/11/2013

Enjoy two of Anne Perry's enchanting Christmas novellas, combining thrilling intrigue with tales of hope and redemption in Victorian England, in one special edition. A Christmas Grace:Featuring Thomas Pitt's sister-in-law Emily, is a tale full of secrecy, hope and acceptance. Emily's Christmas plans are shattered when she learns that her aunt is dying. Although estranged from her, Emily feels she must journey from London to Susannah's home in Ireland. When she reaches Connemara though, it is evident that Susannah has more on her mind than her health. Then the lone survivor of a ship wrecked in a violent storm seeks refuge in Susannah's house. Determined to understand why the village is not welcoming Daniel, Emily discovers strange parallels with the unsolved death of another young man, Connor, many years before. Susannah, desperate to find out what happened to Connor before she dies, urges Emily to investigate. And as she does, Emily learns that some people will do anything to keep their secrets safe.A Christmas Odyssey:Henry Rathbone promises to help an old friend in a festive story of courage and redemption. On a bitter December night in 1864, one man longs for a Christmas miracle. The city is preparing for the holidays yet James Wentworth is unable to focus on anything other than the disappearance of his wayward son, Lucien. In desperation, he turns to Henry Rathbone, who finds assistance in the shape of reformed criminal Squeaky Robinson and the enigmatic Doctor Crow. As the group's investigations take them deeper into the seedy underbelly of London they uncover a squalid world of illicit pleasures and a trail that leads them closer to the man they seek. But tales also emerge of Lucien's violent tendencies, his consuming obsession with a dangerous young woman and the disturbing Shadow Man. Can they bring Lucien home alive and if so, will it be a grave mistake for all concerned?

A Christmas Garland (Christmas Novella 10) A festive mystery set in nineteenth-century India

A Christmas Garland (Christmas Novella 10) A festive mystery set in nineteenth-century India

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/10/2013

1857. After the fire of mutiny has swept through British India, young Lieutenant Victor Narraway arrives at a battered military base at Cawnpore. It is just two weeks before Christmas, but no one is able to celebrate: they have been betrayed. A soldier under arrest for dereliction of duty has killed a guard and escaped to join the rebels, taking crucial information that led to the massacre of nine men on patrol. Someone must have helped him, and medical orderly John Tallis is the only man unaccounted for at the time. He is now on trial for his life, and Narraway is commanded to defend him. Narraway knows that his is an impossible task. The British Army needs justice to be carried out in full, and there seems no doubt of Tallis's guilt. But Narraway cannot see any motive for his actions. Will an innocent man hang before Christmas?

Blind Justice (William Monk Mystery, Book 19) A dangerous hunt for justice in a thrilling Victorian mystery

Blind Justice (William Monk Mystery, Book 19) A dangerous hunt for justice in a thrilling Victorian mystery

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/09/2013

Anne Perry's Inspector William Monk: in search of justice, he will not stop until he has found the truth...Oliver Rathbone, William Monk's close friend, has presided brilliantly over his first cases as a judge. But the next will bring a far greater challenge. Abel Taft, a charismatic minister adored by his congregation, stands accused of terrible corruption and fraud which has ruined the lives of those he's betrayed. In court, each victim affirms Taft's guilt, but when the defence's star witness tears their stories apart, the case seems lost. Rathbone realises he holds, locked away, a piece of evidence that could change the outcome of the trial and bring true justice, but can he, as the judge, become involved? The decision Rathbone makes will draw Monk deep into a dangerous case that will shape the rest of both their lives...

Midnight at Marble Arch (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 28) Danger is only ever one step away...

Midnight at Marble Arch (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 28) Danger is only ever one step away...

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2013

Loyal, honest and, above all, principled. There is no finer detective in Victorian London than Thomas Pitt. It is 1896, and Thomas Pitt is in charge of Special Branch. He is beginning to understand the power he now commands, but is still ill at ease at the glittering events he and his wife Charlotte must attend. During a lavish party at the Spanish Embassy, a policeman breaks into Pitt's conversation with investor Rawdon Quixwood to break the terrible news that Quixwood's wife, Catherine, has been viciously assaulted at their home, and left for dead. Worse still, it appears that the assailant was someone she had trusted as she opened the door to the attacker herself. At the same party, Charlotte sees Angeles Castelbranco, an ambassador's daughter, flinch in fear at the teasing of some young men. A few days later, Angeles flees from the same group and, in her terror, falls from a window - what could have caused her to take that fatal step? Pitt and his friend Victor Narraway vow to uncover the unspoken truth behind these two women's deaths. But as they investigate, deception and violence get ever nearer and danger is only ever one step away...

Five Christmas Mysteries

Five Christmas Mysteries

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 19/11/2012

Anne Perry's spellbinding Christmas novels combine mystery and intrigue with all the charm of Victorian England. From the dark and winding streets of London to the opulent and aristocratic estates of the surrounding countryside, these Yuletide tales are as enchanting as they are thrilling. Featuring a variety of colorful characters, including Henry Rathbone and Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould, the five novels in this exclusive eBook bundle include A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY A CHRISTMAS VISITOR A CHRISTMAS GUEST A CHRISTMAS SECRET A CHRISTMAS BEGINNING ';Perry's Victorian-era holiday mysteries . . . are for many an annual treat.'The Wall Street Journal

Scroll

Scroll

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 12/11/2012

Short tales about deadly books, by top mystery authorsAn ancient scroll draws a bookseller into a chilling mysteryMonty Danforth finds the tin buried beneath a shipment of leather-bound classics. Inside is a millennia-old vellum manuscript written in an unfamiliar but unmistakably ancient language. Danforth tries to photocopy and photograph it, but he ends up with blank images, as though the ink were made of something impervious to modern technology. As the scroll's mystery enchants him, this hapless bookseller falls into a cutthroat conspiracy that he may never escape.Soon a dead-eyed old man and his granddaughter come calling for the scroll. Danforth refuses to sell them the manuscript, but they will not be the last to demand it. Powerful forces crave the secrets locked within this ancient document, and Danforth will survive only if he can master its power.

A Christmas Homecoming (Christmas Novella 9) A Victorian murder mystery for the festive season

A Christmas Homecoming (Christmas Novella 9) A Victorian murder mystery for the festive season

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/11/2012

A Victorian tale of murder and intrigue taking place on a snowy Christmas in 1897... During a bitter snowstorm, a mysterious stranger descends on the Netheridges' country home in Whitby, where a group of renowned actors have gathered to prepare a Boxing Day production of Dracula. Amidst an atmosphere of competing theatrical egos and artistic disagreements, the unknown Mr Ballin is brutally murdered. Determined to uncover the truth, but without help from the police who cannot reach the house through the snow, Caroline Fielding begins to investigate the circumstances surrounding the puzzling affair. Who was the victim? Was his appearance at the house as innocent and as circumstantial as he professed? And which of the guests knows more than they are letting on?

Rose Between Two Thorns

Rose Between Two Thorns

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/09/2012

Rosie travels back in time again, this time to 1649 during the period of Oliver Cromwell and the beheading of King Charles I. It's up to her to mend the relationship between her Puritan brother and the love of his life, a big supporter of the Monarch - but will the two stay together after the King's beheading? And will Rosie be able to return the present if they don't reconcile? A brilliantly crafted story by Anne Perry detailing the powerful and conflicting emotions of England's Civil War. With a reading age of 8 but for 12+, it is particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

A Sunless Sea (William Monk Mystery, Book 18) A gripping journey into the dark underbelly of Victorian London

A Sunless Sea (William Monk Mystery, Book 18) A gripping journey into the dark underbelly of Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2012

Inspector William Monk: In search of justice, he will not stop until he has found the truth. 1864: When the body of a brutally mutilated body of a woman is found on Limehouse Pier, Monk's enquiries into her death unearth a suspicious connection between the victim and Dr Lambourn, a recently deceased scientist and staunch supporter for a new pharmaceutical bill aimed to regulate the sale of opium. Investigating further, Monk learns that Lambourn's widow refuses to believe that her husband's death was suicide; she is convinced that he was murdered by government officials intent on keeping the lucrative trade of opium flowing. With pressure mounting for the police to find the Limehouse killer, Monk is propelled headlong into an investigation that will delve the darkest depths of the opium trade and threatens to expose corruption in the very highest echelons of society...

Dorchester Terrace (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 27) Espionage and betrayal in the foggy streets of Victorian London

Dorchester Terrace (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 27) Espionage and betrayal in the foggy streets of Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/03/2012

1896. Newly promoted to Head of Special Branch, Thomas Pitt is forced to face the danger his new position brings when he uncovers the work of a traitor in his department. Not knowing who to trust, he must unmask the conspirator, whilst simultaneously protecting a suspected target, Austrian state visitor Duke Alois. Meanwhile, Victor Narraway is investigating the mysterious death of Serafina Monserrat. Once the holder of many sensitive, political secrets, Serafina had suffered from dementia in her later years and Narraway is unsure whether what he has uncovered in his search for answers is the confused ramblings of an old woman, or a catastrophic plot which could trigger a war the likes of which the world has never seen before. As the two investigations come ever closer it is clear that bluff and double-bluff are at play. When Pitt finally comes face to face with the suspected traitor will he, knowing the fate of the world is at stake, find the strength to stop the man by any means necessary?

Blood Red Rose

Blood Red Rose

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/02/2012

When Rosie travels back in time she arrives on a ship bound for America. She soon discovers that she is on an illegal slave ship, trading after the abolition of slavery. First it seems there's nothing she can do until the crew all start turning blind. It's up to Rosie to keep the ship running until they reach America. A touching and thought provoking story giving an insight into the cruelty of the slave trade to struggling readers.

Heroes

Heroes

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/11/2011

In the trenches of the First World War, men die every day. They die in their hundreds, sometimes in their thousands. But this death is different. This is cold, deliberate murder. When men are dying around you every day, how much can one death mean? And how far can you go to avenge it? An Edgar Award-winning compelling and atmospheric murder mystery set in the trenches of World War I from bestselling author Anne Perry.Particularly suitable for emergent or dyslexic adult readers.

A Christmas Odyssey (Christmas Novella 8) A festive mystery from the dark underbelly of Victorian London

A Christmas Odyssey (Christmas Novella 8) A festive mystery from the dark underbelly of Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/10/2011

A festive story of hope and redemption emerging from the depths of Victorian society. 1864, and on a bitter December night in Victorian London, one man longs for a Christmas miracle. The city is preparing for the holidays yet James Wentworth is unable to focus on anything other than the disappearance of his wayward son, Lucien. In desperation, he turns to his old friend Sir Henry Rathbone for help. Rathbone finds assistance in the shape of reformed criminal Squeaky Robinson and the enigmatic Doctor Crow and as the group's investigations take them deeper into the seedy underbelly of the capital they uncover a squalid world of illicit pleasures and a trail that leads them closer to the man they seek. But as they get nearer to their quarry, tales also begin emerge of Lucien's violent tendencies, his consuming obsession with a dangerous young woman and the disturbing Shadow Man. Can they bring Lucien home alive and if so, will it be a grave mistake for all concerned?

Rose of No Man's Land

Rose of No Man's Land

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/09/2011

Rosie is in trouble at school again - and only because she struggles with reading. When Rosie picks up an old watch in an antique shop, it transports her to a WWI Red Cross hospital. As a nurse she listens to the men's stories and meets Edith Cavell - who helps soldiers to escape from the Germans. When Rosie learns of Edith Cavell's arrest, she has to make a tricky decision - The second book in the brand new Timepiece series.

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/09/2011

Rosie hates her life, but everything changes when she is given a mysterious old watch and wakes up at Elizabeth I's court with the Spanish Armada approaching. When Rosie uncovers a spy she knows she must act and warn the Queen. Can she make it to the port before it is too late? Thrilling historical adventure from a master of the genre.

Acceptable Loss (William Monk Mystery, Book 17) A gripping Victorian mystery of blackmail, vice and corruption

Acceptable Loss (William Monk Mystery, Book 17) A gripping Victorian mystery of blackmail, vice and corruption

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2011

The seventeenth novel in Anne Perry's acclaimed William Monk series 1864 - Monk and his wife Hester are doing their best to care for Scuff - a homeless boy slowly recovering from a terrifying ordeal at the hands of Jericho Phillips, the runner of a child prostitution ring. Although Scuff's evil abductor is dead, there is no suggestion that the ring has been broken and Scuff is certain that more children are suffering an even worse fate. Monk is determined to find the remaining children and uncover, once and for all, the men funding the operation. And when the body of small-time crook Mickey Parfitt washes up on Mortlake's shore, it fortuitously points him in the right direction. But as Monk's investigation continues, the reputations of respected gentlemen, including Arthur Ballinger, father-in-law of Monk's friend Oliver Rathbone, start being called into question and his task becomes fraught with unforeseen dangers. In an illicit world of blackmail, vice and corruption, Monk must follow the trail - and his conscience - wherever it leads, no matter how disturbing the truth may be.

Silence in Hanover Close

Silence in Hanover Close

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2011

A three-year-old unsolved murder could prove fatal for Thomas Pittand his familyWhen Thomas Pitt is required to reopen an unsolved murder case in exclusive Hanover Close, he doesn't know how dangerous it will be for his familyand himself. Three years before, Robert York, an important member of the British Foreign Office, was murdered. Pitt believes a mysterious woman may hold the key to the York's death, and his suspicion deepens when a York housemaid dies suddenly after a revealing talk with Pitt. Charlotte, meanwhile, goes undercover as a friend's country cousin to snoop around the drawing rooms of Hanover Close.Disaster hits home when Pitt himself is accused of murdering the woman he'd been seeking and is thrown in prison. Only Charlotte and her recently widowed sister, Emily, Lady Ashworth, stand between Pitt and the gallows. Ignoring the danger, Charlotte advances her charade, diving deeper into the confidences of the York family and their friends, while Emily infiltrates the below-stairs of the York household by masquerading as Veronica York's new ladies maid.With Pitt in prison and a murderer among the inhabitants of Hanover Close, Charlotte and Emily play a deadly game. It is only a matter of time before the killer beats them at it.

Rutland Place

Rutland Place

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2011

Things are not what they seem in fashionable Rutland Place, where secrets that are never discussed at tea include murderWhen her mother asks her help in finding a lost locket with a compromising picture, neither Charlotte Pitt, nor her mother, has any idea that the locket may be at the center of a bizarre chain of events leading to murder. Arriving at her mother's home at Rutland Place, Charlotte discovers that other residents of the exclusive neighborhood have also suffered similar small thefts. It all appears quite mild as crimes goa light-fingered servant, perhaps. That is, until Mina Spencer-Brown, a woman known for her prying, is poisoned and dies. Inspector Thomas Pitt quickly surmises that Mina's snooping might have led to her murder, but what secrets had she stumbled upon? And whose?As Pitt patiently struggles to break down the protective silence of high-born neighbors, Charlotte works behind the closed doors of society's drawing rooms to help unravel a mystery that reveals sordid secrets and the chilling, dark corners of human behavior.

Death in the Devil's Acre

Death in the Devil's Acre

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2011

The Devil is certainly at work in the dark streets of the slums of Victorian Londonand Charlotte and Thomas Pitt must stop a killer before he strikes againA serial killer is loose in the slums of Devil's Acre. The murders are brutal, but it is the killer's grizzly signature that shocks even Inspector Thomas Pitt, no stranger to death and violent crime. The victims are stabbed and sexually mutilated. When Pitt recognizes one of the victims as a blackmailing footman from a case on Callander Square, his investigation takes him from the brothels to the high reaches of Victorian society and into a world where upper-class women descend to depravity to relieve their boredom. Despite Pitt's warnings, his wife, Charlotte, pursues her own investigation. With the help of her sister Emily, Lady Ashworth, Charlotte reenters the elegant drawing rooms of Callander Square to find out more about the former footman who, Pitt discovers, owned an exclusive high-class whorehouse withwhat elseexclusive high-class whores.As Pitt and Charlotte approach the same dangerous conclusion from differing paths, no one is sparednot even Pitt.

Bethlehem Road

Bethlehem Road

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2011

When Members of Parliament are murdered crossing Westminster Bridge, Thomas and Charlotte Pit must sift through the many suspects to find the killerbefore he strikes againIn the few minutes it takes to cross Westminster Bridge, Sir Lockwood Hamilton has his throat slit and is tied securely to the lamppost with his evening scarf. The killer then vanishes without being seen. Inspector Thomas Pitt thinks the motive might have been personal . . . or political. When a second Member of Parliament is murdered in the same way, politics appear to be the reason. Soon the suspect list includes anarchists and suffragettes. Public outrage mounts and fear grips London and Parliament after a third lamppost murder.Deep in his end of the investigation, Pitt must rely on his wife, Charlotte, and Great-aunt Vespasia to explore the drawing rooms of the upper class for clues to the mystery. With burning social issues swirling around them, the three of them must solve the case before another MP falls victim to the Westminster cutthroat.

Cardington Crescent

Cardington Crescent

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2011

When Charlotte Pitt's sister is charged with murder, she and her husband Thomas must work fast to clear herand find the real killerAs Inspector Thomas Pitt works to resolve the case of a dismembered woman, his womanizing brother-in-law, George March, Lord Ashworth, is poisoned with his morning coffee at the country estate of his cousins. The primary suspect? Charlotte's sister, Emily, the murdered man's wife and Pitt's sister-in-law. Charlotte and Pitt take on the March clan with the help of Great-aunt Vespasia, their formidable relative and a member of the clan, to break through the wall of deceit and silence. When Sybilla March, George's suspected paramour, is found strangled by her hair and Emily is the one who found her, the case would seem hopelessfor anyone but the indomitable Pitts.Their pursuit of the truth takes them down a path of corruption, depravity, and murder, from the elegant townhouses lining fashionable Cardington Crescent to the horrifying slums of London.

Cater Street Hangman

Cater Street Hangman

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2011

The first book in Perry's bestselling Victorian crime series, bringing together Inspector Thomas Pitt and Charlotte EllisonPanic and fear strike the Ellison household when one of their own falls prey to the Cater Street murderer. While Mrs. Ellison and her three daughters are out, their maid becomes the third victim of a killer who strangles young women with cheese wire, leaving their swollen-faced bodies on the dark streets of this genteel neighborhood. Inspector Pitt, assigned to the case, must break through the walls of upper-class society to get at the truth. His in-depth investigation gradually peels away the proper veneer of the elite world, exposing secrets and desires until suspicion becomes more frightening than truth. Outspoken Charlotte Ellison, struggling to remain within the confining boundaries of Victorian manners, has no trouble expressing herself to the irritating policeman. As their relationship shifts from antagonistic sparring to a romantic connection, the socially inappropriate pair must solve the mystery before the hangman strikes again.Rich with authentic period details, The Cater Street Hangman hooks readers from the moment the sparks first fly between Charlotte and Thomas.

Resurrection Row

Resurrection Row

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2011

Bodies that won't stay buriedis it a practical joke? Or murder?Lord Fitzroy-Hammond of Resurrection Row has been dead and buried three weeks when he turns up sitting atop a hansom cab. Grave robbing, though a crime, isn't Inspector Thomas Pitt's usual fare. But when the macabre joke is repeated, and the man's corpse is found sitting in the family pew the Sunday following his second interment, Pitt begins to wonder if perhaps there's some message in it. The case grows increasingly bizarre as other disinterred bodies appear.A new mother, Charlotte Pitt only takes a cursory interest in the grave robbing case until she hears Thomas mention the name of her late sister's husband, Dominic Corde, as a possible suspect. As Pitt follows leads into the slums and rookeries, Charlotte, too, is drawn into the politics and horrors of greed and exploitation.For Pitt and Charlotte, what begins as a mysterious case of musical corpses, becomes a deadly pursuit through the London underworld of pornographic photographers, brothels, and sweatshops.

Bluegate Fields

Bluegate Fields

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2011

Thomas and Charlotte Pitt must discover the truth of a young gentleman's sordid murderor an innocent man will hangThe naked body of an aristocratic youth turns up in the sewers beneath Bluegate Fields, one of London's most notorious slums. But Arthur Waybourne had been drowned in his bath, not in the Thames. More shocking still was that the boy had been sexually violated and infected with syphilis before he was murdered. Despite Inspector Thomas Pitt's efforts to fully investigate the crime, the family closes ranks, stonewalling Pitt, leaving him to wonder what they are hiding. All evidence points to Arthur's tutor, Jerome, as the murderer. The courts agree and Jerome is sentenced to hang. Pitt and his wife, Charlotte, don't believe the answer is so simple. But if not Jerome, then who molested and infected the boy?To learn the truth, Charlotte uses her familiarity with the upper classes to draw aside the curtain of lies, while Pitt defies his superior and the boy's family to follow a trail that leads him into the foulest streets of London through a web of deceit involving male prostitution and pedophilia. In a race against time, Thomas and Charlotte must find the real killer to save Jerome from the hangman's noose.

Paragon Walk

Paragon Walk

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2011

Something deadly lurks in the stifling shadows of stylish Paragon Walk in Victorian LondonWhen innocent Fanny Nash of exclusive Paragon Walk dies in the arms of her exquisite sister-in-law, Jessamyn, Inspector Pitt is assigned to investigate her rape and murder. Every man of Paragon Walk is under suspicion, even Pitt's brother-in-law, Lord George Ashworth, who was the last to have seen her. Could it be the charming, enigmatic Frenchman? Fanny's cruel brother? Wealthy Dilbridge, who hosts wild, decadent parties? As Pitt digs deeper into the mystery, Paragon Walk's aristocratic haughtiness gives way to fear, its calm to hatred.To keep her sister Emily, Lady Ashworth, company in this difficult time, inquisitive Charlotte once again finds herself in the midst of a deadly mystery. In the drawing rooms of her sister's neighbors, Charlotte engages in witty and sharp-edged conversations that reveal unsavory intrigues and bitter rivalries. On Paragon Walk, Charlotte's probing despite Thomas's warnings may prove fatal.

Callander Square

Callander Square

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2011

Everyone on Callander Square has something to hidebut someone will kill to keep a secretWhen two dead infants are dug up in the Callander Square gardens, the upper-class residents dismiss the burials as the desperate act of a low-born girl and resent the intrusion of Inspector Thomas Pitt into their well-ordered lives. Pitt is not convinced that the case should be so easily dropped. Also intrigued by the mystery, Pitt's well-born wife, Charlotte, pursues her own investigation into places Thomas would never have accessthe parlors and inner chambers of the mansions on the fashionable square. With her sister Emily, Lady Ashworth, who lives on Callander Square, she delves into the lives and secrets of the residents. Thomas and Charlotte, now expecting their first child, form the perfect sleuthing couple. Elegant closets soon spill their skeletons exposing long-hidden secretssecrets that could lead even the most upright aristocrat to kill.But will Pitt's keen investigative skills and Charlotte's insights into the workings of high-class society solve the mystery in time to save the innocent residents of Callander Square from the murderer among them?

Betrayal at Lisson Grove (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 26) Anarchy, intrigue and a thrilling chase in Victorian London

Betrayal at Lisson Grove (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 26) Anarchy, intrigue and a thrilling chase in Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2011

Another fantastic Pitt novel from the master storyteller of the Victorian mystery. 1895 and an increasingly violent tide of political unrest is rising fast all over Europe. Special Branch's Inspector Thomas Pitt knows that they must find those responsible before England is overrun by reformists intent on overthrowing the government. When he finds himself in pursuit of a suspected terrorist, Pitt has no hesitation in following the chase all the way to France. But events take a sinister turn when Narraway, Pitt's superior, is accused of involvement in the death of an Irish informant and abruptly removed from office. Aware that her husband's own career is also in jeopardy if he is not reinstated, Pitt's wife Charlotte determines to help Narraway clear his name. As Charlotte and Narraway depart for Ireland and Pitt is drawn deeper into the investigation in France, it becomes clear that outside forces have conspired to separate them at a crucial time in the country's history. With no one else to trust can they make it back to England and stop the revolt before it's too late?

Christmas Odyssey

Christmas Odyssey

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2010

Henry Rathbone is called by an old friend whose son has gone missing just before the Christmas holiday. Now in his early twenties, Lucien has known trouble for some time and has often fallen victim to the vices of drugs, alcohol, and women. His father now fears the worst. Their old friend, Squeaky Robinson, volunteers to help as well. Henry agrees and, joined by Crow, a young doctor at the clinic, the pair trawls the pubs, brothels, and opium dens of the West End in search of clues.

A Christmas Promise (Christmas Novella 7) A unforgettable yuletide mystery in the snowy streets of Victorian London

A Christmas Promise (Christmas Novella 7) A unforgettable yuletide mystery in the snowy streets of Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/2010

A young girl is searching for the truth behind her uncle's death. Can she solve the mystery before the Christmas bells toll?

Execution Dock (William Monk Mystery, Book 16) A gripping Victorian mystery of corruption, betrayal and intrigue

Execution Dock (William Monk Mystery, Book 16) A gripping Victorian mystery of corruption, betrayal and intrigue

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/04/2010

Once again, Inspector William Monk, now of the Thames River Police, must face a dangerous foe. It's 1864, and after a game of cat and mouse, Monk has captured Jericho Phillips, the man he suspects of brutally killing a young mudlark and running an evil child prostitution ring. In bringing Phillips to justice, Monk hopes to close down the ring and avenge the memory of Durban, his old commander, who was determined to capture Philips. However at trial justice does not prevail. Oliver Rathbone, Monk's friend, is hired anonymously to represent the accused and when he proves that vital evidence is missing, Phillips is freed. As Monk begins the investigation again, venturing deeper into London's murky underworld, he realises that Durban may have had his own reasons for pursuing Phillips, and shockingly, that secret support for Phillips may reach further into civilised society than anyone could ever have imagined...

Christmas Promise

Christmas Promise

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2009

It's a freezing winter day in London, 1895, when two young girls have a chance meeting. The pair turn out to have much in common: both are poor, both are parentless. But Minnie Maude, only eight, has even worse problems: the uncle with whom she lived has just been murdered, and if that's not enough, the family's donkey has run away. Her new friend Gracie, all of thirteen, feels obliged to help her, and so the girls team up to solve the mystery-and find Charlie the donkey. Anne Perry fans will recognize young Gracie as Charlotte Pitt's maid, a continuing character in the author's bestselling Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Victorian mystery series.

A Christmas Grace (Christmas Novella 6) A festive mystery set in rugged western Ireland

A Christmas Grace (Christmas Novella 6) A festive mystery set in rugged western Ireland

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2009

In the sixth of Anne Perry's charming Christmas novellas, a community learns to come to terms with a terrible event from its past. Emily Radley's Christmas plans are shattered when she learns that her aunt is dying. Although estranged from her, Emily decides that she must journey to Susannah's home in Ireland to assist her in her final days. When she reaches Connemara though, it is evident that Susannah has more on her mind than her health. Then Daniel, the lone survivor of a ship wrecked in a violent storm, seeks refuge in Susannah's house. Determined to understand why the village is not welcoming its new arrival, Emily discovers strange parallels with the unsolved death of another young man, Connor, many years before. Susannah, desperate to find out what happened to Connor before she dies, urges Emily to investigate. And as she does, Emily learns that some people will do anything to keep their secrets safe.

Buckingham Palace Gardens (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 25) A royal mystery from the heart of Victorian London

Buckingham Palace Gardens (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 25) A royal mystery from the heart of Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2009

In the latest compelling book in Anne Perry's bestselling Pitt series, Inspector Thomas Pitt must navigate the upper echelons of society if he is to find a murderer bold enough to kill in Buckingham Palace. Early one morning, Inspector Thomas Pitt is awoken by a message from his boss, Narraway. A maid has been murdered. The maid worked at Buckingham Palace and Narraway needs his must trusted man to deal with the investigation. The suspects are narrowed down to a group of guests, meeting with the Prince of Wales to discuss the funding for a huge project: the Cape to Cairo railway. If the murderer isn't found, the Queen will veto royal support for the scheme. It rests with Pitt to solve the murder - in doing so he must reconcile his own concept of justice with those who feel it is within their right to make their own laws, whatever the consequences.

Christmas Grace

Christmas Grace

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2008

With Christmas just around the corner, Thomas Pitt's sister-in-law, Emily Radley, is suddenly called from London to be with her dying aunt. Leaving her husband and two children behind, she makes the long journey to her aunt's home in Connemara, an all-but-forgotten town on the coast of Western Ireland. Emily soon discovers that a tragic legacy is haunting the once close-knit community. Violent storms ravage the coast and keep alive painful memories of an unsolved murder-and unsettling fears that a culprit may still be among them. Determined to lighten her aunt's spirits and help the troubled community, Emily sets out to unmask the killer. And when a lone shipwreck survivor washes up on the shore, he brings with him not only the key to solving the terrible crime, but the opportunity for the townspeople to make peace with the past-and with each other.

A Christmas Beginning (Christmas Novella 5) A touching, festive novella of love and murder

A Christmas Beginning (Christmas Novella 5) A touching, festive novella of love and murder

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2008

The fifth in Anne Perry's series of charming Christmas novellas. For Superintendent Runcorn, Christmas has rarely looked so bleak. Believing that a change of scenery may help him finally forget Melisande Ewart, Runcorn heads for the beautiful, desolate Isle of Anglesey. Any hopes of Christmas passing quietly are dashed, however, when he discovers Melisande is also in Anglesey and, moreover, that she is engaged to another man. Then the local vicar's sister is found murdered and Melisande's brother is implicated in the crime. Determined to assist Melisande in her time of need, Runcorn resolves to find the killer. Is it possible in doing so, that he will also win the heart of his one true love?

Christmas Journey

Christmas Journey

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2008

Readers of Anne Perry's bestselling suspense novels revel in a world that is all their own, sharing the privileged existence of Britain's wealthy and powerful elite in West End mansions and great country houses. It is also a world in which danger bides in unsuspected places and the line between good and evil can be razor thin. This new novel features Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould-one of the most memorable characters from the Thomas Pitt series-who appears here as a lively young woman, the ultimate aristocrat who can trace her blood to half the royal houses of Europe.

Christmas Guest

Christmas Guest

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2008

Cantankerous and vinegar-tongued Grandmama, from Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, is the leading character in this Christmas novel, which unfolds in the chilly, windswept Romney Marshes off the English Channel. Grandmama arrives on a holiday visit to the home of Charlotte's parents, where a fellow guest-an outcast from her own family-is subsequently murdered. Like the heroes before her in Anne Perry's Christmas novels, Grandmama is called upon to play the role of amateur detective.

Christmas Secret

Christmas Secret

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2008

Dominic and Clarice Corde, who met and fell in love in Brunswick Gardens, journey to a quaint hamlet to replace the local vicar who is away on holiday. The holiday takes a nasty turn when the vicar is discovered not to be away at all, but brutally murdered and stashed in the cellar. So instead of fulfilling the vicar's duties, the Cordes are charged with solving his murder. All the while, the picturesque village is becoming increasingly and dangerously snowbound, its residents trapped as a killer remains at large. The crime's surprising solution reveals not only the killer, but the true meaning of the Christmas message.

Christmas Visitor

Christmas Visitor

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2008

On the heels of the success of A Christmas Journey comes this festive mystery. The joyful tranquility of a snowbound estate in the Lake District of England is overturned in a moment by a shocking murder. Renowned mathematician and inventor Henry Rathbone-long known to readers of Perry's bestselling Victorian series featuring William Monk-must put his analytical and creative capacities to the test as he assumes the role of an amateur investigator. In this delightful Christmas tale, he rescues the holiday with a grace that would impress William Monk himself.

We Shall Not Sleep (World War I Series, Novel 5) A heart-breaking wartime novel of tragedy and drama

We Shall Not Sleep (World War I Series, Novel 5) A heart-breaking wartime novel of tragedy and drama

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2008

The fifth, and final, book in Anne Perry's powerful series of novels set during World War One. The war is coming to a close. Joseph Reavley's regiment has suffered huge losses but all live in hope that peace will soon be upon them, when a further, brutal tragedy strikes the Front. Sarah Price, a young nurse, is savagely murdered and Joseph vows to find the person responsible. Matthew, Joseph's brother, is already at the Front to meet a prisoner who claims to be able to identify the shadowy Peacemaker, when he becomes implicated in the nurse's death. If Matthew is to bring the prisoner to the office of the Prime Minister, he must work with Joseph to ensure that Sarah Price's killer is found. If Matthew is able to put a stop to the Peacemaker's schemes, there will be a chance for lasting peace; if he fails, then freedom and liberty could be all but a distant memory for future generations...

Christmas Beginning

Christmas Beginning

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 30/10/2007

Superintendent Runcorn-who Anne Perry fans will remember as William Monk's ex-boss-is feeling rather lonely during his holiday on the remote, snowy island of Anglesey, off the north coast of Wales. However, he is suddenly called into action when the sister of the local vicar is discovered murdered and draped over a gravestone in her brother's churchyard. Investigating this tragic crime with the assistance of the beautiful Melisande gives him just the opportunity he needs to spend time with an upper class woman who normally wouldn't give him the time of day. Interweaving the original Christmas story with her own holiday tale, Perry also explores the meaning of Joseph's secondary role compared to that of Mary and Jesus.

A Christmas Secret (Christmas Novella 4) A Victorian mystery for the festive season

A Christmas Secret (Christmas Novella 4) A Victorian mystery for the festive season

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2007

December 1890: Eleven days before Christmas, Clarice and her husband, Reverend Dominic Corde, arrive in the idyllic village of Cottisham to watch over the Reverend Wynter's flock, whilst he takes a richly deserved holiday. With its village green and thatched cottages, Cottisham is a far cry from the bleak London parish they've left behind. But Clarice can't shake the feeling that the welcoming smiles of the locals are hiding dark secrets. When a shocking discovery confirms her suspicions, Clarice can't resist investigating. Could it be that the Reverend is not all that he seems? Are there black sheep in the fold? One thing is certain: Clarice is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means putting her own life in danger.

At Some Disputed Barricade (World War I Series, Novel 4) A magnificent novel of murder and espionage during the dark days of war

At Some Disputed Barricade (World War I Series, Novel 4) A magnificent novel of murder and espionage during the dark days of war

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2007

It's July 1917, and as the sun sets over No-man's-land so Joseph Reavley's heart sinks with it. As chaplain he must keep up the men's morale, but as rumours of mutiny grow stronger he is losing any chance of getting through to them. After the death of an officer, twelve soldiers are arrested, and it falls to Joseph to uncover the truth about their involvement. Joseph's brother Matthew, of the S.I.S, is also in pursuit of the truth, whilst struggling to come to terms with his part in the Peacemaker's death. Approached by a Junior Cabinet Minister who is being blackmailed, Matthew learns of a plot to destroy the only men who can bring about lasting peace. As he embarks on an investigation Matthew knows his own life is in danger but thinks it a small price to pay to secure the future of millions of people.

A Christmas Guest (Christmas Novella 3) A festive tale of mystery, humour and warmth

A Christmas Guest (Christmas Novella 3) A festive tale of mystery, humour and warmth

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2006

Mariah Ellison isn't merely disappointed to learn that she won't spend Christmas at home with her married granddaughter: she is furious. Instead, Grandmama is being packed off to a house in the Romney Marshes to stay with her ex-daughter-in-law. Never having got on with Caroline, Mariah much disapproves of her new husband: decades younger than her, Joshua, an actor, is scarcely even respectable. There will be nothing to do, no one to visit, and no doubt the terrible weather will make even taking a walk impossible. It is going to be the worst Christmas of Grandmama's life. As if that weren't enough, another visitor is foisted on the household. Then something shocking and quite unexpected happens. Has a crime been committed? Grandmama is surprised to find herself turning detective - another profession she deplores - and proving extremely good at it.

Dark Assassin (William Monk Mystery, Book 15) A dark and gritty mystery from the depths of Victorian London

Dark Assassin (William Monk Mystery, Book 15) A dark and gritty mystery from the depths of Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2006

The two figures had been on the bridge. He had grasped hold of her. To save her, or to push her? Inspector William Monk is still feeling his way in a new post in the Thames River Police and knows he must solve the mystery to gain the respect of his men. Soon both he and Hester find themselves powerfully involved in the story of the dead woman, Mary Havilland, and her quest to vindicate her father, found dead two months previously. An engineer working for the Argyll Construction Company, James Havilland was convinced a major disaster would happen in the tunnels where London's desperately needed new sewer system was being built. Maddened by his obsession, he'd apparently shot himself. Mary had never accepted that and now she was dead too. Was it chance or something more sinister?

Angels in the Gloom (World War I Series, Novel 3) An unforgettable novel of war, espionage and secrets

Angels in the Gloom (World War I Series, Novel 3) An unforgettable novel of war, espionage and secrets

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2006

It's March 1916, and Joseph Reavley is on sick leave and finding recovery slow and hard. His sister Hannah is caring for him at home, and it's a delight to them both when Shanley Corcoran, an old friend, comes to visit. Corcoran confides in Joseph that he's come very close to completing an invention that will paralyse the deadly German U-boats. Soon afterwards, however, the leading scientist on that project is found murdered, and it's clear that someone has been betraying secrets to the enemy. Joseph's brother Matthew, of the S.I.S., comes down to investigate, and together the two men embark on a search that will solve the crime and lead them to the spy.

A Christmas Visitor (Christmas Novella 2) A festive Victorian mystery set in the Lake District

A Christmas Visitor (Christmas Novella 2) A festive Victorian mystery set in the Lake District

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2005

Henry Rathbone arrives to spend Christmas at the Dreghorn family manor house near Ullswater. He is greeted by the news that the master of the house, Judah Dreghorn has slipped while crossing a stream in the grounds of the estate in the middle of the night, and drowned. Not only this, but Ashton Gower, recently released from prison, is slandering Judah's name, claiming that his family rightfully owns the estate and that the forged deeds for which he was imprisoned were in fact genuine. To Rathbone and the two remaining Dreghorn brothers, also returning to the Lakes for Christmas, Judah's mysterious death and Gower's outrageous claims seem inextricably linked.

Long Spoon Lane (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 24) A gripping novel exploring the secrets of Victorian society

Long Spoon Lane (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 24) A gripping novel exploring the secrets of Victorian society

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2005

You need a very long spoon indeed to dine with the devil. Early one morning, two bombs explode in an East London street. Forewarned of the attack, Thomas Pitt of the Special Branch, arrives in time to chase the bombers to a tenement in Long Spoon Lane. There, two men are arrested and one shot dead - but who and where and is the killer? As Pitt investigates, he uncovers truths more disturbing than the acts of a few misguided idealists. There's a web of corruption within the police force, and all the clues point to Inspector Wetron of Bow Street as its mastermind. But as head of the sinister Inner Circle, Wetron has powerful allies in every sphere.

Shoulder the Sky (World War I Series, Novel 2) A moving novel of life during the dark days of war

Shoulder the Sky (World War I Series, Novel 2) A moving novel of life during the dark days of war

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2005

In April 1915 Joseph Reavley is serving as chaplain on the Front Line at Ypres. The war that should have been 'over by Christmas' has already decimated the British Expeditionary Force. To Joseph's sector comes an ambitious young war correspondent determined to expose the horrors of trench life. But before he can dispatch his piece, he is found dead in no-man's-land. Still seeking the man behind his parents' murder, and to protect his sister Judith from the pain of an impossible romance, Joseph must find the truth. His search takes him to London and the beaches of Gallipoli, and at last to face a desperate moral judgement which challenges every belief he holds.

A Christmas Journey (Christmas Novella 1) A festive Victorian murder mystery

A Christmas Journey (Christmas Novella 1) A festive Victorian murder mystery

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2004

Attending the party and taking a leading role in the ensuing investigation is one of the most beloved characters from Anne Perry's Thomas Pitt series: Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould. Lady Vespasia's friend Isobel has made a cruel remark about Gwendolen Kilmuir on the night Gwendolen was meant to have become engaged to the eligible Bertie Rosythe. Gwendolen flees the room, and the next morning her body is found in the lake in the gardens of the estate. It appears she has jumped from the bridge. The host, Omegus Jones and Vespasia decide to find who or what might have led Gwendolen to resort to such an extreme measure. They vow to make the guilty party seek forgiveness and expiation through the task of taking a sealed letter written by Gwendolen before her death to her mother up in the north of Scotland. The journey will be both physically and emotionally arduous but will bring answers to some unexpected and profound questions.

The Shifting Tide (William Monk Mystery, Book 14) A gripping Victorian mystery from London's East End

The Shifting Tide (William Monk Mystery, Book 14) A gripping Victorian mystery from London's East End

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2004

When the Maude Idris docks at the Pool of London, laden with ebony, spices and first-grade tusks of ivory collected from her voyage to Zanzibar, Clement Louvain leaves four armed seamen on board to guard the precious cargo. But as soon as the relief for the night watch arrives ready for duty in the morning, he finds the ivory gone and one of the seamen dead. Hindered by his ignorance of the river and its customs, and ashamed of the fact that he so badly requires the huge fees that Louvain is prepared to pay, William Monk nevertheless begins his investigation into the theft and murder. Meanwhile Hester's work at the refuge at Portpool Lane is encountering acute financial difficulties. Sick prostitutes are arriving daily and the medicines needed to help them are running out. When a man arrives promising to pay a huge amount of money for the care of one particular woman, Hester is astonished to meet him. He is none other than Clement Louvain. So who is the woman he is so generously helping? And why is he offering such a substantial sum? Will Monk discover what Louvain is hiding before it is too late?

No Graves as Yet (World War I Series, Novel 1) An evocative novel of war, secrets and intrigue

No Graves as Yet (World War I Series, Novel 1) An evocative novel of war, secrets and intrigue

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2004

In the last idyllic summer of 1914, the battle lines are already drawn. In Cambridge, the golden June days seem timeless. But for Joseph Reavley the summer is shattered by his parents' deaths in a car accident. Bringing the terrible news, his brother reveals that their father, a retired MP, had been travelling to see him about a sinister plot he had discovered. Matthew's job in the secret service means that he would understand the mysterious document their father possessed, but now it is nowhere to be found. Returning after the funeral with their two sisters, Joseph and Matthew become convinced that their parents' house has been searched. As their suspicions grow, they visit the scene of the crash and find subtle evidence that their deaths may not have been accidental after all.

Seven Dials (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 23) A gripping journey into the dark underbelly of Victorian society

Seven Dials (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 23) A gripping journey into the dark underbelly of Victorian society

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2003

Thomas Pitt is summoned to the offices of Victor Narraway, head of the Imperial Secret Service. An ex-army officer and promising young diplomat has been shot and the prime suspect is the Egyptian mistress of a senior cabinet minister. But some things don't add up at the scene of the murder. When the Egyptian Ambassador puts in a call to Prime Minister Gladstone, it seems a major diplomatic row is brewing. Thomas is convinced Narraway knows more than he claims, and Pitt's wife Charlotte fears there could be involvement with the secret organisation that destroyed Pitt's Metropolitan Police career and nearly cost him his life. Can Pitt tread the tense diplomatic tightrope between protecting justice, the security of his country, and the safety of his family?

Death of a Stranger (William Monk Mystery, Book 13) A dark journey into the seedy underbelly of Victorian society

Death of a Stranger (William Monk Mystery, Book 13) A dark journey into the seedy underbelly of Victorian society

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2003

Every night Hester Monk tends to women of the streets who have been injured as a result of their trade. But the injuries are becoming more serious, and now a body has been discovered in one of the area's brothels. The dead man is the respected head of a successful railway company, Nolan Baltimore. With calls for the police to clean up the streets, Hester decides she must intervene to protect these women who stand to lose everything. Meanwhile her husband, William Monk, is investigating a possible fraud at Baltimore and Sons. As Monk endeavours to prevent a serious crime from taking place, he faces some staggering revelations, and finds that the time has come to confront his own demons - even if it means losing all he holds dear...

Southampton Row (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 22) A chilling mystery of corruption and murder in the foggy streets of Victorian London

Southampton Row (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 22) A chilling mystery of corruption and murder in the foggy streets of Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/10/2002

Despite Thomas Pitt's success in the Whitechapel case, the secretive Inner Circle prevent his returning to Bow Street police as Superintendent. Pitt's next task for Special Branch is to investigate Charles Voisy - the corrupt Inner Circle man Pitt defeated in court - who is standing for election as a Tory MP. Pitt must obtain information to stop Voisy's climb to political power. Then Pitt is ordered to Southampton Row, scene of the hideous murder of a spiritual medium. As the link between the spiritualist and political figures is revealed, the whispers of scandal grow louder. And with Charlotte in hiding for safety, Pitt must turn to his sister-in-law, Emily, to help him solve one of his most high-profile cases yet...

Come Armageddon An epic fantasy of the battle between good and evil (Tathea, Book 2)

Come Armageddon An epic fantasy of the battle between good and evil (Tathea, Book 2)

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2002

Tathea, once Queen of Shinabar, has waited five hundred years for the birth of Sadokhar, who will create a golden age before facing the terrifying final battle - of the spirit and the body - with conviction and courage. Extraordinary and compelling, this apocalyptic epic fantasy is both breathtaking and profound.

A Funeral in Blue (William Monk Mystery, Book 12) Betrayal and murder from the dark streets of Victorian London

A Funeral in Blue (William Monk Mystery, Book 12) Betrayal and murder from the dark streets of Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2002

When her brother arrives on her doorstep, Hester Monk is shocked - as much by the unexpectedness of the visit as by the reason for it. For since her marriage to Monk, Charles and his elegant wife, Imogen, have kept their distance. But now Charles needs Hester's help. He believes Imogen is having an affair - there can be no other explanation for her recent strange behaviour. However, before Hester is able to investigate, a tragedy occurs. In a nearby artist's studio two women have been brutally killed. Having left the police force with extreme ill feeling between himself and his superior, the last thing Monk wants to do is face the demons of his past. But, in the course of his work, Monk is left with no choice but to visit his old adversary, Runcorn, and involve himself with the sensational murder case.

The Whitechapel Conspiracy (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 21) An unputdownable Victorian mystery

The Whitechapel Conspiracy (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 21) An unputdownable Victorian mystery

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2001

When evidence presented in court by Thomas Pitt leads to the execution of a distinguished soldier and archaeologist, the retaliation from the hanged man's influential friends is swift. The murderer was a member of the Inner Circle, a group of men whose power extends further than Pitt realised was possible, and, within days, he loses command of the Bow Street police station. To protect him from the Inner Circle's hatred, he is forced to leave his family to work undercover in the dangerously volatile East End.

Slaves and Obsession (William Monk Mystery, Book 11) A twisting Victorian mystery of war, love and murder

Slaves and Obsession (William Monk Mystery, Book 11) A twisting Victorian mystery of war, love and murder

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2001

In the American Civil War the opposing armies are desperate for arms. A London trader selling weapons to the South faces a moral dilemma when his daughter, in love with a Confederate, insists he change sides. When he is brutally murdered, her lover is the immediate suspect. William and Hester Monk must bring the pair back from the front line in America to face justice in an English court.

The One Thing More An epic historical novel of breathtaking suspense

The One Thing More An epic historical novel of breathtaking suspense

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2001

It is January 1793. France is at war with Belgium, Prussia and Austria, and Louis XVI has just been sentenced to death. In Paris, a small group of people fears for the future of a throneless France surrounded by countries terrified that republican ideas - or anarchy - will spread throughout the continent. They are determined to rescue the king, but when their leader is murdered a plan must be pieced together and executed within three days.

Half Moon Street (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 20) A thrilling novel of murder, scandal and intrigue

Half Moon Street (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 20) A thrilling novel of murder, scandal and intrigue

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/12/2000

The body lies reclined in a punt, clothed in a torn dress, head thrown back in a mimic of ecstasy. It is a feminine pose but the body is distinctly male. The case already reeks of scandal and the body is not even cold. Pitt is the natural choice to investigate what he soon realises is the most unnatural of killings.

Breach of Promise

Breach of Promise

Author: Anne Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2000

The plaintiffs in a sensational breach of promise suit are wealthy social climbers Barton and Delphine Lambert, suing on behalf of their beautiful daughter, Zillah. The defendant is Zillah's alleged fiance, brilliant young architect Killian Melville, who adamantly declares that he will not, cannot, marry her. Not even to his counsel, distinguished barrister Sir Oliver Rathbone, will Killian explain his rejection of rich and charming Zillah. Utterly baffled, Rathbone turns for help to his old comrades in crime-Monk, the private investigator who knows his city like the back of his hand, and fearless nurse Hester Latterly. But even as they scout London for clues, from Mayfair to sordid Devil's Acre, the case suddenly and tragically ends. An outcome that no one-except a ruthless murderer-could have foreseen.

The Twisted Root (William Monk Mystery, Book 10) An elusive killer stalks the pages of this thrilling mystery

The Twisted Root (William Monk Mystery, Book 10) An elusive killer stalks the pages of this thrilling mystery

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2000

For Miriam Gardiner, at her engagement party at the London home of her fiance, Lucius Stourbridge, it should have been one of the happiest days of her life. But, leaving suddenly, Miriam disappears without a trace. Reluctant to cause a scandal, Lucius seeks out William Monk and tells him that the only lead concerns their coachman, Treadwell, who is also missing. Monk, not usually a sentimental man, is moved by Lucius's distress, and assumes that his recent marriage to Hester Latterly is to blame. When Treadwell's murdered body is found, Monk becomes convinced that his death is linked to a terrible secret in Miriam's past that someone, desperate keep it hidden, has killed for, and may well do so again, unless he can stop them.

Bedford Square (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 19) Murder, intrigue and class struggles in Victorian London

Bedford Square (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 19) Murder, intrigue and class struggles in Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/01/2000

When a man is found murdered on the doorstep of a respectable house in Bedford Square, Victorian England's finest and most controversial policeman, Thomas Pitt, is called immediately to the scene. The only clue to the victim's identity is a silver snuff box found on the body, curiously at odds with the man's dishevelled appearance. Pitt soon discovers that the box, and the house where the body was found, belong to General Balantyne, a man Pitt knows to be a pillar of the community. He is dismayed to learn that Balantyne can barely recall the evening, let alone account for his movements.

Tathea An epic fantasy of the quest for truth (Tathea, Book 1)

Tathea An epic fantasy of the quest for truth (Tathea, Book 1)

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/1999

Her husband and beloved son assassinated, Tathea, once Queen of Shinabar, is alone and in exile. Numbed by grief, she takes refuge in the Lost Lands, where she tries desperately to find meaning in a life that has robbed her of her family, her home and her country. But in her quest for the truth, which takes her far beyond the physical world she knows, she discovers that it does not come without cost - terrible cost.

Whited Sepulchres (William Monk Mystery, Book 9) A twisting Victorian mystery of intrigue and secrets

Whited Sepulchres (William Monk Mystery, Book 9) A twisting Victorian mystery of intrigue and secrets

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/11/1998

Young Killian Melville is arguably the most brilliant architect of the age; passionate about his art, he is liked by everyone. So when he visits Sir Oliver Rathbone, in need of a lawyer to represent him over his alleged 'breach of promise' to marry the daughter of his patron, Rathbone agrees despite his misgvings. The case is not an easy one. Zillah is beautiful and even-tempered, heiress to a fortune and a good friend. What more could any man want? And why would Melville risk losing the professional reputation he has worked all his life to build? Frustrated by his client's refusal to divulge any further information, and convined he is keeping something from him, Rathbone, his own professional integrity at stake, decides to ask his close friend Hester Latterly for an objective opinion about the case. She, meanwhile, has contacted William Monk to investigate a mysterious family matter from twenty years ago. Little do they realise that the three of them are about to tackle the most baffling and complex case with which they have ever been faced...

The Silent Cry (William Monk Mystery, Book 8) A gripping and evocative Victorian mystery

The Silent Cry (William Monk Mystery, Book 8) A gripping and evocative Victorian mystery

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/03/1998

In the dead of night in a notorious area of Victorian London's East End known as St Giles a factory girl stumbles over the bloody bodies of two City gentlemen. When Detective John Evan finally arrives at the scene, he is confronted by a most difficult investigation. First he must identify the men. Then he must find out why men of means and social standing would go to such a sordid area. Most importantly, who are their assailants? And how could they escape unharmed and unnoticed? Mercifully the younger victim is not quite dead. Having sustained terrible internal injuries, he's later released home from hospital severely traumatised and unable to speak - to be told that the other victim, his father, is dead, and Hester Latterly has been employed to help nurse him back to full recovery. With too many obstacles impeding his progress, Evan finally enlists the aid of his old friend, William Monk, who, together with Hester's help, must unravel one of his most complex and shocking cases yet.

Weighed in the Balance (William Monk Mystery, Book 7) A royal scandal jeopardises the courts of Venice and Victorian London

Weighed in the Balance (William Monk Mystery, Book 7) A royal scandal jeopardises the courts of Venice and Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/01/1997

It's 1859 and throughout Europe tremendous upheavals have taken place. Hester Latterly is nurse to the sick son of a German Baron and his family, who have moved to London from one of the many small principalities between Prussia and Bavaria - and the Baroness tells Hester about her kingdom's famous royal family... Handsome Prince Friedrich was one of just two heirs to the crown, considered the perfect match by every woman of the land. But during an affair with Countess Zorah Rostova, he meets the alluring and sophisticated Gisela - with whom he falls deeply in love. He can have Gisela or the crown, but not both. He chooses Gisela, marries her in Venice and, after many years, tragically dies in England. Now, Countess Zorah, having accused the widowed Princess of murdering Friedrich, is being sued in the biggest slander trial of the century - and the only way that she can defend herself is to prove that Gisela is indeed guilty. But in doing so she must sully the greatest love story that the country has ever known, and that is enough to put her lawyer's career in jeopardy, too. That lawyer is Oliver Rathbone, who calls on Investigator William Monk to help...

Cain His Brother (William Monk Mystery, Book 6) An atmospheric and compelling Victorian mystery

Cain His Brother (William Monk Mystery, Book 6) An atmospheric and compelling Victorian mystery

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/05/1996

Genvieve Stonefield's husband Angus is missing when she seeks William Monk's help to find him. She is convinced that he has been murdered by his twin brother Caleb, a shadowy figure who lives in the slums bordering the Thames and has always hated his respectable businessman brother. Although worried about Hester Latterly's health as she nurses victims of a typhoid outbreak in Limehouse, and threatened by a personal scandal, Monk is determined to bring one of the most bizarre cases he has ever encountered to its conclusion.

Defend and Betray (William Monk Mystery, Book 3) An atmospheric and compelling Victorian mystery

Defend and Betray (William Monk Mystery, Book 3) An atmospheric and compelling Victorian mystery

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/09/1995

After a brilliant military career in India, General Thaddeus Carlyon finally meets death not in the frenzy of battle, but at a London dinner party, in what appears to be a freak accident. But the General's beautiful wife readily confesses that she killed him - a story she clings to even under the shadow of the gallows. Investigator William Monk, nurse Hestor Latterly and Oliver Rathbone, counsel for the defence, work feverishly to break down the silence of the accused and her husband's proud family; and with the trial only days away they inch towards the appalling heart of the mystery.

Sins of the Wolf (William Monk Mystery, Book 5) A deadly killer stalks a Victorian family in this gripping mystery

Sins of the Wolf (William Monk Mystery, Book 5) A deadly killer stalks a Victorian family in this gripping mystery

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/1995

When nurse Hestor Latterly accompanies the elderly Mrs Mary Farraline on a short trip to London, her only medical duty is to ensure her charming patient takes her heart medicine. But Mrs Farraline dies during the night. When her missing brooch 'turns up' in Hester's possession she is arrested for theft, until a post-mortem reveals a lethal dose of medicine in Mrs Farraline's body, and the charge becomes murder. Inspector William Monk must find a killer amongst the aloof Farraline clan, and in a Scottish courtroom the family's secrets will be exposed - or buried for ever.

A Dangerous Mourning (William Monk Mystery, Book 2) Murder and intrigue stalk the pages of this gripping mystery

A Dangerous Mourning (William Monk Mystery, Book 2) Murder and intrigue stalk the pages of this gripping mystery

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/1994

No breath of scandal has ever touched the aristocratic Moidore family. London's wealthiest and most influential can often be found taking tea or dining in the opulent family mansion of Sir Basil Moidore in Queen Anne Street. Now Sir Basil's beautiful widowed daughter has been stabbed to death in her own bed, a shocking and incomprehensible tragedy. Inspector William Monk is ordered to find her killer without delay - and in a manner that will give least pain to her family. Handicapped by his inept supervisor and the lingering traces of amnesia, Monk gropes warily through the silence and shadows that obscure the case. But with the intelligent help of Hester Latterly, he begins to approach the astonishing solution, step by dangerous step.

The Face of a Stranger (William Monk Mystery, Book 1) A gripping and evocative Victorian murder mystery

The Face of a Stranger (William Monk Mystery, Book 1) A gripping and evocative Victorian murder mystery

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/1994

He is not going to die, after all, in this Victorian pesthouse called a hospital. But the accident that felled him on a London street has left him with only half a life, because his memory and his entire past have vanished. His name, they tell him, is William Monk, and he is a London police detective; the mirror reflects a face that women woud like, but he senses he has been more feared than loved. Monk is given a particularly sensational case: the brutal murder of Major the Honourable Joscelin Grey, Crimean war hero and a popular man about town, in his rooms in fashionable Mecklenburgh Square. It's an assignment to make or break an investigator, for the exalted status of the victim puts any representative of the police in the precarious position of having to pry into a noble family's secrets. Suggesting that his superior, the wily Runcorn, hopes he will fail, Monk returns to a world where he cannot distinguish friend from foe. Grasping desperately for any clue to his own past and to the identity of the killer, each new revelation leads Monk step by terrifying step to the answers he seeks but dreads to find.

A Sudden Fearful Death (William Monk Mystery, Book 4) A shocking murder from the depths of Victorian London

A Sudden Fearful Death (William Monk Mystery, Book 4) A shocking murder from the depths of Victorian London

Author: Anne Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/1987

Death might be commonplace in 1857 in the Royal Free Hospital in London's Gray's Inn Road, but murder certainly isn't. When the body of Prudence Barrymore, a gently bred, dedicated and passionate nurse, is discovered stuffed into a laundry chute no one - high born or low - can be beyond suspicion. But the police seem determined to concentrate their efforts on proving Dr Kristian Beck the culprit - because he is foreign. Concerned and unhappy with this state of affairs, Lady Callandra Daviot of the Board of Governers asks Investigator William Monk to pursue the case. Monk, frustrated by the lingering traces of amnesia caused by an accident, agrees, and calls upon his old colleagues to aid him. Hester Latterly, an independent young woman who served with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War, knew the dead woman there; Hester's profession provides the perfect cover for her to obtain work at the Royal Free. And Oliver Rathbone, a brilliant barrister, who is brought in as counsel for the defence. But under the ever-present shadow of the gallows, and inching towards the appalling solution, the three begin to despair of justice ever prevailing.

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