Defend and Betray (William Monk Series #3)by Anne Perry
After a brilliant military career, esteemed General Thaddeus Carlyon finally meets his death, not in the frenzy of battle but at an elegant London dinner party. His demise appears to be the result of a freak accident, but the general’s beautiful wife, Alexandra, readily confesses that she killed him–a story she clings to even under the threat of the noose.… See more details below
After a brilliant military career, esteemed General Thaddeus Carlyon finally meets his death, not in the frenzy of battle but at an elegant London dinner party. His demise appears to be the result of a freak accident, but the general’s beautiful wife, Alexandra, readily confesses that she killed him–a story she clings to even under the threat of the noose.
Investigator William Monk, nurse Hester Latterly, and brilliant Oliver Rathbone, counsel for the defense, work feverishly to break down the wall of silence raised by the accused and her husband’s proud family. With the trial only days away, these there sleuths inch toward the dark and appalling heart of the mystery.
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“A richly textured and timeless novel of suspense. Anne Perry’s Victorian England pulsates with life and is peopled with wonderfully memorable characters.”—Faye Kellerman
“Marvelous . . . a totally absorbing novel that completely hooks the reader. The storyline is a heartbreaker, and only the most hardened reader will have a dry eye at the end of this tale.”—Rave Reviews
“In this wonderful novel, master storyteller Anne Perry moves closer to Dickens as she lifts the lace curtain from Victorian society to reveal its shocking secrets.”—Sharyn McCrumb
“Rich period detailing, masterful characterizations, subtle romantic subplots, disturbing flashbacks, and powerful courtroom drama.”—Library Journal
Meet the Author
Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including Blind Justice and A Sunless Sea, the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Death on Blackheath and Midnight at Marble Arch. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as eleven holiday novels, most recently A New York Christmas, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Scotland and Los Angeles.
- Portmahomack, Ross-shire, U.K
- Date of Birth:
- October 28, 1938
- Place of Birth:
- Blackheath, London England
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Moves a bit slowly. I had difficulty figuring out why everyone was so willfully blind for so long - especially Hester, Monk, and Rathbone. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a different time and attitudes and mores were vastly different. Still, how many things could there BE that are worse than murder, that people would hang rather than admit to? Nevertheless, the groundwork for the motive was laid meticulously, although there were two or three clues that the main three characters should have picked up on much sooner. I will continue to read Anne Perry's books; she is an excellent writer.
This is my favorite in the William Monk series, so far. I have read about half of the Thomas & Charlotte Pitt series and thought I would give the series a try. I have enjoyed all of the books in both series and love the characters and descriptions of London that Anne Perry creates. She is an exceptional writer. All of the books have a kind of format: a horrid event occurs; then there is a process of the characters getting from point A to point B, unwinding the story; and the resolution. This is my favorite so far, because the characters of Hester Latterly and Oliver Rathbone are developing, along with all their new relationships and William Monk, while stiill healing from amnesia and loosing his job, he has not lost his skills in detecting. How he handles this and how he starts to view his former self, is very interesting. The courtroom scene in the last fifty pages is excellent. Oliver Rathbone is amazing in court and unwinding the story. I think I am in love.
I had trouble putting it down once I got into it. The characters and the setting are both fascinating.