The Sins of the Wolf (William Monk Series #5) [NOOK Book]

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Nurse Hester Latterly finds herself well suited for the task: accompany Mrs. Mary Farraline, an elderly Scottish lady in delicate health, on a short train trip to London. Yet Hester’s simple job takes a grave turn when Mrs. Farraline dies during the night. And when a postmortem examination of the body reveals a lethal dose of medicine, Hester is charged with murder–punishable by execution.

This notorious case presents detective William Monk ...
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The Sins of the Wolf (William Monk Series #5)

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Overview

Nurse Hester Latterly finds herself well suited for the task: accompany Mrs. Mary Farraline, an elderly Scottish lady in delicate health, on a short train trip to London. Yet Hester’s simple job takes a grave turn when Mrs. Farraline dies during the night. And when a postmortem examination of the body reveals a lethal dose of medicine, Hester is charged with murder–punishable by execution.

This notorious case presents detective William Monk with a daunting task: find a calculating killer among the prominent and coolly unassailable Farraline clan–and try to save Hester from the gallows.

Private investigator William Monk's trusted accomplice, Nurse Hester Latterly, is on trial for her life. She stands accused of murdering a wealthy patient, and Monk must race to Scotland to find the truth before she swings. Once again, Anne Perry delivers a taut, enthralling blend of courtroom thriller and complex, compelling whodunit. LG Alternate.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Perry staple character Nurse Hester Latterly is accused of murdering and robbing a patient. (Oct.)
Library Journal
In the 15th installment in Perry's popular Victorian mystery series, Inspector Monk helps a friend accused of murder.
Emily Melton
Perry's superb historical crime stories have garnered rave reviews and critical acclaim. Her latest, featuring English detective William Monk and nurse Hester Latterly, will no doubt catapult Perry once again onto the best-seller lists. (Sales aren't likely to be hurt by recent revelations that Perry herself committed murder as a teenager and served five years in an Australian prison.) Set in Victorian London, the story has Hester facing murder charges when her patient, elderly Scotswoman Mary Farraline, dies of a digitalis overdose. Unless Monk and attorney Oliver Rathbone can discover the identity of the real killer, Hester will stand trial and likely hang. Convinced the murderer is a member of Mary's wealthy and socially prominent Edinburgh family, Monk and Rathbone travel to Scotland, where they search for skeletons in the Farraline closet. Perry's rich prose and splendidly authentic renderings of the dress, manners, dialogue, and customs of mid-nineteenth century London, combined with a mesmerizing courtroom drama, a plot that's filled with surprising twists and unexpected suspense, and the unlikely but appealing team of Monk and Latterly make this one her best yet. A main selection of the Mystery Guild and an alternate selection of the Literary Guild.
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“Perry [has two] strengths: memorable characters and an ability to evoke the Victorian era with the finely wrought detail of a miniaturist.”—Wall Street Journal

“A mesmerizing courtroom drama [and] a plot that’s filled with surprising twists and unexpected suspense.”—Booklist

“Totally absorbing . . . intense and gripping.”—Mostly Murder

“When it comes to the Victorian mystery, Anne Perry has proved that nobody does it better.”—San Diego Union-Tribune

“A taut, compelling blend of courtroom thriller and complex, compelling whodunit.”—Mystery News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307767790
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/29/2010
  • Series: William Monk Series , #5
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 42,872
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Anne Perry
Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including Dark Assassin and The Shifting Tide, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Buckingham Palace Gardens and Long Spoon Lane. She is also the author of the World War I novels No Graves As Yet, Shoulder the Sky, Angels in the Gloom, At Some Disputed Barricade, and We Shall Not Sleep, as well as six holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Grace. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.

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Biography

Born in London in October 1938, Anne Perry was plagued with health problems as a young child. So severe were her illnesses that at age eight she was sent to the Bahamas to live with family friends in the hopes that the warmer climate would improve her health. She returned to her family as a young teenager, but sickness and frequent moves had interrupted her formal education to the extent that she was finally forced to leave school altogether. With the encouragement of her supportive parents, she was able to "fill in the gaps" with voracious reading, and her lack of formal schooling has never held her back.

Although Perry held down many jobs—working at various times as a retail clerk, stewardess, limousine dispatcher, and insurance underwriter—the only thing she ever seriously wanted to do in life was to write. (In her '20s, she started putting together the first draft of Tathea, a fantasy that would not see print until 1999.) At the suggestion of her stepfather, she began writing mysteries set in Victorian London; and in 1979, one of her manuscripts was accepted for publication. The book was The Cater Street Hangman, an ingenious crime novel that introduced a clever, extremely untidy police inspector named Thomas Pitt. In this way an intriguing mystery series was born…along with a successful writing career.

In addition to the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels, Perry crafts darker, more layered Victorian mysteries around the character of London police detective William Monk, whose memory has been impaired by a coach accident. (Monk debuted in 1990's The Face of a Stranger.) She also writes historical novels set during the First World War (No Graves as Yet, Shoulder the Sky, etc.) and holiday-themed mysteries (A Christmas Journey, A Christmas Secret, etc), and her short stories have been included in several anthologies.

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Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Anne Perry:

The first time I made any money telling a story I was four and a half years old—golden hair, blue eyes, a pink smocked dress, and neat little socks and shoes. I walked home from school (it was safe then) with my lunchtime sixpence unspent. A large boy, perhaps 12 or 13, stopped me. He was carrying a stick and threatened to hit me if I didn't give him my sixpence. I told him a long, sad story about how poor we were—no food at home, not even enough money for shoes! He gave me his half crown—five times sixpence! It's appalling! I didn't think of it as lying, just escaping with my sixpence. How on earth he could have believed me I have no idea. Perhaps that is the knack of a good story—let your imagination go wild, pile on the emotions—believe it yourself, evidence to the contrary be damned. I am not really proud of that particular example!

I used to live next door to people who had a tame dove. They had rescued it when it broke its wing. The wing healed, but it never learned to fly again. I used to walk a mile or so around the village with the dove. Its little legs were only an inch or two long, so it got tired, then it would ride on my head. Naturally I talked to it. It was a very nice bird. I got some funny looks. Strangers even asked me if I knew there was a bird on my head! Who the heck did they think I was talking to? Of course I knew there was a bird on my head. I'm not stupid—just a writer, and entitled to be a little different. I'm also English, so that gives me a second excuse!

On the other hand I'm not totally scatty. I like maths, and I used to love quadratic equations. One of the most exciting things that happened to me was when someone explained non-Euclidean geometry to me, and I suddenly saw the infinite possibilities in lateral thinking! How could I have been so blind before?

Here are some things I like—and one thing I don't:

  • I love wild places, beech trees, bluebell woods, light on water—whether the light is sunlight, moonlight, or lamplight; and whether the water is ocean, rain, snow, river, mist, or even a puddle.

  • I love the setting sun in autumn over the cornstooks.

  • I love to eat raspberries, pink grapefruit, crusty bread dipped in olive oil.

  • I love gardens where you seem to walk from "room to room," with rambling roses and vines climbing into the trees and sudden vistas when you turn corners.

  • I love white swans and the wild geese flying overhead.

  • I dislike rigidity, prejudice, ill-temper, and perhaps above all, self-righteousness.

  • I love laughter, mercy, courage, hope. I think that probably makes me pretty much like most people. But that isn't bad.
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      1. Also Known As:
        Juliet Hulme
      2. Hometown:
        Portmahomack, Ross-shire, U.K
      1. Date of Birth:
        October 28, 1938
      2. Place of Birth:
        Blackheath, London England

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