The Sins of the Wolf (William Monk Series #5)

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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."
—The Wall Street Journal
Nurse Hester Latterly finds herself well-suited for the position: accompany Mrs. Mary Farraline, an elderly Scottish lady with delicate health, on a short train trip to London. Yet Hester's simple job takes a grave turn when the woman dies during the night. And when a postmortem examination of the body reveals a lethal dose of medicine, Hester is ...
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Overview

"Perry [has two] strengths: memorable characters and an ability to evoke the Victorian era with the finely wrought detail of a miniaturist."
—The Wall Street Journal
Nurse Hester Latterly finds herself well-suited for the position: accompany Mrs. Mary Farraline, an elderly Scottish lady with delicate health, on a short train trip to London. Yet Hester's simple job takes a grave turn when the woman 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.
The notorious case presents detective William Monk with a daunting task: find a calculating killer amongst the prominent and coolly unassailable Farraline clan. Since Hester must be tried in Edinburgh, where prejudice against her runs high, there is little that the highly skilled barrister Oliver Rathbone can do to help. He can only try to direct her Scottish lawyer from the frustrating sidelines, and pray that Hester will not be sent to the gallows....
"When it comes to the Victorian mystery, Anne Perry has proved that nobody does it better."
—The San Diego Union-Tribune
A MAIN SELECTION OF THE MYSTERY GUILD
AN ALTERNATE SELECTION OF THE LITERARY GUILD

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: 9780804113830
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Series: William Monk Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.81 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

ANNE PERRY is the bestselling 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 five holiday novels: A Christmas Journey, A Christmas Visitor, A Christmas Guest, A Christmas Secret, and A Christmas Beginning. She is also the creator of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England. Her William Monk novels include Dark Assassin, The Shifting Tide, and Death of a Stranger. The popular novels featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt include Long Spoon Lane, Seven Dials, and Southampton Row. Her short story "Heroes" won an Edgar Award. Anne Perry lives in Scotland. Visit her website at anneperry.net.
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    Posted May 13, 2013

    Great read

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  • Posted April 24, 2013

    I love both series, the Monk series is a little edgier. This is

    I love both series, the Monk series is a little edgier. This is one of the best.

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