The Twisted Root (William Monk Series #10)

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A young bridegroom enlists private investigator William Monk to track down his fiancée, Miriam Gardiner, who disappeared suddenly from a party at a luxurious Bayswater mansion. Monk soon finds the coach in which Miriam fled and, nearby, the murdered body of the coachman, but there is no trace of the young passenger. What strange compulsion could have driven the beautiful widow to abandon the prospect of a loving marriage and financial abundance? Monk and clever nurse Hester Latterly, themselves now newlyweds, ...

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Overview

A young bridegroom enlists private investigator William Monk to track down his fiancée, Miriam Gardiner, who disappeared suddenly from a party at a luxurious Bayswater mansion. Monk soon finds the coach in which Miriam fled and, nearby, the murdered body of the coachman, but there is no trace of the young passenger. What strange compulsion could have driven the beautiful widow to abandon the prospect of a loving marriage and financial abundance? Monk and clever nurse Hester Latterly, themselves now newlyweds, desperately pursue the elusive truth—and an unknown killer whose malign brilliance they have scarcely begun to fathom.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This is a story with twists and turns aplenty. The ending is the biggest twist of all.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“When a law flies in the face of moral justice, can a person be condemned for defying it—even to the point of murder? Anne Perry argues the issue with uncommon eloquence.”—The New York Times Book Review

“No one is better known for portraying Victorian life and social mores.”—The Denver Post

“Perry carries the suspense right into the last few pages.”—The Christian Science Monitor
 
“Anne Perry is [a] master of crime fiction who rarely fails to deliver a strong story and a colorful cast of characters.”—Baltimore Sun

Kristina Lanier
The story gets increasingly twisted by a secondary plot involving Monk's reformed-minded wifewho discovers medicine is being pilfered from the hospital where she volunteers. Through HesterPerry fulfills what might be her primary purpose — to comment on Victorian social conditions....Perry carries the suspense right into the last few pages. A twisted rootindeed. —Christian Science Monitor
Denver Post
No one is better known for portraying Victorian life and social mores.
NY Times Book Review
When a law flies in the face of moral justice, can a person be condemned for defying it—even to the point of murder? Anne Perry argues the issue with uncommon eloquence...
Baltimore Sun
A novel whose supsense remains high until the final pages...Anne Parry is [a] master of crime fiction, who rarely fails to deliver a strong story and a colorful cast of characters.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this 10th entry in the popular series featuring prickly English investigator William Monk and his equally prickly bride, nurse Hester Latterly (A Breach of Promise, etc.), Perry mulls over the moral justification of criminal acts. Just back from his honeymoon in the summer of 1860, Monk tries to locate Mrs. Miriam Gardiner, a comely widow who inexplicably fled in a coach from her wealthy young fianc 's home. Monk's search takes him to Hampstead Heath, where the coachman's body is found--murdered, he deduces, by a single blow to the head. Could Miriam have struck that deadly blow as she fled, and if so, why? Cornered at last, Miriam refuses to explain her behavior or implicate the coachman's murderer, even though Monk suspects she's the victim of some atrocity. Meanwhile, Hester gears up to defend Cleo Anderson, a saintly nurse who admits to filching hospital supplies to treat impoverished war veterans. Plot mechanics grind away as Perry strains to connect the two crimes, resolving matters with an ending that reads like Henry Fielding without the laughs. Fans of earlier Monk and Latterly mysteries may enjoy Perry's sometimes overwrought depiction of the two-career couple negotiating who cooks supper, but the many other anachronisms just don't wash (says Hester's colleague: "you want to have nurses visit the poor in their homes? You are fifty years before your time"). Despite the characters' tendency to sermonize self-righteously, Perry's theme is the hazy nature of guilt--a topic sure to intrigue those who've followed her career. For thrills, however, readers should turn to other books in the series. Mystery Guild selection; Random House audio. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Series entry No. 10 featuring Victorian England investigator William Monk follows two twisted mysteries until they merge. Lucius Stourbridge hires Monk to find his runaway fianc e, Miriam Gardiner, and missing coachman, James Treadwell, who is found bludgeoned to death. William's new wife, Hester, hospital volunteer and war nurse, becomes embroiled in a mystery surrounding drugs missing from the hospital pharmacy. Although lifelike, the characters drone on about the nature of guilt, medical standards, veterans' rights, and the status of women. Terrence Hardiman's dramatic reading doesn't quite save it. Purchase only for Monk fans.-Sandy Glover, West Linn P.L., OR Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
The case before Hester and Monk in Anne Perry's latest, The Twisted Root is the first case they must solve together since their marriage, and it's a memorable one...And as always, Perry manages to entertain as Hester and Monk race to find evidence that will barrister Oliver Rathbone save the silent, suffering Miriam from the gallows.
Kirkus Reviews
Now that he's savoring the joys of marriage to unlicensed nurse Hester Latterly, enquiry agent William Monk (A Breach of Promise, 1998, etc.) is all the quicker to feel the distress of Lucius Stourbridge, whose fiancée, bewitching widow Miriam Gardiner, vanished from the middle of a croquet match at the Stourbridge home in Cleveland Square. And when James Treadwell, the Stourbridge coachman who carried the lady off at her request, is found murdered near Hampstead Heath, Miriam's peril is only deepened: she's arrested for his murder. Nor does Hester's own subplot offer any relief, since her investigation into the disappearance of anaesthetic medicines from North London Hospital leads her straight to the woman the police will call Miriam's conspirator. Even after a second shocking murder whose motives remain stubbornly obscure, the facts of the case seem simple and damning, and Monk's friend (and Hester's former suitor) Sir Oliver Rathbone, stonewalled by his silent clients, accepts the defense brief without a clue how to proceed. But Perry—though her main mission, as usual, is to criticize the 19th century by showing how much more enlightened the 20th is about medical standards, veterans' rights, and the endless duel over the status of women—manages a climactic thunderbolt that will leave even her most loyal fans gasping. What fearful secret could lead Miriam to prefer trial and execution to telling her story? No writer since Agatha Christie has been so good at teasing her audience with such obvious questions until choosing to ring down the curtain. (Mystery Guild selection)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345514103
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Series: William Monk Series, #10
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 185,185
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 5.22 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Perry

Among Anne Perry's other novels featuring investigator William Monk are The Silent Cry, Cain His Brother, Defend and Betray, Weighed in the Balance, and most recently A Breach of Promise. She also writes the popular novels featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, including Bedford Square, Pentecost Alley, Traitors Gate, The Hyde Park Headsman, Highgate Rise, and Ashworth Hall, which was a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. "Her grasp of Victorian character and conscience still astonishes," said The Cleveland Plain Dealer about the author. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2000

    The Twisted Root by Anne Perry

    The newest Anne Perry novel involving William Monk and his new wife Nurse Hester Latterly has long been awaited by this reader. A puzzling tale involving a runaway fiancee soon becomes much more when murder and blackmail are discovered. Private investigator Monk sets out on a path that draws in continuous character Barrister Oliver Rathbone and introduces new personalities such as a compassionate police Sergeant Robb and his elderly grandfather. Issues such as care for the elderly and the practice of nursing in Victorian London become an integral part of an emotionally charged story. Perry will draw you into her complex and emotional journey to an ending and a murderer which will stun any reader. I highly recommend this novel or any other featuring Investigator William Monk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2001

    Another great Anne Perry Book

    The book has a steady, pace. It's relaxing, yet suspenseful. The description of Victorian England is second to none. The title is a clever choice, and is very relevant to the content of the mystery. Anne Perry's books are by far the best, but this one is one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    A whodunit that kept me guessing til the very end. Have read all

    A whodunit that kept me guessing til the very end. Have read all of her books. Love the audio versions read by some wonderful actors--just wish my public library could get ALL of her books on audio. my favorite Perry audiobook is Resurrection Row--I never thought I'd laugh out loud at a pretty sick crime, but that's the dark humor at which she can be so good. in fact my only nit-picking would the grammatical errors that may sound 'normal' to our modern ears but which educated people of the Victorian era would NEVER make.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Perhaps the greatest period writer of English culture and mysteries during our time

    A captivating story which grabs your attention from beginning to end, and always with an ending which is unique and unsuspected.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2010

    Really excellent writing, would make a good movie

    Another winner for Anne Perry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2002

    The Plot Wasn't The Only Thing Twisted!!

    I bought the book because of the cover strolling along my usual haunt-the mystery section of Barnes & Nobles. Once I started to read the book, I twisted and turned and fretted over why in the world won't this woman talk? The zinger of an ending put me out of my misery. If you could choke a book to talk, this is it!! Not recommended for those of little patience or nervous wrecks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2001

    Anne Perry twisted my senses!

    This is my first Anne Perry novel:she entrapped me. I found myself hating Mariam because of her silence, frustrated with her character and her absolute stubborness: I admired Mariam's strength and her diligence, her honesty and devotion and, in the end, I understood the utter despair that was described through the eyes of each of The Twisted Roots, integral characters. I admit that I thought I had the mystery solved. I had narrowed down the suspects and presumed to guess as to the reason for Mariam's departure then the end finally came and . . . I dropped the book three times. All that tension finally broke free! And it was worth every aggrivating second. I am determined to read another of Anne Perry's William Monk novels. After I get my senses back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2000

    A Twisted Root Indeed!

    I listened to this book on tape while driving to and from work. This was my first Anne Perry book and it won't be my last. The story kept you guessing until the very end. I thought it was well written and I like her style very much. So well does she write about these characters from the 1800 's,that I had to keep reminding my self that this book was written in the 1990's. My only regret is the audio was abridged.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2000

    I never read a mystery before...

    I was walking through a Barnes and Noble, and the TWISTED ROOT caught my eye. I hate to admitt it, but I bought it because of the cover. What a wonderful book this turned out to be. I even passed it onto my Dad to read. Very well written, quite interesting and very suspenceful! I usually read horror, but I have already picked up another Perry book and I'm looking forward to getting into it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2000

    LoVe to read ANNE PERRY books

    I love these mysteries - this book, TWISTED ROOT, was excellent. As with all Perry's books, this one kept me wondering until the last few pages what happened. Miriam is a mystery to understand - read it and be a Perry fan forever. Am so looking forward to her two new books coming out this Spring!

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