William Monk Mysteries: The First Three Novels [NOOK Book]

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Anne Perry’s acclaimed William Monk novels have captivated readers with their rich texture and masterly suspense, leading The New York Times Book Review to exclaim, “Give her a good murder and a shameful social evil, and Anne Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens’s eyes pop.” Now, the first five books in the spellbinding series are collected in this ...
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William Monk Mysteries: The First Three Novels

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Overview

Anne Perry’s acclaimed William Monk novels have captivated readers with their rich texture and masterly suspense, leading The New York Times Book Review to exclaim, “Give her a good murder and a shameful social evil, and Anne Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens’s eyes pop.” Now, the first five books in the spellbinding series are collected in this addictive eBook bundle:
 
FACE OF A STRANGER
 
His name, they tell him, is William Monk, and he is a London police detective. With his memory erased after a terrible accident, Monk intends on hiding his condition and starting a new life by tackling a grisly murder case in which each new revelation leads him to the answers he seeks—but dreads to find.
 
A DANGEROUS MOURNING
 
Called upon to investigate the brutal murder of a blue-blooded young widow, Monk is plagued by both his lingering amnesia and an inept supervisor. But when nurse Hester Latterly offers her assistance, together they grope warily through the silence and shadows that obscure the aristocrat’s demise.
 
DEFEND AND BETRAY
 
After a brilliant military career, General Thaddeus Carlyon meets his death not on the battlefield but at a London dinner party. Although his wife confesses to the murder, Monk and Hester suspect deceit. With the trial only days away, they feverishly work to unravel the dark heart of the mystery.
 
Praise for Anne Perry and her William Monk series
 
“Perry’s Victorian mysteries are marvels.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“There’s no one better at using words to paint a scene and then fill it with sounds and smells than Anne Perry.”The Boston Globe
 
“[The] reigning monarch of the Victorian mystery.”People
 
“Few mystery writers this side of Arthur Conan Doyle can evoke Victorian London with such relish for detail and mood.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“[A] master of crime fiction.”The Baltimore Sun
 
“[Among] 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
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Editorial Reviews

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“Murder fans who prefer their crimes with a touch of class should heat some scones and nestle back for the afternoon.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Anne Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens’s eyes pop.”
The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307767660
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/29/2010
  • Series: William Monk Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1152
  • Sales rank: 51,306
  • File size: 4 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 A Sunless Sea and Acceptable Loss, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Midnight at Marble Arch and Dorchester Terrace. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as eleven holiday novels, including the upcoming A Christmas Candle, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. 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 May 5, 2012

    Great read; too many typos

    I love all of Anne Perry's William Monk books and have most of them in hard cover or paperback. In the interest of saving shelf space, I bought this collection. The first book in the series "The Face of a Stranger" is excellent and the typography in this book was perfect; which is why I can't understand all the typos in the other two books, "A Dangerous Mourning" and "Defend and Betray". Runcorn's name repeatedly came out as Runcom; corner was comer; faces became feces, etc. Perry's meticulous research and wonderful literary style deserve 5 stars; but the poor scans of two of the three books makes this a 4-star book for me. I would definitely recommend any of Anne Perry's books and, despite the typos, this one is no exception.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    Great!

    Totally enjoyed.
    Have purchased the next book, and am now half way through.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011

    Third book the best in this collection

    The first two mysteries were good, but Perry built both suspense and pathos in the third book. The solution was great and it was satisfying to see one self-righteous character brought low on the witness stand.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    A favorite author

    I really enjoy Anne Perry's portrayal of victorian England. She paints vivid pictures and interesting characters. The Monk books are my favorites of her series. I like the Law and Order aspect of being able to watch the trial as well as just hunt down the clues.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    Highly recommedned!

    Anne Perry's William Monk series is spellbinding. William, Hester, and Sir Oliver are fascinating to watch as they investigate and solve crimes. Perry is so good at making her readers care deeply about her characters, and she is absolutely fabulous at hiding clues to the crime's solution in plain sight. We readers have to detect right along with the trio; and, boy, does Perry make us work for the solution! What fun!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

    Love this series !

    I love the way Anne Perry can take subjects that are current in today's
    world and news and make it work in Victorian England and make you feel
    that it is the very world you are living in now !! And to think, I discovered this series by accident several years ago. So glad I did.
    Think you will enjoy them too.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Good

    I would read more of her

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Anne Perry

    I find her to be very boring. Too much jumping from one thing to another. Descriptions are a real draaag. I'm into Victorian times but she just isn't there. I'm working my way through her first William Monk novel but it is taking forever. Not entertaining.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

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    Couldn't Put It Down

    Once I got started on the first story, I couldn't put this book down. I have read some of Anne Perry's Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels; however, had not read any of her William Monk series. Her mysteries always take a few unexpected turns before the end that makes them totally unpredictable. I love the way she brings Victorian England alive through her characters. It's almost like being there. Anne Perry's characters have depth. As the story progresses, you learn their strenghts and weaknesses along with their emotions. Wish the publisher would produce a volume like this for the Pitt mystery series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    A quirky detective in Victorian London

    This was a great introduction to Anne Perry. Wonderful "who done it" set in London during the Victorian era with all of its "upstairs downstairs" mentality. I found some of the quirky characters and the twists and turns and unanticipated endings great fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2009

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    Captivating

    Anne Perry's books are sensational from the first page to the last. It is hard to put them down. She is the best author I have ever read, and I am an avid reader.

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