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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“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: 33,740
  • 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.

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.

Good To Know

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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    • 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.

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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.

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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!

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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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