A Breach of Promise (William Monk Series #9)

A Breach of Promise (William Monk Series #9)

by Anne Perry

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ISBN-13: 9780345523747
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Series: William Monk Series , #9
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 194,227
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including Blind Justice and A Sunless Sea, the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Death on Blackheath and Midnight at Marble Arch. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as eleven holiday novels, most recently A New York Christmas, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Scotland and Los Angeles.

Hometown:

Portmahomack, Ross-shire, U.K

Date of Birth:

October 28, 1938

Place of Birth:

Blackheath, London England

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OLIVER RATHBONE LEANED BACK in his chair and let out a sigh of satisfaction. He had just successfully completed a long and tedious case. He had won most substantial damages for his client over a wrongful accusation. The man’s name was completely cleared and he was grateful. He had told Rathbone that he was brilliant, and Rathbone had accepted the compliment with grace and appropriate humility, brushing it aside as more a courtesy than truth. But he had worked very hard and had exercised excellent judgment. He had once again used the skills which had made him one of the finest barristers in London, if not in England.
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A Breach of Promise: A William Monk Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an enjoyable read. However, it is not a murder mystery. It's a story about a legal battle between a young woman and a man that happens to contain a murder towards the end. The murder doesn't take place until the last quarter of the book. This book is well written. Despite my desire to read a murder mystery, I read the entire book. However, had I known that the murder wouldn't take place until the end, I would have skipped this book altogether. If you're looking for a nice general fictitious story, this is fine, but if you're looking for a murder mystery, look elsewhere.
TalulaJM More than 1 year ago
While I have been reading all of Anne Perry's books in order, this one threw me when part of the mystery was solved after only half of the book! I especially enjoyed trying to detect what was going on. As always, the descriptions of the times, the clothing, the social mores and issues of the times were so interesting. I love these characters, especially Sir Oliver. It was a wonderful escape!
CatieN on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Good historical mystery-William Monk series
corglacier7 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The 9th entry in the William Monk series, this one definitely picked up the pace from the last few entries. The case had a few melodramatic aspects, but Monk's exploration of the stark reality of a woman's place in mid-Victorian England, and the price paid for defying that convention, dovetails very neatly with significant steps in his romance with independent-minded ex-nurse Hester Latterly, and new awareness of the man he's become in the last few years. One of the best character books in this series.
krisiti on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A brilliant woman architect, disguised as a man, finds herself engaged to another woman... I think that any other author would have made that plot a comedy, but I didn't even think of laughing until I read that summary.The subplot with the deformed children was also nicely handled, and dovetailed well with the main one - perhaps a bit too coincidental, but mysteries often are.How did Dolly lean so much about poisons?
moontyger on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Most of the plot twists in this mystery were pretty obvious, but I enjoyed it anyway. I don't always mind knowing the solution in advance; it is interesting to see how the author gets us there. (And I think, after a certain number of mysteries read, it gets harder and harder for an author to truly surprise the reader.)My one criticism is that, somehow, all 3 main characters in this novel have quite modern sensibilities when it comes to gender and homosexuality. Yes, it makes them easier to like, but I can't quite escape the feeling that it's not particularly realistic. I know; I know - I'm not usually much on reading books with protagonists I don't like either. It's always an issue with period books. I'm not complaining, exactly, but I really couldn't escape the feeling that it was awfully unlikely.I also felt that the ending was curiously incomplete; it felt as though there were more story to tell, but the book just stops and I'm not sure why. All right, you've found the evidence, but now what? I guess we're just supposed to assume, but in the case given in the book, I found that inadequate. I'd like to know what happened.
mckait on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I did not expect to like this book as well as I did. I chose it for a bit offast read fun. It has also been a while since I took on anything Victorian. The books begins with a young man who was a gifted archetect, Killian Melville, seeks out Barrister Sir Oliver Rathbone, to defend him in court against the charge of Breach of Promise. The defense is that Killian has never actually asked for the hand of Zillah, a beautiful young lady, in marriage. That he knew that marriage plans were being made but thathe never thought it was his own wedding being discussed. Rathbone was at first disinclined to take the case. He simply thought Melville was a fool and a cad!Something though, convinced him. Something about the honesty of the way Melville presented himselfconvinced the Barrister to defend him. Thinking that the odds of winning this case were slim to none, Rathbone asks his long time friend and investigator William Monk to aide in the endeavor. But this is not the only story. Gabriel Lambert was wounded badly and in fact disfigured in the war in India. Hester Latterly, a friend of both the Barrister and the Investigator is a woman who served valiantly in the Crimea nWar, has been asked to be a live in nurse and caregiver for Lambert. His young wife Perdita is distraught and frightened and has no skill in caring for someone with injuries, and needs such as her husband has brought home with him. This is a ripping good story, a mystery whose solution will have you leaping out of your comfy chairand shouting you cannot mean it! And the back story is of how women were thought to be nothing more than ornamental, and unable to learn or accomplish anything more than keeping a home and their men happy. I really liked this one. I will certainly read more in this series.
delphimo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a quite interesting story based on beauty and appearance. There are several stories within this book: the disfigurement and loss of an arm of an English soldier during the uprisings in India, two deaf and facially disfigured orphaned sisters, and the superb beauty of a young lady. The breach of promise begins a trial that has Sir Oliver Rathbone at a loss as to how to defend his client. The story takes many twists and turns that would ruin the fun for the next reader. The story points to the problems of women during this time in England's history. Hester Latterly defies tradition and shines as a woman dependant on no man. But this defiance carries a dear price. I am anxious to read the next novel of this series. Usually an author seems to become mundane as a series progresses, but Perry seems to improve with each story.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Several stories in one book, well writen. However it ended too quickly and left too much to the imagination. It needed another couple of chapters to wrap it up after the grave yard scene.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish they had an interview and denouncement if not proved.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, as are all of Anne Perry's
Mackie77 More than 1 year ago
I thought I had read all of the William Monk books, but apparently I had not as I just recently found this book. Overall I enjoyed the book as Hester, Monk and Oliver played strong roles, and each focused on their area of expertise (Hester = nursing while providing knowledge and support to Monk, Monk = strong detective work, and Oliver = the law). I found a missing piece of the puzzle that has frustrated me all along while reading the William Monk series (sorry if I said any more it would be a spoiler). However, I'm disappointed in the ending as nothing was resolved!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little long, but very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really shows how far (or not) we've come since Victoria was on the throne. The courtroom scenes are compelling. Monk and Hester at their finest. I definitely will continue with this series and recommend they be read in sequence. Following the progression of the relationships adds a great deal to the stories. Part crime novel, part suspense, part romance, part historical fiction. All parts enjoyable. Could lead to interesting discussions of the Modern age compared to the Victorian age. Many things are different, but many more things are just the same.
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mckait More than 1 year ago
I did not expect to like this book as well as I did. I chose it for a bit offast read fun. It has also been a while since I took on anything Victorian. The book begins with a young man who was a gifted archetect, Killian Melville, seeks out Barrister Sir Oliver Rathbone, to defend him in court against the charge of Breach of Promise. The defense is that Killian has never actually asked for the hand of Zillah, a beautiful young lady, in marriage. That he knew that marriage plans were being made but thathe never thought it was his own wedding being discussed. Rathbone was at first disinclined to take the case. He simply thought Melville was a fool and a cad!Something though, convinced him. Something about the honesty of the way Melville presented himself convinced the Barrister to defend him. Thinking that the odds of winning this case were slim to none, Rathbone asks his long time friend and investigator William Monk to aide in the endeavor. But this is not the only story. Gabriel Lambert was wounded badly and in fact disfigured in the war in India. Hester Latterly, a friend of both the Barrister and the Investigator is a woman who served valiantly in the Crimea n War, has been asked to be a live in nurse and caregiver for Lambert. His young wife Perdita is distraught and frightened and has no skill in caring for someone with injuries, and needs such as her husband has brought home with him. This is a ripping good story, a mystery whose solution will have you leaping out of your comfy chair and shouting you cannot mean it! And the back story is of how women were thought to be nothing more than ornamental, and unable to learn or accomplish anything more than keeping a home and their men happy. I really liked this one. I will certainly read more in this series.
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Linda43 More than 1 year ago
Maybe as good as the previous one in the series, Cain and his Brother. Really good with a surprise twist.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best written, well rounded of all Anne Perry's Monk Novels. It moved quickly and has a wonderful surprise in the end. The final chapter plays out in a graveyard, but I found myself unable to stop smiling.