A Dangerous Mourning (William Monk Novels)

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Inspector William Monk has his hands full when an aristocrat's daugher is stabbed to death in her own bed. He is instructed to proceed without delay, but finds his efforts hamstrung by the lingering traces of amnesia and the craven ineptitutde of his supervisor, who would love to see him fail. With the help of Hester Latterly, formerly a nurse with Florence Nightingale, Monk gropes warily through the silence and shadows, knowing that with each step he comes closer to the appalling truth....
"A richly textured, masterfully plotted, thoroughly enjoyable story."
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Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including Dark Assassin and The Shifting Tide, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Buckingham Palace Gardens and Long Spoon Lane. She is also the 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 six holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Grace. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.
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Perry's Victorian era Police Inspector William Monk (The Face of a Stranger, etc.) plays second fiddle here to Hester Latterly, the plain, outspoken nurse whose experiences in the Crimea bloodbath have hardened her against the hypocrisies of London society. Monk is investigating the bedroom stabbing-death of Octavia Haslett, who's the daughter of rich, powerful Sir Basil Moidore and whose dearly loved husband was killed in battle in the Crimea two years ago. Monk is able to prove that there was no outside intruder. Suspicion now falls on the numerous servants and the resident family--Araminta, a second daughter and her husband Myles; Sir Basil's wife Lady Beatrice; his widowed sister Fanella; son Cyprian, daughter-in-law Romola, and Lady Beatrice's brother Septimus. During a house search, Monk finds evidence that he's sure has been planted to incriminate one of the servants. His surly superior Runcorn violently disagrees, and Monk is summarily fired. Determined to find the truth, he enlists Hester's help--and it's she who finally uncovers the shocking realities of the puzzle. Repetitive emphasis on women's sorry lot in Victorian England is a minor irritant in what is nevertheless a richly textured, masterfully plotted, thoroughly enjoyable story. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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