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A Breach of Promise (William Monk Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne Perry
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1 Nov 1999
In a sensational breach of promise suit, two wealthy social climbers are suing on behalf of their beautiful daughter, Zillah. The defendant is Zillah's alleged fiancé, brilliant young architect Killian Melville, who adamantly declares that he will not, cannot, marry her. Utterly baffled by his client's refusal, Melville's counsel, Sir Oliver Rathbone, turns to his old comrades in crime--investigator William Monk and nurse Hester Latterly. But even as they scout London for clues, the case suddenly and tragically ends. An outcome that no one--except a ruthless murderer--could have foreseen.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books,U.S.; 1st Mass Market Domestic Ed edition (1 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804118558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804118552
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 753,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With twenty million books in print throughout the world, Anne Perry's bestselling novels are noted for their memorable characters, exploration of social issues and historical accuracy. Selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime', Anne lives in Scotland.

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The ninth powerful William Monk mystery from acclaimed author Anne Perry

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Anne Perry is a New York Times bestselling author noted for her memorable characters, historical accuracy and exploration of social and ethical issues. Her two series, one featuring Thomas Pitt and one featuring William Monk, have been published in multiple languages. Anne Perry has also published a successful series based around World War One and the Reavley family, and the recent standalone novel The Sheen on the Silk. Anne Perry was selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime'. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, Anne. . .where are the last six pages??? 6 Aug 1999
By A Customer
I don't think I could ever totally trash any book that Anne writes. As usual, Oliver, Hester, and William make a great team, and the big surprise that comes right after the murder midway through the book made me gasp out loud. . .as did the resolution of the subplot involving the investigative work William does for Miss Jackson. But when I turned the last page, I said to myself, "Hold on here! Is this case concluded or not?" Frankly, half the fun of seeing the mystery solved is the big final scene where the big society person gets exactly what's coming to him or her. Well, I checked to see if any pages had been torn out of my library copy of the book. Nope. All I can say is, "Anne, don't be in such a big hurry to get your book to the publisher next time." This one suffers from the same thing that made me stop reading John Grisham--a hurried ending that leaves significant pieces of the plot unresolved. Resolve the mystery next time and keep us guessing about the relationships, not vice versa. Anne, you've done better. . .and you can do it again:)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but.... 8 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Readers should be aware that this is the SAME book as Breach of Promise by Anne Perry. Published under a different title presumably for the US market. BEWARE!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How will it end? 13 May 1999
By A Customer
Before "The sin of the wolf" was my favourite, but this time I really couldn't stop reading...Mrs Perry writing and descriptions of the characters are so deep that it's impossible not to think and behave as one of them. My favourite one is of course Monk! I'm so romantic so at the end of this book I found me jumping of joy, laughing and running from one toom to another. I bet with a friend of mine about the relationship among Hester- Monk- Rathbone. I was sure Monk would be the right person for her. Now, I' m really looking forward to reading Mrs Perry next book. How will this love end?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Page-Turner! 1 Nov 1998
By A Customer
There were two instances in this book where I nearly dropped it from excitement, disbelief and admiration for an author who continues to keep her readers guessing. This Anne Perry mystery is absolutely one of her top ones. I was completely unprepared for the twists and turns that she took. Her knowledge of the Victorian era is so vast that I almost believe she has a window to the past.... Hester, Monk and Rathbone do not disappoint--a definite page turner. I can't believe I have to wait monthes for the next one!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Perry 1 Oct 1998
By A Customer
A Breach of Promise begins slowly as Anne Perry sets her scene in the courtroom drawing us into Oliver Rathbone's latest and perhaps most frustrating case yet. Ms. Perry is a master manipulator of her audience and despite the rather plodding nature of the first hundred pages or so the reader is so completely joined in Rathbone's simultaneous frustration and determination, that one must see the case through with him. The pace picks up, however, as soon as Monk and Hester enter the story, their peculiarly intense interaction having always driven this series beyond the bounds of most Victorian mysteries. But despite the fact that Breach is quintessential Perry, with the requisite stunning twist in the main plot, and a moving subplot involving the household in which Hester is currently employed, the nature in which the two plots become connected struck this reader as somewhat contrived considering the usually tight and highly individual manner in which Perry handles her material. Ultimately though, Perry's amazing talent for conveying emotion through the details of place and character enable her to rise above a slight thinness in plot. A Breach of Promise is an emotionally satisfying tale, and in addition, a powerful social commentary on not only the Victorian era's valuing of beauty and marriage, but on our own culture's preoccupation with these issues as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, overdrawn courtroom drama 29 May 1999
By A Customer
I have admired and enjoyed Ms. Perry's style, plot development, and particularly her characters. "Breach" is not her best as it is unecessariliy prolonged and repetative; it almost says 'maybe you don't understand this. so we'll go over it again'. But she'll rebound, probably better than ever
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enormously Satisfying!!!! 11 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Anne Perry is marvelous! She manages to add just the right amount of information to her books that leaves you tingling with anticiption of the next book. Breach of Promise is definitely toward the top on my list of favorites. The Monk novels are just wonderful!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Latest Perry not up to snuff 12 Jan 1999
By A Customer
I have read most of Anne Perry's mysteries and, while I still find her very readable, I wish she would edit herself a bit more judiciously. Lately, it seems her concerns about Victorian women's positions are too often verbalized and not demonstrated. In 1999, none of us need to be persuaded of the injust treatment of Victorian women. Too, her characters she has created to represent "society's" unsympathetic views are invariably flat and uninteresting. How much more intriguing if the boorish brother in PROMISE were truly concerned for his sibling and vulnerable in his confusion over what to do, if he had a sense of humor or compassion. I found the main plot intriguing, but the subplot rather dull until it finally, and unconvincingly, merged with the main plot. I was also disappointed by the lack of closure in the story--it seemed quite tricky to get the murderer to confess or have sufficient proof of the truth. Instead, the story ended suddenly, needing a good two chapters to tie up loose ends. I'll keep reading Anne Perry, because the atmosphere she creates is excellent, and her mysteries can be very intriguing, but her weaknesses are becoming more apparent with each new book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Xcellent, but would have liked better ending!
Always excellent books from Anne Perry! I didn't give Whited Sepulchres 5 stars because I found some of the passages a little over described in a few chapters and I just wanted to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by leyannelovesblue
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would never have anticipated the outcome and it was good to read of Monk and Hester at last getting together.
Published 6 months ago by Jane Woodford
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
I recommend Anne Perry. Interesting story, no bad language or gratuitous sex, lots of pages. Just what I need to settle down for a really good read!
Published 8 months ago by Archie12
5.0 out of 5 stars Whited Sepulchres by Anne Perry
I have actually read this book twice. It was one of the first Anne Perry books I read and then went through the whole Monk series in order and enjoyed seeing how the relationship... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Margaret Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars White Sepulchers. by Ann Perry
I chose this rating because I love Ann Perry as an author . I am collecting William Monk stories and the publications are so very reasinable to buy.
Published 16 months ago by Wendy Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one!!
This book was all I was hoping for in an Ann Perry mystery. It was informative- more interesting background into the Victorian era. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by Marg
3.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't keen on this one, it showed however ...
I wasn't keen on this one, it showed however the predudices, that were were around and shoo are in many areas. Read more
Published on 8 April 2011 by gems
5.0 out of 5 stars The book was very good, except the mystery wasn't concluded.
The mystery wasn't one of her best, but it wasn't too bad. The blossomed relationship between Monk and Hester made up for it. Read more
Published on 24 July 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm casting the movie!
I've decided it's time to cast the William Monk movie! Easy. Ciaran Hind, that dark, brooding, wonderful Anglo-Irish stage actor, is Monk. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 1999
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