- Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd; Large Print edition edition (1 July 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0708992595
- ISBN-13: 978-0708992593
- Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,080,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Twisted Root (Charnwood Library) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Jul 2001
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William Monk, the unquestionably handsome, somewhat vain, but genuinely tender-hearted "agent of enquiry" is back on the streets of Victorian London, investigating his 10th case, a missing woman. Miriam Gardiner was due to be betrothed to a much younger man, a well-to-do gentleman named Lucius Stourbridge. But during a family croquet party, the bride-to-be vanished, apparently fleeing in a coach driven by a family servant named Treadwell. Perhaps just a simple case of pre- wedding jitters, Monk would normally be reluctant to take on such a seemingly dull case but his own recent marriage to the headstrong nurse Hester Latterly gives Monk a new- found empathy for the heartbroken Lucius. Of course as is tradition in Perry's historical mysteries, all is not quite as it seems. Treadwell is found murdered and the missing Miriam becomes the number one suspect. Monk is convinced that she "could and would do no intentional evil", even as Hester connects her to another illicit crime. Eventually unearthed by London's finest, Miriam is arrested and charged with murder. It's up to barrister Oliver Rathbone to absolve her in court (with a little help from his good friends William and Hester Monk).
With a plot twist around every corner, Anne Perry knows just how to keep us in suspense, right up to the exceedingly dramatic finale. The Twisted Root is a luminous whodunit from the queen of the Victorian mystery. --Naomi Gesigner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Perry's skill lies in combining a moving and detailed portrait of the day - complete with its complex social etiquette - with a good, old fashioned whodunnit' Liverpool Daily Post --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Lucius Sturbridge turns to William for help when his betrothed Miriam vanished without a trace from a garden party five days ago. No one has seen her since she disappeared. Recognizing that the distraught Lucius loves his intended as strongly as he loves his Hester, William reluctantly agrees to investigate. He finds the carriage that transported Miriam, but the driver is dead. The police first arrested Miriam, but freed her when they felt the suspect's foster mother had a stronger motive. When Lucius' mother is killed, the police arrest Miriam again. The prisoner knows more than she is saying, but is willing to take her information to the gallows. Hester begins her own inquiries in order to save Miriam's life.
Anne Perry always provides her fans with an interesting story with THE TWISTED ROOM being one of her best. The archaically formed nursing profession (circa 1860) is examined, leaving readers to shake their heads as the participants are considered on a par with charlatans. The who-done-it is entertaining because the audience knows that the prime suspect is hiding information that would prove her innocence. This moves the reader to wondering why Miriam would rather die than reveal the truth. Ms. Perry appears heading towards another award with this winning historical mystery.
There is much to admire in this tale and not least the teasing plot. Perry paints a grim and highly realistic picture of a hospital and the fate of those too poor to afford medicines and nursing that has all too much relevance today in the light of National Health Service problems. Who says an interest in history is just dwelling in the past? Perry's writing has a grip and immediacy that never fails to hold me, and this book is a particularly good example of this spell. She will have to be careful how she treats the marriage of her two sleuths, both far stronger and more realistic characters than Pitt and Charlotte. Don't let these gripping tales of the mean streets of mid Victorian London degenerate into coziness! Long may she harrow and reveal the seamy underbelly of high (and low) society.
Rachel A. Hyde for The Charlotte Austin Review
The mystery itself is an interesting one with characters you can empathise with, however the pacing seems to go a bit awry: the beginning's strong, there's a long hiatus in the middle, and then everything gets wrapped up very quickly at the end in a slightly unsatisfying way. The level of coincidence is also unfeasibly high, and if you think too much the plot holes are actually quite gaping.
Personally I have to limit myself with Perry since there is an underlying 'sameness' to her books which, to be fair, is to do with genre rather than her writing. Also knowing that she likes to build her plot around sexual transgressions makes it relatively easy to guess the outcome since your expectations are set.
One small quibble was the overload of exclamation marks in the first two chapters! But that's a small thing and this is an entertaining book that's perfect to pass a commute/journey or just for a few hours of escapism.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I guess early on who dunnit but kept thinking it couldn't be them. What a clever title too, with so many twists and turns. Thoroughly good read.Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Ann M. Banham
I've givnen this book three stars, prrobably deserves 4/5. I've read it but need to read gain as I've forgtten the plot. But its Anne Perry so bound to be good.Published 7 months ago by gems
Anne perry books have always make feel you knew all her people involved in her storyPublished 9 months ago by Jo Heighton
It was ....ok. I possibly made a mistake by reading this book having not read the others in the series, but I found it very difficult to get into, I will usually easily read 50-60... Read morePublished 10 months ago by A customer
I am a staunch supporter of Anne Perry's historical research, book structure and great characterisation. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Babs Nye
The title gives you the answer to the crime, in a certain sense. So pay attention to it!Published 13 months ago by Anne Trickett
one of the best I have read.the story gripped you from beginning to end.I think it was a truly twisted tailPublished 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
Excellent, one of my favourite authors. She writes very well and the plots are excellent. Brings the Victorian era to life. Would recommend to all.Published 18 months ago by Mervyne Dalton