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The Twisted Root (Charnwood Library) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Jul 2001

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  • Hardcover
  • 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)

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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.

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'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.

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By A Customer on 16 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
After a delightful three-week honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands, William and Hester Monk return to London. Hester starts anew her battle to redesign the nursing profession along the lines of Florence Nightingale's work during the Crimea War. Being a Victorian gentleman, William, is determined that his business as an enquiry agent flourishes so he can support his spouse. Hester understands her beloved's goal as a sign of the times.
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.

Harriet Klausner
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By A Customer on 10 Feb. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Monk and Hester have finally taken the plunge and tied the knot - not a marriage made in heaven, so we might just be spared the protestations of undying love and general coziness that erodes some of the grittiness from Perry's Pitt series. This time they have a baffling case on their hands and I found this book a real page-turner. Lucius Stourbridge is holding a party to celebrate his engagement to attractive widow Miriam Gardiner when she vanishes with the coachman. Later he is found dead outside the home of a nurse and colleague of Hester's who looked after Miriam for years when she was found terrified and alone years before. What is her secret, and what was so terrible that she refuses totell anybody even when faced with the gallows?
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
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By A Customer on 8 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
Some crime novels can set up such an air of mystery and suspense that the ending, no matter how clever, is always going to be a let-down. But The Twisted Root actually lives up to its early promise, with an ending which is suitably horrific and dramatic. The characters of Monka nd hester are once again brilliantly shown, with their individual thoughts on their recent marriage showing that this it is not merely a 'happy ending' for them but an ongoing process of negotiation that you would expect from meeting them in previous books. All in all a fine book which will have you reading under the covers in bed when you should be fast asleep!
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Anne Perry can usually be relied on to write a rivetting mystery wrapped up in the dark and seamy side of Victorian London, and this is no different. However the recent marriage of Hester and Monk neutralises some of the tension that always ensues from their relationship and there is a slightly forced air to their marital squabbles as Monk tries to establish his masculine authority in their household.

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.
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