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Anne Perry
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9 Jan 1997 Inspector William Monk Mystery

It's 1859 and throughout Europe tremendous upheavals have taken place. Hester Latterly is nurse to the sick son of a German Baron and his family, who have moved to London from one of the many small principalities between Prussia and Bavaria - and the Baroness tells Hester about her kingdom's famous royal family...

Handsome Prince Friedrich was one of just two heirs to the crown, considered the perfect match by every woman of the land. But during an affair with Countess Zorah Rostova, he meets the alluring and sophisticated Gisela - with whom he falls deeply in love. He can have Gisela or the crown, but not both. He chooses Gisela, marries her in Venice and, after many years, tragically dies in England.

Now, Countess Zorah, having accused the widowed Princess of murdering Friedrich, is being sued in the biggest slander trial of the century - and the only way that she can defend herself is to prove that Gisela is indeed guilty. But in doing so she must sully the greatest love story that the country has ever known, and that is enough to put her lawyer's career in jeopardy, too. That lawyer is Oliver Rathbone, who calls on Investigator William Monk to help...

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (9 Jan 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747252521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747252528
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 10.6 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,611 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 seventh suspenseful William Monk mystery from master storyteller Anne Perry

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'.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! 10 April 2013
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I love this series but things went astray in this one - it was boring for first two-thirds then picked up. If you are hooked on the series you must read it but be warned that you may find yourself nodding off for the first few chapters! The end is interesting if you make it that far.

Sorry Anne Perry I love your writing just not this one!
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2.0 out of 5 stars don't bother 29 Dec 2012
By winnieg
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Am trying to read the William Monk books in sequence. Have enjoyed all so far. This book was a huge disappointment, and a departure from the format of the earlier books which were all excellent. This story was complete rubbish. I rushed through it to get it finished. The storyline was stupid; questions that should have been asked weren't; Rathbone looked stupid, and the other characters lacked interest. Also, there was little or no interaction between Hester and William. Possibly from my point of view also, I had no interest in this area of European History.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Weighed In The Balance 25 July 2012
By Rich
Countess Rostova makes an accusation of murder, which leads to her being sued for slander. Oliver Rathbone takes the case and as usual Monk and Hester get dragged into it.

Words fail me a bit here. There was some perverse enjoyment to be had reading this, as it is one of the silliest books I've read in ages. What would a make reasonable, if implausible novella is dragged out to impossible lengths here. Perry adds pages and pages of padding but this only makes things more tedious. The slander trial entertains but only due the craziness of the proceedings. Why did no one bother to actually ask Countess Rostova why she thought Gisela had committed murder? Why not make Countess Rostova explain herself? Probably because everything hinges on everyone, including the Countess, to be pig ignorant.

A complete disaster, silly, patronising and disappointing. It feels as though Perry made this one up as it went along. There are one or two nice moments regarding Robert and Miss Stanhope but the rest should have been rejected by the publisher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In praise of Perry 17 July 2010
Anne Perry takes her knowledge and skills of Victorian society across Europe with the flair and ease of a truly excellant writer
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a super yarn! 27 Oct 1999
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I have discovered a (for me) new author and I am delighted. This Victorian murder mystery is a great bedtime/holiday read, and I have ordered another five books by Anne Perry to keep me going for a little while.
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