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on 25 July 2012
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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on 29 December 2012
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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on 10 April 2013
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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on 8 April 2011
Most o Ann Perry books I will read again and again, the only other auther I do that with is Agatha Christie.
They are kind of timeless all though written about the 1800s.
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on 16 January 2016
as usual with anne perry books, there always a very good read with interesting detailed plots
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on 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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on 13 February 2015
Another superb step back in time with murder and intrigue .
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on 14 January 2016
As always a jolly good read.
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on 27 October 1999
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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on 3 December 2015
good series
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