3.5* Entertaining mystery,
This review is from: The Twisted Root (Paperback)
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.