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A young bridegroom enlists private investigator William Monk to track down his fiancée, Miriam Gardiner, who disappeared suddenly from a party at a luxurious Bayswater mansion. Monk soon finds the coach in which Miriam fled and, nearby, the murdered body of the coachman, but there is no trace of the young passenger. What strange compulsion could have driven the beautiful widow to abandon the prospect of a loving marriage and financial abundance? Monk and clever nurse Hester Latterly, themselves now newlyweds, desperately pursue the elusive truth--and an unknown killer whose malign brilliance they have scarcely begun to fathom.oving marriage and financial abundance? Monk's attempt to answer that question proves a challenge, as Miriam Gardiner's fateful flight ends in a packed London courtroom where brilliant barrister Oliver Rathbone wages an uphill battle to absolve her from a charge of murder. And in a race with the hangman, Monk and clever nurse Hester Latterly--themselves now newlyweds--desperately pursue the elusive truth . . . and an unknown killer whose malign brilliance they have scarcely begun to fathom.From the Hardcover edition.
«Dos horas más tarde, el inspector Thomas Pitt cerraba la puerta del matadero e iluminaba el patio con su linterna. Miró el cadáver, que yacía tal como lo había encontrado el agente. Su aspecto a la tenue luz del amanecer incipiente era grotesco. Lo observó. El muerto no tenía el menor rastro de sangre en las manos. Incluso las uñas estaban limpias, lo que resultaba muy curioso en cualquier persona que frecuentara una zona como aquella...» En las brumosas calles del Londres victoriano se cometen varios asesinatos inexplicables cuyo turbio móvil remite a oscuras pulsiones sexuales. Solo el inspector Pitt, con la ayuda de su perspicaz esposa Charlotte, conseguirá esclarecerlos.
Despunta el invierno y en una espléndida casa rural inglesa se celebra una velada al resguardo del frío, entre candelabros, ramilletes de muérdago y buen vino. Es el peor escenario para el infortunio y nadie, ni siquiera la intuitiva aristócrata Vespasia Cumming-Gould, podría haber previsto una tragedia que sume en brumas el ambiente festivo. La joven Gwendolen Kilmuir se ha suicidado y hay otra, Isobel Alvie, a quien se culpa de los hechos: de su boca salió un comentario amargo sobre el compromiso de la fallecida con un rico heredero. El misterio, sin embargo, envuelve la carta que Gwendolen escribió antes de dar fin a su vida. Es Isobel quien, sintiéndose culpable, parte hacia Escocia en compañía de su amiga Vespasia para entregar el documento a la madre de Gwendolen, buscar el perdón y poder enmendar su funesta conducta. Pero durante el largo viaje Vespasia irá descubriendo algunos secretos sobre la víctima que la llevarán a comprender la oscura verdad que se escondía tras la tragedia.«Anne Perry tiene la vista de un halcón y la presteza de garras necesaria para capturar... la injusticia del crimen.»New York Times Book Review
Mariah Ellison, la irritable abuela de la serie del inspector Pitt, se ve forzada a pasar la Navidad en Romney Marshes con los Fielding. Pero pasar la Navidad con ellos es algo muy diferente a lo que está acostumbrada. Cuando llega una prima de la familia, Maude Barrington, la abuela ya se ve al límite de su aguante. Maude le parece una persona poco fina, algo rara... y fascinante, aunque se ocupa bien de no decírselo a nadie y manifestar en público un ligero desdén. Pero cuando aparece muerta, la abuela, intentando descubrir lo que ocurrió, deberá enfrentarse a revelaciones sorprendentes sobre su propio pasado.Una visita navideña en Romney Marshes tiene la combinación perfecta de misterio y crimen en la ambigua sociedad victoriana, sin olvidar una ración generosa de alegría navideña.
Anne Perry's magnificent Victorian mysteries established her as one of the world's best known and loved historical novelists. Now, in her vividly imagined World War I novels, Perry's talents "have taken a quantum leap" (The Star-Ledger), and so has the number of her devoted readers. We Shall Not Sleep, the final book in this epic series featuring the dedicated Reavley family, is perhaps the most memorably enthralling of all Perry's novels. After four long years, peace is finally in sight. But chaplain Joseph Reavley and his sister Judith, an ambulance driver on the Western Front, are more hard pressed than ever. Behind the lines, violence is increasing: soldiers are abusing German prisoners, a nurse has been raped and murdered, and the sinister ideologue called the Peacemaker now threatens to undermine the peace just as he did the war. Then Matthew, the third Reavley sibling and an intelligence expert, suddenly arrives at the front with startling news. The Peacemaker's German counterpart has offered to go to England and expose his co-conspirator as a traitor. But with war still raging and prejudices inflamed, such a journey would be fraught with hazards, especially since the Peacemaker has secret informers everywhere, even on the battlefield. For richness of plot, character, and feeling, We Shall Not Sleep is unmatched. Anne Perry's brilliantly orchestrated finale is a heart-stopping tour de force, mesmerizing and totally satisfying.
The enigmatic Mr. Monk is once more called in this time to investigate the death of a crown prince. The countess Monk is trying to help believes he was murdered and has no proof and is about to go on trial for slander. As the book unfolds, it becomes clear the prince was killed but did the countess herself do it?
In 1892, the grisly murders of Whitechapel prostitutes four years earlier by a killer dubbed Jack the Ripper remain a terrifying enigma. And in a packed Old Bailey courtroom, Superintendent Thomas Pitt's testimony causes distinguished soldier John Adinett to be sentenced to hang for the inexplicable murder of a friend. Instead of being praised for his key testimony, Pitt is removed from his station command and transferred to Whitechapel, one of the East End's most dangerous slums. There he must work undercover investigating alleged anarchist plots. Among his few allies are his clever wife, Charlotte, and intrepid Gracie, the maid who can travel unremarked in Whitechapel. But none of them anticipate the horrors to be revealed. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Few authors have made Victorian London as engaging and lively as Anne Perry has and her rich descriptions and charismatic characters have long captivated fans around the world. Now in one enticing volume, here are Anne Perry's first three classic novels featuring private investigator William Monk.THE FACE OF A STRANGERHis name, they tell him, is William Monk, and he is a London police detective. His memory vanished after a terrible accident, intent on hiding his condition and starting a new life, Monk tackles a grisly murder case in which each new revelation leads him to the answers he seeks but dreads to find. . . .A DANGEROUS MOURNINGCalled upon to investigate the brutal murder of a blue-blooded young widow, Monk is plagued by his lingering amnesia and an inept supervisor. But nurse Hester Latterly offers her assistance, and together they grope warily through the silence and shadows that obscure the aristocrat's demise.DEFEND AND BETRAYAfter a brilliant military career, General Thaddeus Carlyon meets his death not on the battlefield but at a London dinner party, and his wife confesses to the murder. But Monk and Hester Latterly suspect deceit, and with the trial only days away, they feverishly work to unravel the dark heart of the mystery.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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