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Passé sous silence (William Monk #10)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,715 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews
La fête donnée en l'honneur du prochain mariage de Miriam Gardiner dans la maison londonienne de son fiancé, Lucius Stourbridge, aurait dû être l'un des plus beaux jours de sa vie. Mais la future mariée quitte précipitamment la réception sans donner d'explication. Soucieux d'éviter le scandale, Lucius demande à William Monk de mener l'enquête. D'habitude peu porté sur les ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Grands détectives, 416 pages
Published April 8th 2004 by 10/18 (first published October 27th 1998)
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June Ahern
Mar 19, 2013 June Ahern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I"m on an Anne Perry jag - reading one novel after the other and rather enjoying it too!

A bit of of sequence and read the one below a few years ago. The story before this dealt with opium and this ones with another ugly hidden secret of the rich and famous toward their servants.

Here's my latest:
I am a fan of Anne Perry's mysteries series as this one with William and Hester Monk set in
Victorian England. The whole setting, language, fashion styles, social and political happenings and all the uglie
Mar 19, 2015 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Monk and Hester are now married, and beginning to build their life together, each having to make adjustments in preferences and considerations. As expected, there are some tense moments: Monk mustn't try to lay down the law, or force Hester into the role of a subservient wife, if he wants them to be happy, and she must also allow him to retain some pride and decision-making.

There continues to be medical and nursing history. Anaesthetic is now more commonplace, changing surgery for the surgeons a
Mary Corbal
Mar 15, 2015 Mary Corbal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La trama es muy interesante y el final logra sorprenderte. Casi la mitad de la novela habla sobre cómo eran consideradas las enfermeras en la época victoriana, por lo que la trama de los crímenes se diluye un poco. Así y todo, la historia te atrapa y es una lectura amena.
Katie Bee
It's fine. I find that with these Monk books, I can pretty much always put my finger on who did it from the beginning, but then Perry spends 500 pages of narrative investigating other things before coming back at the end and pulling the rabbit out of the hat to get her "ending twist" (often with the help of coincidence). I never get a sense of progression, or the little hints along the way that help the reader to build a case. Instead it's just "who does your gut tell you Perry's picked to be th ...more
Rebecca Huston
A very intense plot involving two story arcs that do merge. The first is about a missing widow, Miriam Gardiner, who has vanished on the day that she is celebrating her engagement to young Lucius Stourbridge. Missing along with her is the family coachman along with the carriage and horses. When the man is found with his head bashed in, suspicions fall on Miriam, being the last person to see him alive, but when Lucius' mother is found in her bedroom with her head crushed, Miriam is arrested. And ...more
Greg Bascom
May 19, 2012 Greg Bascom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a splendid novel set in London in midsummer 1860. It begins with the abrupt departure and disappearance of Miriam Gardiner, a commoner, from a garden party celebrating her betrothal to Lucius Stourbridge, a younger man of considerable means. Lucius hires William Monk, an agent of inquiry, to find his fiancée. With the particulars of this mystery launched, the story switches to Monk's recent bride, Hester, who is a volunteer nurse at the North London Hospital, which has a mystery of its o ...more
Aug 11, 2009 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Perry uses the cultural mores of the 18th century as the backdrop for her books, and in The Twisted Root the reader is delivered into a time when cultural taboos leave a woman ready to die rather than tell what she knows about three murders that she has been charged with committing. Even though the plot twists in this Perry book keep readers involved, the characters are missing the intensity of the earlier Monk books. It seems once William Monk recovered his memory and decided to settle int ...more
Jamie Collins
Another enjoyable Victorian murder mystery. The author decided to take a break from worrying about the subjugation of women - in this book she frets over the neglect of aging veterans and the low prestige of the nursing profession; the latter is always a favorite topic.

Monk and Hester, together at last!
Debbie Maskus
As I have mentioned, Anne Perry's books improve with each new novel. Hester and Monk are newlyweds and attempting to adjust to this new lifestyle. Hester has never been a "housewife" and dislikes the confines of cooking and cleaning, and Monk will not allow Hester to work for wages. The story centers on a young widow, Miriam Gardiner, about to remarry. At a casual party, the prospective bride runs away without telling her reason. The coachman who drives her is found murdered five days later, and ...more
This is #10 in the Inspector Monk series, although he has not been an inspector since Book #1, and Monk and Hester are finally married. (Is that a spoiler? Sorry about that!) Marriage has not hurt them, however, and the series just keeps getting better and better; this probably should get four stars instead of three. Perry keeps coming up with these odd murders (in this case, three of them), all tied together with some terrible social injustice brought about simply because of the inequality betw ...more
Laura Edwards
Sep 08, 2015 Laura Edwards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lisa Kucharski
I know that this author has a big following, and that this is my first book I've read of hers. I found the mystery to be compelling but the first 190 pages were filled with internal "worryings" BORED me and I was toying with ditching the book.

Once beyond that point the story line actually picked up and the mystery actually moved to the center stage. Actually as soon as Rathbone entered the story it became more interesting.

This is one of those mysteries where someone is willing to hang for a murd
Peggy Crawford
Oct 27, 2007 Peggy Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read an Anne Perry book in a long time. This one was really good. It dealt with a lot of women's issues, like poor pay and respect for nurses. One of the characters supposedly worked with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea. Made me want to go read about Florence. I had an inkling of where the plot was going, but I didn't have it all worked out. I listened to it on CD and the reader was excellent, as most of the readers I've listened to are.
I went through a time when I read every Anne Perry, William Monk book. I'm not sure why but this is the last one I read.
Perhaps I reached the saturation point. Anyways....

The Twisted Root Anne Perry's first William Monk book after his marriage to Hester Latterly the nurse who worked in the battlefields of Crimea, explores new tensions between the leading characters. While there are not the battles between them that there were in previous novels, there still is plenty of tension. somehow they are
Jul 15, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me preface this review with a statement: I did enjoy the story. What killed the rating for this book is the pacing. At one point, there was a five week time skip that made me totally loose track of how long the story had been going on for. The writer introduced a new narrator in the last stretch of the book in order to have a better perspective of the trial, but it felt incredibly slow in the beginning and too rushed at the end. I am glad that even though it appears to be a series of books I ...more
Mar 09, 2010 Sydney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet again, Anne Perry does it! This book is my favourite of all her mysteries. I love the Monk Series best of all. The Twisted Root grips from the beginning, and won't let go, even after you've finished! Every character is convincing and exciting, making it hard to guess who did the dirty deed.

I highly recommend it!
I was drawn to this book because it is the first story since Monk and Hester got married. They live in Monk's home since his office is there.

When drugs are found to be missing in the hospital Hester gets involved with the story. The nurse taking the drugs is caring for elderly soldiers not cared for by the government and are not able to be cared for by their families. But the second story involves murder and rape and Monk, Hester and Rathbone pull it out at the last minute.

Perry tells a wonderf
Mar 20, 2015 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great title. Praise for the artwork on the dustcover of this book. Eye catching, sinister and mysterious. Just what one would expect from England's Victorian age Sadly, that's where it stops. This is book 10 in the series on the cases of Inspector William Monk. Even though I did not read any of the 9 previous offerings by the author, I can say that this book may be read on it's own without missing out on that which came before. The unfolding of his latest adventure did keep my attention although ...more
Ken Bickley
Jul 17, 2014 Ken Bickley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Perry's Victorian novels evoke mid-19th century London vividly, and her characters are fully believable. Her disdain of the class system of that period, and of the wretched condition of the poor rivals Charles Dickens (who was of course alive during that time). In this mystery, William Monk has married, and has a happy home life. (However, he still has not recovered much of his memory of his life before his carriage accident.) He becomes involved not only in a murder, but also in the theft ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This was one of the best of this series that I have read. It would be hard to guess the ending of this one through 3/4 of tyounhe book. An admirable young woman was engaged to a wealthy and quiet younger man, when suddenly, at a croquet party, she flees in obvious distress. She has a coachman drive her away and later, he is found dead and she has disappeared.

When eventually found, she will say nothing about why she left and is loath to return. She was found with a nurse who took her in when she
Apr 27, 2012 Rusty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful mystery read! Imagine a woman finding the love of her life, enjoying getting to him and uncovering a secret such that she runs away two weeks before the wedding. In addition, the coachman who takes her is murdered. Arrested for murder, she is released when police discover that the woman who raised her from a very young age has been stealing drugs from the hospital to care for poor, ill patients who can't afford them. The man who was killed died close to her home and was blackmai ...more
The Twisted Root - G+
Anne Perry
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
Can't decide between two or three stars. Read it as an antidote to Raybourn's Silent in the Grave - either to make that seem more enjoyable due to more verbalised romance, or to make it disappear from my mind by being the better original.

Had forgotten I had read this one before, although I quickly did remember. Skimmed then, esp. all of the war stories, this time not just the Crimean ones (even if it is a series it's too much by now to have Hester say the same thing every ten pages in every book
Oct 12, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 26, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, Anne Perry really knows how to completely surprise you! The two books I have read so far both have a plot where a person is being tried for a crime they did not commit, and yet they will not provide the information to exonerate themselves, so in the end, Monk and Hester must go to great lengths to figure out how to save them. That is a bit taxing, but the plot twist at the end is always quite good.
Laurel Deloria
Includes, war heroes ignored, bad hospital administration, evil brothers, abuse of house-hold staff In a stunning feat of the imagination, Anne Perry encloses readers within the magic circle of her genius and brings to life the lost world of England's Victorian Age. Hoofbeats clatter on cobblestones, gaslight glimmers through fog, and in the exclusive privacy of elegant drawing rooms, powerful...
Scott Lowe
Apr 12, 2016 Scott Lowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fine entry in the William Monk novels, and one of my favorites. Monk and Hester are finally married. The story of the young woman who fled from an engagement party and vanished, while the driver who took her away is found murdered is a fun tale that leaves you reading as fast as you can to discover why the woman refuses to reveal why she fled and who killed the driver.
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Dec 25, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another satisfying go-round with the now-married Hester and William Monk. The plot has multiple, intriguing mysteries from the get-go.I liked the added frisson of Rathbone's involvement in the trial and his lingering feelings for Hester. Hester and Cleo's compassion for the sick veterans was a nice touch. The ending revelation was a shock--but I had had intimations of it beforehand.
Z Coonen
Jan 27, 2016 Z Coonen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whodunits
My first Anne Perry book. Overall a good whodunit. Felt like there was an excessive amount of filler writing. Also grew weary of the hospital politics: felt too much like I was back in a QC/QA meeting. Wasn't expecting the social service lectures throughout that slowed the pace. I think Twisted Root is a serviceable description of the storyline.
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Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

Juliet took the name "Anne Perry," the latter being her stepfather's surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
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