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Funérailles en bleu (William Monk #12)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  2,578 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
Deux femmes sont retrouvées mortes dans l'atelier d'un peintre londonien. L'une d'elles, Elissa Beck, était une joueuse invétérée, accablée de dettes au point d'avoir ruiné son mari. Ce dernier est immédiatement soupçonné... Afin d'y voir plus clair dans cette affaire un peu trop simple à son goût et qui le touche de près, Monk va devoir s'allier, bien malgré lui, avec son ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Grands détectives, 386 pages
Published April 15th 2004 by 10/18 (first published January 1st 2001)
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Melissa Lenhardt
Apr 24, 2013 Melissa Lenhardt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
If not for William Monk and his wife Hester, Funeral in Blue would have been a total disappointment. I like these characters so much I will suffer through much, it seems. In Funeral in Blue, every single characters spends way too much time asking themselves questions, navel gazing and occasionally contradicting themselves. Perry pads the story with repetitions of the victim’s heroism and beauty. In fact, any time someone talks of the victim, her heroism and beauty is mentioned. It is exhausting ...more
Jamie Collins
This is the twelfth book in Perry's Victorian mystery series about Monk, the amnesiac detective and Hester, the Crimean War nurse. It's entertaining enough if you enjoy these characters, which I do, but the mystery is pretty weak.

Monk and Hester have a wealthy patron, Lady Callandra, who occasionally finances their detecting adventures. Callandra has long been in love with the married surgeon, Dr. Beck. But now Beck’s wife has been murdered, so there may be a happy ending in store for Callandra
Dec 17, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First sentence: The operating room was silent except for the deep, regular breathing of the gaunt young woman who lay on the table, the immense bulge of her stomach laid bare.

Premise/plot: The twelfth novel in the William Monk series focuses on Dr. Kristian Beck. This surgeon has appeared briefly in several other novels in this mystery series. In this one, he's the prime suspect for his wife's murder. (There are two murders actually, and both murders occurred at an artist's studio.) Lady Callan
Apr 04, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really need to read more of the books in this series -- and I need to find out more about the Austrian uprising of 1848. This book deals with the question of friendship and what we would do if pushed to the edge of ruin and, to some extent, the question of political expediency. When Dr. Kristian Beck stands accused of the murder of his wife and another woman, Monk and Hester and Lady Callandra push themselves to the edge to prove him innocent. While they all concede that he might have been dri ...more
Anne Perry writes strong Victorian murder mysteries with complex characters, including spunky, smart women, and plots that center on important social issues. In Funeral in Blue she takes on women's property rights obliquely, and gambling and Anti-Semitism directly. This is part of the Monk series, and takes place in both London and post-Revolutionary Vienna. The basic premise is the murder of Dr. Kristian Beck's previously mostly-invisible wife, along with an artist's model, at a studio to which ...more
Oct 28, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Fair disclosure: I got it as a book on CD in a truck stop for a long drive. I enjoy them. Make fun of me - I don't care. Ok, now that I got that out of the way... I have not read the rest of the series. I didn't know it was part of a series. It stands alone - although I suspect or could be even better if I had read the other 11 or so. I enjoy turn of the 19th century historical fiction - especially mysteries or detective stories, and I assure you I will try the fi ...more
3.5 stars

It's a good thing Monk's tentative truce with Runcorn remains in effect, because their best chance of finding the truth lies in working together.

This time, Kristian is the one with everything at stake - and even if he wins, he may still lose. As an immigrant, and a murdered woman's husband, he's first on the list of suspects. Can anything be found to save him? And what is Imogen's secret, that Charles can't bear to leave yet requires Hester's help?

Note for Kindle readers: the last 12%
Oct 04, 2016 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
4.5 Stars.actually. This book was excellent up until the very end where the storyline wrapped up a bit too neatly and quickly for my liking. Otherwise a great book start to finish.
Feb 17, 2017 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psycho-killers
After all the plot twists and turns, the conclusion to this book came out of literally freaking nowhere. It was riveting, right up until its rip-off of an ending. For die-hard Monk fans and Monk completists only. (I am both, hence 3 stars.)
Feb 23, 2017 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne Perry's character development over this series is just fabulous. Monk and Hester, now Monk and Runcorn, Callandra and Kristian, Rathbone..... The stories are compelling, the victorian atmosphere is well drawn, and the growth of each character as the books unfold..... keep me reading!
Nov 10, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable mystery by Anne Perry, up to her usual standard. I always know I am going get a great mystery.
Mar 01, 2017 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Victorian mystery in the Thomas and Hester Monk series. I thought this was one of the better ones in the series.
Marilyn Fontane
Jul 20, 2016 Marilyn Fontane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funeral in Blue by Anne Perry is an unusual novel. The primary victim is the wife of Kristian Beck, a doctor Hester has worked with and a man one of her best friends, Lady Callandra Daviot, has loved in silence and unrequitedly for years. Dr. Beck is accused of the murder, and Monk tries to find the real killer to free this physician he respects. Both Kristian Beck and his wife Elissa von Liebnitz had been part of the underground when they were young in 1848 in Vienna, attempting freedom for the ...more
Apr 27, 2012 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was more annoying than enjoyable, but funnily enough, I will read another of her books, out of curiosity, to see if the earlier ones were any better written.
"Funeral in Blue" is a William Monk mystery set in Victorian England. William Monk is a former policeman who is now a private investigator, and Hester Latterly, his wife, is a nurse who is married to Monk. In "Funeral in Blue," two women are murdered in the studio of an artist, Argo Allardyce. One of the women, Elissa Beck, is the
Jeni Enjaian
To be honest I can't remember how I ever heard about this book or why I even put it on my list.

Obviously I approached the book wary of what I would find, especially after I read what was on the dust jacket cover. I was so afraid that it would delve into the seemier side of things that I never want to expose myself to. I think what I'm trying to say is understandable.

I told myself that I would put the book away if I ever encountered anything like that. I finished the book.

Now, I realized as I del
Feb 19, 2017 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Perry does not disappoint....ever!
Cheryl Bradley
Jan 16, 2010 Cheryl Bradley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Anne Perry takes us back to Victorian England. Hester Monk's coworker, Dr. Kristian Beck, finds himself accused of the murders of his wife, Elissa, and an artist's model, Sarah Mackeson in an artist's studio. Dr. Beck is originally from Vienna, where both he and his wife played active roles as revolutionaries in the uprising of 1848. Hester does not want to believe Kristian is guilty, especially since her dear friend Callandra Daviot is secretly in love with Kristian. Callandra engag ...more
Laura Edwards
Odd not to have Rathbone make an appearance at all, but in the end I guess it makes sense. It was an interesting twist to have Monk and Runcorn working together. I really like the growing understanding and respect between them. Much more believable when characters are three-dimensional instead of cardboard cutouts with good guys and bad guys.

As much as I want to see Callandra and Kristian Beck get together, I'm sorry his wife had to die. She would have been a fascinating character to add to the
Katie Bee
I feel like this series doesn't live up to what could be its potential. Perry writes well, and many of her characters are great (with the ongoing exception of Monk; I have always found him terminally uninteresting, and the narrative too often just tells us he's brilliant without proving it). But the plots! The plots are buried beneath lugubrious layers and layers, and too often rely on coincidences introduced at the last minute to provide the necessary "twist". Twists are great when they're earn ...more
My Inner Shelf
Dec 06, 2012 My Inner Shelf rated it really liked it
Allez, un petit Monk et ça repart ! Ce qu’il y a de bien avec Anne Perry et William Monk c’est que lorsqu’on commence un nouveau volume, c’est un peu gagné d’avance, la déception est plus qu’improbable. Et après une fulgurance comme L’appât je ne voulais pas prendre de risques.

Nous retrouvons donc Monk et ses acolytes pour un douzième volume digne des précédents. Si tous les personnages récurrents sont présents, notons toutefois l’absence de Rathbone. Comme toujours, les relations entre les prin
Ever since picking up The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry, I have enjoyed her William Monk series, but for some reason I stopped reading them. Funeral in Blue has sat sadly neglected on a shelf in my spare bedroom. The pages have slowly turned to yellow and it has that distinct musty old book smell about it.

Upon cracking it open and reading a few paragraphs, I rediscovered why I so enjoyed this series. There is such a nice chemistry which exists between the two main characters, William and Hest
Dec 05, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me this was a good read as I never figured out who the killer was. Good development of the relationship between Monk and Runcorn, with a grudging lean back toward the friendship they apparently had at one time. Callandra acted a bit of the dolt in this one, most likely because the man she secretly loves is on trial for the murder of his wife, but she also begins to question if the affection she believes is secretly returned is real, or a figment of her imagination based on the wrong interpr ...more
Nov 16, 2016 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing murder mystery, two women have been murdered, one the wife of Dr Kristian Beck, the other an artist's model. William Monk, with help from his wife, Hester is on the case. This novel set in Victorian London, has a feeling of authenticity with police procedures, a feel of life in Victorian London and interesting insights into race, religion and the difficulties experienced through political uprising.

The story takes a variety of twists and turns, and red herrings as the suspects line
Gayle Noble
"When her brother arrives on her doorstep, Hester Monk is shocked - as much by the unexpectedness of the visit as by the reason for it. For since her marriage to Monk, Charles and his elegant wife, Imogen, have kept their distance. But now Charles needs Hester's help. He believes Imogen is having an affair - there can be no other explanation for her recent strange behaviour. However, before Hester is able to investigate, a tragedy occurs. In a nearby artist's studio two women have been brutally ...more
This is my third Anne Perry and I continue to be disappointed. She builds great characters, her descriptions of the time periods she rights about are wonderful, and yet the plot itself always leaves me wanting more. The is part of the William Monk series. Monk is a former policeman while his wife, Hester, was a nurse during the Crimean War who now helps at a London hospital. When the wife of one of the doctors is found murdered in an artist's studio along with a "woman of easy virtue," all signs ...more
Barbara ★
When Alisa Beck turns up dead along with an artist's model, Monk and Hester get involved since Alisa's husband, Christian is a family friend. The evidence is light and mostly circumstantial but the law arrests Christian anyway. Monk is determined to find evidence that Christian is not guilty of this heinous crime. I was enjoying the story until this point. Then it morphs into a history lesson which has zero impact on the story. Monk is trying to prove that something (or someone) from 13 years ag ...more
Anne Perry weaves a great Victorian murder mystery. In this story the characters are mostly linked by their involvement in the Austrian revolution of 1848 they were comrades, friends and of course they had enemies. I knew very little about the Austrian revolution and reading this novel gave me a basic outline of events which leads me to want to learn more. The story starts with the death of the beautiful Elissa Beck and an artist's model in the flat of the artist who is painting Elissa's portrai ...more
It's been several years since I stopped reading this series-- I generally loved the Monk books but about 1/3 of the way through I remembered why they had lost their charm.

Ms. Perry's characters are still some of my favorite 19th century characters, however the pages and pages of interior dialogue spent over analyzing all decisions can be wearisome and detract from the plot. Unfortunately this occurred much too much in this entry as well.

I don't mind that I guessed the murderer halfway thru, and
Like "Slaves of Obsession", which preceded it, this is a bit of a departure from formula, at least as far as setting is concerned. Though most of the plot takes place in the familiar mixture of slums and drawing rooms of London, Monk also takes a trip to Vienna - greatly hampered by his lack of German - to dredge out murder motives from the popular uprisings there a couple of decades before.

Anti-Semitism is one of the devils that lies beneath the plot, and the trial, too, is enlivened by the fac
Aug 27, 2015 Dlhmoore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a surprisingly good book! It is the first of Perry's books I've read having Mr.Monk and his wife as characters. He was a policeman who because of an accident, I gathered, is no longer on the force. But he helps the police when situations present themselves.

This story is of a wife of a doctor who is murdered along with a model in the studio of an artist who is painting a portrait of the wife. The doctor is arrested for the murder and the story takes off from there. Perry is a little ver
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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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“His face was pale and there was a sheen of sweat on it, and his hands were rigid in his lap. If she had touched him she would have felt locked muscles.” 0 likes
“One does not have to imagine people perfect in order to love them, Mr. Monk. Love acknowledges faults, weaknesses, even the need now and again for forgiveness where there is no repentance and no understanding of fault. We learn at different speeds. Elissa had many strengths, many virtues, and she was unflinchingly brave. I think she was the bravest woman I ever knew. I am truly sorry she is dead, but I cannot believe Kristian killed her, unless he has changed beyond all recognition from the man I knew.” 0 likes
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