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Defend And Betray (William Monk #3)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  2,911 ratings  ·  165 reviews
After a brilliant military career, esteemed General Thaddeus Carlyon finally meets his death, not in the frenzy of battle but at an elegant London dinner party. His demise appears to be the result of a freak accident, but the general’s beautiful wife, Alexandra, readily confesses that she killed him–a story she clings to even under the threat of the noose.

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Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published 1992)
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This book suffered a little from rereading: there were clues in people's behavior on the night of the murder that were inexplicably not followed up for chapters, despite multiple mentions. There were a few leaps of logic, and at least one plot point I would have suggested editing out. I'm no expert on British law of the period, but some of the courtroom rulings seemed a little capricious or unlikely to me. Monk's retracing of his past seemed occasionally irresponsible in the face of his other du ...more
My Inner Shelf
Avec ce troisième volume Anne Perry nous replonge à nouveau dans une époque où les inégalités sociales sont à leur paroxysme, et nous dresse le portrait d’une société victorienne scindée en deux univers qui cohabitent mais s’ignorent. Lorsque la veuve d’un général respecté avoue son meurtre, rien ne va plus dans la famille du mort. Les membres ont chacun une idée de la situation et certains préfèreraient voir la coupable enfermée chez les fous plutôt que de se voir exposés sur la place publique ...more
This is #3 in the Inspector Monk series, read immediately after its predecessors in sequence. Monk and Hester still don’t know that they were made for each other, and Perry is teasing us with a developing relationship between Hester and Rathbone, the great defense attorney they keep turning to. The basic story here is another Victorian household, this one containing only seven people and the usual batch of servants, but the married daughter and her family live around the corner and they all go v ...more
Tom Franklin
This book opens with a murder about which very little is known other than the victim's wife openly admits to having killed her husband. No one seems to know why and her only excuse is openly dismissed by everyone.

The next 150 pages or so repeats these minimal facts from various angles and viewpoints. And, really, that's about it.

The final 100 devolve into a standard courtroom drama, although all of the surprises have already been revealed.

I lost count of how many aristocratic characters (a) st
I literally could not put this down for the final courtroom scene. I won't give away the final revelations, but they are shockng and riveting. I'm a big fan of Perry, and this is one of her best.

Perry gives us a few red herrings indicating that Alexandra may not be the killer, but the question quickly becomes, why did she do it, not if there is another perpetrator. We know she is sacrificng herself for someone, but who and why? Perry skillfully reels out the line.

The most interesting character i
Ana T.
I've really enjoyed the books I read by Anne Perry and I can't wait to continue reading this series. The fact that there are so many books out only makes me more enthusiastic.

Although the summary above mentions Monk as the main detective in this case the truth is that Hester Latterly does most of the investigation. She has been employed to nurse a military man who has broken his leg and, when she story opens, she is waiting to meet her friend Edith Sobell. Edith is General Carlyon's sister and s
The more I read Anne Perry's books, the more impressed I am with her storytelling. This is the second I've read of her Inspector Monk series and I see a pattern developing where each book proves to be better than the last. I rarely if ever flip ahead in a book, but for the life of me I couldn't resist doing it here, if only to try to get a hint at why the prime suspect was so willing to take the blame for her husband's murder, despite the fact that the motive she provides made no sense. Followin ...more
Frederick Masterman
In the third of the William Monk Victorian detective series I was very pleased to see the character of Hester Latterly developed with careful expertise. Hester figures so strongly in later novels that I was delighted to see how the author introduced her character in this book with words both eloquent and moving. The conditions of Victorian England, the repression of superbly talented women such as Hester, and her determination to be herself in spite of society's prejudiced, ill-informed attitude ...more
Feb 02, 2011 Hazel rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of historical history
Shelves: crime
I've been rereading these early William Monk novels while travelling recently. I appreciate Perry's research and am sympathetic to her views on Victorian social conditions, (poverty, child labour, the position of women). So far, however she doesn't construct the novels well. Every idea, question about motive, puzzle about clues takes pages to discuss. Each lead character has the same internal voice, and they all repeat (ad nauseum) the author's perspective. So the private investigator, the bold ...more
I'm continuing to enjoy these Victorian mysteries. I can't deny that they're didactic and tediously repetitive at times, but I like the characters and the setting.

In this book a woman has confessed to killing her husband, and while most people are satisfied by the confession, our investigative team of Detective Monk, Barrister Rathbone and Nurse Hester have doubts about her motive.

The mystery itself was intriguing at first, and then I figured out the motive from obvious clues that everyone was i
I found this one hard going and I'm wavering between 2.5 and 3 stars for the rating. It's not as strong a story or as engaging as the first two Monk books. In fact, there is very little Monk in it, which I found frustrating. I want to know more about his past. Also, he's supposed to be this brilliant detective, right? And dogged in his pursuit of the truth, etc. He was neither brilliant nor dogged in this book. In fact, he missed glaringly obvious suspects once the true motive for murder was unc ...more
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Lisa Rathbun
The pacing is slow, but that seems to reflect the clue-gathering of Monk and Hester, which primarily consisted of painstakingly questioning and requestioning people. At times, I grew frustrated that no one picked up on certain things like questioning Damaris pn WHY she was so upset that night or even that she might not have considered it extremely coincidental that the murder happened the very night she discovered something horrible. I did figure out the motive long before it was revealed by the ...more
I really love Anne Perry’s books about Hester Latterly and Mr. Monk. They are so well written, rich with historical details and the mystery always leads to something unexpected.
Of course, Davina Porter’s narration is delightful and absolutely perfect for the story. What a golden voice!
Plus I enjoy information about the Crimean War, Nightingale’s contributions to military healthcare and the problems that surrounded the beginnings of professional nursing.
Great stories.
Meg J.
I think this one was my favorite so far of the series! I really enjoyed the interactions between Hester, Rathbone, and Monk!

"There was something extraordinarily sweet and comfortable about a friend who knows you and accepts you at your worst, your most bitter, or defeated, who sees your emotional ugliness naked and is not afraid to call it by name, and yet does not turn from you or allow you to cease to struggle, who wills your survival as precious."
Krishna Shah
I like this series with William Monk. The storyline is about a woman who kills her husband and no one believes her reason for doing it except the law. Monk gets involved again through Hester and investigates the crime. I will not tell you what happens but I liked the twists and turns. I like the way that Perry is slowly maturing or developing Monk to be a better human being. I'm glad she didn't find it convenient to get his memory back at the end of one of the books, he gets to slowly learn abou ...more
Jose Santos
Mais um excelente policial de Anne Perry.
Neste terceiro livro da série do Detective Monk, um sério caso de assasínio em que o objectivo não é encontrar o culpado, mas sim o motivo.
Fabulosas descrições da época e personagens de uma Inglaterra no ano 1853. Uma boa história e uma narrativa muito boa que nos obriga a não pousar o livro até que esteja terminado.
Para quem gosta de policiais, um livro obrigatório.
I was disappointed at first, because early on I figured out the why aspect of this tale. However, the courtroom drama at the end made up for the easy solving of the mystery.
Rhonda Pickens
The series is good, though not yet reaching the quality of mysteries by Jacqueline Winspear, Louise Penny, or the late Elizabeth Peters. Because I've read several of the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series by the same author, I can't help but notice how similar their themes and plots are. If you like one, you'll like the other; if you don't like one, you won't like the other. For all intents and purposes, Esther is Charlotte & William is Thomas. As historical novels, she does an excellent job ...more
Excellent book, difficult subject matter, had me sobbing at the end. ( I listened to the audiobook.)
Good mix of characters & situations, but am beginning to get the idea that not "social settings", as the author says, previously, from an end-of-book interview, but sexxx, is the under-riding theme of this series. Or am I just nitpicking, as the relationship between the sexes is the overriding theme, well and constantly stated?
But it does seem that every murder treated in this series has, not the usual bases in greed, fear, anger & pride, but mostly sex. Even Heather's eventual career ru
Sierra Abrams
Hester Latterly has just received dreadful news: her friend Edith Sobell's brother, well-renowned General Carlyon, has just died a very horrible death. He was pushed over a balcony during a dinner party when no one was around, and then had a halberd driven into his chest. Not only that, but his wife has confessed to killing him! Edith believes her sister-in-law may be trying to cover up someone else's crime, maybe her daughter's, but Alexandra is adamant that she killed her own husband. Hester b ...more
Peggy Z
This entry in the William Monk historical mystery series had a very different storyline then the first 2. This time most of the story is told through the POV of Hester Latterly, who has assisted Monk in the past, and the lawyer, Oliver Rathbone. William Monk does recover more of his memory.

The story starts with the death of Thaddeus Carlyon, a respected General in the British Army. His death occurs at a dinner party given by friends. At first it seems a closed case as Carlyon's wife confesses to
Anne Hawn Smith
This book was a little more obvious that the others I have read. A man is murdered and his wife immediately confesses to his murder and offers no defense. It seems that she is shielding someone, but whom? It appears that it may be her fiesty daughter who has quarreled with him, but she can’t possibly have done it. In fact, the wife is the only one who could have done it, but why? Even in jail, she won’t tell her lawyer anything or help in her defense.

William Monk is brought in to determine what
Defend and Betray finds Hester hiring Oliver Rathbone, the lawyer who convicted the murderer in the first book on behalf of her friend's family. Her friend's brother has been murdered and his wife confessed to it. But Hester's friend does not believe she did it though she won't admit it. What could be the reason for her admission of guilt? Who is she protecting? Rathbone hires Monk to work as his detective for the case and Hester helps get the family gossip. Ooh, the one thing that would keep me ...more
I'm beginning to find all other mysteries and crime dramas are wilted and boring compared to Anne Perry's William Monk series. She focuses so acutely on characterization, delving into the atrocities of a Victorian society that, among other things, seems to suffocate and entrap its inhabitants. Every last detail connects in some way, shape or form to the plot, the unwinding of a crime that is usually quite ghastly and very usually incredibly chilling. "Defend and Betray" was no exception. When hi ...more
The UHQ Nasanta
2.5 - 3 stars

Narrated by Davina Porter

The third book in the William Monk mysteries felt like the longest and the most boring, and my overall impression of the book was one of just plain blah.

What I liked about this book was the further insight into Monk's history. He regains some more memories, and with the help of his friend Sergeant Evan, retraces a couple of his cases to find a woman from his past. I suppose I also appreciated the fact that Hester Latterly is shown to be just as important to
Catherine Thompson
General Thaddeus Carlyon dies in what appears to be a horrible accident, falling from a staircase and onto the halberd held by a decorative suit of armour at a friend's home. The police soon make it clear that it was not an accident, and then Alexandra Carlyon, the general's wife, confesses to killing him. She states that her motive was jealousy. But everyone agrees that the general wasn't having an affair: he was simply too moral.

Edith Sobell, the general's sister, turns to her friend Hester La
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It is hard to write about this book and not give away too much of the plot. General Thaddeus Carlyon dies after falling over a bannister to the floor below at a dinner party given by friends. Soon after, his wife Alexandra confesses to the crime and goes to jail. She remains adamant that she is the guilty party but won’t give any reason for her actions. Rathbone, hired to defend her, secures the aid of William Monk to try to discover a motive for the crime. The victim’s sister, Edith, is friend ...more
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“He stopped. He could see in her face that she had not
even thought of that sort of love. The very idea of a consuming sexual
passion which culminated in murder was something that had not
occurred to her with regard to herself and the general.”
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