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Defesa e traição (William Monk #3)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  3,734 Ratings  ·  230 Reviews
O general Thaddeus Carlyon, um prestigiado herói militar, cai do topo de uma escadaria e é empalado por uma arma que fazia parte de uma armadura colocada em baixo – um fim humilhante para uma carreira distinta e um final no mínimo muito desagradável para o jantar em que participava. Quando se descobre que a sua morte foi afinal um assassínio, a mulher assume toda a respons ...more
Paperback, 435 pages
Published 1992 by Gótica
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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
Jan 04, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took until the end of the book to digest all the twists and turns and how helpless the life of a woman, even in society, in Victorian England was. We learn more of Monk's past and see his jealousy as he notices a growing attraction between Oliver Rathbone and Hester Latterly. Excellent.
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
Jose Santos
Jul 14, 2009 Jose Santos rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
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.
Aug 24, 2009 crystal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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.
Tom Franklin
May 21, 2010 Tom Franklin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
Feb 02, 2011 Hazel rated it it was ok  ·  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
Mar 13, 2011 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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."
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
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
Jamie Collins
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
Mar 16, 2012 Kristensilvermoore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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Jun 04, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intricate plot with many possible suspects. The subject matter is quite dark but handled tastefully. Perry continues to construct complex plots for her protagonists to unfurl.
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
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
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
Jan 28, 2013 Christia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2013 Mama2hapas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book, difficult subject matter, had me sobbing at the end. ( I listened to the audiobook.)
Jun 18, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 11, 2016 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: séries-en-cours
Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Défense et Trahisons?
"En attendant que les derniers tomes de la série des Pitt sortent enfin en poche, je continue de faire connaissance avec William Monk et son univers dans ce troisième tome."

Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...
"Une amie d'Hester Latterly lui demande de l'aide. Son frère, l'estimé général Thaddeus Carlyon, vient de mourir dans des circonstances troubles. Les soupçons se tournent déjà vers sa belle-soeur, mai
Aug 03, 2014 Robin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am unable to put into words my disgust and anger in the story. The author has done little to none in the area of research for the time period, English Law, social structure and least of all into the viability of the story. Pages drag on without progression of the story, and the same information is repeated numerous times throughout, for no purpose other than to extend the book itself. Complete waste of time.
Mary Corbal
Mar 21, 2015 Mary Corbal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado muchísimo, sobre todo el final. Además, refleja la situación de indefensión en la que nos encontrábamos las mujeres en esa época.
Jul 22, 2015 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Less enjoyable than the first two books but still interested in continuing on with the series. I found this book dragged way too much through the middle third and would have benefited from some heavy editing. However it really picked up in the last third during the court case and the enlightening but disturbing look into the inadequacies of the law in Victorian times.
Alisha Trenalone
Good writing, carefully plotted, and the main characters are becoming more vivid as the series goes on. However, in this book the revelations that solve the mystery are quite, quite sordid and make it unrecommendable (in my opinion).
Christopher Taylor
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Bailey Marissa Bowers
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This story is not a pure murder mystery, more like a historical legal thriller. The climax is a court room drama, and I really like the court room scene on the last chapter.

The storytelling itself is not so dense. I've read it years ago (and didn't remember most of the story), and just recently re-read the last 2 chapters, and I still could enjoyed the story.

Not-so-important-note: it is personal taste. This is included in William Monk series, but the climax is delivered by another (secondary?)
Oct 22, 2016 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a slog for the first 300 pages and then got more interesting. It easily could have been cut by half to be more compelling. The courtroom scenes at the end of the book were good. The topic of pederasty was difficult. Of note is how few rights women had in the 19th century in England...if they left their husband, the husband got the children. Not so good when one needs to defend one's children from their father or other predators. Monk and Hester are getting interested in each other - sor ...more
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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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