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No Graves As Yet (World War I #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  2,188 ratings  ·  276 reviews
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This novel kicks off a new suspense series by bestselling author Anne Perry, who puts to effective use her talent for detailing the fine historical minutiae but moves her period setting from Victorian London to Cambridge on the eve of World War I.

When peace-loving professor and chaplain Joseph Reavley and his intelligence officer brother, Matt

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Published August 26th 2003 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2003)
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No Graves As Yet, the initial volume in Anne Perry’s WWI series, begins with a cricket match. Somehow that is appropriate because this book took me longer to finish than a long, drawn-out cricket match. The pace is slow and leisurely and the handling of the characters is ever so much more personal than I sense in her treatment of William Monk or Thomas and Charlotte in her two series of Victorian mysteries. In those mysteries, I see a deft presentation of human rights as almost an agenda (the tr ...more
Excellent, loved what she did with this book. It's dedicated to her grandfather, who is the main character. I loved how she evoked the entire time period. Very, very well done, I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.
It starts out well enough, with a car accident that kills two people, a missing document outlining a devastating conspiracy theory and two brothers who suspect that their parents death was not an accident. I was actually looking forward to Joseph and Matthew teaming up to solve the murder of their parents. Instead, once the funeral is over they both go back to their respective jobs; Matthew to London and the Secret Service, and Joseph to his teaching job at Cambridge, where he is distracted by t ...more
NO GRAVES AS YET (Amateur Sleuth-England-1914) - G+
Perry, Anne – 1st in WWI series
Ballantine Books, 2003-Hardcover
Jospeh Reavley, a Cambridge professor, and his family have their world shattered when their parents are killed in a motor crash. Jospeh’s bother, Matthew, a member of the British secret service, had received a call from their father saying he was coming to London with a document which outlined a plot that would change the future of England and the world. The brothers find that the cr
This book was boring with a capital Z.

The audiobook felt as if it was 24 hrs. long instead of 12 – not the fault of the narrator (which was pretty good) but because the way the book was structured. There were only 15 chapters going from 35 min. to 1 hr. in length and a good chunk of them were dedicated to long, repetitive monologues from almost every imaginable character about the horribleness of War. We hear about it from one of the victims, the students, the teachers, the police, the barmaids,
Jan 03, 2011 Rayni rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone interested in WWI
Recommended to Rayni by: favorite author
I kept dragging my feet on starting this series. Even though I love Perry's William Monk series, World War I has never held a fascination for me. Anne Perry is one of my all time favorite authors, one I would dearly love to meet. So, when I had a chance to fill a large brown grocery bag with books, hard bound, paperback, you name it, for a measly $5, I took every Anne Perry book I could find, along with Mary Higgins Clark, Elizabeth Peters ... No Graves As Yet was one of those books - a beautifu ...more
Two deaths -- a mother and father (Their two sons will be searching for answers to their death in an auto mishap.)
Then another -- a student.
Then another -- a professor.
And in between a couple more.
All deaths are connected and it is the job of the two sons to piece together everything.

Don't choose this book because of the mystery. Choose it because it's the mystery thread that the author uses to weave a dense and thorough story of the months jus immediately prior to the onset of WWI. The book be
I liked this book right up until the end, which was extremely unsatisfying. The story is a slow but interesting mystery that takes place at the same time, and appears to be connected to, the outbreak of World War I. On the same day that Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated in Sarajevo, John Reavley and his wife are killed in a car crash near their home in England. Reavley was on his way to meet with his son Matthew, who works in British Intelligence, and deliver a letter that he believed wou ...more
• Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Avant la Tourmente?

"Ayant lu, à mon grand désespoir, toute la saga des Pitt d'Anne Perry, il me reste à découvrir ses deux autres sagas. J'ai décidé de commencer par celle des frères Reavley, qui non seulement est la plus courte, mais dont la période historique me plaît moins aussi, gardant le meilleur pour la fin."

• Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...

"Juin 1914, les quatre frères et soeurs Reavley apprennent subitement la
Obviously I picked the wrong Anne Perry series to start on. Many people listed this as comparable to the Charles Todd series but frankly I found none of the interesting characters or history here.

In trying to find out "whodunit" I was held hostage to tons of introspective moralizing with touches of elitist class viewpoint.

Considered going on to read the second book in this series just to see if it would grow on me. But with the main character going off to join up as an army chaplain I don't th
Interesting thing about Anne Perry books is that most of her characters have a certain introspective, poetic profoundness to their speech, which takes away from the realism occasionally, but, on the bright side, it does provide some genuinely good use of language.
Blech. I've been ambivalent about Anne Perry but thought I'd try out the new series, carried along as I was by Downton Abbey fever. Mistake.
The characters suffer the worst problem of historical fiction. They know too much.
These prescient characters are shallow and stereotyped and the stereotypes aren't even historically correct, and that takes all the fun out of the read.
I know the author is setting up a whole new series and has to introduce lots of characters and plotlines, but the story dragg
I wanted so much to give this book five stars because I loved to premise: WWI, Cambridge, family drama. But there were several things that made this a three star book instead. It dragged terribly. There were several times I didn't know if I was going to be able to finish, and there is no excuse for that because there was so much to work with. Also, there was one murder that just didn't make sense at all. If felt like the author was just trying to throw us off. The language was incredibly repetit ...more
I've put off reading this series for a few years and I am not certain why. It covers one of the most fascinating times in recent history - the First World War - and I tend to read anything I can about that time period. It is by an author whose other works I enjoy - to a degree. I found the first few books of the Monk series fascinating, the Pitt series far less so, although I read several of them. The problem with Perry is, while I like to read series books in order and one after the other, when ...more
This book is about an English family living near Cambridge as events are leading up to the first World War. The parents are suspiciously killed in an auto accident as they are delivering a very important document to their son in the Intelligence Service. The document vanishes. No one knows exactly what the document is except that the father said that if it fell into the wrong hands, it could destroy England! As events in Serbia unfold, and as nations line up on one side or the other, most of the ...more
I have enjoyed the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Victorian murder mysteries in the past, but it has been awhile since I read any of Anne Perry's novels. I picked this one up in a sale on Audible and both enjoyed it and didn't enjoy it.

Partway through the novel I decided that I would really like to know the resolution of the murders in the beginning and then had the author work backwards towards the solution. After finishing it, I am not sure. On one hand I didn't have the time to mull over the reso
In many modern mysteries, the action grabs you by the lapels in the first few pages and propels you through the novel at a rapid pace until the reader and the characters end up together on the last page, hungry for more. I enjoy those novels, too... but this is not one of those.

This novel requires patience of the modern reader; the kind of patience that makes an Agatha Christie novel so delicous. It's full of long, descriptive passages designed to set a mood or explore the characters' feelings.
Mar 01, 2014 Anne marked it as didn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
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I pushed myself to continue reading this mystery, despite it being fairly and repetitive and boring. After 50% I put it down. Not much mystery unravelling here, at least not as far as I read. I never became interested in the characters, as I did with the Monk series, for instance. Perry was primarily focused on the exaggerated expression of emotion of the "detective" and others. Just not for me.
Joseph Reavley, an ordained minister and Cambridge professor is watching a student cricket match when his younger brother Matthew, who is an officer with the Intelligence Services, approaches him to break the news that their parents were both killed earlier that day in a car accident. Their father had called Matthew the day before to indicate he had a document with information that would be incredibly damaging to England should it be exposed and he would bring it to Matthew. The accident happen ...more
A mystery just before the days of the beginning of the "War To End All Wars". A look into the social life of Cambridge. A peek into the Irish situation. The disbelief that war could actually involve most of the European continent. Got bogged down with too much of the main character's thought process but it was a good story. Made me want to read The Guns of August (1962) by Barbara Tuchman.
I gave up on page 125, which was longer than I should've gone, really. Great WWI setting and premise, but then you get:

1. Why were my parents killed, why, why, why?
2. The Balkan conflict is irrelevant to England!
3. Random person you don't care about is killed
4. Repeat 1 and 2 until you get annoyed

I highly don't recommend.
Beth Clothier
I've been wanting to read this series for a long time, but after this first book, I'm not so sure I want to continue. The characters are overly dramatic--and okay, I get it, it's Britain on the eve of WWI, but even amidst all that stress the dialogue seemed overdone and the histrionics of the characters annoyed me. I was especially disappointed by the ending, which was dragged out for far too long, especially since the mystery of the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Reavley was easily solved back in Act O ...more
Shubha Sarma
If you don't mind slow, meandering tales about human nature and its foibles, this could be a perfect book for you. The book started with considerable promise, a double murder couched as an accident and a family in deep mourning, trying to come to terms with its loss as well as to unfold a dark secret. From there, it was all downhill and a disappointment all the way.
The author writes elegantly and her observations about society and human nature are terrific. The cover was eye catching and the blu
Lynne Tull
Recommended by fellow librarian. I was not sure I wanted to read another series about War World I. I had already finished the Maisie Dobbs series which took place after this war and it aftermath. As a first book of the series the author took a lot of pages to tell us the historical background leading up to WWI. The mystery was woven into this history and will provide the jumping off place for the other books. I thought at one point I would not want to read any more of the series. However, I got ...more
Lisa Murray
I really became attached to the 4 siblings: a professor of biblical languages, a secret service agent, a housewife and mother, then a rebellious and reckless, fast-driving young woman. They kept me reading all 4 books in this series.

But let me warn you, before you begin--there is no actual ending. Each book reads like an installment of a larger novel--sort of like Dickens' periodical subscription chapters. ok, I'll stop with the overworked similes. Just know you're getting into something that d
I was interested to read this book because it deals with WWI, which I don't know a whole lot about. I know what started it, and how all the other countries became involved, but that's as far as my knowledge goes. So I've been looking for books to learn more. This was interesting, because it was fiction, even a murder mystery really, but it dealt with the things that happened to cause the war at the same time. The history was easily entwined with the main plot line. Some people complain of the en ...more
Anne Perry is so good at creating the atmosphere of tragic transition; the point in the story (or in history) in which you know something terrible and life shattering is about to happen, but the innocent folks of the past (and the guilty ones too) have no idea.

So we have England just at the edge of WWI, and deaths, and a plot, and the washed golden light. I do miss my favorite characters from the Pitt and Monk novels, who by this novel must surely all be dead. The characters in No Graves Yet ar
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Carole Moran
This series about World War I is awesome! A combination novel including features of spy stories, murder mysteris, romance, religion, higher education in privileged schools, and just about anything else you can think of. This is the first book in the series and basically sets the stage for WWI, but this book focuses on murder and life affecting an English rural family. It is essential to read this book to know the background for the rest of the series which takes place on various fronts--British ...more
"This absorbing mystery/spy thriller, set in tranquil Cambridge just before the onset of the Great War, marks a powerful start to bestseller Perry's much anticipated new series. In a lush and deceptively peaceful opening scene, college professor and chaplain Joseph Reavley is interrupted while watching a cricket game by his intelligence officer brother, Matthew, who reports the sudden death of their parents in a car crash. This horrifying news sets off a long but compelling investigation by the ...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 cate
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