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No Graves As Yet (World War I #1)

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Through Anne Perry’s magnificent Victorian novels, millions of readers have enjoyed the pleasures and intrigue of a bygone age. Now, with the debut of an extraordinary new series, this New York Times bestselling author sweeps us into the golden summer of 1914, a time of brief enchantment when English men and women basked in the security of wealth and power, even as the las ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Nov 22, 2011 Johnny rated it it was ok
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
Steph (loves water)
Apr 03, 2016 Steph (loves water) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ww1-fiction, 2015
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.
Oct 30, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: a, historical-fiction
I listened to the audio book, which was very well read, but I found I wasn't enjoying it as much as I wanted to: I struggled to the end to find out "whodunnit" but, quite honestly, there was much too much introspection for my taste. The two main charcters kept on and on asking themselves questions. Perhaps as this is the first of a series, Anne Perry wanted to place the characters and settings very firmly in our minds. It was interesting to read about the events leading up to the beginning of WW ...more
Apr 18, 2011 Beth rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club-book
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 it was amazing
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
Jul 24, 2016 Diane rated it liked it
Recommended to Diane by: Bonnie Darnell
Shelves: england, world-war-i
Usually the most important factor in evaluating a book is good writing. I like to record my favorite passages.

This describes a method of opening an aged bottle of port that I had never heard before;

“Matthew smiled. It was obviously a ritual that mattered to Corcoran, and he was happy to observe as Corcoran led them to the kitchen, heated the tongs in the kitchen stove, then grasped the bottle with them, closing them around its neck. Truscott handed him a goose feather and held out a dish of ice.
Jann Lavalley
Jun 04, 2016 Jann Lavalley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction
An excellent book set in Cambridge and London in 1914 just prior to WWI. It opens with Joseph, a teacher at Cambridge being told by his younger brother Matthew that their parents have been killed in a car accident. They eventually view the scene of the crash and come to the conclusion that this was more probably deliberately caused and therefore murder. I can't say much else without spoiling it for anyone who wants to read it except that the two brothers and their younger sister follow up on wha ...more
Aug 15, 2013 Gregory rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, politics
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.
Apr 05, 2015 Becky rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 28, 2013 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
• 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
Feb 17, 2014 Jeanne rated it did not like it
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
Alisha Trenalone
May 16, 2015 Alisha Trenalone rated it liked it
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.
Mar 14, 2012 Gc rated it it was ok
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
Sep 06, 2016 Phil rated it really liked it

I did not like the characters in this book as much as I enjoy William Monk and his wife Hester (1850’s to 1860’s) and Thomas Pitt and his wife Charlotte (1880’s to 1890’s) but that aside the mystery was a very good one a nice set of twists and turns that make you believe somewhere in the story you’ve arrived here when actually you’re there.

The story starts on the day of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife of Austria in Sarajevo literally weeks before the beginning of the First W
Feb 07, 2016 Bonnie rated it really liked it
This book is Anne Perry's first introduction to a new series. The setting is England, June 1914 and Cambridge professor Joseph Reavley is called from a student soccer match to be informed that his parents have been killed in a automobile crash. His brother, Matthew, an officer in the Intelligence Service reveals that their father had been en route to London to turn over to him a mysterious secret document that allegedly has the power to disgrace England and the destroy the civilized world. The p ...more
Apr 27, 2015 Tara rated it liked it
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
Aug 16, 2014 Cherie rated it liked it
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
Feb 23, 2016 Gail rated it really liked it
In one golden season, the enchantment of England is plunged from complacency to the brink of war. It's 1914 and the parents of Matthew and Joseph are killed in a motor accident.

And there begins a complex story of relationship, betrayal, murder, and revenge. The micro becomes the macro. Small things create large consequences. The book ends on the brink of war. We know that the characters are about to move deeper into loss and the horrors of war.

Superbly done!
Mar 05, 2015 JayeL rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, audio, 2015
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
Jul 06, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 01, 2016 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Read this series when it first came out. This is the first in five, and introduces the family and makes the setting. It is slower than the following, but necessary to the narrative. This story, like all of Ms. Perry's, is very original. The series occurs on several fronts, one the actual front, as well as intelligence and government, and home front. WWI was insane and unnecessary on so many levels. I cried through this series and couldn't put them down. I read her other two detective series, Ins ...more
Jess Swann
J'avais déjà lu ce premier tome il y a quelques années sans parvenir à continuer la saga. En effet, j'ai trouvé l'intrigue un peu lente à se mettre en place et je trouve que la nature du complot est un peu trop énorme (et surtout l'auteure met trop de temps à le révéler). Sur les personnages, j'aime bien Joseph, le suivre dans ses enquêtes était réjouissant, même si son côté religieux à tendance à m'agacer. Matthew est moins "gentillet" mais je trouve qu'on ne le voit pas assez. Les deux soeurs ...more
Mar 01, 2014 Anne marked it as didn-t-finish
Shelves: 2014
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.
Feb 12, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 16, 2014 James rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 24, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Reavley is a reverend/teacher at Cambridge when he learns of his parents' deaths and a mysterious document his father had said held the power to dishonor the nation. Unable to locate the document, Joseph (and his brother) set out to uncover the truth. But when that tragedy is followed by another on school grounds, Joseph is forced to re-examine what he knows about everyone around him in order to find the truth.

A solid 3.5 star read with likable characters and an intriguing mystery set dur
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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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