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The Twisted Root (William Monk #10)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  2,286 ratings  ·  118 reviews
BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Anne Perry's Treason at Lisson Grove and Execution Dock.

A young bridegroom enlists private investigator William Monk to track down his fiancée, Miriam Gardiner, who disappeared suddenly from a party at a luxurious Bayswater mansion. Monk soon finds the coach in which Miriam fled and, nearby, the murdered body of the coachman, but
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ebook, 368 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published October 27th 1998)
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June Ahern
I"m on an Anne Perry jag - reading one novel after the other and rather enjoying it too!

A bit of of sequence and read the one below a few years ago. The story before this dealt with opium and this ones with another ugly hidden secret of the rich and famous toward their servants.

Here's my latest:
I am a fan of Anne Perry's mysteries series as this one with William and Hester Monk set in
Victorian England. The whole setting, language, fashion styles, social and political happenings and all the uglie
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Mary Corbal
La trama es muy interesante y el final logra sorprenderte. Casi la mitad de la novela habla sobre cómo eran consideradas las enfermeras en la época victoriana, por lo que la trama de los crímenes se diluye un poco. Así y todo, la historia te atrapa y es una lectura amena.
Hilary
Monk and Hester are now married, and beginning to build their life together, each having to make adjustments in preferences and considerations. As expected, there are some tense moments: Monk mustn't try to lay down the law, or force Hester into the role of a subservient wife, if he wants them to be happy, and she must also allow him to retain some pride and decision-making.

There continues to be medical and nursing history. Anaesthetic is now more commonplace, changing surgery for the surgeons a
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Rebecca Huston
A very intense plot involving two story arcs that do merge. The first is about a missing widow, Miriam Gardiner, who has vanished on the day that she is celebrating her engagement to young Lucius Stourbridge. Missing along with her is the family coachman along with the carriage and horses. When the man is found with his head bashed in, suspicions fall on Miriam, being the last person to see him alive, but when Lucius' mother is found in her bedroom with her head crushed, Miriam is arrested. And ...more
Greg Bascom
This is a splendid novel set in London in midsummer 1860. It begins with the abrupt departure and disappearance of Miriam Gardiner, a commoner, from a garden party celebrating her betrothal to Lucius Stourbridge, a younger man of considerable means. Lucius hires William Monk, an agent of inquiry, to find his fiancée. With the particulars of this mystery launched, the story switches to Monk's recent bride, Hester, who is a volunteer nurse at the North London Hospital, which has a mystery of its o ...more
Jamie
Another enjoyable Victorian murder mystery. The author decided to take a break from worrying about the subjugation of women - in this book she frets over the neglect of aging veterans and the low prestige of the nursing profession; the latter is always a favorite topic.

Monk and Hester, together at last!
Debbie Maskus
As I have mentioned, Anne Perry's books improve with each new novel. Hester and Monk are newlyweds and attempting to adjust to this new lifestyle. Hester has never been a "housewife" and dislikes the confines of cooking and cleaning, and Monk will not allow Hester to work for wages. The story centers on a young widow, Miriam Gardiner, about to remarry. At a casual party, the prospective bride runs away without telling her reason. The coachman who drives her is found murdered five days later, and ...more
JBradford
This is #10 in the Inspector Monk series, although he has not been an inspector since Book #1, and Monk and Hester are finally married. (Is that a spoiler? Sorry about that!) Marriage has not hurt them, however, and the series just keeps getting better and better; this probably should get four stars instead of three. Perry keeps coming up with these odd murders (in this case, three of them), all tied together with some terrible social injustice brought about simply because of the inequality betw ...more
Diane
Anne Perry uses the cultural mores of the 18th century as the backdrop for her books, and in The Twisted Root the reader is delivered into a time when cultural taboos leave a woman ready to die rather than tell what she knows about three murders that she has been charged with committing. Even though the plot twists in this Perry book keep readers involved, the characters are missing the intensity of the earlier Monk books. It seems once William Monk recovered his memory and decided to settle int ...more
Katie Bee
It's fine. I find that with these Monk books, I can pretty much always put my finger on who did it from the beginning, but then Perry spends 500 pages of narrative investigating other things before coming back at the end and pulling the rabbit out of the hat to get her "ending twist" (often with the help of coincidence). I never get a sense of progression, or the little hints along the way that help the reader to build a case. Instead it's just "who does your gut tell you Perry's picked to be th ...more
Lisa Kucharski
I know that this author has a big following, and that this is my first book I've read of hers. I found the mystery to be compelling but the first 190 pages were filled with internal "worryings" BORED me and I was toying with ditching the book.

Once beyond that point the story line actually picked up and the mystery actually moved to the center stage. Actually as soon as Rathbone entered the story it became more interesting.

This is one of those mysteries where someone is willing to hang for a murd
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Peggy Crawford
I hadn't read an Anne Perry book in a long time. This one was really good. It dealt with a lot of women's issues, like poor pay and respect for nurses. One of the characters supposedly worked with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea. Made me want to go read about Florence. I had an inkling of where the plot was going, but I didn't have it all worked out. I listened to it on CD and the reader was excellent, as most of the readers I've listened to are.
Sydney
Yet again, Anne Perry does it! This book is my favourite of all her mysteries. I love the Monk Series best of all. The Twisted Root grips from the beginning, and won't let go, even after you've finished! Every character is convincing and exciting, making it hard to guess who did the dirty deed.

I highly recommend it!
Linda
Great title. Praise for the artwork on the dustcover of this book. Eye catching, sinister and mysterious. Just what one would expect from England's Victorian age Sadly, that's where it stops. This is book 10 in the series on the cases of Inspector William Monk. Even though I did not read any of the 9 previous offerings by the author, I can say that this book may be read on it's own without missing out on that which came before. The unfolding of his latest adventure did keep my attention although ...more
Ken Bickley
Anne Perry's Victorian novels evoke mid-19th century London vividly, and her characters are fully believable. Her disdain of the class system of that period, and of the wretched condition of the poor rivals Charles Dickens (who was of course alive during that time). In this mystery, William Monk has married, and has a happy home life. (However, he still has not recovered much of his memory of his life before his carriage accident.) He becomes involved not only in a murder, but also in the theft ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This was one of the best of this series that I have read. It would be hard to guess the ending of this one through 3/4 of tyounhe book. An admirable young woman was engaged to a wealthy and quiet younger man, when suddenly, at a croquet party, she flees in obvious distress. She has a coachman drive her away and later, he is found dead and she has disappeared.

When eventually found, she will say nothing about why she left and is loath to return. She was found with a nurse who took her in when she
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Rusty
What a wonderful mystery read! Imagine a woman finding the love of her life, enjoying getting to him and uncovering a secret such that she runs away two weeks before the wedding. In addition, the coachman who takes her is murdered. Arrested for murder, she is released when police discover that the woman who raised her from a very young age has been stealing drugs from the hospital to care for poor, ill patients who can't afford them. The man who was killed died close to her home and was blackmai ...more
LJ
The Twisted Root - G+
Anne Perry
William Monk, the unquestionably handsome, somewhat vain, but genuinely tender-hearted "agent of enquiry" is back on the streets of Victorian London, investigating his 10th case, a missing woman. Miriam Gardiner was due to be betrothed to a much younger man, a well-to-do gentleman named Lucius Stourbridge. But during a family croquet party, the bride-to-be vanished, apparently fleeing in a coach driven by a family servant named Treadwell. Perhaps just a simple case
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_inbetween_
Can't decide between two or three stars. Read it as an antidote to Raybourn's Silent in the Grave - either to make that seem more enjoyable due to more verbalised romance, or to make it disappear from my mind by being the better original.

Had forgotten I had read this one before, although I quickly did remember. Skimmed then, esp. all of the war stories, this time not just the Crimean ones (even if it is a series it's too much by now to have Hester say the same thing every ten pages in every book
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Laurie
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Julie
This book was ok. I've read better mysteries and seen better victorian historical fiction. However, it wasn't terrible. The book seemed too tedious, to slow, even for someone who is ok with a slow book like me. The mystery kept you reading, though not excitedly; I was never on the edge of my seat. When we finally learn what happened, we're surprised, but only because the solution is so outrageous. The end is so crazy, so impossible, so coincidental, and so absurd, that it really is nearly imposs ...more
Kathy
Needs editing! Commas and periods are confused. Random subscripts appear in the middle of words.
Although there is a great deal of repetition in this series and the stories are formulaic, I enjoy the same characters in each episode. This is my personal soap opera addiction.
Susan Hirtz
Jun 18, 2013 Susan Hirtz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Serious readers and writers
Read last fall, The Twisted Root had staying power beyond my initial impression. It remains significant, a cleverly written commentary on relationships, mysteries in themselves layered into a deeper mystery. The conflict between protagonist Monk and his primary suspects moves this book away by lengths from others written by Perry. There are additional layers beyond those readily apparent.

Timeless internecine struggles amongst her characters, artistically described, wind the reader into their orb
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Lynne-marie
A most astonishing novel in which a prospective bride's groom comes to ask Monk to find his would-be bride who had run away from a garden party with no word of warning and was still missing. Also missing was a footman and a carriage. Monk finds the footman murdered and the hunt is on. What comes out in the course of the novel are some terrible and inexplicable facts. Finally two women stand accused of murder, a nurse who had been taking medicine to the poor with the say-so of the doctors and her ...more
Marjorie
Very engaging characters. Very suspenseful stories. A glimpse into another time. Victorian women were supposed to be subservient to their husbands and Anne Perry writes of women who were outside the norm for that period. Another favorite author.
Erica Anderson
I jumped into this series with this book, and found it perfectly comprehensible without having read the first nine books. I especially enjoyed the medical history that is woven into the plot, with heroine Hester campaigning to improve the treatment of Crimean and Napoleonic veterans. The views of nurses are historically accurate, as is the misogyny of hospital officials.

The murder mystery is compelling, though I found the easy discovery of the body on Hampstead to be a bit difficult to believe.
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Toni
Yet another pretty brilliant installation in the William Monk series. The mystery is a complicated one, and the development of the main characters and their interrelationships continue.
Winston
Best one so far, definitely a twist, unexpected, yet the clues are there and to some degree suspected but the revelation is still satisfying and not fully flushed out before the actual climax.
P.d.r. Lindsay
I have always enjoyed Anne Perry's Pitt and Monk historical mysteries. Her research is so good, her main characters are such interesting people. 'The Twisted Root' takes place just after Hester has married Monk and has such a convoluted plot that I was still surprised at the end.

What I enjoy is the characters' inner life and thoughts, which add such depth to the story. Monk is still troubled by those odd flashes when he remembers part of his life as a banker. Hester is fighting for the improveme
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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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