The William Monk Mysteries: The First Three Novels
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The William Monk Mysteries: The First Three Novels

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  169 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Anne Perry’s acclaimed William Monk novels have captivated readers with their rich texture and masterly suspense, leading The New York Times Book Review to exclaim, “Give her a good murder and a shameful social evil, and Anne Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens’s eyes pop.” Now, the first five books in the spellbinding series are collected in this a...more
ebook, 1152 pages
Published September 29th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published July 1st 2000)
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Diana Sandberg
I bought this omnibus e-book and read all three novels one after the other, so will review together. These are the first three of Perry’s William Monk series - The Face of a Stranger, A Dangerous Mourning, and Defend and Betray. I know I’ve read the last one before, but it must have been quite some time ago. I more or less remembered how it went, but there was much still to enjoy. I very much like Perry’s work in general, and these were all good. Following the larger arc of Monk’s story, and tha...more
I'm of two minds about this book (or rather books, since this is actually a compilation of three). In general, I liked them--mystery is my favorite genre. The first book was gripping and drew me in quickly: a Victorian-era police officer with amnesia after a life-threatening accident feels compelled to keep his memory loss a secret while he attempts to solve a difficult murder case. The author draws her characters distinctly and with depth. She is skilled at setting each scene with painstaking d...more
Marcia Ferguson
Although I'd read these three William Monk mysteries a few years ago, my mother recommended this compilation; said she enjoyed it. Mother knows best.

If you'd asked me years ago, if I'd enjoy mysteries set in Victorian times, I'd say 'no' and in fact, avoided them. My mistake. There's something very wonderful about Anne Perry's historical mysteries, read today. I look forward to entering that world, so descriptively written, with full characters and mysteriously dark surroundings. Of course there...more
I wish there was a 3 and half stars. I found these books to be boring at times but I couldn't stop reading them either. I really enjoy the courtroom aspect of the books but there isn't a lot of action.

I did have a problem with the third book as I felt there was a huge clue and a character to interview which they neglected to do for a long long time. I felt like screaming at Monk to go talk to this person. It was annoying. I think I will read more Monk but I need a break and something less tedio...more
The three books give you much to digest and consider in the laws of the old world England. I am so grateful after finishing the third book "Defend and Betray" that we as a society can watch and recognize the nuances not seen by the family in this book. Hopefully those who care will protect their children from this heart-wrenching abuse. Well written and packed with emotion.
This was a 3 book omnibus. I thought the first book was great, the second book was good and the third book was a bit of a grind to get through. I'm not sure why these are called the William Monk Mysteries, as he's pretty much a minor character after the first book.
Nov 12, 2009 Mom is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Very good discriptions of the Victorian life. Main characters are well developed -somewhat radical. Hester is a nurse who has served in the Crimera who is talented and ethical.
Rita Dewitt
Mar 28, 2012 Rita Dewitt rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any one who likes mysteries and especially those of the victorian era.
Recommended to Rita by: Jeanelle Wiley
Anne Perry's novels are like my fall back setting. If I'm low on ideas of what to read next I can always know that I can go to the library to pick one up and I will enjoy it.
Anne Perry continues to keep you guessing in this series. I loved her "Pitt" series and this didn't disappoint. I enjoy the other series better but this is still a fun one.
At first I wasn't too intrigued by the main character, but there are a whole host of minor characters that are quite interesting, I find.
If you like victorian mysteries and strong women
then you will love Hester and you will enjoy the
'Monk' series.
Candice Warriner
If you enjoy the 1700's period there's a ton more.
Greatly enjoying Anne Perry's work. The William Monk series set in Victorian London is entertaining and educational...a lovely blend of Downton Abbey and Murdoch Mysteries, without the science (alas).
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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...more
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The Face of a Stranger (William Monk, #1) The Cater Street Hangman (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #1) Callander Square (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #2) A Dangerous Mourning (William Monk, #2) Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #3)

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