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The William Monk Mysteries: The Face of a Stranger / A Dangerous Mourning / Defend and Betray (William Monk #1-3 omnibus)

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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
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Published September 29th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published July 1st 2000)
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Kim Power
Mar 27, 2016 Kim Power rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding series

I have just read the first three William Monk books in a row. The mysteries are awesome but never "Cozy". They are designed to make us think and feel and develop,our empathy and compassion. Whilst I love the Pitt series, it is not as dark. Monk is complex, seeking himself as much as a solution to the mystery. Harriet Latterly is a misfit of a woman in her time, and Perry does an amazing job of showing us the frustrations of women of a social class in that era, if,they had wit,
Diana Sandberg
May 25, 2012 Diana Sandberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 18, 2011 Merrijane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Jan 27, 2013 Marcia Ferguson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 06, 2014 Dot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These three books introduce the three main characters in this excellent series. You meet William and Hester in the first book and Oliver in the second. Each character is fully drawn and compelling, and the mysteries provide many red herrings before the solutions are revealed.
May 12, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-novels
Awesome character development and amazing courage in choice of themes.
M Kemp
Apr 07, 2016 M Kemp rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
read first too wordy boring didn't finish rest of the series
Dec 21, 2014 Kathi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mysteries with a few twists and turns and a few surprises, compelling characters, and rather pointed social commentary. I look forward to more encounters with Monk, Hester, Rathbone, and many of the other secondary characters.
Feb 28, 2013 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: william-monk
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
Stephanie Luce
Jun 03, 2016 Stephanie Luce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant series!
Mar 13, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tam (Mystereity Reviews)
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 liked it  ·  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.
Aug 06, 2007 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 03, 2015 Lora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love William Monk mysteries

I loved the ending of this book along with all the twists and turns in it. Thank Anne Perry for another great book.
Jun 23, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.
Nov 12, 2009 Zcheswick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like victorian mysteries and strong women
then you will love Hester and you will enjoy the
'Monk' series.
Candice Warriner
Sep 25, 2012 Candice Warriner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy the 1700's period there's a ton more.
Mar 31, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
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Other Books in the Series

William Monk (1 - 10 of 22 books)
  • The Face of a Stranger (William Monk, #1)
  • A Dangerous Mourning (William Monk, #2)
  • Defend and Betray (William Monk, #3)
  • A Sudden, Fearful Death (William Monk, #4)
  • The Sins of the Wolf (William Monk, #5)
  • Cain His Brother (William Monk, #6)
  • Weighed in the Balance (William Monk, #7)
  • The Silent Cry (William Monk, #8)
  • A Breach of Promise (William Monk, #9)
  • The Twisted Root (William Monk, #10)

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