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Defend and Betray by Anne Perry
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Feb 02, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: crime
Recommended for: Lovers of historical history
Read in February, 2011 , read count: Twice

I've been rereading these early William Monk novels while travelling recently. I appreciate Perry's research and am sympathetic to her views on Victorian social conditions, (poverty, child labour, the position of women). So far, however she doesn't construct the novels well. Every idea, question about motive, puzzle about clues takes pages to discuss. Each lead character has the same internal voice, and they all repeat (ad nauseum) the author's perspective. So the private investigator, the bold Crimean nurse and the civic-minded barrister all tell themselves and us that an upper class lady cannot leave her abusive husband, because she would have no legal right to custody of her children and would be unable to support herself financially etc. Interesting the first time it's pointed out- after that, not so much.

I'll look for the next one though. :-)
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