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Defend and Betray by Anne Perry
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bookshelves: historical-mystery, victorian, historical-fiction, detective-inspector
Read from December 14 to 16, 2011

I'm continuing to enjoy these Victorian mysteries. I can't deny that they're didactic and tediously repetitive at times, but I like the characters and the setting.

In this book a woman has confessed to killing her husband, and while most people are satisfied by the confession, our investigative team of Detective Monk, Barrister Rathbone and Nurse Hester have doubts about her motive.

The mystery itself was intriguing at first, and then I figured out the motive from obvious clues that everyone was ignoring, and then the author went a little over the top in the big reveal.

But we get the first glimmer of the forthcoming romance between Monk and Hester, when Monk finds himself discomforted by Hester and Rathbone's friendship. I enjoy the way Monk publicly champions Hester while privately being rather blunt and caustic with her.

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