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The Twisted Root

(William Monk #10)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  3,696 ratings  ·  216 reviews
For Miriam Gardiner, at her engagement party at the London home of her fiancé, Lucius Stourbridge, it should have been one of the happiest days of her life. But, leaving suddenly, Miriam disappears without a trace. Reluctant to cause a scandal, Lucius seeks out William Monk and tells him that the only lead concerns their coachman, Treadwell, who is also missing. Monk, not ...more
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Headline (first published October 27th 1998)
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Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
These mysteries are impossible to solve and almost impossible to put down because most of the way through the book, yo have literally no idea how it can be solved! Actually in this one I did get an inkling before the end. I was pleased with the amount of time given to William and Hester and their marriage- not too much. I felt a bit sorry for the barrister character.
June Ahern
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book by Anne Perry is always an entertaining story and the 10th Books as not disappoint. Hester and Monk have just returned from their honeymoon. They are slowly adjusting to their life together. Hester is a volunteer at a hospital and Monk accept a job to locate Miriam Gardiner, a young woman who disappeared from luncheon party at party celebrating her engagement to the son of the house. Monk soon finds the coach in which she fled. The coachman nearby but strangles. Hester is working to chang ...more
Aug 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Greg Bascom
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jamie Collins
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!
Colin Mitchell
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
William Monk and Hester Latterly are now married. The story is in the general mold of the series in that the first half is the setting of the scene with Monk trying to locate a runaway fiance. This inevitably leads to the first of the bodies and the arrest of Miriam and her step mother Cleo Anderson for murder. Oliver Rathbone is then brought in to fight the case with little to go on but as the trial unfolds so do the clues unearthed by William and Hester.

Now well into the series the writing see
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent writing. This is my first Anne Perry book. #10 in the Mr. Monk series. I would read more of this series, the characters are interesting.
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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First sentence: The young man stood in the doorway, his face pale, his fingers clenched on his hat, twisting it around and around.

Premise/plot: William Monk is hired by Lucius Stourbridge to find his missing fiancée, Miriam Gardner. She disappeared during a garden party without a word. Monk, newly married, takes the case. As he begins work on the case, he stumbles onto a murder case that might just prove relevant to his missing person case. Sergeant Robb has found the body of a coachman. Robb s
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
Gayle Noble
When a woman engaged to be married disappears from her fiance's life for no apparent reason, murder and intrigue soon follow.

I enjoyed this book. I thought the story was well-crafted, although the courtroom scenes went on a bit too long. It is easy to forget how poor the nursing standard was before Florence Nightingale and how much of a fight she had to get the establishment to consider nurses worthy of proper training.
Character-wise, I continue to like Hester but I cannot fathom why she would
Peggy Crawford
Oct 27, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Aug 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Not one of my favorites as far as the mystery is concerned (saw too much of it coming too early in the story), but I did like the new Monk and Hester combination... so that made up for guessing much of the storyline in advance (which I don't always do with Anne Perry books).
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the first mystery spins a second one, I wondered how both will be solved in one book. Perry is masterful at weaving mysteries within mysteries. Then, another mystery needs Monk's attention. Hester and Oliver have work to do in order to assist in the solution. The social issues raised in The Twisted Root have relevancy to today's struggles: health care (and not just for military personnel); the strife of women used for sex trafficking; drug addiction; better care for the elderly and those wi ...more
N.W. Moors
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a missing fiancee becomes a murder investigation, Monk and Hester, now married, are embroiled and must find the real murderer. Missing drugs at the hospital where Hester now volunteers just adds to the mystery.
This series has really hit its stride now. The last few books have been excellent, and this one is great. There are many twists and turns, only resolved in the last few pages. As always, Ms. Perry incorporates some social history into the story; here we see how veteran soldiers and sa
Robert Scott
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
William Monk is requested to find a fiance who has disappeared under strange circumstances. His better judgement advises against taking the case, but his emotions decide otherwise. His recent wife Hester is a nurse who volunteers at the North London Hospital and was a battlefield nurse during the Crimean War. She is trying to better the training, pay and circumstances of the nurses. At odds with the hospital administrator she & a friend become aware of missing medicines. Oddly enough the two ...more
Crystal Toller
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William Monk

William Monk, newly married to Hester Latterly, is hired to find out where a man's fiance has gone and why she left. As he investigates, Hester finds out that a nurse at the hospital she works at has been taking medicines to help old and sick people, including war veterans who cannot afford the medicine. Soon Cleo Anderson, the nurse, and Mrs. Gardiner who Cleo raised from the age of 12 and is Lucius Stonebridge's fiance are charged with murder and theft. Monk and Hester ask for Oliv
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Anne Perry does not disappoint! Her mysteries take the reader on twists and turns, using "modern" situations without "adult language" that, for me, can take away from the story. I'm not going to recap the story because I'm sure others have done that. Heather Latterly Monk and William Monk would be considered a "power couple" while they work to solve mysteries. Heather is a strong, intelligent woman who doesn't "shrink" from her abilities in the presence of men, and thankfully, William appreciate ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked this one very much. As with other Monk novels (and other works of British historical fiction) the landscape is as much a part of the narrative as the characters and their intentions. Also like other Monk novels, the characters are for the most part sympathetic and caught in circumstances by their socioeconomic class — or by one mistake in the past. I would much rather read about less-than-perfect people struggling to do their best in a flawed society than read about psychopaths and sociopa ...more
Sylvia Abrams
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This William Munk mystery quickly grabbed my attention. Even though I had not read previous books in this series, I was able to follow the returning characters easily. Anne Perry weaves a compelling intricate plot. I enjoyed how she combined the hospital setting where Hester Munk was a nursing volunteer with the case for which Munk was hired. The convoluted trial includes a surprising twist, which is a real shocker.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just read all 22 of Anne Perry's William Monk series non-stop over the past 5 months and loved every minute of them. I have never in my life before read an entire series back to back and even when I've previously read a trilogy I've had to stop for a breather part-way through. They are so well written and introduce all sorts of historical events and social issues of the time (1850s & 60s).
Star Merrill
I only read this because my hubby gave it to me, and he complains that I never like the books he recommends. Well, it was tedious and repetitious. How many times can one woman refuse to speak out? Also, the ending was so implausible, it was downright silly. I should have just skipped to the end, because nothing happened in the pages in between, just more of the same.
Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
Wow. What a doozy. It took me a while to figure out the ins and outs but I gasped audibly once I did. As always, the courtroom scenes was absolute fire. As always, the judge, the jury and the people in the gallery made me chuckle. There were some really great characters.... Old Mr. Rob, Michael Rob and Phillips the apothecary.
Wilson E. Stevens Sr.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Very well written, and a truly enjoyable plot for a change. She covered several minor plots within the overall plot in the book. Again, Anne Perry used her usual unsatisfying ending to a book. Sometimes she could write another book just to finish the plot in the book but never does. This is a book I would put on my read again someday list of books.
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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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