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Defend and Betray by Anne Perry
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May 20, 2010

did not like it
Read in May, 2010

This book opens with a murder about which very little is known other than the victim's wife openly admits to having killed her husband. No one seems to know why and her only excuse is openly dismissed by everyone.

The next 150 pages or so repeats these minimal facts from various angles and viewpoints. And, really, that's about it.

The final 100 devolve into a standard courtroom drama, although all of the surprises have already been revealed.

I lost count of how many aristocratic characters (a) stood in front of windows, looking out and (b) were describe as having "aquiline" noses. As with her other Monk stories, whole paragraphs seemed to have been copy/pasted into later sections with only minimal rewriting.

Unlike the first two Monk stories, this one is really more Hester's story than Monk's. Perry throws in some occasional Monk scenes and a token bit of reclaimed memory, but he's all but forgotten in this story.

Cut the book in half, edit the rest more tightly and decide who the main character truly is and this should have been a much better story.
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Robin Agreed. Wish I had read your review before reading the book.

Christopher Taylor I agree that it was unnecessarily long given the light content and repetition.

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