A Dangerous Mourning

A Dangerous Mourning

Book - 1992
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Inspector William Monk has his hands full when an aristocrat's daugher is stabbed to death in her own bed. He is instructed to proceed without delay, but finds his efforts hamstrung by the lingering traces of amnesia and the craven ineptitutde of his supervisor, who would love to see him fail. With the help of Hester Latterly, formerly a nurse with Florence Nightingale, Monk gropes warily through the silence and shadows, knowing that with each step he comes closer to the appalling truth.... "A richly textured, masterfully plotted, thoroughly enjoyable story." THE KIRKUS REVIEWS
Publisher: New York : Ballantine 1992
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780804110372
Branch Call Number: M/PERR
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 18 cm.


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Jan 28, 2019

I like how Anne Perry weaves together the lives of Detective Monk and Hester Latterly, two heroes with complimentary talents. The resolution of a tragic death proceeds slowly as the two gradually reveal the complicated mix of loyalty, seduction, and fear hidden beneath thick layers of propriety. I think Agatha Christy would love this story. I agree with Doris, read The Face of A Stranger first.

Jun 05, 2017

Inspector Monk still hasn't got his memory back, and his superior still wants to see him fail. The book begins with the trial from the first book in the series, where Monk and Hester, the nurse who worked with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea, still carp at each other, but work together to try to keep the man on trial, whom they believe had good reason for what he did, from being hanged. In this book, Monk's boss sends him to a very high class home with almost nothing to go on, except that one of the daughters has been stabbed to death, and a warning to do better than in the last case. There seems to be no evidence, until one of the lower class witnesses provides proof that no one went into or out of the house all night. Thus the murderer was either a servant or family member. A family member retreats to her room, and Monk recruits Hester to serve as a nurse, who can observe unseen and report to him. She and Monk solve the case. Fascinating, and the view of upper class London is intriguing. Again, though the case is totally different from that in the first book, read them in order to make sense of the "detective" characters.

AuntJane Jan 31, 2014

Book two in the series. Detective Monk and Hester Latterly are two strong minded Victorian era characters, struggling to get by with their personal lives while collaborating on solving a murder.

Jun 19, 2013

Anne Perry creates lives that makes us view our own relationships and situations through a sharper, clearer focus. For instance - she lets us see how necessary dependency on another can lead to abuse,of power, humiliation, loss of dignity and subsequent negative feelings.

Oct 28, 2010

It was a re-read, but that's okay, I'd forgotten whodunnit.


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