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Nd's proud family With the trial only days away they inch toward the dark and appalling heart of the mystery The final act is a courtroom masterpiece through which we dare not breathe too deeply lest the precarious balance of a woman's life be los. I literally could not put this down for the final courtroom scene I won t give away the final revelations but they are shockng and riveting I m a big fan of Perry and this is one of her bestPerry gives us a few red herrings indicating that Alexandra may not be the killer but the uestion uickly becomes why did she do it not if there is another perpetrator We know she is sacrificng herself for someone but who and why Perry skillfully reels out the lineThe most interesting character is Monk still grappling with his amnesia When he finally realizes who is the woman and lover he helped exonerate of killing her husband his self knowledge grows in leaps and bounds as does his appreciation of the prickly but courageous and brilliant Hester Also his constant realization of exactly what kind of bastard he was before the memory loss and knowledge that the damage is done gives him a sympathetic humanity The REAL tragedy of this book is how every woman character is victimized in 1857 England when the Empire was starting to fray the Indian Mutiny was taking place It s hard for us to imagine having zero rights to protect yourself or your children and have no alternative to staying with an abusive husband and father Edith s plight of having to return to her witch mother s home after her hsuband dies is heartwrenching as are her attempts to find employment to escape Felicia The abuse and sacrifices that Hester has to make as a woman who IS employed are outrageous The true depths of Felicia s and Louisa s monstrousness are not revealed until the final pages and it will take your breath away

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Defend and Betray

A richly textured and timeless novel of suspense Her Victorian England pulsates with life and is peopled with wonderfully memorable characters Faye KellermanAlthough esteemed General Thaddeus Carlyon meets his death in a freak accident at home his. Defend and Betray has a very sudden ending as if it has outstayed its welcome That s not true but I liked it anyway I ve read somewhere that the author is very malignant Of course we must judge a book on its own merit and not on the character of the author But then I realised that those on the side of the angels are not very angelic They are frail characters especially William Monk after whom the series is namedThe book is basically about a scandal in the gentry First a murder then God knows what The world of this 19th century London is developed to a great degree I don t know how authentic it is but it makes for some terrific reading The clothing of the major persons is described but only those who are about to set the ball rolling in this book For once I don t want to summarise the book or give spoilers away I want you readers to start afresh People might think that I don t expose the plot but I do in my own way The big reveal doesn t happen until 70% in so there is a lot of thorough patient demure elusive bare and fruitful investigation going on There seems to be an influence of Dame A Christie in the way the peripheral women are painted But the author who naturally has a limited number of brushstrokes at her disposal planned wisely indeed It s a book that is among my top 50 best books ever

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Beautiful wife Alexandra confesses that she killed him Investigator William Monk nurse Hester Latterly and the brilliant Oliver Rathbone counsel for the defense work feverishly to break down the wall of silence raised by the accused and her husba. This book suffered a little from rereading there were clues in people s behavior on the night of the murder that were inexplicably not followed up for chapters despite multiple mentions There were a few leaps of logic and at least one plot point I would have suggested editing out I m no expert on British law of the period but some of the courtroom rulings seemed a little capricious or unlikely to me Monk s retracing of his past seemed occasionally irresponsible in the face of his other duties And let s not get into the 9 instances of the word auiline that I countedHowever it still works both as a mysterycourtroom drama and a rather searing commentary on Victorian society I enjoy the Monk books partially for their flawed human main characters and partly for the courtroom aspect In these Perry continues the story into the potentially frustrating and unjust world of Victorian law with satisfying dramatic results In general I enjoy Perry s nuanced characterizations almost no one is fully innocent in her books and most guilty parties have reasons passions ample humanity mixed with their turpitude In this one the drama comes from untenable situations as well as flawed and floundering humans and I still found these compelling the second time around


10 thoughts on “Defend and Betray

  1. says:

    Defend and Betray has a very sudden ending as if it has outstayed its welcome That's not true but I liked it anyway I've read somewhere that th

  2. says:

    Wow just brilliant I could be mealy and knock it down half a star because the first third of the book the case

  3. says:

    Review written July 1 20184 Whodunnit Stars Terrific and in the end truly worth it🔎🔎🔎🔎Book #3Maybe is this William Monk series my favorite historical mystery serial right now So far has it been a already happened deadly crime when each book starts for me maybe the best kind of old fashioned whodunnit

  4. says:

    I found this one hard going and I'm wavering between 25 and 3 stars for the rating It's not as strong a story or as engaging as the first two Monk books In fact there is very little Monk in it which I found frustrating I want to know about his past Also he's supposed to be this brilliant detective right? And dogged in his pursuit of the truth etc He was neither brilliant nor dogged in this book In fact he missed glaringly obvio

  5. says:

    This story is not a pure murder mystery like a historical legal thriller The climax is a court room drama and I really like the court room scene on the last chapter The storytelling itself is not so dense I've read it years ago and didn't reme

  6. says:

    This book suffered a little from rereading there were clues in people's behavior on the night of the murder that

  7. says:

    This book opens with a murder about which ve

  8. says:

    I literally could not put this down for the final courtroom scene I won't give away the final revelations but they are shockng and riveting I'm a big fan of Perry and this is one of her bestPerry gives us a few red herrings indicating that Alexandra may not be the killer but the uestion uickly becomes why did she do it no

  9. says:

    I really love Anne Perry’s books about Hester Latterly and Mr Monk They are so well written rich with historical details and the mystery always leads to something unexpected Of course Davina Porter’s narration is delightful and absolutely perfect for the story What a golden voicePlus I enjoy information about the Crimean War Nightingale’s contributions to military healthcare and the problems that surrounded the beg

  10. says:

    In the third of the William Monk Victorian detective series I was very pleased to see the character of Hester Latterly developed with careful expertise Hester figures so strongly in later novels that I was delighted to see how the author introduced her character in this book with words both elouent and moving The conditions of Victorian England the repression of superbly talented women such as Hester and her