A Breach of Promise

A Breach of Promise

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When Anne Perry sets her magic pen to paper, Victorian England awakens from her long sleep to vibrant, teeming life. Firelight flickers in luxurious withdrawing rooms. Ambitious ladies gossip and scheme. Horse-drawn carriages clatter over cobblestones while cries of flower sellers and newsboys ring out in crowded streets. In this magnificent new novel featuring investigator William Monk, however, it is the breathless hush of a London courtroom that first holds readers enthralled.

The plaintiffs in a sensational breach of promise suit are wealthy social climbers Barton and Delphine Lambert, suing on behalf of their beautiful daughter, Zillah. The defendant is Zillah's alleged fiancé, brilliant young architect Killian Melville, who adamantly declares that he will not, cannot, marry her. Not even to his baffled counsel, distinguished barrister Sir Oliver Rathbone, will Killian explain his rejection of rich and charming Zillah.

Utterly baffled, Rathbone turns for help to his old comrades in crime--Monk, the private investigator who knows his city like the back of his hand, and fearless nurse Hester Latterly. But even as they scout London for clues, from Mayfair to sordid Devil's Acre, the case suddenly and tragically ends. An outcome that no one--except a ruthless murderer--could have foreseen.

Stripping away the pretty masks that conceal society's darkest transgressions, Anne Perry unflinchingly exposes the human heart's deepest hiding places--and creates the most mesmerizing courtroom drama of her distinguished career.

Baker & Taylor
In Victorian London, investigator William Monk and his assistant, nurse Hester Latterly, plunge into a case involving a wealthy family, a beautiful daughter, a reluctant fiance, and murder

Blackwell North Amer
The plaintiffs in a sensational breach of promise suit are wealthy social climbers Barton and Delphine Lambert, suing on behalf of their beautiful daughter, Zillah. The defendant is Zillah's alleged fiance, brilliant young architect Killian Melville, who adamantly declares that he will not, cannot, marry her. Not even to his counsel, distinguished barrister Sir Oliver Rathbone, will Killian explain his rejection of rich and charming Zillah.
Utterly baffled, Rathbone turns for help to his old comrades in crime - Monk, the private investigator who knows his city like the back of his hand, and fearless nurse Hester Latterly. But even as they scout London for clues, from Mayfair to sordid Devil's Acre, the case suddenly and tragically ends. An outcome that no one - except a ruthless murderer - could have foreseen.

Baker
& Taylor

The ninth novel in the series of mysteries set in Victorian London follows investigator William Monk and his right-hand assistant, nurse Hester Latterly, as they plunge into a case of a wealthy family, a beautiful daughter, a reluctant fiance, and murder.

Publisher: New York : Fawcett Columbine, 1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780449908495
0449908496
Branch Call Number: M PER
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 25 cm.

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blueroo276
Apr 17, 2014

This is my favorite novel of the series (thus far)! It isn't nearly as dark and grim as some of the other Monk mysteries. I won't spoil anything, but Monk has a major personal epiphany--don't miss this one if you're following the series.

B2K2rEaD Jan 15, 2013

Convoluted, YES
Surprises, Lots
Involved in the STORY - Very DEFINITELY
Finish - with a DOUBLE punch !

This is an early attempt by the novelist and the plot lines are confusing. I don't have to be told more than once how difficult it was for the Victorian Woman to hold her ground in a misogynist society; author was often heavy handed in point this out to the reader. This is really 3 murder mysteries shuffled awkwardly together in one story, I expect her later novels showed improvement in her craft.

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