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Weighed in the Balance by Anne Perry

Weighed in the Balance

by Anne Perry

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Series: William Monk novels (7)

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I think the plot was a bit thin on this novel. Usually her books manage to hold my attention and keep me involved. Not so much this time nor did I find Gisela, Prince Friedrich, or Countess Zorah interesting characters. Not one of her better books ( )
  lisa.schureman | Sep 20, 2014 |
Oliver Rathbone takes on a slander case which he has little chance of winning. He enlists the aid of William Monk to investigate on his behalf. Monk's evidence shows that the person being accused of the murder is the only one who could not have committed it, and it appears the chief suspect of the murder would be Rathbone's client. It's a novel involving European politics. The pacing on this novel as with most attorney-driven novels was a bit slow for me. It's been awhile since I have read other books in this series, but I'm glad that I had read them. A newcomer to the series starting with this book would have found the main recurring characters undeveloped. It was, however, an intriguing puzzle that kept the reader wondering how the crime was committed and by whom until the final pages. I definitely prefer the author's Thomas & Charlotte Pitt series to the William Monk one. ( )
1 vote thornton37814 | Jul 7, 2012 |
This is a series set in England after the Crimean War with the main character as William Monk. In this escapade, Monk must aid his friend, Sir Oliver Rathbone, prepare for a slander trial. The investigation into the death of German Prince Friedrich has Monk traveling to Venice and falling under the spell of the "good life". Anne Perry presents a colorful, yet dismal picture of the German aristocracy, and paints a picture that parallels the Wallis Simpson and Crown Prince Edward story. Perry weaves a history lesson concerning all the various German independent states and the belief that a united Germany is a better proposition. The story centers on a belief that Prince Friedrich was improving from his fall, but that someone poisoned him. In the last chapter, Perry discovers another flower used as a poison. Perry does a wonderful job of presenting dimensional characters and vivid settings. ( )
  delphimo | Jul 8, 2011 |
no. 7
  pswanson1 | Jan 13, 2007 |
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Sir Oliver Rathbone sat in his chambers in Vere Street, just off Lincoln's Inn Fields, and surveyed the room with eminent satisfaction.
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Set in the mid-1800s, this mystery brings the passionate and exotic aristocrats of a tiny German kingdom into contact with Victorian England, in particular with William Monk, the darkly romantic hero of Anne Perry's historical series. Countess Zorah Rostova first approaches Sir Oliver Rathbone with a story of murder, accusing the woman for whom an exiled prince has renounced his crown of killing him. Rathbone hires Monk to investigate, and both men are bewitched by the alluring women in the prince's court-in-exile. In pursuit of the truth, Monk follows a trail from England to Venice and then to the kingdom of Felzburg, a journey that teaches him much about the political intrigue in central Europe during those turbulent times.

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An exiled German prince falls from his horse in Victorian England and his wife is accused of murder. It's a scandal of international proportions and the man expected to sort out the truth from the lies is series sleuth William Monk. First though he must polish his manners. By the author of Cain His Brother.… (more)

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