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The Twisted Root by Anne Perry

The Twisted Root (1999)

by Anne Perry

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Series: William Monk novels (10)

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Hester and William Monk are newlyweds when he is asked to find the missing fiance and coachman of a wealthy young man. Meanwhile Hester is having difficulty at the hospital where she working because of missing drugs. There two cases meet when she starts home nursing the grandfather of the lead police detective that Monk is helping with the murdered coachman. ( )
  Kathy89 | Apr 19, 2014 |
As I have mentioned, Anne Perry's books improve with each new novel. Hester and Monk are newlyweds and attempting to adjust to this new lifestyle. Hester has never been a "housewife" and dislikes the confines of cooking and cleaning, and Monk will not allow Hester to work for wages. The story centers on a young widow, Miriam Gardiner, about to remarry. At a casual party, the prospective bride runs away without telling her reason. The coachman who drives her is found murdered five days later, and Miriam Gardiner has disappeared. Monk becomes involved when the future groom, Lucius Stourbridge, needs help locating Miriam. As usual, Perry discusses the problems of the time such as the sorry state of nursing. The majority of nurses could barely read and their wages were poor and consisted of a meal and alcohol. A surgeon might save a patient, but the nursing care after surgery was deadly. Sir Oliver Rathbone appears to defend Miriam and her friend Cleo from murder and from stealing medicine. Perry inserts the dilemma of war veterans that are sick and poor and cannot afford medicine or medical attention. Cleo has been stealing medicine from the hospital to give to these veterans. And of course, the ending is a surprise. I had figured the correct murderer, but not all the issues involved. ( )
  delphimo | Jul 21, 2011 |
Just so slow and tedious. I found myself skimming after about halfway through. With all due respect to nurses, nursing, Trafalger vets, etc, so much of this book is just plain filler. ( )
  SulfurDog | Jul 4, 2011 |
Library Journal Review: This is the tenth William Monk mystery by the prolific and talented Perry. A beautiful widow named Miriam Gardiner has disappeared, leaving behind a distraught fianc and a dead coachman. Monk is called in to find Gardiner and then must uncover the truth when she is charged with murdering the coachman. Oliver Rathbone agrees to represent her, but she refuses to defend herself. Whose secret is she willing to die to protect? A compelling subplot involving Hester, Monk's wife, and a dying war veteran adds emotional depth to the story. Perry sticks to her proven formula: a desperate and impassioned effort to save someone who is wrongfully accused. There is strong characterization, particularly of the newly married Monk and Hester. Not Perry's best, but still highly recommended for all public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/99.]--Laurel Bliss, New Haven, CT Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information. ( )
  vsandham | Dec 9, 2006 |
Impossibilities became possible at a slow, wonderfully agonizing rate. Miriam & Cleo would have rather been hung, as they kept their secret till the very end. I felt so sorry for Lucius. ( )
  saucecav | Jun 14, 2006 |
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William Monk, the unquestionably handsome, somewhat vain, but genuinely tenderhearted "agent of enquiry" is back on the streets of Victorian London, investigating his 10th case, a missing woman. Miriam Gardiner was due to be betrothed to a much younger man, a well-to-do gentleman named Lucius Stourbridge. But during a family croquet party, the bride-to-be vanished, apparently fleeing in a coach driven by a family servant named Treadwell. Monk would normally be reluctant to get involved in a simple case of pre-wedding jitters, but his own recent marriage to the headstrong nurse Hester Latterly gives him a newfound empathy for the heartbroken Lucius. Of course, as always in Perry's historical mysteries, all is not quite as it seems. Treadwell is found murdered, and the missing Miriam becomes the number-one suspect. Monk is convinced that she "could and would do no intentional evil," even as Hester connects her to another illicit crime. Eventually unearthed by London's finest, Miriam is arrested and charged with murder, and it's up to barrister Oliver Rathbone to absolve her in court (with a little help from his good friends William and Hester Monk).

With a plot twist around every corner, Anne Perry knows just how to keep us in suspense, right up to the exceedingly dramatic finale. The Twisted Root is a luminous whodunit from the queen of Victorian mystery. --Naomi Gesinger

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In 19th century England, investigator William Monk tries to save the life of an innocent woman accused of murdering her coachman. He thinks her refusal to clear her name is to protect a secret.

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