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Funeral in Blue (2001)

by Anne Perry

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Series: William Monk novels (12)

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Kristian Beck, a doctor, loses his wife to murder. Everyone knows that Kristian is married, but no one has met his wife. Perry goes into the history of Kristian and Elissa Beck during the revolution in Austria in 1848. Perry also slips into the story the hatred and prejudice towards Jews. I thoroughly enjoy the glimpses of history, and the underlying currents of each period. Elissa Beck has fallen into the gambling pit, and has turned to an ex-lover to cover her losses. Krisian is arrested for the murder of his wife, but Sir Oliver Rathbone is away in Scotland and cannot defend Kristian. Kristian's father-in-law, Fuller Pendreigh, must defend him. The killer is a surprise, not who I expected. The cast of characters is impressive with the reappearance of Hester's brother and sister-in-law. ( )
  delphimo | Jul 25, 2011 |
This was a Hester and William Monk story. A friend of Hester's, a doctor's wife, is murdered in an artist's studio along with the artist's model. Interesting beginning. Then Hester's brother comes to her because he fears his wife is having an affair. Monk gets involved in solving the murder of the doctor's wife and must work with his old rival Runcorn. This novel was overlong in my opinion and had a lot of information that I would have skipped over if I had been reading it instead of listening to the audiobook. ( )
  Kathy89 | Nov 18, 2010 |
Another good William Monk novel. Anne Perry always has a good story that keeps you turning those pages. ( )
  IllanoyGal | Aug 16, 2010 |
I found Anne Perry's Funeral in Blue to be a very enjoyable Victorian mystery set in 1861 London and Vienna. It is very atmospheric and the times are very much brought to life. It is only a few months past the Battle of Bull Run at the beginning of the American Civil War and William and Hester Monk have returned to London from a visit to America.

There is a double murder to be solved, a close friend of Hester Monk quickly becomes the prime suspect, and William Monk is asked to work with Superintendent Runcorn of the police to investigate and solve the crime. William Monk has an unassailable drive to find the truth, no matter what the truth may reveal. Mr Monk and Superintendent Runcorn have a history of a rather contentious relationship and do not like each other. This is complicated by Mr. Monk having no memory of matters six years prior to the events in the novel, when an accident robbed him of most of his early memories of life. One part of the book I was pleased with though is that over the course of the novel they begin to see each other in a better light, and their long standing cold relationship thaws considerably. By the end one thinks better of both the characters. The relationship between Mr Monk and his wife Hester, however, is barely touched.

The ending was rather unexpected which is good - I didn't figure it out - but it was also not really the sort where you would go "oh of course" after the fact. Truthfully the end is rather implausible and as such detracts from the enjoyment of the book. I can recommend this novel for those interested in historical fiction. ( )
1 vote RBeffa | Apr 4, 2010 |
Investigator William Monk and his wife Hester become caught up in trying to solve the murders of two young women, one a doctor's wife and one a poor artist's model. The writing is good with many twists and turns but with a somewhat rushed and disappointing ending. ( )
  CatieN | Jan 1, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345440021, Mass Market Paperback)

In her haunting new Victorian novel, Anne Perry brings to rich and passionate life the city that she has made her own. Once more she shares the intimacy of London's opulent drawing rooms and guides readers through gaslit thoroughfares that echo with hooves on cobblestones, the cries of street vendors, the shouts of newsboys reporting the headlines . . . of two beautiful women found strangled in the studio of a well-known London artist. One of the victims is the wife of Hester Monk's colleague, surgeon Dr. Kristian Beck, a Viennese emigre who swiftly becomes the principal suspect. Now investigator William Monk and his wife seek evidence to save Beck from the hangman, hoping to penetrate not only the mystery of Elissa Beck's death, but the riddle of her life. . . .


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The headlines were greusome: two beautiful women found strangled in the studio of a well-known London artist. to investigator William Monk and his wife Hester, the murders are a nightmare. One of the victims is an obscure artist's model. The other is the wife of Hester's cherished colleague, distinguished surgeon Dr. Kristian Beck, a Viennese emigre who swiftly becomes the principal suspect. With an intensity born of desperation, Hester, Monk, and their dear friend Lady Callandra Daviot, who cannot hide her deep love for the accused, seek evidence that will save Kristian from the hangman- hoping to penetrate not only the mystery of Elissa Beck's death... but the riddle of her life.… (more)

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