A Dangerous Mourning

A Dangerous Mourning

Book - 1991
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Young and widowed, Octavia Moidore is found stabbed to death. With the help of undercover nurse Hester Latterly, amnesiac Inspector William Monk learns the truth about Octavia's death. Set in Victorian London.
Publisher: New York : Fawcett Columbine, 1991.
ISBN: 9780345513946
9780449905548
0449905543
9780804110372
0804110379
Characteristics: 330 p. ;,24 cm.

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Dreamstime
Jan 28, 2019

I like how Anne Perry weaves together the lives of Detective Monk and Hester Latterly, two heroes with complimentary talents. The resolution of a tragic death proceeds slowly as the two gradually reveal the complicated mix of loyalty, seduction, and fear hidden beneath thick layers of propriety. I think Agatha Christy would love this story. I agree with Doris, read The Face of A Stranger first.

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DorisWaggoner
Jun 05, 2017

Inspector Monk still hasn't got his memory back, and his superior still wants to see him fail. The book begins with the trial from the first book in the series, where Monk and Hester, the nurse who worked with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea, still carp at each other, but work together to try to keep the man on trial, whom they believe had good reason for what he did, from being hanged. In this book, Monk's boss sends him to a very high class home with almost nothing to go on, except that one of the daughters has been stabbed to death, and a warning to do better than in the last case. There seems to be no evidence, until one of the lower class witnesses provides proof that no one went into or out of the house all night. Thus the murderer was either a servant or family member. A family member retreats to her room, and Monk recruits Hester to serve as a nurse, who can observe unseen and report to him. She and Monk solve the case. Fascinating, and the view of upper class London is intriguing. Again, though the case is totally different from that in the first book, read them in order to make sense of the "detective" characters.

AuntJane Jan 31, 2014

Book two in the series. Detective Monk and Hester Latterly are two strong minded Victorian era characters, struggling to get by with their personal lives while collaborating on solving a murder.

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nanronmazey
Jun 19, 2013

Anne Perry creates lives that makes us view our own relationships and situations through a sharper, clearer focus. For instance - she lets us see how necessary dependency on another can lead to abuse,of power, humiliation, loss of dignity and subsequent negative feelings.

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Palomino
Oct 28, 2010

It was a re-read, but that's okay, I'd forgotten whodunnit.

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