Nurse Hester Latterly finds herself well suited for the task: accompany Mrs. Mary Farraline, an elderly Scottish lady in delicate health, on a short train trip to London. Yet Hester’s simple job takes a grave turn when Mrs. Farraline dies during the night. And when a postmortem examination of the body reveals a lethal dose of medicine, Hester is charged with murder–punishable by execution.
This notorious case presents detective William Monk with a daunting task: find a calculating killer among the prominent and coolly unassailable Farraline clan–and try to save Hester from the gallows.
About the Author
Anne Perry (b. 1938) is a bestselling author of historical detective fiction, most notably the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series and the William Monk series, both set in Victorian England. Her first book, "The Cater Street Hangman" (1979), launched both the Pitt series and her career as a premier writer of Victorian mysteries. Other novels in the series include "Resurrection Row", "Death in the Devil's Acre", and "Silence in Hanover Close", as well as more than twenty others. The William Monk series of novels, featuring a Victorian police officer turned private investigator, includes "Funeral in Blue", "The Twisted Root", and "The Silent Cry". In addition to these series, Perry is also author of the World War I novels "No Graves as Yet", "Shoulder the Sky", "Angels in the Gloom", and others, as well as several collections of short stories. Perry's novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world and she has over twenty-five million books in print worldwide. She lives in Scotland.
“Perry [has two] strengths: memorable characters and an ability to evoke the Victorian era with the finely wrought detail of a miniaturist.”—Wall Street Journal
“A mesmerizing courtroom drama [and] a plot that’s filled with surprising twists and unexpected suspense.”—Booklist
“Totally absorbing . . . intense and gripping.”—Mostly Murder
“When it comes to the Victorian mystery, Anne Perry has proved that nobody does it better.”—San Diego Union-Tribune
“A taut, compelling blend of courtroom thriller and complex, compelling whodunit.”—Mystery News