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 is a New York Times bestselling author noted for her memorable characters, historical accuracy and exploration of social and ethical issues. Her two series, one featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt, and one featuring Inspector William Monk, have been published in multiple languages. Anne Perry has also published a successful series based around WWI and the Reavley family, and the recent standalone novel The Sheen On The Silk. Anne Perry was selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime'. She now lives in LA.
“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