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Revenge in a Cold River (William Monk Mystery, Book 22)

Revenge in a Cold River (William Monk Mystery, Book 22)

An adversary Monk cannot remember threatens everything he holds dear – will he survive what is to come?

The queen of the Victorian mystery, New York Times bestseller Anne Perry returns with the twenty-second novel in the William Monk series Revenge in a Cold River.
Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Arthur Conan Doyle.

‘The storytelling is dazzling, as it always is in a Perry novel’ – New York Times

London, 1869: The body of a middle-aged man is found tangled in a mass of rope and wooden wreckage near the dockside of the River Thames.

Commander William Monk of the River Police is called when initial investigations reveal the man was shot in the back. When he learns that the man was a master forger who had just escaped prison, Monk’s interest is immediately piqued. But as his investigations lead him ever deeper into the murky world of smuggling and forgery, Monk is forced to confront his own forgotten past.

The unsolicited interference of an old foe takes precedence as it becomes clear to Monk that a bitter enemy is back for revenge and has him in his sights. With his life and career in imminent danger, can Monk navigate his way to the truth before it is too late?

What readers are saying about Revenge in a Cold River:

‘Perry’s writing is very evocative of the time and I felt myself transported back to the 1800s

‘A gripping story revealing long held secrets, revenge and murder. A book that kept me sat on [the edge of] my chair, turning the pages determined to find out what happened next’

‘Once again Anne Perry has enthralled me with her clever weaving of [this] story’
The Shifting Tide (William Monk Mystery, Book 14)

The Shifting Tide (William Monk Mystery, Book 14)

A stolen loot and a dying woman… what is the secret that binds the two?

William and Hester Monk face intrigue and mystery in the docks of Victorian London’s East End in Anne Perry’s gripping novel The Shifting Tide. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Ann Granger.


‘With her visionary sensibility, Anne Perry is the master of the “you are there” school of hist-myst storytelling… [Here are] scenes that could have come out of Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend‘ – New York Times Book Review

When the Maude Idris docks at the Pool of London, laden with ebony, spices and first-grade tusks of ivory collected from her voyage to Zanzibar, Clement Louvain leaves four armed seamen on board to guard the precious cargo. But as soon as the relief for the night watch arrives ready for duty in the morning, he finds the ivory gone and one of the seamen dead. Hindered by his ignorance of the river and its customs, and ashamed of the fact that he so badly requires the huge fees that Louvain is prepared to pay, William Monk nevertheless begins his investigation into the theft and murder.

Meanwhile Hester’s work at the refuge at Portpool Lane is encountering acute financial difficulties. Sick prostitutes are arriving daily and the medicines needed to help them are running out. When a man arrives promising to pay a huge amount of money for the care of one particular woman, Hester is astonished to meet him. He is none other than Clement Louvain. So who is the woman he is so generously helping? And why is he offering such a substantial sum? Will Monk discover what Louvain is hiding before it is too late?

What readers are saying about The Shifting Tide:

The best Monk mystery yet

‘She has sculpted the characters beautifully

‘This novel is a real page-turner; a “curl up, not-put-the-book-down-till-the-last-page” weekend!’
One Fatal Flaw (Daniel Pitt Mystery 3)

One Fatal Flaw (Daniel Pitt Mystery 3)

The third gripping instalment in an exciting new generation of Pitt novels, from the New York Times bestselling author and queen of Victorian crime, Anne Perry.

It is 1910 and a warehouse fire on the banks of the Thames has left one criminal dead and another charged with his murder. Convinced of his innocence, Jessie Beale begs barrister Daniel Pitt to defend the accused. It’s a hopeless case – unless Daniel can find an expert witness, whose testimony on fire damage is so utterly convincing that any jury would believe him.

Daniel’s friend Miriam fford Croft was taught by formidable forensic scientist Sir Barnabas Saltram, who has built his reputation on giving evidence of this kind. But when Saltram agrees to testify, thus saving an innocent man from the gallows, Daniel unwittingly starts a chain of events that has devastating consequences for all of them…



At Some Disputed Barricade (World War I Series, Novel 4)

At Some Disputed Barricade (World War I Series, Novel 4)

1917, on the Western Front the fighting is still intense, losses are terrible and the outcome uncertain…

At Some Disputed Barricade, the fourth novel in Anne Perry’s stunning World War I quintet, is a gripping insight into life in the trenches, and the inner workings of the British Secret Service. Perfect for fans of Pat Barker and Sebastian Barry.


‘Very enjoyable and gripping’ – Glasgow Evening Times

It’s July 1917, and as the sun sets over No-man’s-land, so Joseph Reavley’s heart sinks with it. As chaplain he must keep up the men’s morale, but as rumours of mutiny grow stronger he is losing any chance of getting through to them. After the death of an officer, twelve soldiers are arrested, and it falls to Joseph to uncover the truth about their involvement.

Joseph’s brother Matthew, of the S.I.S, is also in pursuit of the truth, whilst struggling to come to terms with his part in the Peacemaker’s death. Approached by a Junior Cabinet Minister who is being blackmailed, Matthew learns of a plot to destroy the only men who can bring about lasting peace. As he embarks on an investigation, Matthew knows his own life is in danger but thinks it a small price to pay to secure the future of millions of people.

What readers are saying about At Some Disputed Barricade:

‘The author manages to grab the reader and pull him/her along, into another time and place

‘I became quickly absorbed in each of the series’ mysteries, but this one is the most exciting so far’

This is truly a special series
Acceptable Loss (William Monk Mystery, Book 17)

Acceptable Loss (William Monk Mystery, Book 17)

As a past case returns to haunt Monk, can he find justice for the innocent?

Inspector William Monk once again faces a dangerous foe in Acceptable Loss, the seventeenth novel in Anne Perry’s acclaimed series. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Ann Granger.


‘[An Anne Perry novel can] take us away to the far reaches of our imaginations, to a place and a time about which we can only dream… We see the gaslight, we feel the fog, and in Perry’s latest, Acceptable Loss, we experience the horror of murder, blackmail and sordid crime, as well as the shining victory of heroic sacrifice and personal courage’ – Asbury Park Press

In 1864, Monk and his wife Hester are doing their best to care for Scuff, a homeless boy recovering from a terrifying ordeal at the hands of Jericho Phillips, the runner of a child prostitution ring. Although Scuff’s evil abductor is dead, there is no suggestion that the ring has been broken and Scuff is certain that more children are suffering an even worse fate.

Monk is determined to find the remaining children and uncover the men funding the operation. And when the body of small-time crook Mickey Parfitt washes up on Mortlake’s shore, it fortuitously points him in the right direction. But as Monk’s investigation continues, the reputations of respected gentlemen start being called into question and his task becomes fraught with unforeseen dangers. In an illicit world of blackmail, vice and corruption, Monk must follow the trail – and his conscience – wherever it leads, no matter how disturbing the truth may be.

What readers are saying about Acceptable Loss:

There is no one who better captures the Victorian period. From the homes of the wealthy, to the lowest, meanest parts of London, [Anne Perry] creates a fully-realised world

‘A riveting mystery wrapped up in the dark and seedy side of Victorian London’

‘Anne Perry is the best Victorian crime [writer] I have ever read’
Blood on the Water (William Monk Mystery, Book 20)

Blood on the Water (William Monk Mystery, Book 20)

A deadly act of terror on the Thames leads William Monk into a treacherous world…

Blood on the Water is the twentieth novel in Anne Perry’s William Monk mysteries, which draws the reader into a treacherous Victorian world where the powerful seek to buy justice, and no one is safe. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Ann Granger.


‘Engaging and sharply observed’ – New York Times Book Review

It is a time of progress, with the Empire’s interests expanding and the contentious new Suez Canal nearing completion. Many people stand to gain – and to lose – as the world rapidly changes.

When a Thames pleasure boat is blown up with the loss of many lives, an Egyptian man is quickly sentenced to hang for the crime. But William Monk, head of the River Police, discovers the evidence was flawed. As he and his wife Hester investigate further, Monk begins to wonder if the wrong man was convicted. If justice itself has been tainted, exposing the true culprit will be far more dangerous…

What readers are saying about Blood on the Water:

‘Perry is such a fine writer. Her descriptions are wonderfully evocative

‘This is another brilliant read – full of twists and turns and a really unexpected ending. Fantastic

‘Was an absolutely riveting read – I read a lot of Anne Perry’s books as I love the twists and turns and unpredictability, I didn’t see the end of this one coming at all
A Sunless Sea (William Monk Mystery, Book 18)

A Sunless Sea (William Monk Mystery, Book 18)

Can Monk uncover the truth behind a deadly opium conspiracy?

Propelled into the darkest corners of the opium trade, New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry sends Inspector Monk on a thrilling adventure in A Sunless Sea, the eighteenth novel featuring the charismatic detective. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Sarah Perry.


‘Anne Perry’s Victorian mysteries are marvels’ – New York Times Book Review

1864 and on the bank of the Thames, Monk is appalled at the shocking mutilation visited upon the body of a woman found on Limehouse Pier. But when enquiries into the brutal killing unearth a connection between the victim and Dr Lambourn, a brilliant, recently deceased scientist and staunch supporter for a new pharmaceutical bill aimed to regulate the sale of opium, it becomes clear that not all is as it seems. Lambourn’s widow refuses to believe the official verdict that her husband’s death was suicide; she is convinced that he was murdered after the research he was conducting was discredited by government officials intent on keeping the lucrative trade of opium flowing.

With pressure mounting for the river police to find the Limehouse killer, Monk is propelled headlong into an investigation that will delve into the darkest depths of the opium trade and threaten to expose corruption in the very highest echelons of society…

What readers are saying about A Sunless Sea:

Perry is an agile word painter – so perfectly describing the sights and sounds of Victorian London from the dark Limehouse area to the posh West End that one feels transported to a different time and place

The reader becomes immersed in the tension

The characters are believable, the storyline ingenious and the reader [is kept] guessing right to the end’
Execution Dock (William Monk Mystery, Book 16)

Execution Dock (William Monk Mystery, Book 16)

Has Monk met his most dangerous and elusive opponent yet?

The death of a young boy leads Monk into one of his most dangerous cases yet in the sixteenth book in Anne Perry’s brilliant William Monk series Execution Dock. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Arthur Conan Doyle.


‘Rich in plot development, believable characters and period detail, this entry will only add to the already sizable ranks of Perry’s admirers’ – Publishers Weekly

It’s 1864, and after a game of cat and mouse, Monk has captured Jericho Phillips, the man he suspects of brutally killing a young mudlark and running an evil child prostitution ring. In bringing Phillips to justice, Monk hopes to close down the ring and avenge the memory of Durban, his old commander, who was determined to capture Philips. However, at trial justice does not prevail. Oliver Rathbone, Monk’s friend, is hired anonymously to represent the accused and when he proves that vital evidence is missing, Phillips is freed. As Monk begins the investigation again, venturing deeper into London’s murky underworld, he realises that Durban may have had his own reasons for pursuing Phillips, and shockingly, that secret support for Phillips may reach further into civilised society than anyone could ever have imagined…

What readers are saying about Execution Dock:

‘Ms Perry’s books inform, entertain, and make me thinkwhat more can a reader ask for?

‘[A] compelling, assiduously plotted story’

‘Well written with a gripping story line… You really feel the dirt and squalor of Victorian London
Dark Assassin (William Monk Mystery, Book 15)

Dark Assassin (William Monk Mystery, Book 15)

The two figures had been on the bridge. He had grasped hold of her. To save her, or to push her?

Newly appointed Inspector Monk faces a sinister murder plot in Dark Assassin, the fifteenth novel featuring the enigmatic detective from the Queen of Victorian crime, Anne Perry. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Sarah Perry.


‘Brilliant… That rare blend of novel that’s a page-turning thriller yet literary… Dark Assassin continues Author Perry’s peerless tradition of blending compelling plotting with finely realized human emotion and superb period detail’ – Jeffery Deaver

Inspector William Monk is still feeling his way in a new post in the Thames River Police and knows he must solve the mystery to gain the respect of his men. Soon both he and Hester find themselves powerfully involved in the story of the dead woman, Mary Havilland, and her quest to vindicate her father, found dead two months previously. An engineer working for the Argyll Construction Company, James Havilland was convinced a major disaster would happen in the tunnels where London’s desperately needed new sewer system was being built. Maddened by his obsession, he’d apparently shot himself. Mary had never accepted that and now she was dead too. Was it chance or something more sinister?

What readers are saying about Dark Assassin:

‘Anne Perry surpasses each novel she writes with further brilliance. This is a complex, superbly crafted plot

‘Perry is so convincing in her research and her prose is exquisite

Excellent story, really could not put it down. Well written, atmospheric, I felt I was there with the characters’
Death in Focus (Elena Standish Book 1)

Death in Focus (Elena Standish Book 1)

New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry brings us an exciting new thriller of espionage and murder set across Europe in the 1930s. The world is on the brink of war and no one is to be trusted as young photographer Elena Standish becomes embroiled in a terrifying game of cat and mouse…

It is 1933 and Europe is a place of increasing fear and violence. Young British photographer Elena Standish is on assignment in Amalfi when she meets Ian Newton, a charming Englishman with whom she falls in love. But what does she really know about him?

Accompanying him on a train across Italy to Paris, she finds him critically stabbed and dying. He tells her he is a member of Britain’s Secret Service, on his way to Berlin to warn MI6 so that they can foil a plot to assassinate one of Hitler’s vilest henchmen and blame Britain for it, thus causing a devastating diplomatic crisis. Elena promises to deliver the message. But she is too late, and finds herself fleeing for her life.

Meanwhile Lucas Standish, secret head of MI6 during the war, learns that his beloved granddaughter is being hunted in Berlin for murder. With Elena on the run, and at least one traitor in the British Embassy, it is impossible to know who to trust…

Praise for Anne Perry’s previous novels:

‘A brilliant Victorian police procedural in which well-realized characters and settings are fascinating in themselvesBooklist

Engrossing… Perry has always excelled in courtroom scenes and arguments between barristers, and she outdoes herself in two dramatic trials’Washington Times Daily

‘Perry balances plot and character neatly before providing a resolution that few will anticipatePublishers Weekly
A Christmas Legacy (Christmas novella 19)

A Christmas Legacy (Christmas novella 19)

New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry’s nineteenth heart-warming Christmas novella.

Gracie Tellman is preparing for Christmas with her husband and three young children when Millie Foster calls upon her. As a maid at Harcourt House, Millie is terrified that sinister goings-on, including the disappearance of food from the kitchens, will lead to her unfair dismissal, and she begs Gracie to investigate the situation.

With the promise that she will be back in time for Christmas, Gracie takes Millie’s place in the Harcourt household, never imagining the discovery she then makes. For the servants have been keeping a secret and their efforts are about to be rewarded in the most extraordinary way…

A Christmas Legacy is a heart-warming festive mystery set in Victorian London from the pen of the New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry.
A Darker Reality (Elena Standish Book 3)

A Darker Reality (Elena Standish Book 3)

The third novel in Anne Perry’s breathtakingly tense and exciting spy thriller series, featuring young British photographer and secret agent Elena Standish, set in the 1930s when the world was a place of increasing fear and uncertainty…

Spring, 1934. With the threat of war looming, political tensions begin to rise…


Elena Standish, a young English photographer who works for British Intelligence, is visiting her grandparents’ home in Washington DC when tragedy strikes. A lavish party is held to mark her grandparents’ sixtieth wedding anniversary and Elena takes pride in capturing the event on camera, but when the beautiful wife of a renowned scientist is found murdered in the driveway, allegedly run over by Elena’s grandfather’s car, Elena’s world is turned upside down.

Arrested on suspicion of murder, Wyatt Baylor protests his innocence, claiming he has enemies who are trying to frame him. But who are these enemies and how can Elena defend a man she barely knows? Turning to secret agent James Allenby for help, Elena must uncover the truth behind the events of that fateful night. But can she trust Allenby or her family and is she willing to risk everything in her pursuit of the truth?
A Christmas Odyssey (Christmas Novella 8)

A Christmas Odyssey (Christmas Novella 8)

As Rathbone sets forth on an odyssey into London’s dark streets, the outcome of his mission he cannot begin to guess…

Anne Perry writes a festive story of hope and redemption emerging from the depths of Victorian society in the seasonal novella A Christmas Odyssey. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Ann Granger.


‘A bite-sized mystery that could be fitted in after your Christmas lunch’ – Daily Telegraph

1864, and on a bitter December night in Victorian London, one man longs for a Christmas miracle. The city is preparing for the holidays yet James Wentworth is unable to focus on anything other than the disappearance of his wayward son, Lucien. In desperation, he turns to his old friend Sir Henry Rathbone for help.

Rathbone finds assistance in the shape of reformed criminal Squeaky Robinson and the enigmatic Doctor Crow, and as the group’s investigations take them deeper into the seedy underbelly of the capital, they uncover a squalid world of illicit pleasures and a trail that leads them closer to the man they seek.
But as they get nearer to their quarry, tales also begin to emerge of Lucien’s violent tendencies, his consuming obsession with a dangerous young woman and the disturbing Shadow Man. Can they bring Lucien home alive and, if so, will it be a grave mistake for all concerned?

What readers are saying about A Christmas Odyssey:

‘The book is pacey and full of atmosphere and tension

An enjoyable romp through the underworld’

Five stars
Betrayal at Lisson Grove (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 26)

Betrayal at Lisson Grove (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 26)

Surrounded by conspiracy, who can Pitt trust?

Betrayal at Lisson Grove is another fantastic Pitt novel from the master storyteller of the Victorian mystery, Anne Perry. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Sarah Perry.


‘The novel has a totally contemporary feel and is admirably well-written’ – Guardian

It’s 1895 and an increasingly violent tide of political unrest is rising fast all over Europe. Special Branch’s Inspector Thomas Pitt knows that they must find those responsible before England is overrun by reformists intent on overthrowing the government. When he finds himself in pursuit of a suspected terrorist, Pitt has no hesitation in following the chase all the way to France.

But events take a sinister turn when Narraway, Pitt’s superior, is accused of involvement in the death of an Irish informant and abruptly removed from office. Aware that her husband’s own career is also in jeopardy if he is not reinstated, Pitt’s wife Charlotte determines to help Narraway clear his name. As Charlotte and Narraway depart for Ireland and Pitt is drawn deeper into the investigation in France, it becomes clear that outside forces have conspired to separate them at a crucial time in the country’s history. With no one else to trust can they make it back to England and stop the revolt before it’s too late?

What readers are saying about Betrayal at Lisson Grove:

Excellently written and the suspense was kept right through the book’

Couldn’t put the book down. Anne is a gem of a writer’

Keeps you enthralled right to the very end of the book’
A Christmas Resolution (Christmas Novella 18)

A Christmas Resolution (Christmas Novella 18)

New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry’s eighteenth enthralling Christmas novella.

When Celia Hooper discovers that her dear friend Clementine is to marry widower Seth Marlowe – a man with a sinister past – she calls upon her husband, Detective John Hooper of the Thames River Police, to help her find out what really happened to Seth’s first wife several years ago. Rumour has it that she killed herself and Seth’s daughter ran away to live on the streets but no one seems to know the truth.

Then Seth accuses Celia of sending him blackmail letters and it quickly becomes clear that she is not the only one trying to stop him from marrying Clementine. With Christmas fast approaching, lines are blurred, relationships are tested and the past won’t stay buried for ever . . .

A Christmas Resolution is an enthralling festive mystery set in Victorian London from the pen of the New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry.
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