Funeral in Blue

Funeral in Blue

Book - 2001
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Random House, Inc.
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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Baker & Taylor
When two beautiful women are found strangled in the studio of a famous London artist, including the wife of Viennese TmigrT Dr. Kristian Beck, who is accused of the killing, William Monk, his wife Hester, and their close friend, Lady Callandra Daviot, who is in love with the accused, set out to clear their friend's name. Reprint.

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& Taylor

When two women, one of them the wife of the accused killer, are found strangled in the studio of a London artist, William Monk, his wife Hester, and Lady Callandra Daviot set out to clear their friend's name.

Publisher: New York : Fawcett Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780345440020
0345440021
Characteristics: 340 p ; cm

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DorisWaggoner
Nov 30, 2017

Kristian Beck's wife Elissa has been a shadow in the background. In this outing she is murdered and her personality becomes a major factor in finding the culprit. Rathbone's out of the country, and Elissa's father, also a barrister, volunteers to defend his son-in-law, giving a different tone to the story. So do three other issues. Kristian and Elissa met in Vienna when both were leaders the 1848 revolution. When they married and moved to London, she became bored with the domestic round and found a damaging outlet for that boredom. So, coincidentally, did Hester's sister-in-law. Seeking information to clear Kristian, who's been arrested, Monk goes to Vienna. He learns a lot, but not sufficient to clear Kristian. The ending comes entirely out of the blue, yet makes perfect sense in retrospect. One of the best.

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bdoc
Aug 22, 2016

Very surprising ending but leaves you hanging to find out what happens to all the main characters. Guess I need to get the next book in this series.

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