A Breach of Promise
A William Monk Novel
By Anne Perry
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345523747, 384pp.)
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
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In a sensational breach-of-promise suit, two wealthy social climbers are suing on behalf of their beautiful daughter, Zillah. The defendant is Zillah’s alleged fiancé, brilliant young architect Killian Melville, who adamantly declares that he will not, cannot, marry her. Utterly baffled by his client’s refusal, Melville’s counsel, Sir Oliver Rathbone, turns to his old comrades in crime—William Monk and nurse Hester Latterly. But even as they scout London for clues, the case suddenly and tragically ends, in an outcome that no one—except a ruthless murderer—could have foreseen.
Among Anne Perry's other novels featuring investigator William Monk are The Silent Cry, Cain His Brother, Defend and Betray, and Weighed in the Balance. She also writes the popular novels featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, including Pentecost Alley, Traitors Gate, The Hyde Park Headsman, Highgate Rise, Ashworth Hall, which was a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, and, most recently, Brunswick Gardens. "Her grasp of Victorian character and conscience still astonishes, said The Cleveland Plain Dealer about the author. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree.
“Captivating . . . one of Perry’s most engrossing puzzlers.”—People
“Anne Perry, hailed as the queen of the Victorian mystery, shows why with A Breach of Promise.”—San Diego Union-Tribune
“No one weaves plot and subplots as seamlessly as Perry. . . . Fans will be delighted by the long-awaited romantic denouement, which brought tears to my eyes.”—Los Angeles Times
“The story is full of feeling and weighted with intelligent thought about the status of women in mid-Victorian society.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Scenes of Victorian England so rich in detail that they seem more a product of Perry’s memory than her prodigious research.”—The Denver Post