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A Breach of Promise

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A Breach of Promise

By Anne Perry

Ivy Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780804118552, 384pp.

Publication Date: September 7, 1999


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--investigator William Monk and nurse Hester Latterly. But even as they scout London for clues, the case suddenly and tragically ends. An outcome that no one--except a ruthless murderer--could have foreseen.

About the Author
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, Brunswick Gardens, and, most recently, Bedford Square. "Her grasp of Victorian character and conscience still astonishes," said The Cleveland Plain Dealer about the author. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree.

Praise For A Breach of Promise

"CAPTIVATING . . . ONE OF PERRY'S MOST ENGROSSING PUZZLERS . . . A period piece in the best sense, the action seamlessly growing out of the social tapestry she weaves."
--People (A Page-Turner of the Week)

"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