The Twisted Root

The Twisted Root

Large Print - 1999
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In a stunning feat of the imagination, Anne Perry encloses readers within the magic circle of her genius and brings to life the lost world of England's Victorian Age. Hoofbeats clatter on cobblestones, gaslight glimmers through fog, and in the exclusive privacy of elegant drawing rooms, powerful men and women once again live the splendor and shame of that matchless era. With The Twisted Root, Perry holds us rapt with a chilling story of love, betrayal, and consummate evil.

As private investigator William Monk listens to young Lucius Stourbridge plead for help in tracking down his runaway fiancée, he feels a sense of heavy foreboding. Miriam Gardiner disappeared suddenly from a croquet party at the luxurious Bayswater mansion of her in-laws-to-be, and has not been seen since. But on Hampstead Heath, Monk finds the coach in which Miriam had fled and, nearby, the murdered body of the coachman. There is no trace of Miriam.

What strange compulsion could have driven the beautiful widow to abandon the prospect of a loving marriage and financial abundance? Monk's attempt to answer that question proves a challenge, as Miriam Gardiner's fateful flight ends in a packed London courtroom where brilliant barrister Oliver Rathbone wages an uphill battle to absolve her from a charge of murder. And in a race with the hangman, Monk and clever nurse Hester Latterly--themselves now newlyweds--desperately pursue the elusive truth . . . and an unknown killer whose malign brilliance they have scarcely begun to fathom.

Baker & Taylor
Victorian-era private detective William Monk and his new wife, Hester, investigate the mysterious disappearance of Miriam Gardiner, who vanishes from a croquet party at the sumptuous estate of her future in-laws, leaving behind the body of a murdered coachman

Blackwell North Amer
As private investigator William Monk listens to young Lucius Stourbridge plead for help in tracking down his runaway finacee, he feels a sense of heavy foreboding. Miriam Gardiner disappeared suddenly from a croquet party at the luxurious Bayswater mansion of her in-laws-to-be, and has not been seen since. But on Hampstead Heath, Monk finds the coach in which Miriam had fled and, nearby, the murdered body of the coachman. There is no trace of Miriam.

Baker
& Taylor

Victorian-era private detective William Monk returns as he and his new wife, Hester, investigate the mysterious disappearance of Miriam Gardiner, who vanishes from a croquet party at the sumptuous estate of her future in-laws, leaving behind the body of a murdered coachman. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Pub., 1999
ISBN: 9780345433251
0345433254
Branch Call Number: FIC Perry
Characteristics: 346 p

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blueroo276
May 10, 2014

The author is on her "A-game" in this one! I did guess the outcome, but still kept reading because I couldn't believe it. A real page-turner.

B2K2rEaD Feb 27, 2013

As ever, the story held me from page 1 to almost the last page.
And that one was worth waiing for !

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spicefamily
Sep 25, 2009

A very very good mystery You won't know who did it. Anne Perry is a wonderful writer that she holds the readers' attention until the last.

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