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One of the things I always used to tell my students – no matter what the course, no matter what the assignment – is that all writing must have a point, something you want to say.

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Twenty-One Days (Daniel Pitt Mystery 1)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry
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Dark Tide Rising (William Monk Mystery, Book 24)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

DARK TIDE RISING is the 24th compelling mystery in the William Monk series, from the master of Victorian crime, New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry. 'Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries are marvels of plot construction...truly remarkable' New York Times.When Kate Exeter is kidnapped on the shore of the Thames, Commander William Monk is enlisted by her desperate husband to save her. Kate's captors are demanding a ransom for her safe return and Monk and his most trusted men must arrange a secret handover in the dark slums of Jacob's Island. But on the night someone betrays them and a brutal skirmish breaks out, leaving death and destruction in its wake . . .Who is to blame for what went wrong? Monk senses tensions mount and no one knows who to trust. Then a whistle blower claims that the ransom money was embezzled funds that incriminate Kate's husband, and the case takes on a whole new meaning...

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An Echo of Murder (William Monk Mystery, Book 23)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

The master of the Victorian crime, New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry returns with the 23rd novel in the William Monk series, AN ECHO OF MURDER.London, 1870: The body of a Hungarian immigrant is found dead in what appears to be a ritualistic killing, with a bayonet through his heart, his fingers broken and his body surrounded by seventeen blood-dipped candles. At first, Commander William Monk of the Thames River Police suspects the killer is from within the community, but when another murder takes place, Monk fears the immigrants are being targeted by an outsider...Meanwhile, Hester is reunited with a doctor who had been left for dead on a Crimean battlefield. Traumatised by his experiences, Fitz has made his way home via Hungary and is now living in the community. Hester is determined to help him and, when he is accused of the killings, she sets out to prove his innocence...

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Murder on the Serpentine (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 32)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

The queen of the Victorian mystery, New York Times bestseller Anne Perry returns with the 32nd novel in the Inspector Pitt series MURDER ON THE SERPENTINE. Pitt is on a secret mission for the Queen, maybe his last...London, 1899: Head of Special Branch Commander Thomas Pitt is summoned to Buckingham Palace. In the twilight of her years, Queen Victoria is all too aware that the Prince of Wales will soon inherit her empire and must be beyond reproach. She tells Pitt she tasked her close friend and confidante, John Halberd, with investigating the Prince's friends, specifically Alan Kendrick, a wealthy playboy and betting man, but before he could report back, Halberd was found dead in a rowing boat on the Serpentine. The death has been ruled an unfortunate accident and the investigation closed, but the Queen is not convinced that all is as it seems and tasks Pitt with finding the truth. Forced to act alone in this most sensitive of investigations, Pitt finds himself embroiled in a plot that threatens not only the reputations of men, but also the safety and reputation of the Empire. . .

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Blind Justice (William Monk Mystery, Book 19)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

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Midnight at Marble Arch (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 28)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry
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A Sunless Sea (William Monk Mystery, Book 18)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry
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Dorchester Terrace (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 27)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

Treachery and ambition collide with devastating consequences... With a traitor among his ranks, Pitt has a difficult case on his hands in Dorchester Terrace, the twenty-seventh novel in Anne Perry's Thomas Pitt mystery series. Perfect for fans of C. J. Samson and Ann Granger.'The always clever Anne Perry infuses Dorchester Terrace with the right amount of intrigue and complex relationships that have made this prolific series one of the finest in modern mystery fiction' - Bookreporter 1896. Newly promoted to Head of Special Branch, Thomas Pitt is forced to face the danger his new position brings when he uncovers the work of a traitor in his department. Not knowing who to trust, he must unmask the conspirator, whist simultaneously protecting a suspected target, Austrian state visitor Duke Alois. Meanwhile, Victor Narraway is investigating the mysterious death of Serafina Monserrat. Once the holder of many sensitive, political secrets, Serafina had suffered from dementia in her later years and Narraway is unsure whether what he has uncovered is the confused ramblings of an old woman, or a catastrophic plot which could trigger a major international war. As the two investigations come ever closer it is clear that bluff and double-bluff are at play. When Pitt finally comes face to face with the suspected traitor will he, knowing the fate of the world is at stake, find the strength to stop the man by any means necessary? What readers are saying about Dorchester Terrace: 'Ms. Perry's attention to period detail is astonishing''Good tension and suspense with a very good twist which catches both the reader, and the protagonist, unawares''As always, the setting is perfect, the plot is interesting and the story is conducted with a sure hand'

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A Christmas Journey (Christmas Novella 1)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

A shocking death provokes a quest for the truth... Attending a Christmas party, and taking a leading role in the ensuing investigation in A Christmas Journey, is one of the most beloved characters from Anne Perry's Thomas Pitt series: Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould. Perfect for fans of C. J Sansom and Harriet Smart. 'The tale is redolent with Victorian atmosphere, from the hypocritical snobbishness to the rigid social conventions of the time' - Tangled Web Lady Vespasia's friend Isobel has made a cruel remark about Gwendolen Kilmuir on the night Gwendolen was meant to have become engaged to the eligible Bertie Rosythe. Gwendolen flees the room, and the next morning her body is found in the lake in the gardens of the estate. It appears she has jumped from the bridge. The host, Omegus Jones and Vespasia decide to find who or what might have led Gwendolen to resort to such an extreme measure. They vow to make the guilty party seek forgiveness and expiation through the task of taking a sealed letter written by Gwendolen before her death to her mother up in the north of Scotland.The journey will be both physically and emotionally arduous but will bring answers to some unexpected and profound questions. What readers are saying about A Christmas Journey: 'A tale that flows from an elegant house party in a country mansion, north to frozen, snowy Scotland''I could not put it down''Five stars'

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A Christmas Visitor (Christmas Novella 2)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

One Christmas proves to be unlike any other... Henry Rathbone, one of Anne Perry's most engaging characters from her William Monk series, appears in the seasonal murder mystery A Christmas Visitor. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Ann Granger.'It wouldn't be Christmas without a good mystery, and this one has the perfect backdrop: a rambling manor in the Lake District' - You MagazineHenry Rathbone arrives to spend Christmas at the Dreghorn family manor house near Ullswater. He is greeted by the news that the master of the house, Judah Dreghorn has slipped while crossing a stream in the grounds of the estate in the middle of the night, and drowned. Not only this, but Ashton Gower, recently released from prison, is slandering Judah's name, claiming that his family rightfully owns the estate and that the forged deeds for which he was imprisoned were in fact genuine. To Rathbone and the two remaining Dreghorn brothers, also returning to the Lakes for Christmas, Judah's mysterious death and Gower's outrageous claims seem inextricably linked. What readers are saying about A Christmas Visitor: 'I guarantee that you won't soon forget this story''An excellent novel set in the Lake District''Five stars'

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Bedford Square (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 19)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry
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Come Armageddon

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

With the gates of Hell open, the fighting will not cease until the final war is won... Extraordinary and compelling, this apocalyptic epic fantasy from acclaimed author Anne Perry, is both breath-taking and profound. Perfect for fans of David Eddings and Raymond E. Feist. 'Nothing short of amazing' - SFX MagazineTathea, once Queen of Shinabar, has waited five hundred years for the birth of Sadokhar, who will create a golden age before facing the terrifying final battle - of the spirit and the body - with conviction and courage. What readers are saying about Anne Perry: 'A remarkable, clever and poignant book that defies the norms of modern fantasy and demands to be read''[Anne Perry's] books are always gripping and beautifully written''Breathtaking to the last page'

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Death of a Stranger (William Monk Mystery, Book 13)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

William and Hester become wrapped up in two separate cases - but are they as unconnected as they first seem? Staggering revelations and a shocking murder propel the Monks into fresh dangers in Anne Perry's gripping mystery Death of a Stranger. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Arthur Conan Doyle.'Few mystery writers this side of Arthur Conan Doyle can evoke Victorian London with such relish for detail and mood' - San Francisco Chronicle Hester Monk's voluntary work in Coldbath Square is increasingly demanding. Every night she tends to a stream of women of the streets who have been injured or become ill as a result of their trade. But the injuries are becoming more serious, and now a body has been discovered in one of the area's brothels. The dead man is none other than the wealthy and respectable Nolan Baltimore, head of Baltimore and Sons, a successful railway company. With calls for the police to clean up the streets, Hester decides she must intervene to protect these women who stand to lose everything. Meanwhile her husband, William Monk, has been approached by Katrina Harcus, who suspects that the company her fiancé works for may be guilty of fraud. That company is Baltimore and Sons. As Monk endeavours to prevent a serious crime, possibly even a tragedy, taking place, he faces some staggering revelations. And with the link between the two cases becoming ever clearer, Monk finds that the time has come to confront his own demons - even if it means losing all that he now holds dear... What readers are saying about Death of a Stranger: 'Anne Perry's 13th addition to the Monk series is fast paced, exciting and as dark as you'd expect''I cannot fault this latest offering from the "Queen of Crime"... I literally couldn't put it down!''A riveting mystery wrapped up in the dark and seamy side of Victorian London'

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The One Thing More

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

A daring plan to restore the French monarchy takes a murderous turn... A superb novel of intrigue and murder set against the terrifying backdrop of the French Revolution from acclaimed historical novelist Anne Perry. Perfect for fans of C.J. Sansom and Susanna Gregory.'A tale that is rich in intrigue, suspicion and the violence that rules the streets of Paris' - Northern Echo It is January 1793. France is at war with Belgium, Prussia and Austria, and Louis XVI has just been sentenced to death. In Paris, a small group of people fear for the future of a throneless France surrounded by countries terrified that republican ideas - or anarchy - will spread throughout the continent. They are determined to rescue the king, but when their leader is murdered a plan must be pieced together and executed within three days. What readers are saying about The One Thing More: 'Ominous... twists and surprises that occur throughout the novel... nothing is as it seems''Perry is an exquisite writer who always manages to capture the tone and scene of the moment''The tale flows smoothly and kept me coming back for more'

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Shoulder the Sky (World War I Series, Novel 2)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

It is the spring of 1915, but deep in the trenches, there is no summer in sight... Shoulder the Sky is the second novel in Anne Perry's insightful and harrowing quintet charting the English experience of the First World War. Perfect for fans of Pat Barker and Sebastian Barry.'The plot of this book is riveting throughout; the elegance of the prose and depth of characterisation combine to create a powerful and poignant journey into the past that long stays with you after the final page' - The Lady By April of 1915, as chaplain Joseph Reavley tends to the soldiers in his care, the nightmare of trench warfare is impartially cutting down England's youth. On one of his rescue forays into no-man's-land, Joseph finds the body of an arrogant war correspondent, Eldon Prentice. A nephew of the respected General Owen Cullingford, Prentice was despised for his prying attempts to elicit facts that would turn public opinion against the war. Most troublesome to Joseph, Prentice has been killed not by German fire but, apparently, by one of his own compatriots. What Englishman hated Prentice enough to kill him? Joseph is afraid he may know, and his sister, Judith, who is General Cullingford's driver and translator, harbours her own fearful suspicions. Meanwhile, Joseph and Judith's brother, Matthew, an intelligence officer in London, continues his quiet search for the sinister figure they call the Peacemaker, who, like Eldon Prentice, is trying to undermine the public support for the struggle-and, as the Reavley family has good reason to believe, is in fact at the heart of a fantastic plot to reshape the entire world. An intimate of kings, the Peacemaker kills with impunity, and his dark shadow stretches from the peaceful country lanes of Cambridgeshire to the twin hells of Ypres and Gallipoli. What readers are saying about Shoulder the Sky: 'She makes the horror and futility nightmarishly real but not a cliché''I feel immersed in the world she is creating''A real page-turner with strong literary merit'

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Southampton Row (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 22)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

An enemy more deadly than any Pitt has faced before... Murder, spiritualism and corruption are all at play in Anne Perry's gripping novel, Southampton Row, the twenty-second mystery in the Thomas Pitt mystery series. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Sherlock Holmes.'Exciting and explosive climax to this finely crafted period piece' - Coventry Evening Telegraph Despite Thomas Pitt's success in the Whitechapel case, the secretive Inner Circle prevents his returning to the Bow Street police as Superintendent. Pitt's next task for Special Branch is to investigate Charles Voisy - the corrupt Inner Circle man Pitt defeated in court - who is standing for election as a Tory MP. Pitt must obtain information to stop Voisy's climb to political power. Then Pitt is ordered to Southampton Row, scene of the hideous murder of a spiritual medium. As the link between the spiritualist and political figures is revealed, the whispers of scandal grow louder. And with Charlotte in hiding for safety, Pitt must turn to his sister-in-law, Emily, to help him solve one of his most high-profile cases yet... What readers are saying about Anne Perry: 'The atmosphere of turn of the century London is so absorbing and tangible that you can almost feel yourself shrouded in a cold blanket of East End fog and hear the Hansom carriages clatter along the streets''[Anne Perry's] books are always gripping and beautifully written' 'Five stars'

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Tathea

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry
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The Whitechapel Conspiracy (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 21)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry
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The Shifting Tide (William Monk Mystery, Book 14)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry
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Seven Dials (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 23)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

Thomas Pitt is summoned to the offices of Victor Narraway, head of the Imperial Secret Service. An ex-army officer and promising young diplomat has been shot and the prime suspect is the Egyptian mistress of a senior cabinet minister. But some things don't add up at the scene of the murder. When the Egyptian Ambassador puts in a call to Prime Minister Gladstone, it seems a major diplomatic row is brewing. Thomas is convinced Narraway knows more than he claims, and Pitt's wife Charlotte fears there could be involvement with the secret organisation that destroyed Pitt's Metropolitan Police career and nearly cost him his life. Can Pitt tread the tense diplomatic tightrope between protecting justice, the security of his country, and the safety of his family?