The Sins of the Wolf

The Sins of the Wolf

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"Perry [has two] strengths: memorable characters and an ability to evoke the Victorian era with the finely wrought detail of a miniaturist."
--The Wall Street Journal
Nurse Hester Latterly finds herself well-suited for the position: accompany Mrs. Mary Farraline, an elderly Scottish lady with delicate health, on a short train trip to London. Yet Hester's simple job takes a grave turn when the woman dies during the night. And when a postmortem examination of the body reveals a lethal dose of medicine, Hester is charged with murder--punishable by execution.
The notorious case presents detective William Monk with a daunting task: find a calculating killer amongst the prominent and coolly unassailable Farraline clan. Since Hester must be tried in Edinburgh, where prejudice against her runs high, there is little that the highly skilled barrister Oliver Rathbone can do to help. He can only try to direct her Scottish lawyer from the frustrating sidelines, and pray that Hester will not be sent to the gallows....
"When it comes to the Victorian mystery, Anne Perry has proved that nobody does it better."
--The San Diego Union-Tribune

Baker & Taylor
Accompanying an elderly woman on a train trip to London, Nurse Hester Latterly is charged with murder when the woman dies from a lethal dose of medicine, and detective William Monk and barrister Oliver Rathbone try to prove her innocence. Reissue.

& Taylor

In a blend of Victorian courtroom drama and intricate mystery, William Monk frantically searches for the truth to save his trusted sidekick, Nurse Latterly--on trial for her life

Publisher: New York : Fawcett Columbine, 1994
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780449906385
Branch Call Number: MYS Perry, A 400.5 1994
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 25 cm


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Oct 15, 2017

I had to reread the last few chapters, because while Monk is able to prove Hester did not kill Mrs. Farraline, it's not really clear which member of the family did until the last page or so. Hester learns a great deal from her prison ordeal, and Monk learns a lot from his mostly fruitless efforts to find the truth. One of the things they learn is that, quarrels aside, they do their best work together. But the way this Scottish trial is structured keeps them apart. A truly frightening story, since it could cost Hester her life. But since it's part of a series, readers know that somehow she will be saved. Finding out how Monk and Rathbone, who's not allowed to be her lawyer in Scotland, do this, with her help, makes for a delicious story.

AuntJane Jan 13, 2016

I enjoy the Monk series and am trying to read them in order. I may have missed one b/c I didn't realize there was such a triangle among the characters!
I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment.
It was 'fun' to go to Edinburgh via this story!

Feb 17, 2015

This is the best William Monk novel yet. Lots of suspense right up until the end.


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