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Topic - Anne Perry
Trickery, treachery and treason are combined in Anne Perry's latest account of the dark side of 19th-century aristocratic London.
Claudine Burroughs is a woman with everything in the London of Christmas 1868. She has a wealthy husband and a place in society, and it isn't until she goes to a party that bores her and encounters a Welsh poet in the darkness of a garden that she realizes what is missing from her life.
Judge Oliver Rathbone, a brilliant lawyer who has reached the pinnacle of his career, is the man in the dock, facing disgrace, disbarment and even prison in this latest of Anne Perry's tense courtroom dramas.
There is no Christmas cheer in a British garrison in India in 1857. In the wake of the massacre of Cawnpore in which men, women and children were slaughtered, there is only despair. The atmosphere of the not-exactly-festive "A Christmas Garland" is made even darker by the killing of a guard and the escape of an Indian prisoner because the culprit is suspected to be John Tallis, a British medical orderly with no history of problems or violence.
Ex-boxer, terse-talking Leonid McGill personifies the detective noir genre and fits admirably into the bleak world as portrayed in Walter Mosley'slong list of tightly told thrillers.
Val McDermid's latest mystery gives new meaning to the old saying about everything but the kitchen sink, and the action-packed plot requires all the insight of criminal psychologist Tony Hill to sort out, especially when he is still trying to recover from an ax attack.