"A fine police procedural"
Victorian era private investigator William Monk lost
his memory in a London accident six years ago. He remade
himself and his wife Hester is very proud of how her
beloved has dealt with adversity. Hester studied nursing
under Nightingale and assists surgeon Kristian Beck in the
When Kristian's wife and a model are killed in an
artist's studio, Hester prevails upon Monk to investigate
so that any stigma to her employer's name is removed.
Unfortunately, Monk finds no evidence to clear him.
Instead he finds many reasons why Kristian would want to
kill his wife. The police arrest the doctor but his true
friends rally around him and force Monk to dig deeper.
Anne Perry has written another fine mystery that
captures the essence of Victorian England. Monk is at his
best when he searches for the truth even if he is the only
one outside the police who feels Kristian murdered his
spouse. Hester humanizes Monk by showing his compassionate
side. Place FUNERAL IN BLUE on your book-shopping list if
you want to read an excellent historical mystery by a
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 12, 2001