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Published by Headline, 22 October 2015. ISBN
The skill of establishing
characters and atmosphere is shown to perfection here by Anne Perry. This
is a novella of 150 pages but the story develops very quickly. The
leading character has appeared in the William Monk series where his sister,
Hester, is married to William. Charles Latterley arrives on the volcanic
island of Stromboli just before Christmas in 1866 and travels by donkey cart up
to a hostelry near to the volcano.
He meets his Italian host and a disparate group of
fellow guests - all English - and gets to know them as the volcano makes
occasional rumbles and belches out smoke. One of the group is found
murdered - Charles and 2 others go out to discover his body is in an outhouse
while the rest shelter in the cellar. Suddenly the threat of eruption
can be seen as serious and the group must escape down the mountain to the port
below. The initial mystery is obvious but there are other puzzles to
elucidate too while staying alive! A fascinating story to read!
Jennifer S. Palmer
Anne Perry has 2 lengthy series set in Victorian
England and a WW1 series too. The Christmas novellas have a number
of entries also.
Anne Perry was born in Blackheath, London England in October
1938.Anne had various jobs but there
was never anything she seriously wished to do except write. Her publishing career began
with The Cater Street Hangman.
Published in 1979, this was the first book in the series to feature the
Victorian policeman Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife Charlotte. It was filmed
and broadcast on ITV featuring a young Keely Hawes. Midnight At Marble Arch is the latest in the series, released
September 2012. In 1990, Anne started a second series of
detective novels with The Face of a
Stranger. These are set about 35 years before and feature the private
detective William Monk and volatile nurse Hester Latterly. The most recent of
these (18th in the series) is Blind
Justice (April 2013). Anne won an Edgar award in 2000 with her short story
"Heroes". The main character in the story features in an ambitious
five-book series set during the First World War. The last of these was recently
published, in Autumn 2007. Anne’s most recent stand-alone is The Sheen on the Silk, set in the exotic
and dangerous world of the Byzantine Empire, and is a critical success.
Jennifer Palmer Throughout my reading life crime
fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an
expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.