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Subject: Any Anne Perry fans?
Date Posted: 1/5/2008 10:27 PM ET
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I know she's been around awhile but I've recently discovered her.  I bought Funeral in Blue (Monk) on audio cd at Half-price books and really enjoyed the story.  So then I found some of her WWI Books on CD on clearance on Amazon and on ebay.  I just finished Angels in the Gloom and it was so moving my favorite of the Reavely books so far.  Probably because it focused a lot on Hannah and the kids and other woman of the village dealing w/losing their men and keeping the home-fires burning.  My husband is a Naval Air officer and I have smiled and waved goodbye while sending him off to Afghanastan and Irag and then come home and cried after my daughter's gone to sleep. So I really sympathized with that aspect of the story. So there I was out walking the dog and crying.  My neighbors probably think I'm a nut-case.  I think I'm going to get this series on paperback and keep them. 

I just received from PBS an anthology with the 1st 3 William Monk books.  I thought I'd restart that series at the beginning because of the whole lost memory thing.  Also I don't think he meets his wife until later in the series. 

 

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 1:47 PM ET
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I have always enjoyed her Charlotte & Thomas Pitt books -- the Victorian series. Maybe I just relate to the time period more but I prefer them to her later (Monk & WWI) series. I have also just worked my way through her Christmas series recently and they, each and every one, was a satisfying, quick read.

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 5:38 PM ET
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I was a huge Anne Perry fan 10-15 years ago.  (I even drove by her house on a trip to Scotland ten years ago.  And since then she no longer mentions the name of her village in her author bio!)  I liked both the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt books and the Monk series.  For some reason, I've only read a few of her books over the past five years or so.  I think maybe I got caught up in the series and then lost interest while I was waiting for the next books to come out.  I've read the first of the WWI books, and I really want to get back to this series because I'm fascinated by the whole WWI period, but haven't found the time yet.

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 11:02 PM ET
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The WW I series is really worth the read. Very good.  It's first time I've read something about this time period and now I want to look for more.

Date Posted: 1/8/2008 12:52 AM ET
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Mary, if you'd like another good WW I era series, look for Charles Todd's books. They're mysteries set immediately after the war, and the detective in the book is a veteran literally haunted by his war experiences. The books paint a very vivid picture of what that war cost the people of Great Britain. Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series is set later, in the late 1920s, if I remember right, but the war is very much a part of those books, too, since Maisie was a battlefield nurse, and her cases often deal with the war's aftermath.

As for Anne Perry, for some reason I've always liked her Monk series much better than the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt books. I don't even think I could explain why!

I read the first WW I book she wrote, and I have the others in my TBR pile, I just haven't gotten to them yet.

Date Posted: 1/8/2008 7:42 PM ET
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DW is a big Pitt fan, and I read one or two. I prefer the Monk series, a bit less of a romance. However, I haven't enjoyed a book in the Monk series for some years now. I think she's run out of ideas and has gotten a bit preachy. The first, oh, 3-4 books in the Monk series are first-rate mysteries, however.

I did also enjoy the WWI series very much, although it started a bit slowly, I thought, but got better and better. 

I strongly second Janelle's recommendation of Charles Todd's books featuring Inspector Ian Rutledge if you enjoy Anne Perry's WWI era mysteries. They're complex stories but not, oh, not Ruth Rendell-type complex, to where they're just depressing. I think it's best to start with the first one, A Test of Wills, because there is definitely character development as the series goes on, and past cases are mentioned in later books. My wife likes them as much as I do, so it's not just a guy read. :-)

Lots of good reading!

Les

Date Posted: 1/8/2008 11:30 PM ET
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I'll check those out thanks.  I haven't read any Pitt ones yet. But I like romances too so I will probably like them.  I read a couple later Monk books but now I'm going to start back at the beginning of the series. I'll probably read all those before I start the Pitt books.  I'm listening to At Some Undisputed Barricade on CD right now.  I have the last WWI book, We Shall Not Sleep on WL for paperback.  It's coming out on PB this Spring. 

Date Posted: 1/9/2008 6:32 PM ET
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I enjoy Anne Perry's books. Also, I second the recommendation for Charles Todd's books.