Wow - another stunner from Anne Perry. This is the 10th book in the sereis - be sure to read them in order. A woman runs from her fiance only later to be arrested for murder. The twist at the end is great!
a young groom enlists p.i. william monk to track down his fiancee,who disappeared suddenly from a party at a luxurious mansion
William Monk, the unquestionably handsome, somewhat vain, but genuinely tenderhearted "agent of enquiry" is back on the streets of Victorian London, investigating his 10th case, a missing woman. Miriam Gardiner was due to be betrothed to a much younger man, a well-to-do gentleman named Lucius Stourbridge. But during a family croquet party, the bride-to-be vanished, apparently fleeing in a coach driven by a family servant named Treadwell. Monk would normally be reluctant to get involved in a simple case of pre-wedding jitters, but his own recent marriage to the headstrong nurse Hester Latterly gives him a newfound empathy for the heartbroken Lucius. Of course, as always in Perry's historical mysteries, all is not quite as it seems. Treadwell is found murdered, and the missing Miriam becomes the number-one suspect. Monk is convinced that she "could and would do no intentional evil," even as Hester connects her to another illicit crime.
One of the Monk and Hester series of Victorian mysteries - not one of the best but still very good.