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Going back in Time with Anne Perry, Queen of Historical Fiction Mysteries

Updated: Jan 27

After receiving an advanced copy of Anne Perry's latest novel Death with a Double Edge, I became intrigued as to how I never picked up one of her novels before. I did a little research and found out she's pretty awe-inspiring. I will post a review on her novel I am currently reading later, but for now I just wanted to post some of her achievements and share just how bad ass she is.

Anne Perry is an internationally bestselling author of historical detective fiction, best known for her Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series and William Monk novels. With numerous titles to her credit, Perry is popular with literary series, writing programs, and libraries, speaking about the power and universality of storytelling. With over 10 million copies sold word-wide, Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Murder on the Serpentine and Treachery at Lancaster Gate, and the William Monk novels, including Revenge in a Cold River and An Echo of Murder.

None of her books has ever been out of print, and they have received critical acclaim

and huge popular success: over 26 million books are in print world-wide. Her books have appeared on bestseller lists in a number of foreign countries, where she has also had excellent reviews. Her books regularly appear in the New York Times bestseller list, and have also been bestsellers in France, Germany and Canada. The Times selected her as one of the “100 Masters of Crime”, and in 2015 she was awarded the Premio de Honor Aragón Negro. Moving into a different area, Anne has responded to requests for workshops and teaching by producing her first ‘how to write’ instructional DVD “Put Your Heart On The Page: An Introduction To Writing” and her much-loved tote bags which also carry that slogan. Both items are now available to buy directly from her website.

New York Times
Death and the Maidens(excerpt) 
By Marilyn Stasio
May 3, 2013
Anne Perry has killed off a lot of women in a lot of ways since she began writing her atmospheric mysteries about Thomas Pitt, a detective in late-Victorian London, and his highborn wife, Charlotte. But, strange as it may seem for such an unflinching observer of the criminal justice system, until now Perry hadn’t trained her exacting eye on the subject of rape. MIDNIGHT AT MARBLE ARCH (Ballantine, $27) makes up for that lapse with a vengeance. Without losing her grip on the refined language appropriate to the day, Perry has written a sweeping and scandalous exposé of sexual brutality amid the upper classes.
When violated women in Victorian novels say their lives are ruined, they aren’t being melodramatic. “Many women never get over rape. Can’t bear the shame and the horror of it,” according to the police surgeon performing an autopsy on the wife of a merchant banker who took a lethal dose of laudanum after being raped and brutally beaten. Not only do the victims feel themselves damaged beyond repair, he explains, but their husbands often blame their wives for provocative behavior — and themselves for failing to protect those living under their care.
The stigma is even worse for Angeles Castelbranco, the 16-year-old daughter of the Portuguese ambassador. Experts in the art of reading social cues, Charlotte Pitt and her great-aunt, Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould, are made aware of the young woman’s distress simply by noting how she recoils when a young man approaches her at a party.

A Christmas Journey(2003)

A Christmas Visitor(2004)

A Christmas Guest(2004)

A Christmas Secret(2006)

A Christmas Beginning(2007)

A Christmas Grace(2008)

A Christmas Promise(2009)

A Christmas Odyssey(2010)

A Christmas Homecoming(2011)

A Christmas Garland(2012) A Christmas Hope(2013) A New York Christmas(2014) A Christmas Escape(2015) A Christmas Message(2016) A Christmas Return(2017) A Christmas Revelation(2018) A Christmas Gathering(2019) A Christmas Resolution(2020)

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