Funeral in Blue

Funeral in Blue

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
When two beautiful women are found strangled in the studio of a famous London artist, including the wife of Viennese TmigrT Dr. Kristian Beck, who is accused of the killing, William Monk, his wife Hester, and their close friend, Lady Callandra Daviot, who is in love with the accused, set out to clear their friend's name.

Blackwell North Amer
When her brother, Charles, suddenly arrives on her doorstep one cold October evening, Hester Monk is shocked - as much by the unexpectedness of the visit as by the nature of it. For since her marriage to Monk, Charles and his elegant wife, Imogen, have kept their distance. But now, driven to discover what has caused a dramatic change in his wife's behaviour, Charles seeks Hester's help. Imogen, who has suddenly taken to mysterious outings at unconventional times, and who is either in a state of elated excitement or restless despair, must be having an affair - Charles can think of no other explanation. But before Hester is able to renew her friendship with Imogen, a greater tragedy occurs.
Murder has taken place not far away in an artist's studio and two women have been killed. One of them is the beautiful wife of Hester's friend and colleague, Dr Beck - also the daughter of a prominent politician. The other is an attractive but common artists' model. Having left the police force with extreme ill feeling between himself and his superior, the last thing Monk wants to do is face the demons of his past. But, concerned about the profile of the case and its likely effect on the reputation of their surgeon friend, Monk is left with no choice but to visit Runcorn and involve himself with the murder case.
As Hester and Monk begin their individual investigations, it seems that behind the repectable facades of the upper classes, deceptions and betrayal are rife. And, as the secrets of Imogen Latterly and Elissa Beck are gradually exposed, the Monks are to face their most emotionally demanding case yet...

& Taylor

When two women are found strangled in the studio of a London artist, including the wife of Dr. Kristian Beck, who is accused of the killing, William Monk, his wife Hester, and their close friend, Lady Callandra Daviot, set out to clear their friend's name.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2001
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345440013
Branch Call Number: Mystery PERRY
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 30, 2017

Kristian Beck's wife Elissa has been a shadow in the background. In this outing she is murdered and her personality becomes a major factor in finding the culprit. Rathbone's out of the country, and Elissa's father, also a barrister, volunteers to defend his son-in-law, giving a different tone to the story. So do three other issues. Kristian and Elissa met in Vienna when both were leaders the 1848 revolution. When they married and moved to London, she became bored with the domestic round and found a damaging outlet for that boredom. So, coincidentally, did Hester's sister-in-law. Seeking information to clear Kristian, who's been arrested, Monk goes to Vienna. He learns a lot, but not sufficient to clear Kristian. The ending comes entirely out of the blue, yet makes perfect sense in retrospect. One of the best.

Aug 22, 2016

Very surprising ending but leaves you hanging to find out what happens to all the main characters. Guess I need to get the next book in this series.


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