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Slaves of Obsession (2000)

por Anne Perry

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Séries: William Monk (11)

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The year is 1861. The American Civil War has just begun, and London arms dealer Daniel Alberton is becoming a very wealthy man. The quiet dinner party held by Alberton and his wife seems remote indeed from the passions rending America. Yet investigator William Monk and his bride, Hester, sense growing tensions and barely concealed violence in this well-appointed mansion. For two of the guests are Americans, each vying to buy Alberton's armaments. Soon Monk and Hester's forebodings are fulfilled, as bodies turn up dead, or disappear--along with Alberton's entire inventory of weapons.… (mais)
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In this tenth book of the series, Monk and Hester are invited to a dinner party. The host and his partner sell guns. This is the start of the American Civil War and agents from both the North and South are there competing for his stock. When some gruesome murders occur, it's up to Monk and Hester to retrieve the murderers who have fled to America for a trial in the English courts.
I'm really enjoying this series, but I think I liked this book the best so far. The historical research, as always, is excellent. Not only do we see Victorian England, but I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the first battle of Bull Run as well as Monk and Hester's view of the New York City and Washington. The mystery was good also; I was never quite sure how the murders occurred and why much less by whom.
The relationship between Hester and Monk has grown deeper, if possible. I feel quite sorry for Oliver and I hope he finds someone he can love as much as Hester.
Great book in an interesting series. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Jun 14, 2018 |
This book kept me guessing about whodunnit right until the end. To sum up the story line, William Monk, a detective in Victorian London, is asked to investigate blackmail directed at the owners of a London shipping company which deals with guns among other goods. Then one of the owners is killed quite gruesomely and all the guns in his warehouse disappear. Suspicion points to an American who was negotiating for the guns for the Union army. It appears he and the dead owner's daughter have fled England. Monk and his wife Hester are asked by the widow to follow them and bring them back. In America they are caught up in the beginning of the Civil War at the battle of Manassas. Some of the best writing occurs at this point. The last half of the book occurs back in England and involves the trial and search for the murderer. I found a few spots that didn't quite make sense but I kept reading anyway. The ultimate culprit was someone I had suspected earlier and then decided couldn't have been responsible. So, it was quite an enjoyable read. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 20, 2017 |
Vict England
Union + Conf trying to buy guns for Civil War — Battlefield at Manassas — twists + turns good —

Slaves of Obsession begins with a dinner party at the home of Daniel and Judith Alberton. William Monk and his wife, Hester, meet not only the host and the hostess at this intimate gathering but also Judith's cousin Robert Casbolt, a Union sympathizer named Lyman Breeland, and the Alberton's 16-year-old daughter, Merritt. Although Breeland is quick to share his convictions, Daniel, Robert, and Judith remain more reticent on the topic of the war and try to change the subject. When an unexpected visitor named Philo Trace, a member of the Confederate army, arrives, their taciturnity regarding the Civil War becomes all too clear. Daniel and Robert deal in arms and have made a previous agreement with Trace to sell him guns for the Confederacy -- guns that Breeland desperately wants for his sacred Union.
  christinejoseph | Jul 14, 2017 |
The year is 1861 and the Civil War divides the United States. The story begins with an English gun dealer that has promised to sell guns to the agent of the Confederate Army. But a representative of the Union Army, Lyman Breeland, hopes to change the mind of Daniel Alberton, the guns dealer. Breeland has won Daniel's 16-year-old daughter, Merrit, to the fight against slavery. Daniel is found murdered, the gun shipment has disappeared, and Merrit has disappeared. Daniel's widow, Judith, employs Monk and Hester to go to the United States to find and retrieve Merrit. Perry does a wonderful job showing the first battles of the war, and the utter chaos. Sir Oliver Rathbone defends Merrit and Lyman once the pair has been brought back to England. Of course the English judicial system is a little different than the American system. Rathbone struggles with his feelings for Hester and his regret concerning her marriage to Monk. The ending was not a total surprise as in the earlier novels. ( )
  delphimo | Jul 23, 2011 |
William Monk y Hester se verán obligados a cruzar el Atlántico y a internarse en el territorio en guerra de Estados Unidos para seguir los pasos del asesino.
  kika66 | Dec 20, 2010 |
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The year is 1861. The American Civil War has just begun, and London arms dealer Daniel Alberton is becoming a very wealthy man. The quiet dinner party held by Alberton and his wife seems remote indeed from the passions rending America. Yet investigator William Monk and his bride, Hester, sense growing tensions and barely concealed violence in this well-appointed mansion. For two of the guests are Americans, each vying to buy Alberton's armaments. Soon Monk and Hester's forebodings are fulfilled, as bodies turn up dead, or disappear--along with Alberton's entire inventory of weapons.

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