A Dangerous Mourning: A William Monk Novel

By Anne Perry

No breath of scandal has ever touched the aristocratic Moidore family–until Sir Basil’s attractive widowed daughter is stabbed to loss of life in her personal mattress, a surprising, incomprehensible tragedy.

Inspector William Monk is ordered to enquire in a way that would provide the least attainable soreness to the influential family members. yet Monk, very good and impressive, is handicapped through lingering lines of amnesia and by means of the craven ineptitude of his manager, who would favor not anything larger than to determine Monk fail. With the aid of nurse Hester Latterly, a innovative younger girl who served with Florence Nightingale within the Crimea, Monk gropes warily during the silence and shadows that vague the case, realizing that with each one step he comes toward the appalling fact.

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At the very least there has been adequate coal and he or she may well hold where tolerably hot, although the airborne dirt and dust and advantageous ash from it looked as if it would get into every thing. the ladies within the beds closest to the hearth have been too scorching, and stored complaining concerning the grit stepping into their bandages, and Hester was once endlessly dusting the desk within the middle of the room and the few wood chairs the place sufferers good sufficient sometimes sat. This was once Dr. Pomeroy’s ward, and he used to be a general practitioner, so all of the instances have been both waiting for operations or improving from them—or, in over part the situations, now not recuperating yet in a few degree of health facility fever or gangrene. on the some distance finish a toddler started to cry back. He used to be purely 5 and had a tubercular abscess within the joint of his shoulder. He were there 3 months already, ready to have it operated on, and every time he were taken alongside to the theater, his legs shaking, his enamel gritted, his younger face white with worry, he had sat within the anteroom for over hours, purely to be informed another case were handled this day and he was once to come back to his mattress. To Hester’s fury, Dr. Pomeroy had by no means defined both to the kid or to her why this were performed. yet then Pomeroy appeared nurses within the comparable gentle as such a lot different medical professionals did: they have been worthy simply to do the menial tasks—washing, sweeping, scrubbing, removing dirty bandages, and rolling, storing and passing out new ones. the main senior have been additionally to maintain self-discipline, rather ethical self-discipline, one of the sufferers good adequate to misbehave or turn into disorderly. Hester straightened her skirt and smoothed her apron, extra from behavior than for any goal, and moved quickly all the way down to the kid. She couldn't ease his pain—he had already been given all he must have for that, she had obvious to it—but she may at the very least supply him the relaxation of fingers round him and a mild observe. He used to be curled up on his left facet together with his aching correct shoulder excessive, crying softly into the pillow. It was once a desolate, hopeless sound as though he anticipated not anything, easily couldn't include his distress to any extent further. She sat down at the mattress and extremely rigorously, to not jolt the shoulder, amassed him up in her palms. He was once skinny and light-weight and never tricky to help. She laid his head opposed to her and stroked his hair. It was once no longer what she was once there for; she used to be a talented nurse with battlefield event in bad wounds and emergency surgical procedure and care of fellows struggling with cholera, typhus and gangrene. She had lower back domestic after the conflict hoping to assist reform the backward and tradition-bound hospitals in England, as had such a lot of different of the ladies who had nursed within the Crimea; however it had proved way more tricky than she anticipated even to discover a publish, not to mention to exert any impression. in fact Florence Nightingale used to be a countrywide heroine. the preferred press was once packed with compliment for her, and the general public cherished her. She was once maybe the single individual to emerge from the complete sorry crusade coated with glory. there have been tales of the irritating, insane, misdirected cost of the sunshine Brigade correct into the mouths of the Russian weapons, and scarcely an army relations within the kingdom had now not misplaced both a son or a pal within the carnage that undefined.

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