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No Graves as Yet: A Novel of World War One

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On a sunny afternoon in late June, Cambridge professor Joseph Reavley is summoned from a student cricket match to learn that his parents have died in ... Show synopsis

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Jangus

The best of WW1 mystery novels

by Jangus on Jan 17, 2008

I am a devotee of female mystery writers, many British, starting with Josephine Tey, Val McDermid (who didn?t wear well), Ruth Rendell (also writing at Barbara Vine), and P.D. James, and the American novelists, Deborah Crombie, Richard North Patterson (the only male mystery writer I can read), a little from Martha Grimes, and a lot from Elizabeth George. .George is perhaps one of the finest writers I have ever read (right up there with Nabakov). Her writing is clear, effective and, at times, pure poetry. She is, however, either terribly picky about which of her works are published or she is really lethargic. The author I found just last year is the amazingly prolific Anne Perry, a fellow Scotsman. (I am, however, two generation removed.) Anne Perry is definitely not lazy; she may not even get a full eight at night. She lacks George?s poetry, but that lack is compensated for by the excellence she brings to characterization and suspense. Her detectives from William Monk to Thomas Pitt are not only delightful and interesting, but they become good friends. I am here today to praise the last of her works, the five volume World War I series: (by publishing dates) No Graves as Yet, Angels in Gloom, Shoulder the Sky, At Some Disputed Barricade, and We shall Not Sleep. Speaking of sleep, I don?t know how I will rest tonight, having finished the final novel in the series last night. If there was no name of the author on the book covers, I would not know it was Perry writing, and writing originally with electrifying speed (the five novels were written from 2002-2007). The First World War was brutally inhumane (not for the squeamish or easily spooked), and shameful, both in the conduct of the war and the conditions of the Armistice after (which Perry foreshadows, but doesn?t go into detail.) The horrors of this period in our collective histories are somewhat mitigated by the characters about whom she writes. I fell in love with more than a few of the protagonists; I also despised where I was led to do so. No matter: if you are familiar with Ms. Perry?s works, get the War series. If you have never read her, get to it; start on the mystery series, but be sure to read by publishing date, or you will be extremely confused. I have started at the beginning, reading them all again.

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