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Weighed in the Balance

Weighed in the Balance
Weighed in the Balance

It had been twenty years since Countess Zorah Rostova’s countryman Prince Friedrich abdicated his throne to marry a woman who was an unacceptable consort. Now the Prince is dead and Countess Zora claims that Princess Gisela murdered him, but cannot produce a scrap of evidence to this accusation – and neither can Monk or Hester. But as events unfold it seems that the most likely suspect is the Countess herself...

  • "Careful investigation and astute teamwork produce some astonishing revelations that presage the end of Victorian propriety and an era's pretense of innocence." Publisher's Weekly (starred review),
  • "Scenes [are] described in lush, sensuous strokes by Ms Perry… Monk, the dark and brooding hero… infuses this luxuriantly detailed series with its romantic soul." New York Times Book Review,
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