Anne Perry

Anne Perry was born as Juliet Marion Hulme on October 28th 1932. Anne is a renowned English Author who is famous for her role in the historical detective fictions. She is also known for her great contributions in the Thomas Pitt and William Monk’s series. Perry was convicted at a tender age when she was just fifteen years old in the year 1954 for allegedly murdering her friend’s mother. She later changed her name to Anne Perry when she was released after serving her sentence.

The early life of Juliet Marion Hulme began in Blackheath, a small town located on the South East part of London with its neighbor towns Lewisham (is located West of Blackheath) and Greenwich (located north of Blackheath). Juliet’s father was Dr. Henry Hulme who was a physicist (studied and researched on various aspects of Physics). When she was growing she fell ill and after a series of tests she tested positive for presence of Tubercle bacillus in her system and diagnosed with tuberculosis. She was then transferred to South Africa to stay with her relative with hope that the warm African climate will play a role in her recovery. After her father was selected as a Rector of Canterbury University College (located in New Zealand) she rejoined with her family, she was already thirteen years old. For her post primary education she went to Christchurch Girls’ High School (currently referred to as Cranmer Center) located in Christchurch town in New Zealand.

In the month of June the year 1954, when Juliet Marion Hulme was only 15 years old, together with her friend they brutally murdered her best friends’ (known as Pauline Parker) mother Honorah Rieper (Parker’s mother). Hulme’s parents had various domestic problems which led to them opting to separate from each other and this would later force Anne Perry to move to South Africa where she would go and live with her relative. The two teenage best friend girls who together created a rich fantasy life, which saw famous actors like Orson Welles and James Mason as their role models, were not for the idea of them being separated from each other. On the 22nd of June 1994, the two girl friends went for a walk together with Parker’s mother (Honorah Rieper) in Victoria park which was in their own hometown Christchurch. When they were walking on an isolated path they had earlier plotted Hulme would drop an ornamental stone and as Honorah Rieper would bend over to pick it up then Pauline Parker would use the half brick, that had been cautiously wrapped in a pair stocking she was carrying, to hit her. The girls thought that only a single proper hit on the head would do the job but they were forced to hit Honorah Rieper almost twenty times to completely kill her. Both Parker and Hulme faced trial the same year in 1954 at Christchurch town and on August 29th the same year they were found guilty. Since they were still very young to be sentenced to death penalty according to the New Zealand Judicial laws at that time, they were instead convicted and then sentenced to be detained at the “pleasure of her majesty”. This meant that they would be detained at the Minister of Justice’s discretion. They were later released separately after serving five years in jail.

It is believed that Pauline Parker and Juliet Marion Hulme lost each others contacts and they never communicated with each other after their trial. These events led to the creation of the film Heavenly Creatures in the year 1994. In the film Melanie Lynskey played the role of the teenage girl then Pauline Parker and on the other hand Kate Winslet played the role of the teenage girl then Juliet Marion Humle. When the film was released, it had not yet been known that this mysterious author (Anne Perry) was the already grown Juliet Humle. Her identity was later made known to the public a couple of months later after the release of the film. Some speculated that the relationship between Pauline Parker and Juliet Marion Humle (Anne Perry) might have been a sexual relationship. She later revealed in the year 2006 that despite her and her best friend having an obsessive relationship together they were never, even a single day, lesbians. After Juliet Humle (Anne Perry) had finished serving her sentence and released from prison, she went back to England where she got a job as a flight attendant. Sometimes in 1968 she joined Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (headquarters is in Salt Lake City in Utah) while she was in US.

Juliet Marion Humle then changed her name to Anne Perry. The name Perry she got it from her stepfather (Perry was his surname). The first novel Anne Perry wrote was entitled “The Cater Street Hangman” which was published in the year 1979. It is a series which features a husband and wife team of Charlotte Ellison Pitt and Inspector Thomas Pitt. These two characters would later be common characters in various character novels written by Anne Perry. In all the series which Thomas Pitt plays a part in, Anne Perry uses the real name of neighborhoods in London as her novels’ titles. Another character William Monk, who is a private investigator appears in her first novel “The Face of a Stranger” in the year 1990. William Monk is a London Police Detective and is involved in a dangerous railway carnage accident in the year 1856. He then wakes up in the hospital with loss of memory and does not remember neither his name nor profession or even how his life has been. He is then told that his name is William Monk and he is an experienced police detective officer. Once he recovers he is immediately assigned to a difficult case involving murder. In the book Monk is portrayed to solve the cases despite them being difficult cases and remember at some point he could not even remember who he was. By the time it had reached the year 2003 she had already published more than 47 novels and many more short story collections.

Books in order of publication:

Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Books

The Cater Street Hangman(1979) 
Callander Square(1980) 
Paragon Walk(1981) 
Resurrection Row(1981) 
Rutland Place(1983) 
Bluegate Fields(1984) 
Death in the Devil’s Acre(1985) 
Cardington Crescent(1987) 
Silence in Hanover Close(1988) 
Bethlehem Road(1990) 
Highgate Rise(1991) 
Belgrave Square(1992) 
Farriers’ Lane(1993) 
The Hyde Park Headsman(1994) 
Traitors’ Gate(1995) 
Pentecost Alley(1996) 
Ashworth Hall(1997) 
Brunswick Gardens(1998) 
Bedford Square(1998) 
Half Moon Street(1998) 
The Whitechapel Conspiracy(2001) 
Southampton Row(2002) 
Seven Dials(2003) 
Long Spoon Lane(2005) 
Buckingham Palace Gardens(2008) 
Betrayal at Lisson Grove(2010) 
Dorchester Terrace(2011) 
Midnight at Marble Arch(2012) 
Death on Blackheath(2014) 
The Angel Court Affair(2015) 
Treachery at Lancaster Gate(2015) 
Murder on the Serpentine(2016) 

William Monk Books

The Face of a Stranger(1990) 
A Dangerous Mourning(1991) 
Defend and Betray(1992) 
A Sudden, Fearful Death(1993) 
The Sins of the Wolf(1994) 
Cain His Brother(1995) 
Weighed in the Balance(1996) 
The Silent Cry(1997) 
The Whited Sepulchres(1997) 
The Twisted Root(1999) 
Slaves of Obsession(2000) 
A Funeral in Blue(2001) 
Death of a Stranger(2002) 
The Shifting Tide(2004) 
Dark Assassin(2006) 
Execution Dock(2009) 
Acceptable Loss(2011) 
A Sunless Sea(2012) 
Blind Justice(2013) 
Blood on the Water(2014) 
Corridors of the Night(2015) 
Revenge in a Cold River(2016) 
An Echo of Murder(2017) 
Dark Tide Rising(2018) 

Tathea Books

Come Armageddon(2001) 

Elena Standish Books

Death in Focus(2019)
A Question of Betrayal(2020)
A Darker Reality(2021)
A Truth to Lie for(2022)

Christmas Stories Books

A Christmas Journey(2003) 
A Christmas Visitor(2004) 
A Christmas Guest(2005) 
A Christmas Secret(2006) 
A Christmas Beginning(2007) 
A Christmas Grace(2008) 
A Christmas Promise(2009) 
A Christmas Odyssey(2010) 
A Christmas Homecoming(2011) 
A Christmas Garland(2012) 
A Christmas Hope(2013) 
A New York Christmas(2014) 
A Christmas Escape(2015) 
A Christmas Message(2016) 
A Christmas Return(2017) 
A Christmas Revelation(2018) 
A Christmas Gathering(2019) 

World War I Books

No Graves As Yet(2003) 
Shoulder the Sky(2004) 
Angels in the Gloom(2005) 
At Some Disputed Barricade(2006) 
We Shall Not Sleep(2007) 

Timepiece Books

Tudor Rose(2011) 
Rose of No Man’s Land(2011) 
Blood Red Rose(2012) 
Rose Between Two Thorns(2012) 

Daniel Pitt Books

Twenty-One Days(2017) 
Triple Jeopardy(2018) 
One Fatal Flaw(2019) 
Death with a Double Edge(2020)
Three Debts Paid(2022)

Elena Standish Books

Death in Focus(2019) 
A Question of Betrayal(2020) 
A Darker Reality (2021)
A Truth to Lie For(2022)

Standalone Novels

Fashionable Funeral(1992) 
A Dish Taken Cold(1999) 
The One Thing More(2000) 
Naked Came the Phoenix(2001) 
I’d Kill for That(2004) 
The Sheen on the Silk(2010) 

Short Stories

The Scroll(2012) 

Short Story Collections

Price of Desire(2005)


Malice Domestic 6(1997) 
Death by Horoscope(2001) 
Much Ado About Murder(2002) 
Death by Dickens(2004) 
Thou Shall Not Kill(2005) 
Odd Partners(2019) 

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Letters from the Highlands(2004)
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