The Traitor Among Us Book Review
|Title:||The Traitor Among Us|
|Published:||September 12, 2023, Ballantine Books|
|No. of Pages:||304|
|Cover Price:||$28.00 Hardcover, $13.99 Kindle|
Fans of the Elena Standish series by Anne Perry will want to immediately pick up The Traitor among us, the fifth (and most likely the last) installment of the series. Tragically, Anne Perry, one of the most celebrated and bestselling historical fiction authors, died in April. Those of us who love Perry’s books will want to savor every minute of this excellent novel where Elena Standish is paired with James Allenby, another M16 operative, to solve the murder of John Repton, who was found on the grounds of Wyndam Hall, the estate of a very prominent and wealthy family. Elena’s sister, Margot, is engaged to one of the family members and is staying at the estate. Elena and Allenby use this as an excuse to be invited to visit and stay while investigating and solving the murder.
Even to the end, Perry uses her research and expertise in the historical period as a backdrop for an excellent novel. She has a way of making readers feel they are living in the time. She also does an excellent job of developing her characters. The protagonist, Elena Standish, is believable as a real person, and the supporting characters seem real as well. Perry has a way of making them real.
There are twists and turns in the novel, and the scenarios keep readers on the edge of their seats. Elena risks ruining her sister’s happiness if she exposes the family corruption, and while she hopes her sister’s fiancé isn’t involved, it gets very touchy as she and Allenby get closer to solving the case.
Most Ann Perry fans will enjoy this novel, and will be upset that there are no more to come.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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