Post your comments and discuss the characters and plot of Anne Perry's new novel: No Graves As Yet.
Thoroughly enjoyed "No Graves as Yet" apart from the annoying condescension of the Cambridgeshire dialect. As it is the first of 5 in the series, when may we expect the rest?
I have read and enjoyed all of Anne Perrys' books, she is an excellent writer. I read mostly for enjoyment and relaxation. And there is no comparison to a good mystery. In my opinion Anne Perry is one of the best.
I discovered Anne Perry books at the local library a few years back while recovering from breast cancer. Have read all of her Thomas and Charlotte Pitt and William Monk Series. These are the only books that I read over and over again and enjoy them every time.
Hello , I recently saw the film called Anne Perry Interiors. Very thought provoking !!!
Anne Perry is a very intelligent lady , but really how different is she than the Liverpool lads who killed the toodler. I often get chain mails saying they should be behind bars.
The question is " If one has murdered once . Does the tendecy ever go away ? Or Are we all capable of a such a crime if we are provoked ? "
The crime Anne , Juliet committed here in New Zealand has not faded with time . It still is to this day, the subject of books flims and plays .
Someone wrote earlier about the film Heavenly Creatures , A Peter Jackson Film
If you want to know more then read on:
Pauline and Juliet are two imaginative but seemingly normal teenagers. What sets them apart is that they murder Pauline's mother. Heavenly Creatures is based on the true story, set in Christchurch in 1954, of two girls, Juliet Hulme and Pauline Rieper, who murdered one of their mothers – one of the most bizarre and notorious cases in New Zealand's history. The girls came from very different backgrounds but shared an outrageous love of fantasy and writing. Their friendship quickly blossomed into an exclusive society of two, with the girls creating a complex fantasy life that included a made-up religion, Mario Lanza and a mythical kingdom. The film is a study of an extraordinary friendship; a joyous, exhilarating relationship between two teenage girls, filled with humour, intelligence and two wonderful imaginations – and the tragic outcome of that relationship.
“You have to adore a movie in which one of the characters refers to Orson Welles as ‘It.’ Based on the infamous 1954 matricide in New Zealand involving two ninth-grade schoolgirls, Peter Jackson's stunning Heavenly Creatures tells the story of an uncommonly powerful love. When Pauline and Juliet are together, the wind is filled with butterflies and the trumpet call of Mario Lanza, ‘the greatest tenor in the whole world!!’ Their universe is an exclusive realm of two, existing half in reality where they are ostracized as peculiar, half in fantasy, where they escape to a highly evolved system of dream lovers and romantic alter egos. The film begins with Pauline (Melanie Lynskey), a miserable child whose mother runs a boardinghouse. In the photo for her class at her proper girls' school in Christchurch, New Zealand, she sticks out amid all the blond hair and proud smiles like a tarantula on a slice of angel food cake (with apologies to Raymond Chandler). She's the fat one in the back, the disaster, the smudge with the ugly scowl and unruly black curls. Because of a bone disease that left her with brittle legs, Pauline is unable to share in the sunny, athletic life of her classmates. Then one day her life is changed forever, when a new student named Juliet (Kate Winslet) joins her in her private war against the bores and commoners of Christchurch. Like Pauline, Juliet thumbs her nose with proud disdain at parochial Christchurch society. But, unlike her new friend, Juliet is not an ugly duckling, but a kind of fairy princess who plucks Pauline from her lily pad, kisses her, and transforms her. Because she suffers from tuberculosis, Juliet has had to spend almost as much time in the hospital as Pauline, and the girls' common status as invalids sparks a friendship that grows into a murderous passion. Jackson, who directed and co-wrote the screenplay, moves through each of these phases with daring and imagination. His camera follows his lovers as they run breathless through the woods before collapsing into each other's arms at the end of the day, spent from the exertions of their special bond. To his credit, Jackson doesn't patronize this romance as a girlish crush gone ballistic, or pigeonhole it merely as ‘lesbian.’ These girls are in love and, clearly, he envies them their abandon and their complete, unguarded commitment to each other. In Jackson's view, theirs is a great romance that, unfortunately, others were not equipped to deal with. Perhaps, if the world were more enlightened, more flexible, things might not turn out as gruesomely as they do. The problems begin when Juliet's parents begin to see the girls' relationship as "unwholesome." Because of marital problems, her parents are returning to England and plan to send Juliet to South Africa. Rather than be separated, the girls devise an elaborate plan to, as Pauline says it, ‘moider mother’ and escape to Hollywood. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of movies have been made about girlfriends and their unique bond, but I can't think of another one where the topic is addressed more frankly or openly. Though the film's subject is sensationalistic in the extreme, Jackson's style is poetic. He presents Pauline and Juliet, who eventually returns to England, where she becomes an author of mystery novels, as singularly blessed. And he raises the question of whether there is any love purer or more gratifying than this same-sex soul-mating. Because their love ends in murder, it's at least implied that the romance is tainted somehow. Does the fault lie with the girls, or with the cramped morality of the time? Thankfully, this powerful, evocative movie leaves the question wide open.” — Hal Hinson, Washington Post, 23/11/1994