Perry in 2012
28 October 1938
Blackheath, London, England
Anne Perry (born 28 October 1938 as Juliet Marion Hulme) is an English author of historical detective fiction, best known for her Thomas Pitt series and William Monk series. She was convicted of participating in the murder of her friend's mother in 1954. She changed her name after serving her sentence.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Murder and trial
- 3 Later life
- 4 Bibliography
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Born in Blackheath, London, the daughter of Dr. Henry Hulme, an English physicist, Perry was diagnosed with tuberculosis as a child and sent to the Caribbean and South Africa in hopes that a warmer climate would improve her health. She rejoined her family when her father took a position as Rector of Canterbury University College, New Zealand, when she was 13. She attended Christchurch Girls' High School, then located in what became the Cranmer Centre.
Murder and trial
In June 1954, at the age of 15, Hulme and her best friend Pauline Parker murdered Parker's mother, Honorah Rieper. Hulme's parents were in the process of separating, and she was supposed to go to South Africa to stay with a relative. The two teenage girls, who had created a rich fantasy life together populated with famous actors such as James Mason and Orson Welles, did not want to be separated.
On 22 June 1954, the girls and Honora Rieper went for a walk in Victoria Park in their hometown of Christchurch. On an isolated path Hulme dropped an ornamental stone so that Ms. Rieper would lean over to retrieve it. Parker had planned to hit her mother with half a brick wrapped in a stocking. The girls presumed that one blow would kill her but it took more than 20.
Parker and Hulme stood trial in Christchurch in 1954 and were found guilty on August 29 of that year. As they were too young to be considered for the death penalty under New Zealand law at the time, they were convicted and sentenced to be "detained at Her Majesty's pleasure". In practice, this sentence meant they were to be detained at the discretion of the Minister of Justice. They were released separately five years later.
Parker and Hulme are not believed to have had any contact since their trial.
These events formed the basis for the 1994 film Heavenly Creatures, in which Melanie Lynskey portrayed a teenage Pauline Parker and Kate Winslet portrayed teenaged Juliet Hulme. At the time of the film's release, it was not generally known that the well-known mystery author "Anne Perry" was the grown-up Juliet Hulme; her identity was made public some months after the film had been issued.
Although many presumed Hulme's and Parker's relationship to be sexual, Perry stated in 2006 that, although the relationship was obsessive, the two "were never lesbians".
After being released from prison, Hulme returned to England and became a flight attendant. For a period she lived in the United States, where she joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1968. She later settled in the Scottish village of Portmahomack where she lived with her mother. Her father went on to a distinguished scientific career, heading the British hydrogen bomb programme.
Hulme took the name Anne Perry, the latter being her stepfather's surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurring characters, most importantly Thomas Pitt, who appeared in her first novel, and amnesiac private investigator William Monk, who first appeared in her 1990 novel The Face of a Stranger. As of 2003 she had published 47 novels, and several collections of short stories. Her story "Heroes", which first appeared in the 1999 anthology Murder and Obsession, edited by Otto Penzler, won the 2001 Edgar Award for Best Short Story.
Each series is listed in internal chronological order, according to the author's website.
The two main series each feature both a male and a female protagonist. Thomas Pitt is matched with Charlotte; her female society relatives help in the mysteries out of boredom. William Monk is matched with Hester, a Crimean War nurse. The Monk mysteries are set earlier in the Victorian era (1850s–1860s) than the Pitt books (1880s–1890s). The Christmas stories involve minor characters such as sisters, bosses, or grandmothers in a personal crisis at a later Christmas time with a strongly enforced redemption message at the end.
Featuring Thomas Pitt
- 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)
- Farrier's Lane (1993)
- The Hyde Park Headsman (1994)
- Traitors Gate (1995)
- Pentecost Alley (1996)
- Ashworth Hall (1997)
- Brunswick Gardens (1998)
- Bedford Square (1999)
- Half Moon Street (2000)
- The Whitechapel Conspiracy (2001)
- Southampton Row (2002)
- Seven Dials (2003)
- Long Spoon Lane (2005)
- Buckingham Palace Gardens (2008)
- Treason at Lisson Grove (2011)
- Dorchester Terrace (2012)
- Midnight at Marble Arch (2013)
- Death on Blackheath (2014)
- The Angel Court Affair (2015)
Featuring William Monk
- 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)
- A Breach of Promise (alt. title: Whited Sepulchres) (1997)
- The Twisted Root (1999)
- Slaves of Obsession (alt. title: Slaves and 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)
The World War I series
- No Graves As Yet (2003)
- Shoulder the Sky (2004)
- Angels in the Gloom (2005)
- At Some Disputed Barricade (2006)
- We Shall Not Sleep (2007)
The Christmas stories
- 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)
The Christmas Collections
- An Anne Perry Christmas: Two Holiday Novels (2006) – contains A Christmas Journey (2003) and A Christmas Visitor (2004)
- Anne Perry's Christmas Mysteries: Two Holiday Novels (2008) – contains A Christmas Guest (2005) and A Christmas Secret (2006)
- Anne Perry's Silent Nights: Two Victorian Christmas Mysteries (2009) – contains A Christmas Beginning (2007) and A Christmas Grace (2008)
- Anne Perry's Christmas Vigil: Two Victorian Holiday Mysteries (2011) – contains A Christmas Promise (2009) and A Christmas Odyssey (2010)
- Tathea (1999)
- Come Armageddon (2001)
Timepiece series (Young Adult Novels)
- Tudor Rose (2011)
- Rose of No Man's Land (2011)
- Blood Red Rose (2012)
- Rose Between Two Thorns (2012)
- The One Thing More (2000)
- A Dish Taken Cold (2001)
- Death by Horoscope (2001, short stories by various authors)
- Much Ado About Murder (2002, short stories by various authors)
- Death By Dickens (2004, short stories by various authors)
- I'd Kill For That (2004, one novel written by multiple authors)
- Letters From The Highlands (2004)
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Biblical Mystery Stories (2005, short stories by various authors)
- Heroes (Most Wanted) (2007)
- The Sheen on the Silk: A Novel (2010)
- The Scroll (Short Story) (2013)
Books about Perry
On 27 July 2012, The Search for Anne Perry was published. The book was written by Prof Joanna Drayton.
Peter Graham's biography So Brilliantly Clever: Parker, Hulme and the Murder that Shocked the World (Wellington, NZ: Awa, 2011) has been re-issued in 2013 by Skyhorse as Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century.
- "Pauline Parker". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
- Although Honora used the surname Rieper, she was never legally married to Herbert Rieper.
- Gillies, Abby (Nov 14, 2011). "The Parker-Hulme murder: Why it still matters to us". Nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
- "We were not lesbians, says former Juliet Hulme". The New Zealand Herald. 5 March 2006. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
- Film & TV Database
- "Pitt". anneperry.net. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
- O'Callaghan, Jody (27 July 2012). "'Barbaric' prison inspiration for murderer turned writer". The Press (Christchurch). p. A5. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Anne Perry.|
- Official website
- Works by or about Anne Perry in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Original Newspaper articles of the trial
- Crimelibrary.com story on the Parker-Hulme Murder
- Fantastic Fiction's Anne Perry page
- Anne Perry at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Anne Perry Interview with WritersNewsWeekly.com