Anne Perry

The men who cannot laugh at themselves frighten me even more than those who laugh at everything.

– Anne Perry

Anne Perry


born in Blackheath, London, England, The United Kingdom,  October 28, 1938


gender: female




Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

Juliet 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 the 1999 anthology Murder and Obsession, edited by Otto Penzler, won the 2001 Edgar Award for Best Short Story.

Recently she was included as an entry in Ben Peek’s Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth, a novel exploring the nature of truth in literature.

Series contributed to:
Crime Through Time
Perfectly Criminal
Malice Domestic
The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories
The Year’s Finest Crime and Mystery Stories

10 thoughts on “Anne Perry

  1. October 28, 1938: Happy 75th birthday, Anne Perry!
    She now writes successful detective novels, but Perry has a criminal past of her own. She was born Juliet Hulme and was convicted for her role in the 1954 murder of her friend’s mother. Their story was told in the movie Heavenly Creatures.

  2. Bwaha ha ha ha…. Oh that movie Heavenly Creatures that is based on true stories…. scary.

  3. Heavenly Creatures was quite the talking point here – it is one of Peter Jackson’s first mainstream movies and co-stars a very young Kate Winslet ……. it is a sad story and it is, I believe, something that still haunts Anne Perry. I am glad she has been successful and made a new life for herself,. I have never read her books [not being a fan of that genre] should I?

  4. Watch it. It’s very interesting to have an idea of a mind of a young killer.

  5. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    Interesting indeed. And I love the Kahlil Gibran quote above.

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