Half way thru the series, has a lot to do with the nasty underside of Victorian life. Wowzer of a plot twist at the end. Warning for these books about William Monk, you should READ THEM IN ORDER. This is the order:
The Face of a Stranger
A Dangerous Mourning
Defend and Betray
A Sudden, Fearful Death
The Sins of the Wolf
Cain His Brother
Weighed in the Balance
The silent Cry
A Breach of Promise
The Twisted root
Slaves of Obsession
Funeral in Blue
Death of a Stranger
The Shifting Tide
The Dark Assassin
One of my favorite Inspector Monk books. You get a real sense of the Victorian slums and how dangerous they were. Harriet, as nurse to the alleged murderer, Rhys, becomes too emotionally involved with Rhys but her logic takes over at the end. While Harriet takes residence in an upper-class household, Monk is busy looking for batterers and rapists deep in the slums of London called the "warrens". Neither Monk nor Heather realize that Monk's case is directly connected to the murder. Rhys is accused of killing his father but is so battered himself, he's allowed to go home under house arrest. Unable to speak, Rhys can't give any answers to the polices' and familys' questions. A terrific who-done-it enhanced by well-drawn characters and a Victorian atmosphere that draws you in.
A William Monk/Hester Latterly mystery. William and Hester's relationship hit a critical point. The mystery reveals a truly gripping, tragic story.
really a good read - very interesting
At the end I was amazed at the reason Rhys Leighton could not speak but knew who done it. Great book.
IF you don't get bogged down in Perry's constant surmising of what everyone is thinking, then the story is a good read for its twists, turns and very surprising ending.
Lieutenant John Evan gets help from Monk, and Hester in solving a series of brutal rapes and beatings.
A great cliffhanger from Anne Perry! An amazing portrayal of the differences between the upper and lowest classes in Victorian London. Women are being gang raped and beaten in a most shameful manner and Monk must find out who the perpetrators are. Meanwhile Hester has a patient suffering from such a severe beating he cannot even cry out. Is he a victim or a rapist? The few herrings (red and otherwise) will keep the ending as an amazing reveal in the last few pages! Highly recommended.
In the two series that Anne Perry authored, William Monk and Thomas Pitt, she builds the characters and their lives as she delves into their latest mystery which enhances her stories with an added dimension. If you wish to get the most out of her series, here are the Monk books in the order in which they were written: 1990-Face of a Stranger, 1992-A Dangerous Morning, 1994-A Sudden Fearful Death, 1995-The Sins of the Wolf, 1996-Cain His Brother, 1997-Weighed in the Balance, 1998 The Silent Cry, 1998-A Breach of Promise, 2000-The Twisted Root, 2000-Slaves of Obsession, 2001-Funeral in Blue, 2002-Defend & Betray, 2003-Shifting Tide. For historical (Victorian Age) fiction mystery lovers, she is the greatest for a delightful pageturner.
deep in londons dangerous slums victorians transacted their most secret and shameful business, for a price a man could procure whatever he wanted, but some times the price he paid was his life,
Deep in London's dangerous slums, Victorians transacted their most secret and shameful business. For a price, a man could procure whatever he wanted, but in happened now and then that the price he paid was his life. How, on Sunless Water Lane, respeccted solicitor Leighton Duff lies dead, kicked and beaten to death. Beside him lies the barely living body of his son, Rhys. The police connot fathom these brutal assaults until shrewd investigator William Monk uncovers a connection between them and a series of rapes and beatings of local prostitutes. The, shockingly, it begins to appear that young Rhys may have killed his own father.
This is the first book I have read from this series. It takes place in England during the Victorian Era. It's a mystery. In this book, a father is found killed & his son badly beaten. Hester is hired to nurse the son while the police try to find out who killed his father.