Monk finds a dead and mutilated woman on the docks, and takes a while even to identify her. She appears to be a prostitute, but is respectable, and has only one customer, who visits once a month. The man who visited her seems a likely suspect, except he died two months before her murder. Monk and Hester's search leads them to the victim's protector's wife, whom he ultimately arrests. Oliver agrees to represent her, because he thinks she's not guilty. The case revolves around the opium trade, and the government's attempts to suppress reform. To win the case, Oliver must find a reasonable doubt that she's guilty. The trial gets long-winded as his helpers, including Monk and Hester, desperately hunt for a possible second suspect. But the tension builds and builds. In the last few pages, an unlikely suspect turns up, and the case is solved. In the end, one of Perry's better outings.
Anne Perry always a good Victorian mystery. WE WANT more MONK stories.
This was a good story but a bit longwinded at times. A surprise ending. You don't know who the murderer is until the last few pages. I do enjoy the Monk series.
My first and probably last Anne Perry novel. It was very long-winded and repetitious.
I agree with the previous comment, the author repeats herself over and over and over again to the point where I almost couldn't finish it. I am glad I did finish it, but not sure I can listen to the repetition again with another book.
A murder has occurred on the docks and Monk investigates this crime. All evidence points to a wife of a deceased doctor, yet Monk believes her innocent. From that point on one reads and re-reads about the evidence at the crime scene as the detectives interview people for more information. Gradually new clues come into light from these interviews and then new theories about the why/who/how of the crime are bantered among the characters as a search for the right murderer occurs. To me the repetition of the facts of the murder got tiresome. I thought just beginning authors used that method to advance the plot. The story thus builds slowly to the climax, the trial. That is when the story becomes interesting. My first Ann Perry book.
I like the William Monk series. Good book.
The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.
Another great Monk novel. This one touches on Opium and the Opium wars - not a stellar part of the great British Empire's story. Interesting characters. Much of the story takes place in the court room which is interesting.
Another in the William Monk series and it didnt disappoint. All the usual characters and an intriguing investigation.
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