No one today writes a better historical mystery than Anne Perry, and no narrator does more justice to the books than Davina Porter.
As I read more of the Monk books, I'm beginning to find Oliver Rathbone a most interesting character. He is everything that Monk is not and yet they work together harmoniously.
I love Davina Porter's narration every time I head it. She evokes Dickensian London so perfectly in the Monk books that you think you've just seen a movie,
Together again - Monk, Hester and Rathbone! Does Hester make her choice yet?
I will read anything Anne Perry wants to write,
Discovering new facets of the characters.
The reader is, as always, superb.
She is beyond reproach in her characterizations.
I love this series. The stories are secondary to the very rich and complex characters Ms. Perry creates. She focuses each story on an aspect of social history in 19th C England, making it very personal. And Davina Porter is a brilliiant interpreter, bringing nuance and clarity to every single character. I have not "read" the books on the page, but I am sure Ms. Porter's reading of them improves an already good story.
Anne Perry writes a good murder mystery. I love all of the William Monk and Hester stories.
There is a kind of progression, but each can stand alone. If you don't like the first four, you won't like the next four. This book is one of the best of the series. Great characters. Compelling story.
Say something about yourself!
Good story, but a very, abrupt ending. It was like having a door slammed shut in your face.
This writer's attempt to be a 19th century Agatha Christie is not successful. The concept is promising, but the language is stilted, the characters less than convincing, the language somewhat stilted and the plot development laborious.
I will have to read this book in print--the narrator talkes so fast and in a thick enough Bristish accent that finally my mind just revolted and turned the book off. I teach college English and language, and also teach ESL--so I am usually a quick study--but 'this narrator' read as if he was on some type of race to finish the book in 10 hours--a sad waste as the entire book, even if just so-so is al about the narrator. Who chooses these people?
trying to see the world with my ears
I usually enjoy the Monk novels, as I do Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series; however, I found this one too slow and contrived. The only suspense was waiting for Hester or Monk to wake up and look about them. Not once, but twice, Perry resorts to a woman having with her "a very large reticule" to secret a stack of letters -- and so the novel goes.
I didn't rate this novel poorly because of its stance on abortion, but know that if you are in the "pro life" camp, you may want to pass on this one. I don't think you can frame the contemporary abortion debate in a Victorian setting - that only makes the novel weaker.
Will I download other novels in the series? Yes, especially if Porter narrates. Monk is worth the risk of an occasional boring and anachronistic listen.