Excellent narration. Good development of some of the characters but clumsy or lacking development in orhers. The story concept is good with enough morality but without being preachy. Biggest problem is the abrupt ending; the conclusion is satisfying but the reader is left wondering, not about the "after" which can be filled in by imagination, but just the abrupt ending. I had to re-read the ending several times.
A very interesting Victorian detective novel that incorporates contemporary issues into a 19th century setting. There are a few times during the courtroom scenes that disbelief must be suspended....but it's fiction....very good fiction actually.
After listening to all of the Outlander Series I was looking for more of Davina Porter and discovered the Monk Series. I have truly enjoyed this series and of course Davina Porter is by far the best narrator around.
Anne Perry's style of writing is very enjoyable. There are lots of twists and turns in the plots as well as surprise ending. Just when you think you have figured it out, she throws in a little twist in the plot.
Davina Porter is by far the best narrator, performer around. It was because of her I started looking for another series after listening to the fabulous Outlander Series.
I am hooked on the Monk Series. Looking forward to more books.
Her books are all very good. Nice description of the time period and the expected rolls of men and women. Her writing technique is quite different in that once the solution is reached the story suddenly ends. Occasionally I expect just a touch more.
This is a powerful, well told story. But the subject matter made it difficult for me to listen all the way to the end. I'm glad I stuck with it, but this isn't one I'll listen to again.
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.