I enjoyed this Monk novel enormously! It extends the plot a little further in a very surprising way, and the details of London's sewers was historically interesting. Ms. Perry has a brilliant way of bringing you into the era as more of a resident than an observer.
Enjoyed the Thomas Pitt books, but this series appeals more. There is more depth to the story and the characters are very well developed. The only problem is there is a gap from books six through eleven in the audio lineup. I ordered these in paperback because I enjoy following a complete story line. Davina Porter is an excellent narrator.
The story of the author is much more fascinating than this book. Anne Perry was one of two young women convicted of pre-meditated murder. There is a novel element in this mystery but apart from that, this is just a good yarn. Knowing about the colourful and disturbing past of the writer was the tantalizing part for me.
I almost gave up because the story seemed quite slow moving and ponderous for the first half. However the characters grew on me and the second half proved quite fascinating both with insight into the period and some clever turns in the plot.
The narration was excellent which also helped me persevere through the early chapters.
I am pleased I persevered :)
I’ve loved Ms. Perry’s Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, so after running out of stories.. I decided to try the William Monk series. I’m glad I did!
Ms. Perry is a consummate Victorian era Mystery writer. Mr. Monk though, gives us a new twist! He is handicapped with amnesia! Throughout this first book, I’m amazed at how vividly Ms. Perry describes the confusion, anguish, and fear that flows through Mr. Monk as he tries to act as if nothing is wrong. He struggles through his Police Inspector’s job on instinct.. but, it seems that his instincts haven’t forgotten! Now, if only Mr. Monk would start to trust them!
She gives us a unique look at introspection at its most poignant. We see how events, and our memory of them, shape our lives and personalities. Imagine having a clean slate and being able to start over.. but no one else does! I’m sure there is a psychological dissertation in there somewhere! But, Ms. Perry is such a great writer that we’re led through all the mind’s contortions and feel as if we’re right there with Mr. Monk.
And, it is a great mystery, too!
I love Ms. Porter’s narrating and am very glad to see the Perry/Porter team still intact!
I very much enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to everyone!
Yes. I liked the mystery, and I found the world-building and characterization well done.
Yes. I have already finished the next book in this series and am about to start the third.
Yes. It was slow, quiet and rather dry.
The first half of the book was slow and almost boring. I do not know whether this was due to the text or the narrator. It picked up around chapter 12 where it started getting a bit exciting. I had a lot of difficulty accepting the narration. I was 99.9% convinced I did not want to continue this series in audio, but convenience persuaded me otherwise. The problems I had with the narration included difficulty distinguishing certain characters from another, particularly male characters and especially when there weren't any dialogue tags; young women who sounded old or over delicate; some difficulty determining whether something was being spoken by a character or the narrator; occasionally whistling s's; muffled chatting in the background (which I later discovered was an echo of the narrator's words); and brief pauses from one sentence to another as if switching from one CD to the next. I did like the voice acting and the different accents, and I eventually grew to accept the narrator's voice for Monk.
The concept had promise, so maybe I should have just bought an abridged version. There seemed to be a lot of repetition of the grousing over the silliness of the English class system, as well as the nature of the relationship between Monk and his boss which is exacerbated by the silliness of the English class system. I kept falling asleep for 15-20 minutes, but then when I thumbed back found that I really hadn't missed anything, since I'd heard it all several times earlier in the book. Maybe it would help to be an anglophile, but I'm a lover of mysteries, and wouldn't include this book in that category.
This was a nice surprise from a randomly chosen book. The story is well told. I didn't find it predictable and that kept the mystery aspect rolling. Love the reader, too!