This is the first "Monk" novel, and I listened because I so enjoy Davina Porter as a narrator. While I found the first part of the story to be a little slow, I am glad I stuck with it. Monk is such a complex character, and his memory lost made the story that much more intriguing.
Edge of my seat - no. However, it was a good pace, and very satisfying.
I cannot wait to listen to the next in the series.
Any number of similar mysteries abound, but Ms. Porter's talent as narrator sets this book apart.
I first heard Davina Porter as narrator for the Outlander series. Nothing could compare to that. So, as is the case with this book, I am as likely to choose a book because Ms. Porter is the narrator as I am because of a particular author and so have been introduced to several authors.
I listened in bits.
Following an accident, Monk is left injured and without memory of either the accident or his life. Struggling to find himself, he is thrown in the midst of a murder he is expected to solve in his role as a police detective. As he unwinds the death, he also unwinds the mystery of himself.
I was SO hoping for a new series to sink my teeth/ears into and William Monk will be it! I really like Davina Porter as a narrator and I'd love to learn how she prepares for a reading. Her subtle changes of voice are as good as her reading of mood and action. I am also listening to the Outlander series with Ms. Porter.
But, about this book, the development of a character with memory loss was well accomplished! His anxiety, pride, fear in discovery, complicated by the intriguing death of a charming war veteran set up an entertaining page-turner, so to speak. Plus, the ending! Thank you Ms. Perry, you have a new fan!
Character study + mystery --- but that really doesn't do justice to the book.
Inspector Monk, of course. And I can see that he and Hester Latterly are going to be a great pair of sleuths in subsequent books.
I love Davina Porter. I don't think anyone can touch her narration of books set in the UK. When I see her name listed, I know I'm going to have a great read.
I almost did read the book in one sitting, but couldn't keep my eyes open any longer.
I have never met an Anne Perry novel that I didn't like. I am in awe of her ability to portray a period in England as if she had lived it herself. She also has the ability to continue her series without losing the spark she created in the first. She is definitely an author who always guarantees a good book.
I loved the parallel between Monk's trying to find out the man he was behind his face and the man Gray was behind his (brutally murdered) face.
I was a bit surprised they chose a female narrator to read a book nearly 90% peopled by men. At first, I did not care for her at all, but I will admit she grew on me.
Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.
I'm a big fan of Anne Perry's writing, especially her "Charlotte & Thomas Pitt" series, so I thought I'd also try this series. I very much enjoyed this book, also, and I plan to continue the series. The only SLIGHT negative for me was that, at various points in the story, I found myself asking, "why doesn't he just TELL this person that he was in an accident and has amnesia?" But I realize that Perry was trying to explore the difficulties that would arise if a person did not know. At any rate, it's a good listen. Davina Porter is, as usual, a fantastic narrator!
I enjoy a variety of books including mysteries, historical fiction as well as young adult and children's literature. Listening to books gives me the ability to "read" in the car as well as the evening as a nightcap before bed.
Many of the characters in this mystery were easy to like. The mystery itself is a rather predictable format with a predictable resolution but fun to read non the less. I definitely will look for other books by this author when I want a pleasurable light mystery.
I am so pleased when I find a mystery that holds my interest and keeps me guessing...I'm very pleased after finishing this one.
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!
We loved how the character discovered himself through the book. As he was searching for clues for the mystery, he was looking for clues to find out who he was, and realizing that he hadn't been the man that he wanted to be. It is a study in character, personality and being true to the real you inside, all set a foggy Dickens' era London. Davina Porter's narration is what brought me to this book, and I loved every minute.