67 year old artist/filmmaker.
The narrator is excellent, the plot is a lot of fun. I wish there were more of Hester and Scuff and less court arguing, but that's just me.
Some of the earlier Monk books have more about Monk, Hester, and Scuff working on different parts of the mystery. This time it was mostly Monk, which is fine, but a bit one-sided.
At first I had to get used to Ralph Lister's narration, but after a bit, I adapted and the book flew along. A lot of this story had to do with the trial, and thus, featured Sir Oliver Rathbone, and I like a good courtroom drama. Today there is news on a daily basis of drug overdoses, specifically heroin, and so the opium misuse at front and center of this story is very topical. (And the brief recounting of the opium tragedy that resulted in China is covered as well.) Sunless Sea is a good mix of Monk, Hester, Runcorn (!) and Rathbone, which is a welcome change in the series. As Perry is inclined to do, she can become overly wordy and repetitious, but the overwhelming quality of her prose, and her story line with its twists and turns, win out, making this a 5 star listen. I wish Audible had Book 19..
I've enjoyed the "Monk" series a lot. Every interesting historical novels set in Victorian London involving solid murder mysteries. This one is outstanding. Dealing with medicines and drugs consumed by the public especially heroin & morphine following the Opium Wars in China. The title of the book doesn't do it justice. Narration was perfect.
Filled with many plot twists and elegant phrasing. One of her best in this series
Say something about yourself!
I've listened to many of Anne Perry's books and have liked the ones from this series - until this one. The plot is rehashed with every conversation and every character over and over and over again. It was like she was padding the story to make it longer or something. I couldn't finish it. There was basically no character development and even though the crime to be solved was an interesting one and had potential, it wasn't developed well.
The mystery and the solving of it.
When the murdered woman's identity was revealed.
Monk of course!
The twists and turns of the character development.
Each chapter brought about a new question to be answered.
The protection of the reputation of the dead woman, by the people she lived around. They didn't see her as a street prostitute.
I didn't want to put it down. I wanted to finish it in one sitting.
Anne Perry's writing bring the reader to the period in time when life was fragile.She does include in the story the political climate, the economics of the social system. The legal system that determined guilt and subsequently three weeks later the accused was hanged.The story was written during the time when opium was not regulated and the consequences were immediate.When I read Anne Perry's books, I know Monk's history and way of life. He didn't drop onto the page but emerged fully formed. When she write a Monk story, Monk doesn't change . The story developes around the character.
I always look forward to a William Monk or Thomas Pitt book release.
Both Monk and his wife Hester are realistic characters.
Ralph Lister does an excellent job reading the Perry novels.
Introducing Scuff into the Monk household was a nice addition.
Since this is a series that is character driven, for new readers of this series, I would suggest starting at the beginning of the with "Face of a Stranger".