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A Sunless Sea: William Monk, Book 18 | [Anne Perry]

A Sunless Sea: William Monk, Book 18

As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim’s name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little - only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but - described as quiet and kempt - she doesn’t appear to be a fallen woman. What sinister secrets made poor Zenia worth killing?
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Publisher's Summary

Anne Perry’s spellbinding Victorian mysteries, especially those featuring William Monk, have enthralled listeners for a generation. The Plain Dealer calls Monk “a marvelously dark, brooding creation” - and, true to form, this Perry masterpiece is as deceptively deep and twisty as the Thames.

As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim’s name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little - only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but - described as quiet and kempt - she doesn’t appear to be a fallen woman.

What sinister secrets could have made poor Zenia worth killing? And why does the government keep interfering in Monk’s investigation?

While the public cries out for blood, Monk, his spirited wife, Hester, and their brilliant barrister friend, Oliver Rathbone, search for answers. From dank waterfront alleys to London’s fabulously wealthy West End, the three trail an ice-blooded murderer toward the unbelievable, possibly unprovable truth - and ultimately engage their adversaries in an electric courtroom duel. But unless they can work a miracle, a monumental evil will go unpunished and an innocent person will hang.

Anne Perry has never worn her literary colors with greater distinction than in A Sunless Sea, a heart-pounding novel of intrigue and suspense in which Monk is driven to make the hardest decision of his life.

©2012 Anne Perry (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Elizabeth Saint Paul Park, MN, United States 10-10-12
    Elizabeth Saint Paul Park, MN, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Love the Series"
    Would you try another book from Anne Perry and/or Ralph Lister?

    Absolutely!


    What could Anne Perry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It couldn't have been better.


    What character would you cut from A Sunless Sea?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this whole series and have listened to every one of the books. Love the story, love the narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Toby lexington, MA, United States 03-03-14
    Toby lexington, MA, United States 03-03-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Topical 150 years later"

    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..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 07-18-13
    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic Story"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Lafon Strand San Diego 07-09-13
    Shirley Lafon Strand San Diego 07-09-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Brilliant. Anne Perry at the top of her form"

    Filled with many plot twists and elegant phrasing. One of her best in this series

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    Ira Nevada City CA 12-19-12
    Ira Nevada City CA 12-19-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Another peerless performance and mystery"
    What did you love best about A Sunless Sea?

    The mystery and the solving of it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Sunless Sea?

    When the murdered woman's identity was revealed.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Lister – was your favorite?

    Monk of course!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kath Braintree, MA, United States 12-10-12
    Kath Braintree, MA, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "With each book the author gets better"
    What did you love best about A Sunless Sea?

    The twists and turns of the character development.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Each chapter brought about a new question to be answered.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The protection of the reputation of the dead woman, by the people she lived around. They didn't see her as a street prostitute.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't want to put it down. I wanted to finish it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    joan Mahanoy Plane, PA, United States 11-19-12
    joan Mahanoy Plane, PA, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2004
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    "A Nice Addition to this Series"
    Where does A Sunless Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I always look forward to a William Monk or Thomas Pitt book release.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Monk and his wife Hester are realistic characters.


    What does Ralph Lister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ralph Lister does an excellent job reading the Perry novels.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Introducing Scuff into the Monk household was a nice addition.


    Any additional comments?

    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".

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    stl1111 La Grande, OR, United States 04-28-13
    stl1111 La Grande, OR, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2005

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    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.

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