Mary Havilland is her name, and until recently she and Toby Argyll, the fair-haired man who shared her fate, had planned to marry. Her father, an engineer employed by the Argyll Company, has also recently died - a suicide according to the police and Mary's sister. But friends tell Monk that Mary suspected her father had been murdered because of his stubborn insistence that the Argyll Company's current project - participation in the construction of a splendid new sewer system for the metropolis - is so badly flawed that the entire city may be in dire peril from flood and fire.
Already struggling to win the respect of his men, Monk is faced with two urgent mysteries. With his intrepid wife, Hester, he is soon treading a slippery path - from luxurious drawing rooms where powerful men hatch their unscrupulous plots to a world beneath the city where poor folk fight starvation. In nightmarish tunnels, Monk and Hester find true friends, among them Scuff, a young mudlark; Sutton, the ratcatcher, and Snoot, Sutton's clever terrier. For once, even Monk's old enemy, Superintendent Runcorn, is on his side. But as rainfall strains the fragile manmade underground, a murderer remains free - and poised to strike again.
Crack another case with William Monk.
©2006 Anne Perry; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I've always liked the printed Anne Perry and this was my first audio version of her novels. I think the audio versions may be better. The narrator did an excellent job of conveying the atmosphere and language of the story. Being an American, I can't fully imagine London in the time the novels are set. The narrator helped bring those things to life.
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This is a wonderful series. I've enjoyed every book in the series and will not only finish it, but I'll relisten to the whole series. However, this time, I found myself wanting more of the drama and fascinating characters that I've gotten to know in previous books.
I'm a fan of Perry's other well know series, Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. That series bogs down when too much of the story line focuses on Thomas vs Charlotte. Same thing happened in this book: too much emphasis on William and not enough of Hester in the plot line. My suspicion is that Perry is wonderful with all characters, but is spectacular with her female characters. This listener noticed the difference.
First and foremost, as much as I have enjoyed Davina Porter's narrations of the earlier books, David Colacci has done an excellect job also. He knows how to narrate female voices without making them sound like idiots (like Michael Page does).
Watching Monk's life and humanity evolve and his deep love and respect for Hester is a pleasure. And, I'm glad that they've found Scuff.
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