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Death of a Stranger: A William Monk Novel #13 | [Anne Perry]

Death of a Stranger: A William Monk Novel #13

For the prostitutes of Leather Lane, nurse Hester Monk's clinic is a lifeline, providing medicine, food, and a modicum of peace - especially since lately their ailments have escalated from bruises and fevers to broken bones and knife wounds. At the moment, however, the mysterious death of railway magnate Nolan Baltimore in a sleazy neighborhood brothel overshadows all else.
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For the prostitutes of Leather Lane, nurse Hester Monk's clinic is a lifeline, providing medicine, food, and a modicum of peace - especially since lately their ailments have escalated from bruises and fevers to broken bones and knife wounds. At the moment, however, the mysterious death of railway magnate Nolan Baltimore in a sleazy neighborhood brothel overshadows all else. Whether he fell or was pushed, the shocking question in everyone's mind is: What was such a pillar of respectability doing in a seedy place of sin?

Meanwhile, brilliant private investigator William Monk acquires a new client, a mysterious beauty who asks him to ascertain beyond a shadow of a doubt whether or not her fiance, an executive in Nolan Baltimore's thriving railway firm, has become enmeshed in fraudulent practices that could ruin him.

As Hester ventures into violent streets to learn who is responsible for the brutal abuse of her patients, Monk embarks upon a journey into the English countryside, where the last rails are being laid for a new line. But the sight of the tracks stretching into the distance revives memories once stripped from his consciousness by amnesia - as a past almost impossible to bear returns, eerily paralleling a fresh tragedy that has already begun its inexorable unfolding.

Crack another case with William Monk.

©2004 Anne Perry; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 12-01-08
    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 12-01-08
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    "Perry is without par"

    She's done it again. Interwoven several story lines and even some breathtaking action while contrasting the mores and beliefs of Victorian England. I truely admire her work.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-18-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-18-11

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Death of a Stranger"

    This is another great story from Anne Perry. This one has a lot to do with the building of the railway between London and Liverpool. I have read a number of the Monk series but unfortunately out of order so was fascinated about the story of how Hester got the house for her Hospital for poor women. The court room action was a bit different in this story as Monk and Hester had no idea what the barrister was up to during the trial. In past stories he depended on the information provided to him by Hester and Monk. Monk learned more about his past that showed him in a good light so he was relieved. Nice twists and turns in the story keeps on guessing. If you like historical/social issue type novels about London in the 1850s you will enjoy this series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Kerrville, TX, United States 02-17-11
    Jeanette Kerrville, TX, United States 02-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Wlliam and Hester"

    I am an unabashed WIllaim Monk and Hester Fan. Forget Edward and Bella, these two have me riveted. This is my least favorite of all their stories, but its still very good, and should not be skipped

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 09-04-12
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 09-04-12 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "Slow and Painful"

    I've long been a fan of Anne Perry and her series. This book was way too slow to keep anyone's interest other than a die-hard fan (that would be a good description of me). Yes it does pick up at the end and reach an exhilarating conclusion -- but waiting for it was painful. Besides being slow beyond duration, the only sympathetic characters with any depth were the ones we know from the series. None of the characters unique to this story were at all likable. Yes, there were sympathetic victims (almost all "women of the street") but their stories and characters were not developed in a way that would catch the reader's imagination or empathy. I'm truly hoping that this book was a hiccup and that the next one in the series will return to the excellence that is typical of Perry.

    If you're thinking of listening to this book as your first venture into the William Monk series -- my advice is, don't do it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-08-11
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-08-11

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "Colacci not a good fit for Perry"

    I like Colacci narrating American voices. I like him narrating Donna Leon's Inspector Brunelli (perhaps because I don't understand Italian and can let the device of an Italian accent fool me -and maybe he does a good Italian accent) -- but I CAN'T BEAR Colacci trying to be Victorian British. Perry's novels need a different narrator to work. They're not in Colacci's range, so with him as voice, they fail almostly completely as a listen for me. I can sneak a few chapters by when I'm half asleep, and so I got through the book - my second Perry with his narration.

    It's frustrating -- all those later Hester and Monk novels out now - and I know I'll just be annoyed if I download them!

    (If you can take the "Victorian" Colacci, then this would a better than average listen if you enjoy the mystery of Monk's past.)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anita Wagram, NC, United States 08-13-14
    Anita Wagram, NC, United States 08-13-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Better than Perry's other series!"
    If you could sum up Death of a Stranger in three words, what would they be?

    Moving.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not just "plot" kept me interested; this book is also character-driven. Monk is a sympathetic hero, and it's easy to root for him to figure everything out.


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    Yankee Bookworm BRUNSWICK, ME, United States 12-28-12
    Yankee Bookworm BRUNSWICK, ME, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Finally!"

    For those of us who have been following this series from book 1, here is the payoff! We finally get the into the meaty details of Monk's unremembered past. This is one of my favorites of the series. Love Hester and William!

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