A tragic accident leaves Inspector Monk with amnesia just moments after he solves the murder of a popular Crimean war hero. Forced to redo his entire investigation, a frustrated Monk faces a desperate murderer who will do anything to keep the inspector from discovering the truth twice.
Crack another case with William Monk.
©1990 Anne Perry; (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC
I enjoyed this Monk novel enormously! It extends the plot a little further in a very surprising way, and the details of London's sewers was historically interesting. Ms. Perry has a brilliant way of bringing you into the era as more of a resident than an observer.
Enjoyed the Thomas Pitt books, but this series appeals more. There is more depth to the story and the characters are very well developed. The only problem is there is a gap from books six through eleven in the audio lineup. I ordered these in paperback because I enjoy following a complete story line. Davina Porter is an excellent narrator.
I almost gave up because the story seemed quite slow moving and ponderous for the first half. However the characters grew on me and the second half proved quite fascinating both with insight into the period and some clever turns in the plot.
The narration was excellent which also helped me persevere through the early chapters.
I am pleased I persevered :)
Yes. I liked the mystery, and I found the world-building and characterization well done.
Yes. I have already finished the next book in this series and am about to start the third.
Yes. It was slow, quiet and rather dry.
The first half of the book was slow and almost boring. I do not know whether this was due to the text or the narrator. It picked up around chapter 12 where it started getting a bit exciting. I had a lot of difficulty accepting the narration. I was 99.9% convinced I did not want to continue this series in audio, but convenience persuaded me otherwise. The problems I had with the narration included difficulty distinguishing certain characters from another, particularly male characters and especially when there weren't any dialogue tags; young women who sounded old or over delicate; some difficulty determining whether something was being spoken by a character or the narrator; occasionally whistling s's; muffled chatting in the background (which I later discovered was an echo of the narrator's words); and brief pauses from one sentence to another as if switching from one CD to the next. I did like the voice acting and the different accents, and I eventually grew to accept the narrator's voice for Monk.
The concept had promise, so maybe I should have just bought an abridged version. There seemed to be a lot of repetition of the grousing over the silliness of the English class system, as well as the nature of the relationship between Monk and his boss which is exacerbated by the silliness of the English class system. I kept falling asleep for 15-20 minutes, but then when I thumbed back found that I really hadn't missed anything, since I'd heard it all several times earlier in the book. Maybe it would help to be an anglophile, but I'm a lover of mysteries, and wouldn't include this book in that category.
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.
I am a senior citizen who loves a good mystery, but I object to books with profanity and explicit sexual situations.
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.
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