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The Sins of the Wolf: A William Monk Novel #5 | [Anne Perry]

The Sins of the Wolf: A William Monk Novel #5

When her wealthy Scottish employer dies of an overdose of heart medication, Nurse Latterly is charged with murder and locked up in Newgate Prison. To save his friend from the gallows, Inspector Monk works feverishly to identify a cold-blooded killer in the victim's greatly admired - and coolly silent - family.
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Publisher's Summary

When her wealthy Scottish employer dies of an overdose of heart medication, Nurse Latterly is charged with murder and locked up in Newgate Prison. To save his friend from the gallows, Inspector Monk works feverishly to identify a cold-blooded killer in the victim's greatly admired - and coolly silent - family.

Crack another case with William Monk.

©1994 Anne Perry; (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Perry keeps the plot taut, compelling and ringing with verisimilitude." (Publishers Weekly)
"As always, Perry's measured, literate prose and strict attention to every detail of custom, location, and culture result in pure reading pleasure." (Library Journal)

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-20-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "The Sins of the Wolf"

    Davina Porter does a great job in narrating this book. She makes the story come to life. This book has Hester charged with murder facing the gallows. The story takes place in a Scottish courtroom and the difference between English and Scottish law is pointed out. Monk, Arthur and his father Harry try to prove her innocent. Lots of descriptions of Edinburgh and Inverness makes it like a trip to Scotland. Hester and Monk are getting closer but when will they get together? Can not wait to start the next book in line. So far I have been unable to find the next book in the series on Audible. It is "Cain His Brother".
    Hope they will get it soon.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 12-21-12
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful!"

    This had to be the most gripping of the Monk series yet.

    I enjoyed that there weren’t any modern societal issues to ponder this time.. it was simply a great story and mystery! I was held in suspense and couldn’t stop listening until I found out what happened. Ms. Perry is a master of the twist and turn!! I must admit, I didn’t figure out who did it until she told me!

    Once again, Ms Porter is magnificent! I’m amazed at the breadth of her voices!

    Yes, this is an excellent mystery!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret ORANGE, Australia 05-19-12
    Margaret ORANGE, Australia 05-19-12
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    "Interesting Story and Super Reader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Interesting Characters in book and gives you a good insight into the era..... Anne Perry a detail writer and like the way she carries over from book to book to give the series a continuous feel ....I just love Davina Porter as a Reader...So.that is How came across these great books....would like some more in the series!!!! for download by Audible


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hester Lattery, Oliver Rathbone and William Monk are Great Characters that you love following through to the next series in books


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn Westminster, CO, United States 09-11-12
    JoAnn Westminster, CO, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Like the series"

    I'm glad I finally started listening to this series. Love the stories and the narration is wonderful. I wish Audible had the entire series available. I am reading the missing ones on my Kindle. I understand the narrator changes when the Audible versions return around #10 or so. Too bad. Davina Porter is terrific.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. GOFFE Va. 09-02-13
    S. GOFFE Va. 09-02-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Story"
    What did you love best about The Sins of the Wolf?

    I loved the way the 1800's came alive.


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

    Great with the different accents and characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I found it hard to accept that the prosecution believed that a nurse who had given so much to the soldiers in the Crimean would poison someone so that she could get an expensive piece of jewelery. She wasn't in debt; she just wanted the money she could get. I just don't buy it. I loved the characters though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Murphy Ithaca, NY 08-29-13
    R. Murphy Ithaca, NY 08-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Story"
    Would you listen to The Sins of the Wolf again? Why?

    Yes, but after enough time passes so that I don't remember the details.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Heard many of hers before--she is always excellent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I can hear another faint voice in the background of this recording. It's very distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rena Steinzor Silver Spring, MD 07-26-13
    Rena Steinzor Silver Spring, MD 07-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Anne Perry is good but repetitive"
    Would you try another book from Anne Perry and/or Davina Porter?

    I have listened to five Monk novels, and now have had my fill of Anne Perry's verging on shrill condemnation of the British class system and its reactionary attitudes toward women. The Sins of the Wolf ends up ensnaring the charming Hester Latterly in the criminal justice system--and I was disappointed to suffer through what seemed like hours of Hester's terror at her plight.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The plot itself was very interesting, the social commentary repetitive and tedious.


    Do you think The Sins of the Wolf needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There is a book six in the series, which picks up the thread of Latterly and Monk's gradual romance, but Audible does not stock it.


    Any additional comments?

    It will be awhile before I do another Anne Perry. On the other hand, Davina Porter is great so I will keep an eye out for her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe Los Angeles, CA United States 05-02-13
    Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe Los Angeles, CA United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A great addition to the Monk canon"

    While the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series seems to get more attention for Anne Perry because that was her first series, I actually prefer the darker William Monk/Hester Latterly series more myself, which is unusual because if you examine my library of several hundred audio books, you will see very few that are not "cozy mysteries," which most certainly does not describe Anne Perry's books.

    I have listened to most of the Monk series available through Audible and several that are not, and so far, this is probably my favorite of the books, as we see how the different characters react to the pressure of Hester's being charged with murder and the urgent scramble to find any evidence to use to keep her from being executed. While in general I think Perry does a good job of developing her characters in each book, the unique situation in which all the characters are placed gives her a lot more freedom to explore depths to each character not seen before.

    One thing that really draws me to these books is Perry's great attention to detail, whether it be in describing the historical situation (I didn't realize that at the time of these books, Scotland had its own jurisprudence system, with a jury of 15 men instead of the British 12), showing what an experience would have felt like to people of that day (i.e. the significant difference for Hester in riding the train in the second class carriage one night vs. the first class carriage the next), or the elements of Hester's nursing career (i.e. the vast difference in attitudes people carried for the upper class nurses who went to the Crimea vs. the lower class nurses who stayed at home).

    I gave the first two books in this series to my aunt, a nursing professor, because I thought she'd enjoy seeing the Victorian nursing system, and now all her friends, nurses and non-nurses alike, adore the series themselves too! This is one series where you do definitely want to start with Book 1 if at all possible, but after that, I have not had trouble following a non-sequential order, as the books have become available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley 09-18-14
    Shirley 09-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Sooooo Many Characters!!!"
    Where does The Sins of the Wolf rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm a fan of the author and the series. If this book had been an introduction to AP don't believe I would have continued to follow her. With that said, the book ranks at the end of the list.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line was excellent with alot of twists and turns. So many at times it was confusing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The best scene was when they were locked in the secret room.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it took me a few days to get through it.


    Any additional comments?

    I still love Anne Perry and Davina Porter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KAY NYACK, NY, United States 02-04-14
    KAY NYACK, NY, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Davina Porter makes this the best Monk Mystery!"
    Would you listen to The Sins of the Wolf again? Why?

    Davina Porter's ability to delineate many different voices always thrills me. and it isn't long before i am caught up in the story and 'believe' there are different people. This story is one of the best of the series. Lots of suspense and the ending is surprising, although almost guessed.


    What other book might you compare The Sins of the Wolf to and why?

    Anne Perry' gives long contemplations to William Monk that are interesting, weaving story and moral into one delicious meal. In this novel there are also some beautiful landscape descriptions. And the description of faces that reflect psychology are always fascinating. Not beauty but character. I enjoy this immensely, as the narrator seems to also


    Any additional comments?

    I notice that the next Anne Perry books in this series do not use Davina Porter as the narrator. Why is this, I read others' reviews complaining about the narrator. So I won't buy any more Anne Perry books until Davina Porter narrates them

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  • Lynn
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    3/26/11
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    "Decent story, Needs a good edit"

    The narration is superb and there is a good little story here within the 16+ hours. The book needed a strong edit, however, as far far too much time is spent describing the feelings of those involved in solving the crime..hours in fact...and far too little time on developing the plot and exploring the 'who done it'. I had to fast forward a great deal, something I never do with audiobooks.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Davies
    7/12/14
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It is far too long and the style of writing is pedantic.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Anne Perry again?

    Yes, I like Anne Perry but this is, by far, the least enjoyable of her books ... in my opinion.


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s voice?

    Appropriate, agreeable and expressive.


    Do you think The Sins of the Wolf needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


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