Eager catch up what William and Hester Monk were up to I ordered Anne Perry's "Blood on the Water". I have read all of the William Monk series up to this one and thought the plot about an act of sabotage on a pleasure ship that claims almost two hundred lives sounded most intriguing. The ship blew up in front of Monk,who is a police Commander of the Thames River. The investigation is initially handed over to Sir John Lydiate, the Commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police, but that doesn't produce the results to truly clear this case, thus back to Monk after a serious error in Lydiate's investigation.
As good as it sounded I wasn't really drawn into the story. It seemed to lack depth in the previous books in regards to William and Hester's relationship. Even her role in helping me felt thin. The narrative seemed repetitive and the tedious courtroom parts quite boring at times,- of course they aren't my favorite parts of the series.
What I do like about Perry's novels are the historically authentic depiction of life whether it be along the waterfront and with the poor citizens or the rich upper classes. In this novel she integrates the 1860 construction of the Suez Canal.
It wasn't until near the ending that the pace picks up of "Blood on the Water" picks up for the reader to see that justice will be done. Unfortunately, the story's quick ending- within a paragraph almost conclusion didn't feel satisfying nor logical for the crime and punishment. I suggest reading her earlier Monk's series and Thomas PItt series - which is also a good read. Even her holiday Christmas ones. But first become familiar with who, how and why of each series.