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Death might be commonplace in 1857 at the Royal Free Hospital in London's Gray's Inn Road, but murder certainly isn't. When the body of Prudence Barrymore, a gently bred, dedicated and passionate nurse, is discovered stuffed into a laundry chute, no-one - high born or low - can be beyond suspicion. But the police seem determined to concentrate their efforts on proving Dr Kristian Beck the culprit - because he is foreign. Concerned and unhappy with this state of affairs, Lady Callandra Daviot of the Board of Governors asks Investigator William Monk to pursue the case...

©1983 Anne Perry (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Tanya
  • O'Connor, Australia
  • 08-29-13

A riveting yarn

I'm a fan of Anne Perry's books. She manages to bring 1800's London alive for me, and always tackles social issues of the day. In this book she takes on women's health, rape, child birth and abortion. And she does it as part of a ripping mystery that unfolds in a hospital and concludes in a court room. As usual there's plenty of tension between her two main characters, Monk and Hester. This book didn't disappoint me.

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  • Arcticangel.
  • 04-08-15

could not stop listening.

Good narration, diverting story. Anne Perry at her best. The historical setting of the book is accurate and atmospheric, the twists which the story takes kept me fascinated throughout.

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  • 06-13-15

Absolutely Excellent ❤️It

Terrence Hardiman is perfect for reading any audiobook and this one is a beauty. The story is a little long winded, but the voice of Terrence will ease you through a good Victorian Murder at the Royal Hospital in London. Anne Perry is well researched in her facts and all makes for good audiobook. A shame the same cannot be said for all the rest of Annes books narrated by a certain female narrator whom I and many other Audible customers agree "spoils the books" with her rushed breathless voice". Please Re Make these so we can buy them :)