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Publisher's Summary

Anne Perry’s spellbinding Victorian mysteries, especially those featuring William Monk, have enthralled listeners for a generation. The Plain Dealer calls Monk “a marvelously dark, brooding creation” - and, true to form, this Perry masterpiece is as deceptively deep and twisty as the Thames.

As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim’s name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little - only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but - described as quiet and kempt - she doesn’t appear to be a fallen woman.

What sinister secrets could have made poor Zenia worth killing? And why does the government keep interfering in Monk’s investigation?

While the public cries out for blood, Monk, his spirited wife, Hester, and their brilliant barrister friend, Oliver Rathbone, search for answers. From dank waterfront alleys to London’s fabulously wealthy West End, the three trail an ice-blooded murderer toward the unbelievable, possibly unprovable truth - and ultimately engage their adversaries in an electric courtroom duel. But unless they can work a miracle, a monumental evil will go unpunished and an innocent person will hang.

Anne Perry has never worn her literary colors with greater distinction than in A Sunless Sea, a heart-pounding novel of intrigue and suspense in which Monk is driven to make the hardest decision of his life.

©2012 Anne Perry (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Braintree, MA, United States
  • 12-10-12

With each book the author gets better

What did you love best about A Sunless Sea?

The twists and turns of the character development.

What did you like best about this story?

Each chapter brought about a new question to be answered.

Which scene was your favorite?

The protection of the reputation of the dead woman, by the people she lived around. They didn't see her as a street prostitute.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't want to put it down. I wanted to finish it in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

Anne Perry's writing bring the reader to the period in time when life was fragile.She does include in the story the political climate, the economics of the social system. The legal system that determined guilt and subsequently three weeks later the accused was hanged.The story was written during the time when opium was not regulated and the consequences were immediate.When I read Anne Perry's books, I know Monk's history and way of life. He didn't drop onto the page but emerged fully formed. When she write a Monk story, Monk doesn't change . The story developes around the character.

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A Nice Addition to this Series

Where does A Sunless Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I always look forward to a William Monk or Thomas Pitt book release.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both Monk and his wife Hester are realistic characters.

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

Ralph Lister does an excellent job reading the Perry novels.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Introducing Scuff into the Monk household was a nice addition.

Any additional comments?

Since this is a series that is character driven, for new readers of this series, I would suggest starting at the beginning of the with "Face of a Stranger".

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