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An Echo of Murder Audiobook

An Echo of Murder

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A string of gruesome, ritualistic murders of Hungarian immigrants has the Thames River police commander stuck on solving the pattern in the latest installment of the New York Times best-selling William Monk series.

When a Hungarian immigrant is dismembered near London's River Thames, Commander Monk is called to the eerie scene, where 16 candles surround the corpse. As identical murders pop up around the city, Monk confronts the unsettling options: could it be the work of a secret society? A serial madman? Or is a xenophobic Brit targeting foreigners?

A local doctor who speaks Hungarian from his days on the battlefield may be able to help, but his own struggles with post-traumatic stress have left his memory in shambles: could he have committed the crimes without remembering?

Fighting both local prejudice and the weight of the past, Monk and his wife Hester - herself a battlefield nurse familiar with horror - are in a race to find the killer and stop the echo of these repeated murders for good.

©2017 Anne Perry (P)2017 Recorded Books

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    Janet K. 10-04-17
    Janet K. 10-04-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Extremely disappointing and not worth a credit."

    I had to force myself to finish it – it was so drawn out with multiple repeating of Hester’s experience of the Crimean War, much repeated verbatim from earlier books. I have enjoyed the Monk series both in written form and audible. This book was very poorly written and not proof read. Monk calls Scuff “Will” before Scuff has even told him about his wish to be called “Will”. This is only one example of poor writing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-28-17
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Absorbing"

    Anne Perry is the queen of the 19th century historical crime novel. Anne Perry is the pseudonym under which Juliet Marion Hulme writes. This is book twenty-three of the William Monk series.

    Monk is the Commander of the Thames River Police. His wife, Hester, is a nurse. She served with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War. She now runs a free health clinic for the poor. Hester is my favorite character in the series. Scuff the homeless boy, now called Will, that they adopted is now studying medicine and helping Hester in the clinic.

    This story takes place in 1870. Monk is racing against the tide of malice and ethnic bigotry as London’s growing Hungarian community is hit by a series of ritualistic murders. Monk is called to a warehouse where he finds a violent murder. With the help of a Hungarian pharmacist, Antal Dobokai, who helps translate for Monk, they hunt for the murderer. A friend of Hester’s, Fitz, a physician she served with in the Crimea, lives in the Hungarian community. He is accused of the killings and Hester sets out to prove him innocent.

    The book is well written and meticulously researched. Perry provides a wealth of historical detail in her story. The topic of ethnic prejudice is a timely one for today’s world.

    The book is twelve hours long. David Colacci does an excellent job narrating the book. Colacci is an actor and an award-winning audiobook narrator. Colacci has the ability to interpret, represent and bring to life each character in the story. He was trained in the classics and language and that comes through in his narration.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Robinson 99 North Post Oak Lane, apt 5105, Houston, Tx, 77024 09-28-17
    Judy Robinson 99 North Post Oak Lane, apt 5105, Houston, Tx, 77024 09-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Anne Perry at her best"

    This was a beautifully written book. The details, as always, were stunning. Her knowledge of history, beautiful prose, and ability to form a solid mystery keeps me looking forward to her next book! I thought I had figured out the mystery early on, but was, as always, surprised. The narration was perfection. Treat yourself!

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    Yankee Bookworm 09-23-17
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    "Great series"

    Other than wishing Davina Porter would have continued reading this series, nothing could be improved upon from my point of view. Just wish Anne could write faster!!!

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    mompam Richardson, Texas 09-20-17
    mompam Richardson, Texas 09-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Perhaps the best in the William Monk Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The Monk series has introduced and followed the lives of its characters through many crises and triumphs. This entry brings together Hester's family, a character from her Crimean War experience as one of Florence Nightingale's nurses, and Monk's job as Commander of the Thames River Police. The character of Scuff, a former homeless mudlark, is shown in his maturity as a medical student. The courtroom climax is riveting.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The lack of police progress in solving the grisly murders leads to the seemingly hopeless job Sir Oliver faces in defending the doctor suffering from being left for dead on the battlefield during the Crimean War 10 years earlier. He becomes the easy victim of fear by the very people he has helped.


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

    His performances have always been excellent.


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

    In the courtroom when Hester's brother, from whom she had been estranged, offers to care for the defendant after all charges are dropped. Hester's participation in the war kept her from being able to care for her family at home when her father was ruined financially and committed suicide.


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    Mary prieston 09-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A Compelling Story "

    It was very entertaining. It kept my interest from beginning to the end .

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