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Defend and Betray Audiobook

Defend and Betray: A William Monk Novel #3

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Ten people gather together for an elegant London dinner party. By the end of the party, only nine are alive. Sometime after dinner, General Thaddeus Carlyon is brutally murdered in the hallway. Who had the strength - and motive - to murder the distinguished military hero? Nurse Latterly and Inspector Monk find the answers in a nightmarish legacy of evil.

Crack another case with William Monk.

©1992 Anne Perry; (P)1996 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 12-26-09
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 12-26-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Listen"

    Anne Perry's books are well written, rich with historical details and the mystery always leads to something unexpected.
    Of course, Davina Porter's narration is delightful and absolutely perfect for the story. What a golden voice!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Krueger 09-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Monk (a little) #3"

    Monk makes some brief appearances in this story, but he is definitely not the main character any more. Which is okay. Hester has a much more central role, which is also okay. She is interesting and intelligent, and is leading the kind of independent life that the book keeps reminding us was pretty much impossible for a woman in Victorian England. I was glad that Rathbone was back and also played a pivotal part.
    The story was compelling for the most part, and I had a hard time "putting it down" if that's the right phrase for an audio book. There were parts toward the end where it dragged a bit, but overall it was a good tale.
    I thought that the narrator's accents were pretty inconsistent, and the tone of voice she used for characters' comments was not always appropriate for what the character was saying at times. But it was a fair performance, and I'll be heading to the Audible store shortly to get installment #4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Osborn, M.D. Springfield, Ohio United States 07-14-17
    C. Osborn, M.D. Springfield, Ohio United States 07-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Each Monk Book Better and Better"

    Wow, the first Monk book was very good--a bit of a slow start, the second was excellent with interesting twists, this one is great, very intense. I am downloading the fourth book now!

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    Chelle 07-10-17
    Chelle 07-10-17
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    "Dark themes in this book...."
    Any additional comments?

    I've given Anne Perry's books a really good try as other cosy mystery appreciating associates swear by 'em.
    The first book was definitely ho-hum for me. The writing in that one felt very staccato: but, since Davina Porter was narrating so well I persevered and then tried the next few books.

    Here's where Perry fans will want to stop reading.....

    Victorians with an 'aqualine nose' or a 'wide mouth' seem to permeate the era :)

    While the writing in this title is better than book 1, Defend and Betray has themes that are too dark to be counted as a cosy mystery for me: father-son incest, sodomy with young boys, paedophilia etc..

    Abuse against children never counts as enjoyable fiction reading for me.

    I gave the book 2 starts for the story due to the narration and that fact that Perry brought some 'court time' resolution to the case.

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    Maura H. Larkins 10-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I really like Hester"

    I like the characters and their world and the story of how some of them doggedly dig for the truth.

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    Sandra M. Britton Goodyear AZ 09-28-16
    Sandra M. Britton Goodyear AZ 09-28-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story with best reader!"

    Must read if you like murder mysteries! Davina Porter is a master at reading a story with such emotion, it Harsimran to put down to go to bed!

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    Charlene 09-18-16
    Charlene 09-18-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Good storyline, but not as counterintuitive as the two previous."

    Overall a good book, but not an excellent book. I'm not sure I would recommend this to anyone, unless they are bored and have nothing else to read. The storyline was very obvious from the get-go, the characters were not terribly developed, and the outcome was obvious. There was way too much emphasis on the emotional history of the lead detective. His history is interesting, but should not be the focus of the book and in this case, it is. The actual drama seem to take a backstage to his revealing of where he wanted to go in his life. Again, interesting but should not be the focal point. In any case, interesting read, to a degree, but not something I would have read if I had been aware of the focus of the book. I would've simply skip to the next one in the series. In summation, just a little too predictable and A little bit lame.

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    Kaejae 09-14-16
    Kaejae 09-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Heart wrenching! Suspense till very end!"

    Totally different "who done it" with very interesting case! Still struggled a bit with Monk who wasn't really in much of first half of story - wondering if they shouldn't be called "Hester Latterly" mysteries?
    Still a great read/listen!

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    Janet K. 07-29-16
    Janet K. 07-29-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Best to skip this book. It is very boring."
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    I had a hard time finishing the book. I have enjoyed many of the books in this series but this one is awful. The narration was good.

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    carol resnick 07-23-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Edge.of your seat story."

    Well written and. well plotted.A Victorian thriller with a modern problem. Human weakness is theme

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