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From the "grand duchess" of British mysteries, the 22nd installment of the New York Times best-selling William Monk series.

Commander William Monk has learned to live with the fact that he cannot remember the events of his life prior to a horrific carriage accident years ago. But when a ghost from his past, a man he has no recollection of, attempts to frame him for a series of murders, he must rely on the help of his wife, Hester, and his close friend, Oliver Rathbone, in order to free himself - from both the charges and the demons that have haunted him since the accident.

©2016 Anne Perry (P)2016 Recorded Books

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 12-02-16

Engaging

It is hard to believe but this is the 22nd book in the Monk series. William Monk is Commander of the Thames River Police. Years ago, when Monk was a London police detective, he was in a carriage accident and developed total amnesia. Custom Officer McNab has a grudge against Monk but he cannot remember why. Two prisoners escape from Customs, one is killed and the other gets away. The officer pursing him drowns while fighting with Monk in the River. McNab claims Monk killed him deliberately. Monk must find out why he is being framed before he ends up hung.

The story is well written and the history and customs of the 1860s is meticulously researched. The character development of the key people, Monk, Hester and Attorney Oliver Rathbone, continues in each book. The courtroom scene is true to the period and most exciting. The suspense builds throughout the story. Perry’s descriptions of life in London and on the Thames, brings the 1860s to life. Hester is my favorite character but she only has a minor role in this book. Perry is a master story teller and also of historical fiction of the Victorian age. I cannot wait for the next book to be released.

David Colacci does an excellent job narrating the book. Colacci has narrated many of the books in the series. Colacci is an actor, director and multi-award winning audiobook narrator.

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  • Sharon
  • Seattle, WA USA
  • 09-27-16

Super series but....

Not A.P.'s best. Could have been much, much shorter. Story went on and on. Fine in the end but it took a long time getting there.

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Anne Perry Strikes Again!

I have never met an Anne Perry book I didn't like. Revenge in a Cold River was a book I couldn't put down. I m so glad it is on Audiobooks so I can cook, or clean or drive, etc. while listening. Thank you for the Audio choice in books!

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With every whale bone creak......

...........you know it's Anne Perry - no one like her. I am a little teary to sense that this series may be winding down. It has been artfully managed and paced. Books 7-9 were the low point for me, but before and since each adventure has been a great ride. Thanks to Ms. Perry for Esther, William, Oliver, and all the other wonderful characters she's created.

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Excellent Book

The story is rich in characterization and for followers of the Monk series, it is satisfying to see the maturation of the main characters as they move to happier, stable places in their lives.

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  • Susan
  • New Mexico
  • 10-03-16

Not one of the best

Would you try another book from Anne Perry and/or David Colacci?


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Disappointing effort by Anne Perry. Book is over long, especially for those who have read all the other books in the Hester and William Monk series. Poor plotting and over-reliance on internal monologues.

Reading performance very, very good.

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Good But Not the Best Monk

I enjoy Perry's Monk books and I enjoyed this one. However, it lacked the enthralling drama of most of the others. Still worth the listening...

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Annoying narration of great story.

I'm afraid this narrator should not be doing anything with an English accent. I have heard his other work and enjoyed it very much, but his English accent is inaccurate and annoying, and that, coupled with a sort of pompous speech rhythm that I think he thinks is English, nearly ruined my enjoyment of this book. It really took a lot of concentration to ignore it. That said, this is another great story of William Monk and his colleagues and friends, with another great courtroom drama at its climax. The early books in the series are perhaps more psychologically satisfying, but I still Love knowing about the further adventures of these characters.

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Scruff grows up

Another stellar book from Ms Perry. I love how her characters develop over time. And this book is no exception. Enjoy!!

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Revenge in a cold river

Sorry It took me a long time to get into the plot and found it hard going. I have read other books by Anne Perry and felt the same dark brooding and long drawn out plots, which took me forever to read. The reader suited the story and that did nothing to improve the dark feeling in the storyline. I will not be purchasing any more if Anne Perry books.

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