Revenge in a Cold River

Narrated by: David Colacci
Series: William Monk, Book 22
Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
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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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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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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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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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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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Not one of the best

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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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Great entry in the series.

At first I thought having Monk possibly spending time in San Francisco at the time of the gold rush in 1849 was preposterous, but I ended up loving it. Finding out more about Monk's lost years is everything I didn't know I needed. The whole story was very good and quite entertaining. David Colacci is a wonderful narrator.

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A great series continues.

A good, but not great story. I had to do some backtracking because I got distracted and had to listen to the plot I had missed and that never really happens with these books. Overall, the series has been fantastic and I will carry on with the series.