William Monk

31 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 6,636 ratings

The Face of a Stranger Publisher's Summary

A tragic accident leaves Inspector Monk with amnesia just moments after he solves the murder of a popular Crimean war hero. Forced to redo his entire investigation, a frustrated Monk faces a desperate murderer who will do anything to keep the inspector from discovering the truth twice.

©1990 Anne Perry (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC
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  • Book 1

    • The Face of a Stranger

    • A William Monk Novel #1
    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,256
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,025

    A tragic accident leaves Inspector Monk with amnesia just moments after he solves the murder of a popular Crimean war hero. Forced to redo his entire investigation, a frustrated Monk faces a desperate murderer who will do anything to keep the inspector from discovering the truth twice.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • promising start to the series

    • By connie on 01-09-10

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 2

    • A Dangerous Mourning

    • A William Monk Novel #2
    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 740
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 592
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 584

    When the beautiful daughter of Sir Basil Moidore is stabbed to death in her bed, Inspector Monk and Nurse Latterly uncover a tale of shame and scandal that threatens to destroy a powerful London dynasty.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Dangerous Mourning

    • By gwennieg on 10-08-09

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  • Book 3

    • Defend and Betray

    • A William Monk Novel #3
    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 647
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 528
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 531

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Anachronistic, repetitious, annoying.

    • By Michele on 01-15-14

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 4

    • A Sudden, Fearful Death

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 509
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 382
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 382

    Anne Perry's Victorian murder mysteries have enthralled millions with their evocative atmosphere and finely-crafted suspense. Now, in this mesmerizing best seller, the star of these mysteries, Inspector William Monk, returns to solve the most heartbreaking case of his career.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Oh, yummy, yummy -- another great Anne Perry

    • By Nina on 05-07-05

    Regular price: $37.77

    • A Sudden Fearful Death

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
    • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Death might be commonplace in 1857 at the Royal Free Hospital in London's Gray's Inn Road, but murder certainly isn't. When the body of Prudence Barrymore, a gently bred, dedicated and passionate nurse, is discovered stuffed into a laundry chute, no-one - high born or low - can be beyond suspicion.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A riveting yarn

    • By Tanya on 08-29-13

    Regular price: $21.68

  • Book 5

    • The Sins of the Wolf

    • A William Monk Novel #5
    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 464
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 380
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 379

    When her wealthy Scottish employer dies of an overdose of heart medication, Nurse Latterly is charged with murder and locked up in Newgate Prison. To save his friend from the gallows, Inspector Monk works feverishly to identify a cold-blooded killer in the victim's greatly admired - and coolly silent - family.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great addition to the Monk canon

    • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 05-02-13

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  • Book 6

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    • Cain His Brother

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  • Book 7

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    • Weighed in the Balance

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  • Book 8

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    • The Silent Cry

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  • Book 9

    • A Breach of Promise

    • William Monk, Book 9
    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
    • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    The plaintiffs in a sensational breach of promise suit are wealthy social climbers Barton and Delphine Lambert, suing on behalf of their beautiful daughter, Zillah. The defendant is Zillah's alleged fiancé, brilliant young architect Killian Melville, who adamantly declares that he will not, cannot, marry her. Not even to his counsel, distinguished barrister Sir Oliver Rathbone, will Killian explain his rejection of rich and charming Zillah.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Favorite Anne Perry Book

    • By Nancy J on 08-03-17

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  • Book 10

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    • The Twisted Root

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  • Book 11

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    • Slaves of Obsession

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  • Book 12

    • Funeral in Blue

    • A William Monk Novel #12
    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169

    The headlines were gruesome: two beautiful women found strangled in the studio of a well-known London artist. To investigator William Monk and his wife Hester, the murders are a nightmare. One of the victims is an obscure artist's model. The other is the wife of Hester's cherished colleague, distinguished surgeon Dr. Kristian Beck, a Viennese emigre who swiftly becomes the principal suspect.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Charles on 07-16-11

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  • Book 13

    • Death of a Stranger

    • A William Monk Novel #13
    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 208
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161

    For the prostitutes of Leather Lane, nurse Hester Monk's clinic is a lifeline, providing medicine, food, and a modicum of peace - especially since lately their ailments have escalated from bruises and fevers to broken bones and knife wounds. At the moment, however, the mysterious death of railway magnate Nolan Baltimore in a sleazy neighborhood brothel overshadows all else.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perry is without par

    • By Nina on 12-01-08

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  • Book 14

    • The Shifting Tide

    • A William Monk Novel #14
    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172

    William Monk knows London's streets like the back of his hand; after all, they are where he earns his living. But the river Thames and its teeming docks - where towering schooners and clipper ships unload their fabulous cargoes and wharf rats and night plunderers ply their trades - is unknown territory.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Shifting Tide

    • By Brenda on 07-17-09

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  • Book 15

    • Dark Assassin

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96

    On a patrol boat near Waterloo Bridge, police superintendent William Monk notices a young couple engaged in an intense discussion. Seconds later, the two plunge to their deaths in the icy waters of the Thames. Was it an accident, a suicide, or a murder? Ever the investigator, Monk learns that the woman, Mary Havilland, had planned to marry the fair-haired man who shared her fate. He also discovers that Mary's father had recently died in a supposed suicide.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not her best

    • By Kindle Customer on 04-12-17

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  • Book 16

    • Execution Dock

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    On the bustling docks along the River Thames, Great Britain's merchant ships unload the treasures of the world. And here, in dank and sinister alleys, sex merchants ply their lucrative trade. The dreaded kingpin of this dark realm is Jericho Phillips, who seems far beyond the reach of the law. But when 13-year-old Fig is found with his throat cut, Commander William Monk of the River Police swears that Phillips will hang for this abomination.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Hate Subject!

    • By bkirk on 02-21-17

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  • Book 17

    • Acceptable Loss

    • A William Monk Novel #17
    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 225
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201

    When the body of a small-time crook named Mickey Parfitt washes up on the tide, no one grieves; far from it. But William Monk, commander of the River Police, is puzzled by the expensive silk cravat used to strangle Parfitt. How did this elegant scarf - whose original owner was obviously a man of substance - end up imbedded in the neck of a wharf rat who richly deserved his sordid end? Dockside informers lead Monk to what may be a partial answer - a floating palace of corruption on the Thames managed by Parfitt, where a captive band of half-starved boys is forced to perform....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • #17 - and it shows...

    • By connie on 09-19-11

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 18

    • A Sunless Sea

    • William Monk, Book 18
    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 327
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 285
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 281

    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 made poor Zenia worth killing?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Riveting

    • By richard supper on 10-12-12

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  • Book 19

    • Blind Justice

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 383
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 336
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 337

    In Blind Justice, mystery abounds in London as Hester Monk, wife of Thames River Police Commander William Monk, questions Abel Taft - a charismatic preacher accused of extortion. Taft appears guilty as sin, but his trial explodes when a star witness drops a bombshell that has the Monks scrambling to save their dear friend Oliver Rathbone.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Victorian Mystery /Legal Thriller

    • By Nancy J on 09-07-13

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