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4.0 out of 5 stars William Monk Afloat
The death of Inspector Durban in The Shifting Tide leads William Monk to replace Durban with the Thames River Police as a debt of honor and to provide some much-needed income. As the book opens, Monk is shivering in the bow of a police boat during January as the boat slowly approaches Waterloo Bridge. Less than two hundred feet away, Monk spots a man and woman facing one...
Published on 30 May 2006 by Donald Mitchell

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2.0 out of 5 stars Dark thoughts
There are interesting aspects to this book, notably the choice of subject and of characters who don't often appear in books about this period, such as Monk's wife as a former Nightingale nurse. On the whole, however, its faults make it difficult for the story or most of the characters to be believable enough for enjoyment. It is repetitious. There is little mystery. It...
Published on 8 Feb 2011 by Lee Coppack


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars William Monk Afloat, 30 May 2006
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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 124,000 Helpful Votes Globally) - See all my reviews
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The death of Inspector Durban in The Shifting Tide leads William Monk to replace Durban with the Thames River Police as a debt of honor and to provide some much-needed income. As the book opens, Monk is shivering in the bow of a police boat during January as the boat slowly approaches Waterloo Bridge. Less than two hundred feet away, Monk spots a man and woman facing one another with passion . . . just before something terrible happens.

The unexpected event places Monk into an investigation that the Thames River Police would normally not pursue, much to the consternation of his new supervisor who is rightly concerned about a surge in river robberies. At the same time, Monk is having a hard time gaining control over his men and learning how to stop river crime.

As Monk pursues his investigation, he finds lots of loose ends that leave him dissatisfied. That, in turn, leads him to an uneasy alliance with his former friend and adversary, Superintendent Runcorn.

The loose ends all tie together into a trail that leads to the mad dash to create sewers to eliminate disease from London. Before the book ends, both Monk and Hester find themselves among the dank, dark underground rivers that criss-cross London. You'll find as entertaining a crew of expert underground helpers as Charles Dickens ever produced for these adventures.

I was tempted to grade this as a five-star book, but I couldn't quite bring myself to do that after remembering how slowly the book develops after the initial scene. Certainly, from about the half-way point to the end, this is a five-star effort full of interesting plots, subplots and villains that you'll long remember.

I don't recall a book in this series that I've enjoyed more than the second half of Dark Assassin.

The unique nature of river crime promises more exciting stories to come in this fine series.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark goings on in an even darker environment, 3 Sep 2006
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Michael Watson "skirrow22" (Halifax, England) - See all my reviews
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This is my first Anne Perry book and so, obviously, my first Inspector Monk mystery. It is easy to pick up where previous situations in earlier books must have taken place and I was happy to immerse myself in this very cold, dark and unremitting Victorian London. I felt as if I was mentally viewing this story actually in black and shades of grey, such is the way Anne Perry describes her London town.

Monk is a very likeable character ably assisted by his wife, Hestor who could probably have a story of her own such is her commitment to help Monk discover the truth in a catalogue of half-clues and lies, all intended to keep a secret just that. The story has already been outlined elsewhere so the question is whether it stacks up as a good read. It's slow to start and, although it picks up pace, for me, there is rather too much description delving into the thoughts and misgivings of the characters so the pace remains at a slow amble most of the time. I don't have a problem with the old East-end language and diction. Whether other readers of English in other countries find it more troublesome will be a mute point. However, I do draw a line at the word 'gotten' which crept on to the page. Hardly a Victorian word, hardly an English word either! Nonetheless, I enjoyed the atmosphere created by the author. I could almost feel the winter's chill as Monk struggles around London pursuing clues not so conveniently left whilst at the same time, having a run-in with his superiors in the Police Force. It seems nothing changes. From Bow Street Runners to today's Special Ops, there's always some senior police officer with a desire to be more than a policeman.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars William Monk Afloat, 30 May 2006
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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 124,000 Helpful Votes Globally) - See all my reviews
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The death of Inspector Durban in The Shifting Tide leads William Monk to replace Durban with the Thames River Police as a debt of honor and to provide some much-needed income. As the book opens, Monk is shivering in the bow of a police boat during January as the boat slowly approaches Waterloo Bridge. Less than two hundred feet away, Monk spots a man and woman facing one another with passion . . . just before something terrible happens.

The unexpected event places Monk into an investigation that the Thames River Police would normally not pursue, much to the consternation of his new supervisor who is rightly concerned about a surge in river robberies. At the same time, Monk is having a hard time gaining control over his men and learning how to stop river crime.

As Monk pursues his investigation, he finds lots of loose ends that leave him dissatisfied. That, in turn, leads him to an uneasy alliance with his former friend and adversary, Superintendent Runcorn.

The loose ends all tie together into a trail that leads to the mad dash to create sewers to eliminate disease from London. Before the book ends, both Monk and Hester find themselves among the dank, dark underground rivers that criss-cross London. You'll find as entertaining a crew of expert underground helpers as Charles Dickens ever produced for these adventures.

I was tempted to grade this as a five-star book, but I couldn't quite bring myself to do that after remembering how slowly the book develops after the initial scene. Certainly, from about the half-way point to the end, this is a five-star effort full of interesting plots, subplots and villains that you'll long remember.

I don't recall a book in this series that I've enjoyed more than the second half of Dark Assassin.

The unique nature of river crime promises more exciting stories to come in this fine series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hester's pain re-lived, 30 Jan 2008
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Jane Baker "jan-bookcase" (Somerset) - See all my reviews
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I would simply like to give this 6!! Anne Perry surpasses each novel she writes with further brilliance. This is a complex, superbly crafted plot once again using Monk and Hester in their individual capacities, with their own pressures and struggles ever-present below the surface. Character development is as thorough as we have come to expect and several sub-plots play out against the main story of a dead father and daughter and the mystery surrounding their deaths. Again there is the attention to detail and the references to 19thc. poverty alongside great opulence and the social contradictions of Victorian England. Perry is so convincing in her research and her prose is exquisite. I await the 16th Monk story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "gotten", 10 Jun 2007
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R. Olds-Bartlett (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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skirrow22 writes in his Sept 2006 review: ".. I do draw a line at the word 'gotten' which crept on to the page. Hardly a Victorian word, hardly an English word either!"

"Gotten" is an English word that was exported to America, where it survived. Its usage in England however died out. Anne Perry was perfectly correct to use it in her Victorian-era novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars William Monk Afloat, 30 May 2006
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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 124,000 Helpful Votes Globally) - See all my reviews
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The death of Inspector Durban in The Shifting Tide leads William Monk to replace Durban with the Thames River Police as a debt of honor and to provide some much-needed income. As the book opens, Monk is shivering in the bow of a police boat during January as the boat slowly approaches Waterloo Bridge. Less than two hundred feet away, Monk spots a man and woman facing one another with passion . . . just before something terrible happens.

The unexpected event places Monk into an investigation that the Thames River Police would normally not pursue, much to the consternation of his new supervisor who is rightly concerned about a surge in river robberies. At the same time, Monk is having a hard time gaining control over his men and learning how to stop river crime.

As Monk pursues his investigation, he finds lots of loose ends that leave him dissatisfied. That, in turn, leads him to an uneasy alliance with his former friend and adversary, Superintendent Runcorn.

The loose ends all tie together into a trail that leads to the mad dash to create sewers to eliminate disease from London. Before the book ends, both Monk and Hester find themselves among the dank, dark underground rivers that criss-cross London. You'll find as entertaining a crew of expert underground helpers as Charles Dickens ever produced for these adventures.

I was tempted to grade this as a five-star book, but I couldn't quite bring myself to do that after remembering how slowly the book develops after the initial scene. Certainly, from about the half-way point to the end, this is a five-star effort full of interesting plots, subplots and villains that you'll long remember.

I don't recall a book in this series that I've enjoyed more than the second half of Dark Assassin.

The unique nature of river crime promises more exciting stories to come in this fine series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dark thoughts, 8 Feb 2011
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Lee Coppack (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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There are interesting aspects to this book, notably the choice of subject and of characters who don't often appear in books about this period, such as Monk's wife as a former Nightingale nurse. On the whole, however, its faults make it difficult for the story or most of the characters to be believable enough for enjoyment. It is repetitious. There is little mystery. It doesn't capture well what has changed. The veneer of 19th century character seems just that, a veneer, compared to the writing of the period or what we know about London at that time. Nor does it do well what hasn't changed. Having known number of modern police, I think it's unlikely they or their 19th century counterparts would find one body in the river, except perhaps a child, more than briefly upsetting, even if the hero does need to be obsessed with her for the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Assassin, 4 Jun 2009
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Mrs. H. O'hara "The Claret" (Lancashire,UK) - See all my reviews
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A fantastic well researched story, I don't know how she does it, I have not read a bad book by Anne Perry yet- and of course the Quality and Service were Fantastic from Amazon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Assassin, 11 July 2008
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Mrs. Julie I. Soper "soperj" (Guildford, Surrey) - See all my reviews
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This book was my first introduction to William Monk, also my first to murder mysteries and it immediately had me hooked. I am now endeavouring to purchase all Anne Perry (William Monk) books hopefully in cronological order. The characters are very well written and her research appears to be very accurate. A very enjoyable read with an unexpected twist. I was certain who was the offender - I was wrong. It also showed the predudice of Victorian Society.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Monk, 8 Jan 2014
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Excellent background, interesting protagonists, fascinating insight into historical period. Interesting character development over the series.. Good exploration of contemporary social issues.j
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