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Blood on the Water (William Monk 20)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2014
I've been a fan of the William Monk books for some time (having discovered them through Anne Perry's Thomas Pitt series) but this is easily one of the best. The dramatic start and the horror of the crime have a sobering resonance for a modern reader, and it's easy to imagine how shocking it would have been to Victorian sensibilities. But as ever, this is more than a simple crime thriller, with the usual helping of political machinations, the hints of corruption and the hypocrisies of society. No open and shut case to decipher, the reader unravels the clues alongside the characters, albeit with a slightly abrupt ending after the usual twists.

It also builds on the story of the central characters, and while it could be read as a standalone book, there are enough references to previous novels to potentially confuse. But 20 books in, Anne Perry isn't losing her touch - and if you're just discovering the series now, I'd highly recommend going back to the start and indulging yourself.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 5 November 2014
First Sentence: Monk leaned forward, resting on his oar for a moment as he stared across the water at the Pool of London

William Monk, head of the Thames Police Force, witnesses the explosion and sinking of a pleasure boat which results in the death of nearly 200 people. Almost immediately, as he and his men start their investigation, the case is removed from them and given to the regular land police. A man is accused, tried and found guilty, all on circumstantial evidence and with no motive given. The man’s sentence is stayed due to his illness, which also strikes Monk as questionable. With Hester’s help, Monk regains control of the investigation, with nearly fatal results.

Perry is such a fine writer. Her descriptions are wonderfully evocative as we begin with a tranquil scene on the Thames. She then immediately changes the entire mood and secures your involvement in the story with a terrible event. Perry takes us into the environment of every level of society; from the lowest to the highest, and makes each real and understandable.

The characters are each fully drawn and dimensional. In spite of this being the 20th book in the series, new readers are given a clear understanding of the characters, their backgrounds and their interrelationships. Long-time readers see how the characters have developed, grown—some literally—and how their lives have changed. We even have the introduction of a new, young character one hopes will remain in the series. Although Monk is the protagonist, there is an excellent balance in the use of characters, drawing upon the strength of each, including Hester’s background as a nurse during the Crimean War, Rathbone as a former barrister and judge, Scruff as a former mudlark, and Crow as an unlicensed doctor.

Ms. Perry’s voice is captivating. Her dialogue is natural and, occasionally, humorous. Determining the fate of Worm, an urchin and mudlark found by Scruff, himself a former mudlark who adopted himself to the Monks, is a charming interlude.

The plot is compelling. That Ms. Perry includes the trial into the final resolution of the mystery is something particularly interesting, demonstrating that the mystery isn’t solved until the guilty is brought to justice.

“Blood on the Water” is an excellent book with highs and lows, drama, excitement, and suspense. This is yet another wonderful book by Ms. Perry.

BLOOD ON THE WATER (Hist Mys-William Monk/Hester-London-Victorian) – VG+
Perry, Anne – 20th in series
Ballantine Book – 2014
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2014
I love anything Anne Perry writes, but in particular the William Monk series. This is another brilliant read - full of twists and turns and a really unexpected ending. Fantastic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2014
Excellent story, its nice how their lives have progressed from the very first story up to this one.
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on 4 December 2014
excellent book ,i enjoy anne perrys books and this was know exception,if youlike gaslight type of fiction that is a real page turner. i can also recommend THE MURDER OF PATIENCE BROOKSby JC BRIGGS this is book set in that era and is similar to anne,s books another atmospheric page turner
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on 3 April 2015
Was an absolutely riveting read - I read a lot of Anne Perry's books as I love the twists and turns and unpredictability, however I didn't see the end of this one coming at all. Fortunately the Kindle was fully charged before I started to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2014
Very good story. William monk is unbeatable.
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on 21 January 2015
A great read. I have ALL of Anne Perrys William Monk books and they are beautifully written. I also have All her books in the Thomas Pitt series and can recommend these books too!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2014
Kept you guessing until the end!
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on 28 January 2015
I would love to review this book but, as yet, (more than 24 hours later) I have not received it on my Kindle. Hopefully, I have not been charged.
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