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The same great characters and plot, but with even more drama
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.