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Death of a Stranger (William Monk Mystery, Book 13): A dark journey into the seedy underbelly of Victorian society by [Perry, Anne]
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"Few mystery writers this side of Arthur Conan Doyle can evoke Victorian London with such relish for detail and mood."
-"San Francisco Chronicle
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"Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens's eyes pop."
-"The New York Times Book Review"


"From the Paperback edition."

Few mystery writers this side of Arthur Conan Doyle can evoke Victorian London with such relish for detail and mood.
"San Francisco Chronicle
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Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens s eyes pop.
"The New York Times Book Review"


"From the Paperback edition.""

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The thirteenth superb mystery featuring Investigator William Monk, from acclaimed author Anne Perry


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1082 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (25 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHY84O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was not one of the best in the series in my view, but it was ok. Monk investigates possible fraud in railway engineering which brings him closer to his forgotten past, whilst Hester looks into the murder of a rich gentleman in an insalubrious neighbourhood. I guessed what happened with the murder but the fraud case had a good twist. They've been married for several books now, but Monk and Hester still haven't learnt to actually talk to each other rather than guessing what the other one is thinking and feeling.
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By A Customer on 8 Sept. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Anne Perry's 13th addition to the Monk series is fast paced, exciting and as dark as you'd expect. It is also probably the best entry in the series since Whited Sepulchres (A Breach of Promise for Americans). As is the norm for this series, the main protagonist, amnesiac mid-Victorian 'Private Agent of Inquiry', William Monk is hired to investigate a case which ultimately re-awakens part of his shattered memory. In this most recent novel, the main investigation dovetails entirely with the darker elements of Monk's past life, and shakes his confidence in his own morality. In the meantime, his wife, Hester, disturbed by events in the Coldbath Square area of London in which she is trying to nurse, begins to suffer increasing isolation, due to her inability to fathom her husband's dark mood, and the recognition that her other admirer, Sir Oliver Rathbone, has begun to look for greener romantic pastures. The pace and action-lead style is similar to that of her most recent Pitt books, most notably, Southampton Row, and it is a welcome injection of life into an utterly absorbing group of characters. Perry has captured well the growing anxiety and panic in Monk, as he races to keep events under his control. Further the removal of Sir Oliver Rathbone from much of the second person narrative has made the court room scenes far more suspenseful than they have tended to be in the past. Finally, by maintaining a degree of friction in the Monks' marriage, it reminds us that relationships, even romantic fictional ones, can be difficult to cultivate.
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I recently read The Shifting Tide and was most impressed with the book. Not having read other books in the William Monk series, I decided to work backward to see what I had missed. Alas, I found that so far The Shifting Tide was the best of the lot. So if you are thinking about this book, but haven't read The Shifting Tide, I suggest you move on to that one instead . . . unless you have a compulsion to read every book in the series.
William Monk is a man who doesn't know who he is. An accident cost him his memory, but in this book facts and vague memories combine to help him reconstruct part of his past. Now, he earns a living as a private enquiry agent in Victorian England. He is married to the redoubtable Hester who runs a charity clinic for ladies of the night in one of London's worst neighborhoods.
As the story opens, a famous railroad entrepreneur and financier is found dead inside a notorious house of ill repute. Outraged by the apparent murder, the police are expected to cure the age-old problem of men and one of the oldest professions. Soon, everyone is starving, and the violence increases against the women. Hester is kept busy trying to sew up their wounds and setting their bones. She soon realizes that she needs to solve the murder if she is really to help her patients.
William is hired by Katrina Harcus, the fiancée of a well-to-do Londoner, who wants to be certain that her fiancé is not involved in something untoward. She's overheard scraps of conversation that make her feel that a great crime is about to happen.
The plot bogs down as William is seemingly blocked by both his amnesia and a psychological inability to draw conclusions from the plain words that Katrina shares with him.
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As an avid reader of the novels of Anne Perry my standards are naturally very high but I cannot fault this latest offering from the 'Queen of Crime'(sorry about the cliche but in this case it's true). We have all the character development we have come to expect from her and no shortage of twists and turns in the plot! Also,it's nice to see Oliver getting a bit of love interest at last! The final two chapters are particularly gripping. I literally couldn't put it down! Great stuff Anne!!
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 May 2013
Format: Paperback
Two different aspects of Victorian London collide - a wealthy man is found dead in a house of ill repute, which causes scandal and police presence such that no working girl can ply her trade in peace, and a possible corruption link to the burgeoning railway construction industry is investigated.
Sadly I have tried a few of Perry's books now, in different series, and just can't get on with them, perhaps because no matter how much good detail she piles in, it doesn't make up for the fact that none of her main characters has much of a sense of humour. I find the telling slow and am inclined to put the book down and not pick it up again.

But many people do like her works a lot, and if you're one of them I am sure this book will give you more of what you enjoy.
Otherwise try Edward Marston's The Frost Fair for an interesting mystery when the Thames had frozen over and a fair was held on the ice. I liked that a lot more.
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