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Still enjoying this very good series
on 5 November 2017
I am reading through these William Monk books in order and have just finished 'Sins of the Wolf'. The stories are told in a relatively slow and methodical manner, which makes them very interesting to me. In each story, I have had an idea of where the real culprit comes from, but in each it has been left until the last moment to reveal the depths of greed, depravity or desire to protect a family's reputation. There is no question of knowing who the villain or villains are and working through to convict them - the villains do not in any way reveal themselves through words, actions or expressions - it is left to the reader to try and work through the mystery. Also, the detection work is not quick and does not result in information which can be used in court cases - it is often a last-minute discovery, or moment of understanding, that brings about the conclusion of the original crime. In one earlier story, there is even a miscarriage of justice, resulting in a hanging, which is only addressed after the event. Villains do not always get their just desserts, and are opaque and inscrutable through to the end of the story. It may not be to everyone's taste, but I am really enjoying this series, including the personal relationships between the main players; in one instance, the author brought about a very sweet conclusion to a relationship from a previous book in a natural and heart-warming manner. I would certainly recommend this series to anyone who likes to savour their murder-mystery stories without resorting to the obvious.