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Perry never fails,
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This review is from: A Sunless Sea (William Monk Mystery, Book 18): A gripping journey into the dark underbelly of Victorian London (William Monk 18) (Paperback)
A big fan of Perry's William Monk series I read this after a break of some years but it was easy to pick up the history and relive the previous novel around the Ballinger story. Perry's plots stay with the reader long after the book is finished. As always her plot is taut, her crafting of it skilful, the characters full-bodied. The reader becomes immersed in the tension and gripped by the execution of the development. The whole is based on Britain's part in the Opium Wars and Perry's research is thorough with enough background to acquaint the reader without giving so much detail that the part it plays remains dominant. There is a diversity of characters from the mysterious Zena Gadney, the unpalatable Barclays, Hester Monk as anarchic as ever, so much a woman born too soon, Monk himself drives doggedly on, and Rathbone driven too, with his failed marriage tearing him apart in an emotional wasteland that we've not seen in him previously. An eclectic mix which cannot fail to compel.