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Publisher's Summary

Anne Perry's Victorian murder mysteries have enthralled millions with their evocative atmosphere and finely-crafted suspense. Now, in this mesmerizing best seller, the star of these mysteries, Inspector William Monk, returns to solve the most heartbreaking case of his career. Prudence Barrymore braved the horrors of war to nurse the wounded on the battlefronts of the Crimea. Shortly after she returned to England, she was strangled to death in a hospital. Inspector Monk is instantly convinced that her death was not a random act of violence, but a deliberately-plotted murder.
Who would murder the courageous young nurse? And why? With the help of Prudence's friend, Nurse Hester Latterly, Inspector Monk works feverishly to find the answers. In an explosive courtroom confrontation, he will expose a cunning murderer, and a horrifying evil that threatens every woman in England.
For all Inspector Monk fans, and for all listeners encountering this extraordinary mystery series for the first time, A Sudden, Fearful Death is an unforgettable listening experience.
©1993 Anne Perry (P)1996 Recorded Books, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Anne Perry's mysteries, set in Victorian England and featuring William Monk and Hester Latterly, are engrossing....Anne Perry and Davina Porter seem made for each other. Porter reads in a manner that enhances the story and completely immerses the listener in the various characters, no matter what their sex or station in life. She captures the essence of each person's voice as the novel moves from an arrest to a trial and a surprising conclusion" (AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nina on 05-07-05

Oh, yummy, yummy -- another great Anne Perry

I'm not normallly a fan of Victorian anything, including mysteries. But Anne Perrry is such an incredible writer that I always jump on her latest and can listen to them several times. She is among the best at character development, and her juxtaposition of England's upper and lowest classes, along with those inbetween, is stunning, and usually a strong component of the mystery -- indeed, often of the crimes themselves. Couple Perry's writing with excellent narration and it's no wonder she's much-loved at Audible.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Meg W on 12-19-12

Enjoying This Series

I discovered the William Monk series while searching for books narrated by Davina Porter. This is the first of the Anne Perry series I have read - I don't usually read novels set in this time period - but am enjoying the characters and stories. (Unfortunately, it appears that several in the series are not available on Audible and that later books have a different narrator. As a Davina Porter fan, it remains to be seen if I will like them as well with another narrator.)

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3 out of 5 stars
By janet on 04-08-15

tedious

Much too long and I can't think of anything good to say about it. Excellent reader otherwise I'd have given up after a couple of hours. I persevered to the end just to get my money's worth but I shan't be reading any other books by this author.

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4 out of 5 stars
By JANE E GAFFNEY on 01-10-18

Good story, excellent narration

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

Davina Porter is an amazing narrator. I listened to her read the whole Outlander series and came to these William Monk audios through looking for more of her narrations.. I only have one more of this series to listen to before there Is a different narrator. Although I have enjoyed these stories and the main characters I am unlikely to keep listening without Davina. I wish she had narrated the whole series.

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