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If you're new to Hester/Monk novels, start with the early ones, which are much better and introduce the characters well.
#17 - the good news is that Lister is a MUCH better voice for Perry than Collaci; the bad news - I found this one of Perry's weaker novels - wordy and repetitive in places, and Hester seems to have amnesia at times when reporting her sleuthing to Monk. I think #15-#17 could have been condensed into two good novels rather than spun out into three.
That said, the venerable Ms Perry says that she will keep wriitng these as long as we keep reading, and I'll probabaly keep downloading them for easy listening relaxation. I hope Hester and Monk are in better form in #18, however!
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Ralph Lister did a good job reading this story. Good court room drama with Oliver Rathbone defending his father in law. Hester and her clinic were in the middle of this along with Margaret Rathbone. We have followed along in other book the courtship of the Rathbone's and now is it interesting to see the changes in Margaret as she struggles to come to terms with the horrible crimes her father is accused of. Hester seems to grow stronger and more compassionate in each book. Oliver and Monk seem to understand each other better in this book. Can not wait for the next book. Reading about the 1850 is a good reminder of how far we have come in women's rights, legal changes and running water.
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