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When a Hungarian immigrant is dismembered near London's River Thames, Commander Monk is called to the eerie scene, where 16 candles surround the corpse. As identical murders pop up around the city, Monk confronts the unsettling options: could it be the work of a secret society? A serial madman? Or is a xenophobic Brit targeting foreigners?
A local doctor who speaks Hungarian from his days on the battlefield may be able to help, but his own struggles with post-traumatic stress have left his memory in shambles: could he have committed the crimes without remembering?
Fighting both local prejudice and the weight of the past, Monk and his wife Hester - herself a battlefield nurse familiar with horror - are in a race to find the killer and stop the echo of these repeated murders for good.
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By Jean on 09-28-17
Anne Perry is the queen of the 19th century historical crime novel. Anne Perry is the pseudonym under which Juliet Marion Hulme writes. This is book twenty-three of the William Monk series.
Monk is the Commander of the Thames River Police. His wife, Hester, is a nurse. She served with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War. She now runs a free health clinic for the poor. Hester is my favorite character in the series. Scuff the homeless boy, now called Will, that they adopted is now studying medicine and helping Hester in the clinic.
This story takes place in 1870. Monk is racing against the tide of malice and ethnic bigotry as London’s growing Hungarian community is hit by a series of ritualistic murders. Monk is called to a warehouse where he finds a violent murder. With the help of a Hungarian pharmacist, Antal Dobokai, who helps translate for Monk, they hunt for the murderer. A friend of Hester’s, Fitz, a physician she served with in the Crimea, lives in the Hungarian community. He is accused of the killings and Hester sets out to prove him innocent.
The book is well written and meticulously researched. Perry provides a wealth of historical detail in her story. The topic of ethnic prejudice is a timely one for today’s world.
The book is twelve hours long. David Colacci does an excellent job narrating the book. Colacci is an actor and an award-winning audiobook narrator. Colacci has the ability to interpret, represent and bring to life each character in the story. He was trained in the classics and language and that comes through in his narration.
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By Judy Robinson on 09-28-17
Anne Perry at her best
This was a beautifully written book. The details, as always, were stunning. Her knowledge of history, beautiful prose, and ability to form a solid mystery keeps me looking forward to her next book! I thought I had figured out the mystery early on, but was, as always, surprised. The narration was perfection. Treat yourself!
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