Blood on the Water : William Monk

  • by Anne Perry
  • Narrated by David Colacci
  • Series: William Monk
  • 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As Anne Perry's New York Times best-selling novels always remind us, she is a matchless guide to both the splendor and the shame of the British Empire at the height of its influence. In her 20th William Monk mystery, she brings us to London's grand Mayfair mansions, where the arrogant masters of the Western world hold sway - and to the teeming Thames waterfront, where one summer afternoon, Monk witnesses the horrifying explosion of the pleasure boat Princess Mary, which takes nearly 200 of the merrymakers on board to their deaths.
The tragedy is no accident. As commander of the River Police, Monk should handle the case, but the investigation is turned over to the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. An Egyptian man is swiftly caught, tried, and sentenced to die. But almost as quickly, Monk presents evidence that Habib Beshara, though a nasty piece of work, was elsewhere at the time of the blast. The investigation, now in complete disarray, is hastily turned over to Monk. Is the crime connected with the soon-to-be-opened Suez Canal, which will enormously benefit wealthy British shipping companies? Or did all of those innocent people drown to ensure the murder of only one of them? How did the bomber board the ship, and how did he manage to escape? Is he an anarchist or a madman?
Backed up by his astute wife, Hester, and his old reliable friend Oliver Rathbone, Monk vows to find answers - but instead finds himself treading the dangerous waters of international intrigue, his questions politely turned aside by a formidable array of the powerful and privileged. Events twist and turn like the Thames itself, leading to the shattering moment when Monk realizes, perhaps too late, that he is the next target.

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What the Critics Say

"Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries are marvels."—The New York Times Book Review; "The mysterious and dangerous waterfront world of London's 'longest street,' the Thames, comes to life." (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Too much backstory and sentiment

What could Anne Perry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less backstory and sentiment. Saying the same thing over and over and over. Not much new plot for dwelling so much on telling the reader the past over and over. Characters were a shadow of their former selves they were so drenched in sentimentality.


How could the performance have been better?

Less sentimentality expressed in those parts that were drenched.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Relief when it was over.


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- Susan Moffatt

No traction, much to my dismay

Being a self confessed Anne Perry addict, there are few of her books that I haven't loved. This one is the exception. The story seemed tedious, at best, and boring at worst. Monk and Hester are present but missing that special quality that makes them so wonderful. I got tired of the street urchins as sleuths bit pretty fast. Struck me that Ms. Perry didn't have her heart and soul in this novel.
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- IceDancingKaren

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-19-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books