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It is hard to believe but this is the 22nd book in the Monk series. William Monk is Commander of the Thames River Police. Years ago, when Monk was a London police detective, he was in a carriage accident and developed total amnesia. Custom Officer McNab has a grudge against Monk but he cannot remember why. Two prisoners escape from Customs, one is killed and the other gets away. The officer pursing him drowns while fighting with Monk in the River. McNab claims Monk killed him deliberately. Monk must find out why he is being framed before he ends up hung.
The story is well written and the history and customs of the 1860s is meticulously researched. The character development of the key people, Monk, Hester and Attorney Oliver Rathbone, continues in each book. The courtroom scene is true to the period and most exciting. The suspense builds throughout the story. Perry’s descriptions of life in London and on the Thames, brings the 1860s to life. Hester is my favorite character but she only has a minor role in this book. Perry is a master story teller and also of historical fiction of the Victorian age. I cannot wait for the next book to be released.
David Colacci does an excellent job narrating the book. Colacci has narrated many of the books in the series. Colacci is an actor, director and multi-award winning audiobook narrator.
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