Revenge in A Cold River

Revenge in A Cold River

Large Print - 2016
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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorA William Monk NovelMaster of mystery and historical intrigue Anne Perry once again transports readers to the banks of the Thames in Victorian London. In her thrilling new novel, Commander Monk of the Thames River Police faces his darkest hour ever as he spars with a quarry hell-bent on vengeance.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410492197
Branch Call Number: Large Print X
Characteristics: large print
533 pages ; 23 cm


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Jan 28, 2017

I am new to the Monk books although I have read many of her Charlotte and Thomas Pitt stories, and I did read the first Monk book. In Revenge in a Cold River I did not recognise many of the regular characters but the excellent characterization and subtle guidance let me keep up. I like all the characters and was fooled by a couple of the red herrings: a good rule of thumb for my appreciating a mystery. I thought the trial scene at the end went on a little too long and also thought the grounds for arrest were awfully flimsy, but I'm totally ignorant of the 19th century English legal system. I especially liked the vivid description of the city and its customs 1870s. A good read.

Nov 14, 2016

I liked this book in the continuing William Monk police series set along the Thames River in London. It was an interesting progression on his story that moved along quickly and suspensefully.

Sep 26, 2016

Used to eagerly await Anne Perry's latest, especially William Monk series. However, have found lately they aren't as entertaining. This book is a little better than some of her recent books, but has some flaws. Monk is set up for a crime that leads to his arrest. This is compounded by the fact that he can't remember things about his past that might exonerate him. So his amnesia goes from being a carefully guarded secret, to something that everyone is sharing with witnesses in order to get information. Additionally, a third of the book covers various characters sharing information about circumstances, and then this information is repeated as they all come forwards as witnesses on the stand. Not sure what the point of outlining all the detecting was about, then just regurgitating it in court. Also wondering if a lot of the information would, in fact, have been admissible, since it seems to be hearsay, or just conjecture on the part of various witnesses. Not the strongest book, but better than some of the previous ones .


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