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An Echo of Murder: A William Monk Novel

by Anne Perry

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I've read other books by Anne Perry, but this was my introduction to the William Monk novels. It definitely won't be my last. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read with a good blend of historical detail and suspense. My only (slight) complaint is that the killer was a little too easy to spot, almost from the beginning -- I would have been happier with just a bit more mystery. Still, this is one I'd recommend to anyone looking for a good historical detective tale, and I'm looking forward to reading some of the earlier books in the series.

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  jlshall | Sep 28, 2017 |

As always a masterful rendition of murder inquiry, doubt, and the machinations of the human mind under stress. Once again Perry brings a reality check to murder most foul. Commander Monk of the Thames River Police is confronted by a murder unlike any he's seen before. A Hungarian man has been killed in what appears to be some sort of ritualistic endeavour. The body is surrounded by seventeen candles, two of them a dark, purplish-blue color.
As more killings occur fear spreads throughout the Hungarian community. Are these sacrificial murders, a secret society run amok, evidence of extreme ethnic prejudice, or the product of a deranged mind? Is the perpetrator English or Hungarian? The community wants answers and a scapegoat is needed.
The person of possibility turns out to be a friend of Hester's, part of her painful past in the Crimea. A man she knows must be innocent and yet the horrors of the war are all too near to lie peacefully. Is her friend unhinged or innocent?
The struggles for Hester and her friend are laid bare. Struggles Scruff has some idea of although his experiences have been different.
Scruff is coming into his own as he practices medicine under the tutelage of Crow. We see him emerge as a young man more confident his own abilities. It's a pleasure to watch his growth.
There are more questions than answers for Monk and Hooper and many theories to entertain.

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  eyes.2c | Sep 22, 2017 |
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While this is another solid entry in the William Monk mystery series, it does not add anything dramatically different. The main reasons fans read this series - an immersive atmosphere of Victorian London mixed with a strong dose of social issues (this time PTSD) are present. What isn't is anything that changes the basic status quo of the series.
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  Ann_Louise | Sep 21, 2017 |
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I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program, in exchange for an honest review. This is the latest in the William Monk series, set in 1870's London, and focuses on what appears to be a serial killer (though that term is never used) preying on a small community of Hungarian immigrants. Like all of Perry's Victorian novels, there's a strong message about honor and propriety, and how the characters must consider their actions in light of those values, which seems strikingly different from modern society, but I won't veer into the political here. While the mystery itself was rather easy to solve, though the motive wasn't quite so simple, I liked how this book linked back to Hester's time in the Crimean war, and the impacts of PTSD (again, not a term the novel uses) on the survivors of war, as well as the links to one of Perry's recent Christmas novels, which I won't get into to avoid spoilers. I prefer the Monk series to the Pitt series, and this novel did not disappoint. While I do think it holds more value for readers familiar with the characters, it could still stand alone for newcomers to the series, as Perry provides sufficient background (sometimes too much for those familiar with the backstories). ( )
  Christiana5 | Sep 4, 2017 |
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Early Reviewer Book. Someone is killing Hungarians that have settled in London. William Monk is assigned the case and doesn’t make much progress even though his original instincts are on target. This book runs in the same predictable manner as the other books in the series. What I like is the setting of London and the relationships between the characters. All in all a good read although no surprises. ( )
  perennialreader | Sep 1, 2017 |
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In this riveting new William Monk novel, Anne Perry delves into the diverse population of Victorian London, whose disparate communities force Monk to rethink his investigative techniques—lest he be caught in the cross hairs of violent bigotry.
In the course of his tenure with the Thames River Police, Commander Monk has yet to see a more gruesome crime scene: a Hungarian warehouse owner lies in the middle of his blood-sodden office, pierced through the chest with a bayonet and eerily surrounded by seventeen candles, their wicks dipped in blood. Suspecting the murder may be rooted in ethnic prejudice, Monk turns to London’s Hungarian community in search of clues but finds his inquiries stymied by its wary citizens and a language he doesn’t speak. Only with the help of a local pharmacist acting as translator can Monk hope to penetrate this tightly knit enclave, even as more of its members fall victim to identical brutal murders. But whoever the killer, or killers, may be—a secret society practicing ritual sacrifice, a madman on a spree, a British native targeting foreigners—they are well hidden among the city’s ever-growing populace.

With the able assistance of his wife—former battlefield nurse Hester, who herself is dealing with a traumatized war veteran who may be tangled up in the murders—Monk must combat distrust, hostility, and threats from the very people he seeks to protect. But as the body count grows, stirring ever greater fear and anger among the Hungarian émigrés, resistance to the police also increases. Racing time and the rising tide of terror all around him, Monk must be even more relentless than the mysterious killer, or the echoes of malice and murder will resound through London’s streets like a clarion of doom.


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“The storytelling is dazzling, as it always is in a Perry novel.”—The New York Times Book Review
Corridors of the Night
“[A] suspenseful, twisting narrative.”—Historical Novels Review
Blood on the Water
“One of Ms. Perry’s most engrossing books [gallops] to a dramatic conclusion.”The Washington Times
Blind Justice
“[Perry’s] courtroom scenes have the realism of Scott Turow.”Huntington News
Acceptable Loss
“Masterful storytelling and moving dialogue.”—The Star-Ledger

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