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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,179 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Perry Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The William Monk Series Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597107006
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William Monk knows London’s streets like the back of his hand; after all, they are where he earns his living. But the river Thames and its teeming docks—where towering schooners and clipper ships unload their fabulous cargoes and wharf rats and night plunderers ply their trades—is unknown territory.

Only dire need persuades him to accept an assignment from shipping magnate Clement Louvain to investigate the theft of a cargo of African ivory from Louvain’s recently docked schooner, the Maude Idris. Monk is desperate for work, not only to feed himself and his wife, Hester, but to keep open the doors of her clinic, a last resort for sick and starving street women.

But he wonders: Why didn’t Louvain report the ivory theft directly to the River Police? Why did he warn Monk not to investigate the murder of one of the Maude Idris crew? Even more mysterious, why has Louvain brought to Hester’s clinic a desperately ill woman who, he claims, is the discarded mistress of an old friend? Neither Hester nor Monk anticipates the nightmare answers to these questions...nor the trap that soon so fatefully ensnares them.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tricia | 1/20/2014

    " An odd book of two halves - I thought it was a detective novel but it also turns into a medical mystery, weaving William Monk's and his wife's tales into one book. Very good descriptions and suspense, but I would not recommend it unless you are already an Anne Perry fan. I think this is the first one I've read of the William Monk, so maybe that has had something to do with my enjoyment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/12/2014

    " Perry continues to come up with compelling storylines for William & Hester to work through. The mysteries and historical aspect are engaging. The relationship of William & Hester, however, engages the heart. And part of this story is heart rending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy England | 1/7/2014

    " Good mystery. Anne Perry does well describing London in Victorian times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Marie | 1/6/2014

    " Anne Perry is a fantastic writer, I read the entire series. William Monk is a lovable character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Owosina | 12/12/2013

    " This is the first book I've read of Anne Perry. I'm going to go find another one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/11/2013

    " OMG, a mystery like I've never read. Very good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 11/29/2013

    " This was by far my favorite William Monk novel. I found that the story was engaging, not as predictable as some of Anne Perry's books I have read. I found I learned a lot of the history about the plague. Best of all, the ending did not come to an abrupt ending, a refreshing change. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bee | 11/24/2013

    " Started out slowly for me, but then became really engaging. Another great one in this fabulous series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly Cook | 5/22/2013

    " One of the best of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 3/2/2013

    " Perry is excellent at her descriptions of human character. I love her insights into what people are thinking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Adkins | 2/22/2013

    " This story not only had william monk and hester, it also was a good piece of historical history discussing the black plague which killed over 50,000,000 people around the world. I enjoyed this book very much. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tine | 12/18/2012

    " The 2nd Anne Perry novel that I read. I have always loved Hester and admired Monk, but I find myself skipping pages just to see how it ended. I'm not a fan of 17th century setting, either. Maybe the book was not just the right read for me. Did not even made my heart skip a beat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 4/14/2012

    " One of her best ever!! Really kept me on the edge of my seat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 3/7/2012

    " A William Monk mystery. Pretty good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/3/2011

    " i struggled to finish this one but its good i did as about halfway through there are new plot devices and the story heats up. Still much of the book is about a subject i find boring so I would not recommend it that highly unless you are interested in the shipping trade during Victorian times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catarina | 10/25/2011

    " Another great Monk novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 10/22/2011

    " My first time to read Anne Perry. Am impressed by her skill in telling a story and the development of a plot that is not the run of the mill. Would definitely recommend, in spite of the slight struggle to adapt to the vernacular speech. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 8/29/2011

    " Wow, wow, wow! I thought I knew how much an Anne Perry book could grab me and suck me in, but this took it up a couple of notches. Excellent book, and I am glad that I waited to read it until I knew there was another one in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlene | 6/10/2011

    " I do love every Anne Perry I have read. I love history and feel I'm not just entertaining my mind but expanding it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 5/6/2011

    " I found myself holding my breath right through to the end of this book. Once again Anne Perry writes a riveting mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/25/2010

    " As a member of the river police, William Monk is called upon to find a stolen cargo of ivory from a schooner. Hester operates a woman's shelter and meets a woman who may hold the key to the mystery as well as to multiple deaths aboard the schooner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/2/2010

    " i struggled to finish this one but its good i did as about halfway through there are new plot devices and the story heats up. Still much of the book is about a subject i find boring so I would not recommend it that highly unless you are interested in the shipping trade during Victorian times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/2/2010

    " Perry is excellent at her descriptions of human character. I love her insights into what people are thinking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alberta | 9/15/2009

    " This is a William Monk mystery by this British author. This is not one of her better mysterys in this series. The mystery of the stolen irony is discover in the middle of the bookand the rest of the book tells of the Black Plaque "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 8/18/2009

    " A bit slow in places, but quite atmospheric "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Byrdhouse1 | 8/4/2009

    " Interesting look at the plague. Hester is someone to look up to. I really enjoyed reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 4/13/2009

    " Wow, wow, wow! I thought I knew how much an Anne Perry book could grab me and suck me in, but this took it up a couple of notches. Excellent book, and I am glad that I waited to read it until I knew there was another one in the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 2/21/2009

    " A William Monk mystery. Pretty good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/1/2009

    " I LOVED the first 5 books of this series. Reading this one meant I skipped to number 14 or 15. I missed so much in the middle that the characters have changed and I don't like them as well now. Catching up is difficult. It's hard to find these on tape or MP3. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 10/31/2008

    " Perry continues to come up with compelling storylines for William & Hester to work through. The mysteries and historical aspect are engaging. The relationship of William & Hester, however, engages the heart. And part of this story is heart rending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aunty | 2/15/2008

    " Anne Perry placed her detective, Monk, in an inquiry on the London riverfront. At the same time, Monk's wife, Hester, faced a potentially devestating medical situation in her clinic for ill prostitutes. Although the cultural background was interesting, the book generally was rather slow. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Perry

Anne Perry is the New York Times bestselling author of a number of holiday novels, two acclaimed mystery series set in Victorian England, and a series set during World War I. She has also written several stand-alone novels and novellas, and her books have been finalists for the Agatha, Edgar, and Macavity awards. Born in London, she now lives in the Scottish highlands.

About the Narrator

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has recorded more than one hundred audiobooks, earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His narration of The Suspect was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2007.