Revenge in A Cold River

Revenge in A Cold River

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"Commander William Monk has learned to live with the fact that he cannot remember the events of his life prior to a horrific carriage accident years ago. But when a ghost from his past, a man he has no recollection of, attempts to frame him for a series of murders, he must rely on the help of his wife Hester and his close friend Oliver Rathbone in order to free himself--from both the charges, and the demons that have haunted him since the accident"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Ballantine Books, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781101886359
Characteristics: 306 pages ;,25 cm.


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May 14, 2018

Monk's accident years before robbed him of his memories, even of his name. Piece by piece, he puts his identity back together, not always liking who he'd been. He shares his identify with only a few, including his wife Hester. Spoiler alert: In this book, Monk realizes several people appear to know who he was before his accident. Some use this knowledge against him, others are more understanding. An interesting use of the major issue for Monk from the beginning of the series.

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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