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Una duda razonable (William Monk #4)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  3,085 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Private detective Monk makes his fourth appearance in the vivid Victorian series by the beloved creator of Inspector Pitt and wife. A gifted nurse has met death by strangulation, and William Monk is convinced it was no random act of violence. Soon he discerns the shadow of a tragic evil that darkens every level of society. HC: Fawcett.
Paperback, 527 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Ediciones B (first published January 1st 1993)
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Liz Jensen
I still like the characters in this book but the plots keep getting darker and nastier. And either Perry is getting more predictable or I've read too many of her books. I figured out what was going on and got really annoyed with how stupid Monk and Hester were being before they finally figure it out too. The book could have been cut in half and would have been a lot better. It's like Perry felt that she couldn't stop at 200+ pages for some reason so she kept beating around the bush for another 2 ...more
My Inner Shelf
Monk, Hester et Rathbone sont à nouveau sollicités dans une affaire de meurtre impliquant non pas une patiente, (le rédacteur de la 4e n’a manifestement pas lu le livre !) mais une infirmière de l’hôpital. En tant qu’administratrice de cet hôpital, Lady Callandra fait appel à Monk et à ses compétences pour mener l’enquête et embauche Hester pour observer discrètement de l’intérieur et apporter des informations à Monk, désormais détective privé et dans l’incapacité d’en apprendre autant que ses a ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
In this fourth of the William Monk series we find Prudence Barrymore, a nurse with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea, murdered in a local hospital. She was talented and even desired to be a doctor. Nurses of that era had reputations little better than prostitutes, but Prudence was skilled enough to work with the city's best surgeon. How did she end up dead then?

William Monk, a private detective, had taken the case and Hester Latterly has agreed to go to work at the hospital and work under cover
The UHQ Nasanta
1.5 - 2 stars

Narrated by Davina Porter

My feelings for the William Monk mysteries have always been lukewarm at best, but this book made me seriously reconsider continuing with the series despite my interest in Monk's history.

The mystery was convoluted, and Monk seemed as inept as usual. There were questions unanswered such as how Callandra recognized Marian, and inconsistencies such as Monk being jubilant about the content of the letters he had received and acting all smug in front of Runcorn bu
This is #4 in the inaccurately named William Monk series--it's really way more the William Monk, Hester Latterly, and Oliver Rathbone series, I find. This time around we got another hefty chunk of Monk, Hester, and Rathbone walking around talking to people to try to solve the mystery du jour--which while a bit less action-y than I prefer, it still is working for me since Perry does put together a nicely complex kind of story.

I must also say it's about damn time that we start seeing some increasi
Rebecca Huston
This year I am determined to start working my way through Mt. TBR, that ever-growing heap of books in my life. (no, an e-reader isn't really helping much...) I kicked off the year with the fourth book in the ongoing William Monk series. Set in a hospital, a nurse is found strangled in a laundry chute, and William Monk and his somewhat adversary Hester Latterly work together to find out why it happened. Along the way, we learn about incest, rape and abortion, as well as the deplorable conditions ...more
Another wonderful detective/courtroom book. Monk and Hester have some character growth, we learn more about Lady Callandra Daviot and Oliver Rathbone and have a ripping good time in old London. The solution to the crime comes at the very end and the final unveiling in court is quite dramatic. These Monk novels are awesome! More, more!
If I ever had any doubts that women in Victorian England were marginalized, or that an unmarried gentlewoman's reputation was a precious commodity that could be unfairly destroyed, those doubts are now firmly set aside. The author can certainly beat you over the head with these and similar points.

However, I remain interested in these characters, entertained by the historical setting, and the mysteries themselves aren't half bad. This one concerns the murder of a Crimean nurse - one of Florence N
Scott K
This book is not part of the Monk series as promoted it is Hester Latterly series. That in itself didn't make this book miss its mark it is dragged out beyond a length where my interest was kept.

The basis of evidence against the Stanhope character would never be enough to bring the case to trial. How one jumps from letters of a scorned woman who threatens blackmail being without a doubt evidence for police to arrest to me seems farfetched. There is no direct physical evidence to directly connect
Once again, Perry delves into difficult issues that I wouldn't dream of reading in a modern-day setting for a mystery book. She skillfully portrays all in the Victorian setting and not only makes this for an enjoyable read, but somehow manages to get me to face the difficult issues without my realizing it. As I was summing up the book in a conversation with my husband, it sounded to my ears like a trashy novel with all sorts of storyline twists. Perry pulls it all off with dignity, though. While ...more
So far, this was not my favorite of the series. It was still good, but it wasn't as compelling as the previous books. Also, I felt a little manipulated on the abortion issue. It seemed to me that the doctor who performed abortions for free was held up as a good person helping desperate women, but the doctor who accepted pay was vilified. Really? That is what's wrong with the issue? This one was a little too message-driven for me, but hopefully these won't turn in to preachy diatribes instead of ...more
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I have enjoyed these mystery novels by Anne Perry as fillers in between my book club books. This was my favorite of the series so far. I enjoy the details of England's Victorian era and Perry's commentary on social issues of the time. This book has one of the recurring characters on trial for a crime she didn't commit, and explores the issues of class, gender discrimination, and ethics as well as family honor and dysfunction.
Anne Perry never disappoints. Multi-thread plots, intriguing characters, and all well-seated in a solid historical setting, complete with very interesting trivial details that bring the whole thing to life. Discovering more about the characters is almost more important than the mystery plot, and it shows: characterisation is strong, and both Monk and Hester's strengths and weaknesses are explored.
Laura Rodd
Enjoying a Perry book always bring mixed moral feelings because she is an incredible writer and plot developer but at the same time
she is a convicted murderer.
This story features a private investigator (once a high ranking police detective) who is still suffering from amnesia after an accident rendering him
unable to remember characteristics of his very personality and past relationships. The more he discovers however the more he realizes that he was largely a self-aggrandizing bully willing t
Catherine Thompson
Lady Callandra Daviot hires William Monk to look into the murder of Prudence Barrymore, a nurse at the Royal Free Hospital where Lady Callandra is on the Board of Governors. A woman who nursed alongside Florence Nightingale in the Crimea, Prudence was by all accounts dedicated to her profession, possibly the best, if most outspoken, nurse in the hospital. Could her outspokenness have been the cause of the murder? Monk, along with Hester Latterly, another former Crimea nurse, digs deep into the m ...more
Carol Birdsell
Love this series....can't read fast enough. This author keeps you guessing right up to the end. Now starting #5
Bill Tillman
It is a shame when a great mystery writer lets political and social adgenda fog a novel.
Nandakishore Varma
Passable whodunit, but marred by lack of focus.
Gayle Noble
In the fourth in Perry's Victorian detective series, Mr Monk and Hester Latterly look into the case of a hospital nurse who has been murdered and shoved down a laundry chute. Add in subplots about rape and abortion and it is a fairly gritty read. What spoils it is the unbelievable slowness in the main characters catching on to the plot twist. They are supposed to be intelligent investigators but an alternative explanation does not dawn on them for far too long. Honestly the book would have been ...more
I read about half-way through and then skimmed the rest. At the end was a publisher-author interview. The publisher asks, "For you, what are the ingredients of a good mystery?" The author replies, "Tension, conflict, and characters that you care about."

And therein lies the problem. Sure, I'm looking for characters that you care about, but I'm also looking for a good intellectual problem, a bit of adventure, and a splash of humor. But in Anne Perry's books, everything seems to ride on what the ch
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in December 1999.

The first of Perry's William Monk detective stories to be published in the U.K., A Sudden Fearful Death does not read like the first of a series. The reader is given the impression that they should already know some of the characters, and be familiar with other events and cases. I do not know if there is a precursor to the novel, but if there is not, it is an interesting way to make the reader feel part of something ongoing.

Unfortunately, A S
This is the fourth in Perry’s series about Inspector Monk; I have read others but decided to go back and read them in order. The first few chapters deal with the rape of a young woman and Monk’s attempts to find out the identity of the rapist. Although it seems unconnected to the rest of the story at first, a connection becomes clear later. In a London hospital where Lady Calandra Daviot, Monk’s mentor, is on the Board of Governors, Prudence Barrymore is found strangled, dead, and stuffed down ...more
When you explain over and over and over again that a character is "brilliant" it's probably a good idea to allow him to be so. I'm finding that Monk isn't a brilliant detective - he just gets lucky. In the last two books the main clues have come from Hester Latterly. Oliver Rathbone also plays a huge role in these books, so this really should be the Monk-Hester-Rathbone series. Monk has largely been absent in the last two and what the hell is up with that?

I keep wanting these books to be better
Julie Barrett
UGH - I forced myself to finish this book. I can't read any more of this series - it's soooo formulaic. OK, yes, a lot of mystery series could be accused of following a formula, but this series - wow. I think Anne Perry has a blank template that she just fills in for each book. I am pretty sure each book has had the same number of pages. The structure is the same in all 4 books I have read. Every book ends in a long, drawn-out dull-as-dishwater trial with a "surprise" twist that isn't a surprise ...more

This was pretty good! I came to this without reading the previous Monk books, and wasn't lost. I even found the references to his past made me more interested in him. It seemed to pique my interest rather than confuse- the author does it in such a way that those who know about his past can reflect, but those who don't find it intriguing and want to know more.

I also really enjoyed the Victorian nursing theme in this one- especially the cameo by Nightingale herself! The medical stuff was well wr
It is very interesting how Perry always manages to involve the Victorian characters in highly-charged modern issues. A Sudden and Fearful Death involves rape and abortion. In Defend and Betray; pedophilia. In The Face of a Stranger; Monk has lost his memory due to a carriage accident and Hester Latterly is fighting against enormous odds ; imposed upon women to "keep their place"..A Dangerous Mourning again tackles the discrimination against women carried to terrible extremes, within households a ...more
Margaret Pinard
Oh, I like the Monk novels, but this one turned out to have a big gaping hole. Perhaps Perry assumes her reader to be sufficiently in the mindset of the period not to realize that the letters could have a different meaning than she points to for over a hundred pages, but I thought it was most exasperating that they went on and on without realizing their import. Ah well. I begin to see how she's rearranged characters' foibles and mannerisms from the Thomas Pitt series, which makes it easier to an ...more
Ken Bickley
William Monk, still struggling to regain his memory after being injured in a carriage accident, has left the police force of London and is a private investigator. When the police blame the wrong man for the murder of a nurse, Monk is asked to investigate further. Like all of Anne Perry's mysteries, this one has a dark side which eventually involves London's Victorian-era high society. And Like all of her mysteries, it's very, very good.
Jose Santos
Mais uma vez Anne Perry não desilude. Pelo contrário, manipula o leitor fazendo acreditar e desacreditar nas personagens suspeitas que passam de bons a vilões deixando-nos baralhados.
Mais uma vez a equipa de Monk e Hester, assim como outras personagens que vimos a conhecer dos livros anteriores, fazem com que este quarto romance policial da série Monk nos deixe com vontade de continuar a ler mais.
Neste livro, para além da fiel descrição da época vitoriana em Inglaterra, temos um tema polémico -
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Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

Juliet took the name "Anne Perry", the latter being her stepfather's surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several cate
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