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Una duda razonable (William Monk #4)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  3,989 Ratings  ·  186 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
Jun 24, 2010 Liz Jensen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bailey Marissa
First of all, as always, this was well written and gripping. Hester and Monk are coming together and it's beautiful.

However, the plot is dark and heartbreaking. Rape, abortion, and murder are all prominent in the novel and with it a reminder that justice from the courts of law is cold and can never truly fix what has been done.

Recommended 14+ for talk of rape, abortion, and murder.

Narrated by Davina Porter

Description: Prudence Barrymore, a talented nurse who had worked with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea, is found strangled to death in a London hospital. Private inquiry agent William Monk is engaged to investigate this horrific crime. Gradually, Monk assembles the portrait of a remarkable woman. Yet he also discerns the shadow of a tragic evil and a frightening glimmer of his own eclipsed past . . .

Whoah! this was a bloated, soap box of an episode. Really not a favo
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
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
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
Dec 22, 2008 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Anne Hawn Smith
Feb 27, 2011 Anne Hawn Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jamie Collins
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
Mar 19, 2012 Jeni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 01, 2014 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 14, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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!
Aug 07, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Interesting and engaging plot line albeit a bit contrived in parts; Exciting twist at the end however. A great sideline to the compelling murder mystery was the thought-provoking look at hospital politics in the Victorian age and the ethical issues of abortion and women's rights.
Nandakishore Varma
Passable whodunit, but marred by lack of focus.
Bill Tillman
It is a shame when a great mystery writer lets political and social adgenda fog a novel.
Carol Birdsell
Sep 20, 2014 Carol Birdsell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-read
Love this series....can't read fast enough. This author keeps you guessing right up to the end. Now starting #5
Jul 09, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-perry
A good entry in this series--with a nice twist. A little repetitive in places.
Another pleasureable experience and a very strong continuation of the Monk cycle. Not really very much to add to this consiste opinion - this is the fourth book in the series, the main characters are by now well-established and the mystery is set in similar setting to those of previous books. So if you've enjoyed previous books, chances are you'll enjoy this one just as much.

The only thing that worries me a bit consists of the fact that main characters seem to be by now a little TOO well-define
This fourth book about William Monk, now a private detective in Victorian London, continues with it's development of Monk's new life, as he gradually pieces together his memory, and its revealing of the conditions of life for most people at the time. The justice system, healthcare and again, women's rights, are highlighted.
Jun 02, 2017 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just read all 22 of Anne Perry's William Monk series non-stop over the past 5 months and loved every minute of them. I have never in my life before read an entire series back to back and even when I've previously read a trilogy I've had to stop for a breather part-way through. They are so well written and introduce all sorts of historical events and social issues of the time (1850s & 60s).
Mar 14, 2017 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book, especially, the ending. The story could have been told in at least 100 pages less, though.
Linda Berry
Mar 18, 2017 Linda Berry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne Perry never lets me down. I love being transported back in time to foggy London. Love how clearly Perry illustrates the prejudices, the mores, and social attitudes of the time. Great mystery and excellent writing.
A Sudden, Fearful Death is the fourth book in Anne Perry's William Monk mystery series. I am definitely settling into the series and enjoying it very much! To catch up readers:

William Monk, our detective-hero, has lost his memory. Occasionally, he'll get a flash of something resembling a memory. But for the most part, he's always got one case on the back of his mind: his own. He's piecing together who he was. What he's learned so far is that he was an absolutely horrible jerk that most everyone
Linda Smith
Quick reads, entertaining.
Sep 14, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Marilyn Fontane
Mar 21, 2016 Marilyn Fontane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, anneperry
Once again in A Sudden, Fearful Death Anne Perry did not really make William Monk the main protagonist. Hester Latterly, who is now working in a hospital again in order to gather information about who was where and doing what, does far more of the real detection, and once again the courtroom scene showing the skills of Oliver Rathbone leads to the real solution of the crime. Monk again tries to learn more of his past, but doesn't really gain any specific, useful information. That is not to say t ...more
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
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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 categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
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