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Acceptable Loss (William Monk #17)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,649 ratings  ·  244 reviews
Perry’s new William and Hester Monk story, a mesmerizing masterpiece of innocence and evil on London’s docks, outshines all her previous novels in this successful and beloved series.

When the body of a small-time crook named Mickey Parfitt washes up on the tide, no one grieves; far from it. But William Monk, commander of the River Police, is puzzled by the expensive silk cr
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 14th 2011 by Headline (first published January 1st 2011)
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I will skip the rehash of the plot. There are other reviews, if that is what you are looking for. I find that the more Monk books I read, the more I love them and look forward to the next one. I found following this one so closely after "Execution Dock" was an interesting literary hook. Enjoyed the twists that had me second-guessing myself all the way through.
Two points kind of spoiled it a little. One is Margaret and her behavior. She was brought into the series as the society woman who was
First Sentence: Hester was half-asleep when she heard the slight sound, as if someone were taking in a sharp breath and ten letting out a soft, desperate gasp.

Inspector William Monk and his wife, Hester, are still trying to help young orphan Scuff overcome his horrific experience of being kidnapped for use on a ship owned by Jericho Phillips used to “entertain” wealthy, corrupt men. No one much cares that Mickey Parfitt has been murdered, until the means of his death is discovered to be an expen
Now, don't get me wrong....I'm a HUGE Anne Perry fan and have read all her books. I also love the William and Hester Monk characters, but in this her latest of that series I was a bit disappointed. Picking up where "Execution Dock" ended (and perhaps she should have combined the two books to make one big novel), we are still in the midst of the child porno ring story. The difference here is that Monk is investigating the murder of one of the pornographers with the ultimate goal of capturing the ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Dorothy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lover of Victorian mysteries
If one created a word cloud for Anne Perry's latest, the biggest cloud that would float to the front and center would be "humiliation." Close beside that cloud would be "fear" and "pain." All three of these emotions are perceived through the various characters' eyes, so "eyes" would have a major place in the cloud-orama as well.

I've always liked Anne Perry's writing for its social consciousness and its evocation of the period in which it is set, in the case of the William Monk series, the Victor
Susan Erhardt
Not my favorite Anne Perry book. I think she needs to find a new word other than "horror" to use, can we PLEASE have Monk land a case that doesn't involve some sort of sexual depravity?!?
I am a little late to Anne Perry's ouevre and I wish her well. Someone I know reads her religiously, and I when I came across an audiobook of her latest William Monk (#17! good grief) I thought I'd give it a whirl.

I loved an opening section when Hester, Monk's wife, is described caring for and reading to a young street urchin whom the Monk's had invited into their home. He is tortured by bad dreams, and Hester sits beside him at night, talking and telling stories until he falls asleep. This vig
Coming on the heels of his last case, Execution Dock: A Novel, William Monk finds himself investigating the death of the unsavory Mickey Parfitt, who was murdered with an expensive cravat. Parfitt ran a boat of unspeakable horrors, and Monk hopes that finding Parfitt's killer will lead to the mastermind and financier of the boat. This case hits close to home for both Monk and his friend Oliver Rathbone, and the reverberations will be felt long after the case is closed.

It's definitely important t
Susan Johnson
Anne Perry is one of the best Victorian era mystery writers around. She makes the period come alive and quite understandable to us. Monk and his wife, Hester, are a couple trying to make their world a better place. Monk is a policeman on the Thames River and Hester runs a place for street women to get a new start. They recently took in a ward, Scruff, who was a victim of a vicious child pornography ring.
When Monk discovers evidence of another child pornography exploitation, he goes all out to s
Sep 02, 2011 Donna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who read Execution Dock
My 4 stars is based on the combination of this book and the one immediate prior "Execution Dock". More than any other mystery series I've read, these two books need to be read in order and preferably one right after the other. While I read the first, it's been a while and really needed to stretch to remember all of its particulars.

These two books expose some of the truly awful underlife of London. It's hard to read some of it. I appreciate learning about life on the Thames in the mid-Victorian e
Barbara Elsborg
First Anne Perry that I've read and I have a feeling I should have started with the previous one but I enjoyed it. Well drawn scene of London at that time, interesting characters and a plot element that I thought I'd guessed but got to the end and then I wasn't sure. But maybe I need to read the next to find out if I was right.

A very good story about child pornography and abuse in nineteenth century England with mostly well developed characters, one of whom is now removed from any later series. Monk is at his best and Hester, of course, is on top of the game.
Sherry Roffe
This Books is a continuation of Execution Dock. If you have not read it, she gives enough background that you can still enjoy the book, but I would highly recommend you read the other one first. The book is Anne at her Finest. Her character studies are brilliant. Her Social Commetary of Victorian London smack us right in the FACE with a major problem we have today with child porno and abuse. However, she poses a question, can despicible evil of a few, used for the greater good of the masses be c ...more
I waited a really long year for the 17th book in the William Monk Mystery series and it was so worth it. Anne Perry is such a great mystery writer. No one can capture the feeling of Victorian England like her. She writes about really hard topics, but she never makes her books lurid and disgusting. Her characters have depth and weaknesses and struggle with complex issues that were part of England in the 1860's and yet totally relavent to issues found in our culture, which makes her books all the ...more
I don't know how this happened, but I read the eighteenth book in the William and Hester Monk series before reading this one. As a result, I pretty much knew where the plot was heading for the entire book. Still it was an interesting journey. William Monk, Commander of the River Police in London during the Victorian era, is desperate to put an end to the sexual abuse of boys as young as 5 years old and the blackmail that goes alone with it. Especially since it appears that the powers that contro ...more
About 20 pages in I realized that I had missed the previous book in the William Monk series, but I kept reading. I wish I hadn't because the plot of this one was really a continuation of the previous one. Regardless, like all of Anne Perry's books in this series (and in the Pitt series) examine the underbelly of Victorian England's society. In this book (and the previous one)male child prostitution is the focus of the investigation. How far should someone go to end the evil is the linchpin upon ...more
If you like British mysteries, damp foggy nights, proper manners, class consciousness, creepy characters and plenty of moral dilemmas, then this is for you.

The sub-genre is historical detective and the subject is child pornography but treated with a sensible touch rather than a lurid touch, high on moral outrage but low on descriptive detail.

The trial had some unexpected turns that may challenge your sense of logic but in the end its about the characters and there are a whole host of characters
Another satisfying Monk, Hester, Rathbone murder mystery. I do miss the bigger mystery of Monk and liked how when he did remember anything about his past. At the same time, I was gratified to have him and Hester get together happily and for Monk to uncover the big pieces of his identity so they can go on and help more people. I am enjoying the development of the Scuff character and would like more description of him in their lives. It also appears Rathbone's life is becoming more and more comple ...more
Enjoyed the focus on Margaret and Rathbone's character and relationship. This is more interesting that the "mystery'" itself. Truly, Hester and Monk take second place in this one. The similarity of character between Margaret and her father - the Machiavellian streak they share is fascinating, as is Rathbone's discovery of it and his naivete. I am eager to see whether Perry brings Margaret back from the brink or not -- I think not. I wonder if this plot development was necessary in order to prese ...more
Dale Rosenberg
I complain about Anne Perry's books every time I read one, but there must be something I like about them because I keep reading them. She has two series (that I know of). Both are historical detective fiction set in 19th Century England and featuring a husband and wife detective team. This one is one of the Monk series. William Monk is variously a policeman and private detective - in this one he is the chief of the River Police. Hester, his wife, served as a nurse during the Crimean War and now ...more
Ok, so it seems that I have made a mistake. It looks like "Acceptable Loss" is a continuation of "Execution Dock", which I have not read. What is more, "Acceptable Loss" is my first book ever by Anne Perry. Will there be more?

A few weeks ago when I started I would have said: "never again"... It took me ages to get through the first 150 pages. Annoying repetitions of the same questions that were torturing the characters (and myself, but for a different reason) were at some point unbearable. I ma
Elisabeth Montegna
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Cindy Jacobson
Reading this book was like renewing an old friendship. I have read many of the books in the William Monk series by Anne Perry,but in the last few years just stopped reading them. It was fun to read again about William Monk, his wife Hester and Oliver Rathbone. There were many references to the previous book (I assume) but it didn't lead to too much confusion. A man is found straggled on the waterfront. He is an owner of a boat which is used for unsavory activities which include young boys. Monk ...more
Loved it! Another one I couldn't put down. I loved that this one was tied to Execution Dock in plot. I really grew to detest Margaret. I just wanted to slap her for saying the things she said to Hester! And I felt so sorry for poor Rathbone. He definitely deserves better.
4 1/2 stars! I would have given it 5 stars if I had known what was going on in the previous books. Not the book, nor the authors fault. I want to go back and read this whole series. Very good writing!!
Tim Gordon
This goes under my e-book commute section, which means I just picked something off the shelf at the library without knowing anything about it. I probably should have read a different one in the Monk series (though I had no way of knowing where it was in the series thanks to book publishers not putting the book number on the book), but I still ended up really enjoying it.

That's despite it being a period piece, which I usually don't care for much.

The crime was a little more disgusting than I would
Self-doubt, desperation, misplaced loyalty, physical exhaustion, terrible fear and then the truth finally cuts through it all like vinegar on a dirty mirror and something beautiful shines out...
One of the things I like about Anne Perry's books is the moral ideas and obstacles the characters face. I enjoy being right in the minds of the main characters as they have to decide the best and most moral course of action based on their own values, and often they end up questioning themselves about their own past and present decisions. In this book, that part of her writing was so repetitive that it stopped the flow of my reading and I skimmed big sections through the first three quarters or s ...more
An Odd1
"Acceptable Loss" (Willliam Monk 17) by Anne Perry finds the money behind boats where blackmailers photograph rich Victorian London men sodomizing orphan boys such as Scuff, rescued previously by outspoken nurse Hester, and her husband William Monk of the Thames River Constabulary. Their friend solicitor Sir Oliver Rathbone has wed elegant Margaret; she forsakes him for her accused father, Lord Ballinger. An costly custom silk scarf cravat that strangled operator Mickey Parfitt was stolen from t ...more
Debbie Maskus
I have finally reached the end of the published William Monk series. And like the title of this newly published novel, I am feeling acceptable loss. I know that in a year or so, another William Monk will appear. I thoroughly enjoy this series with the vivid description of Victorian England. The characters are individuals with flaws. Oliver Rathbone struggles with his feelings for his wife, Margaret Ballinger Rathbone. Many of the characters reflect on the loyalty to family members, friends, and ...more
There is a reason why I have read seventeen books in this
series from A. P. Actually there are several reasons.
The first is I really do like the main characters she has
created in these novels. William Monk and his wife,
Hester are two of my all time favorite fictional people.

I like the time period in which the author chose to set
the tales of Monk and his family and colleagues.
It is the late 1800's in London and Monk plies his trade
on the Thames River as the lead detective of the river
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