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Cain His Brother (William Monk #6)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  2,784 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
Victoria's London was the queen of the universe, a dazzling city from whose magnificent mansions and discreetly luxurious clubs flowed the strategies that built the greatest empire ever known. Meanwhile, the city's poor suffered and died in hopeless obscurity. Inspector William Monk believes he knows his city's best and worst-- until the day Genevieve Stonefield comes to p ...more
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published September 19th 1995 by Fawcett (first published 1995)
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Nov 22, 2014 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Perry's books tend to be multi-faceted. On one side is the main plot, the mystery, while on another is a look at a certain aspect of life at the time, another shows the lot of women, another contains introspection on the part of the main characters and still another reveals the depth of the supporting cast.

Here, the main plot is a devoted and kind husband who never returned from meeting his brother. His wife fears he is dead, and worse - that she'll never be able to prove it, and, being a w
Sierra Abrams
brilliant, as always! this was the first one where i actually guessed close to the truth, but there was no way to prove it, so i moved on to other theories. i usually don't guess (i HATE guessing) but this time it didn't ruin it for me. ALL HAIL QUEEN PERRY.
N.L.B. Horton
Dec 06, 2014 N.L.B. Horton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been re-reading Anne Perry's excellent historical mystery series driven by protagonist William Monk. I'm past this particular book in the series, so please note that these comments apply to the series as a whole.

Because Perry started this series decades ago, I've hesitated to post reviews. I'm in the middle of the release of THE BROTHERS' KEEPERS (, so reading a very talented author whose genre is slightly different from my own (I write contemporary
Colin Mitchell
Monk is still trying to remember his past while pursuing a life as an enquiry agent. He is asked by Genevive Stonefield to find her husband who has left his business to see his brother in the Limehouse area of London. Hester Latterly is working there at a temporary hospital for a Typhoid outbreak, with Callandra and Lady Enid Ravenscroft. This all links the disappearance and the various actors in the scenario. A sub -plot, where Monk is accused of an assault is left rather hanging in the ether a ...more
Ana Luisa
Jun 09, 2012 Ana Luisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 10, 2009 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big Anne Perry fan, especially of her World War I series, and have liked her Monk mysteries very much. But this one just didn't have the "grab" I've come to expect in her works. Monk was like a cardboard stereotype grousing through the novel licking his ego and being unconscionably cruel to Hester, even to the point of calling her names. He seems oblivious to the goodness of her service; the hint that this may be an underlying rebellion against something awakened in him by their kiss in a ...more
Dec 17, 2012 Bee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another superb William Monk/Hester Latterly mystery. Anne Perry has quickly become one of my favorite mystery writers ever.

Now, for a little constructive criticism...(view spoiler)
Jamie Collins
Another strangely compelling read in this historical mystery series. This one is about Monk's search for a missing businessman, who was last seen en route to visit his brother in the East End slums of Victorian London. Coincidentally, Hester is hard at work in the same area, nursing Typhoid victims.

In addition to the usual harangues about the marginalization of women and the poor reputation of nurses, the book lectures on the unsanitary living conditions of the poor and highlights the knife edge
Jun 25, 2015 Sharyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Perry is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. The Monk series is the only series I read/listen to out of order, so I sort of know what will happen to some of the characters. I did finally read the 1st one, so at least know some of the backstory. Her evocation of Victorian England is so wonderful and her characters so real! Watching Monk and Hester spar, when I already know their future is fun, though annoying on some level. The side story in this book is the typhus epidemic, and kno ...more
Rebecca Huston
Another entry in Perry's William Monk series. This time it's a case of a missing man, his notorious brother in the London underworld, and a typhoid epidemic. Not quite up to par with the other novels, but still fairly good. Unfortunately, I was able to figure out what was really going on about a third of the way through, which made the rest of the story feel anticlimatic, but it's still a good read. Four stars overall.

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Aug 28, 2011 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in London in the late 1800's this historically based mystery was somewhat interesting. I have been wanting to read something by this author ever since I heard she was involved in a murder in her youth and was LDS. That being said, why did it take me so long to finish this book? First, I think I need to admit that I am not all that keen on the mystery genre. Then there is the fact I signed up for Netflix. Hopefully this is not the end of reading for me.
Jun 03, 2012 Jeni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good series, and I do enjoy Mr. Monk. I'm probably being picky, but when the author refers to "suburbs" of London, it doesn't fit with a book set in the middle of the 19th century. So there were a few little things like that which pulled me out of the story a bit, but I still enjoyed it a great deal.
Dec 28, 2012 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
3.5 Stars.
I did not guess the ending on this one at all! That's what makes it fun. Fun, easy period mystery.
Aug 28, 2016 Laurence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EPOUSTOUFLANT!!! quel dénouement!
Jan 16, 2017 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A readable, yet 'meh' book in the Thomas Monk series (#6). Premise is dual personalities. Further development of the Monk and Hester characters. Hope the next one is better.
Stephanie Connelly
Think this was the best book in the series so far!
Marilyn Fontane
When I started Cain and his Brother, I thought it was going to be one of the best Monk novels I had read. Monk is actually the main character. Hester Latterly is there, in a warehouse nursing typhoid patients during an outbreak in Limehouse, a tenement suburb of London. Lady Callandra Daviot and Dr. Kristian Beck are working there too, and it is in an area where Monk is searching for answers to the murder he is investigating--but he is the one investigating it because a client hired him to do so ...more
Elisabeth Montegna
Mrs. Stonefield is worried. Her extremely reliable husband, Angus, has not been seen in several days, but the police will not investigate unless she has proof he did not disappear of his own accord. In the meantime there is nobody to run his business and unless he returns soon, the business will founder and leave Mrs. Stonefield and their children destitute. Her greatest fear is that Angus has been murdered by his twin brother Caleb (Angus's opposite in everything but looks). In her desperation, ...more
Feb 26, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I found Cain His Brother a bit of a disappointment after The Sins of the Wolf. Especially in the beginning. Readers be warned, you may spend a lot of time YELLING at William Monk. Especially in the first half of this one. William Monk has been somewhat sympathetic even if flawed in earlier books, but, in this one, well, the way he speaks to Hester is just ALL KINDS OF WRONG. I think it stood out more in this one because of how Sins of the Wolf ended. And it wasn't just that. Also he seems to be ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
Mar 05, 2011 Anne Hawn Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was another good book in this series. William Monk has a case that involves twin brothers who are like Cain and Abel. When Angus, the proper family man, turns up missing, his wife knows that his evil twin, Caleb has murdered him. She engages Monk to find out for certain that Caleb has murdered him and turn up the body, or have him declared dead so that she can either get a new manager for his business or sell it while it is still profitable to provide for herself and her five children. When
María Olvera
Acabo de terminar el libro y debo decir que estoy muy sorprendida, aunque no del todo satisfecha. La razón puede ser que este es el primer libro que leo de Anne Perry, por lo que no tengo todo el contexto que necesitaba para entender el libro. Aunque sí lo disfruté.

Anne Perry es una escritora talentosa, porque la lectura fue siempre fluida y mantuvo el misterio necesario para que no quisiera dejar de leer. Y no quiero culparla a ella, ni a la editorial, pero el único indicio de que sea una serie
Dieses Buch war das letzte, was ich aus der Anne-Perry Weltbild-Sammlerreihe hatte, deshalb muss ich jetzt rückblickend mal allgemein ein paar Worte über ihr Bücher verlieren.
Ich lese die Fälle gern, weil sie eigentlich immer spannend sind und mich am Ende meistens überraschen (obwohl mir bei "sein Bruder Kain" schon nach sehr kurzer Zeit klar war, was los ist), auch wenn sich die Handlung beim ein oder anderen Buch ein wenig künstlich in die Länge zieht, aber das ist nicht so schlimm, da kratzt
My Inner Shelf
Autant le dire tout de suite, la solution de l’énigme se trouve dans les premières pages. Il ne m’a pas fallu plus de 10 min pour deviner la clé de l’intrigue. Malgré tout, et c’est bien là que se situe la prouesse, le pourquoi du comment demeure un mystère et tout le cheminement qui mène au dénouement reste un grand moment de lecture. En ce qui me concerne, deviner la fin d’un roman policier ne veut pas dire que j’ai raison, et il serait bien présomptueux de crier à la déception dès les premièr ...more
Sep 21, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Laura Edwards
Anne Perry finally hits all the right notes. This is the best book in the series thus far. Monk shows very fallible human characteristics in this one and it gets him into trouble. He acts very shallow at times where women are concerned, flirting just because they're beautiful when deep down he knows Hester is perfect for him. If their relationship can't be jolted out of it's inevitable stall, perhaps Hester should look elsewhere, find someone not just interested in a pretty face and supposed fem ...more
Nov 08, 2014 Rich rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reacting to the events of 'Sins of The Wolf' Hester and Monk have kept their distance from each other, but an outbreak of typhoid in Limehouse and the case of a man who vanished after meeting his much feared criminal brother, sees them joining forces.

I've given this three stars because I did enjoy this much better than the previous two adventures. Despite the predictable plot, the story was very entertaining in a BBC Sunday night drama fashion. It's disappointing though that Monk and Hester are
A. Roy King
Aug 25, 2014 A. Roy King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Cain His Brother" is the sixth book in Anne Perry's historical mystery series featuring detective William Monk. This series stands out in the genre because of its setting in the early-Victorian rather than the often-portrayed late-Victorian -- more like the world of Edgar Allan Poe than the world of Arthur Conan Doyle.

I've heard some people say they prefer the earlier William Monk novels than the later ones, and I can understand that concern. "Cain His Brother" is certainly a departure. The nov
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Feb 17, 2008 Amiee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne Perry has in William Monk created a character that in many ways parallels herself. In the 1950's, under her birth name, Ms. Perry, then a teenager, was convicted of a very sensational murder, which she carried out with a friend. To escape her past, she legally changed her name. It is, by her own admission, something that she would now rather forget; an action she would never duplicate. Her character, William Monk has no memory of his past, and often learns of past acts and attitudes that a ...more
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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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