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Blind Justice (William Monk #19)

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Winner of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for Best Historical Novel 2014

Oliver Rathbone, William Monk's close friend, has presided brilliantly over his first cases as a judge. But the next will bring a far greater challenge. Abel Taft, a charismatic minister adored by his congregation, stands accused of terrible corruption and fraud which has ruined the lives of
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Ballantine Books
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Recently appointed to the bench, Rathbone presides over the trial of the Reverend Abel Taft, accused of…more
Well I don't know how to change it, but:

Recently appointed to the bench, Rathbone presides over the trial of the Reverend Abel Taft, accused of diverting the donations of his parishioners. After the convincing testimony of Taft's "right-hand man," Robertson Drew, an acquittal seems certain. That is when Rathbone realizes that he possesses information that could change everything: Drew was one of the men photographed by Ballinger while committing hideous acts of abuse upon helpless children. Not without hesitation, Rathbone delivers the photograph to the prosecutor, who uses it to force Drew to retract his statement: his new testimony condemns Taft. The next morning, Taft and his family are found dead in their home. Everyone believes the reverend killed himself after murdering his family. Rathbone is arrested. Officially, he is accused of obstructing justice, but it is clear that he is held responsible for the tragedy. Assisted by Brancaster, Rathbone's attorney, Monk, Hester, and Scuff strive to discover the truth.(less)

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Sylvia Kelso
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Like a good number of reviewers on Amazon, I have been finding Perry's work increasingly and more exasperatingly verbose, repetitive and slow-moving. However, I have always liked her main series characters, particularly the women, Charlotte Pitt and Hester now-Monk, so I decided to try the latest in both series. But whatever her women’s virtues, after over 50 novels in the same setting, Perry is just about down to boilerplate paragraphs. If a character steps out in the street, a carriage with wo ...more
Shirley Schwartz
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Although this book is in the Hester and William Monk series, this is definitely a story about Oliver Rathbone. Sir Rathbone finds himself at the pinnacle of his career at the beginning of this book, but because of an error in judgement that he makes in one of the cases he is presiding as judge over, he finds himself at the lowest point personally and professionally that he has ever found himself in. I am an ardent reader of all Ms. Perry's books and I particularly love the William Monk series, b ...more
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
While I didn't like this book as well as some Anne Perry books I've read, she is so superior to almost every other writer I've been reading that she deserves four stars even when she isn't at the top of her game.

That said, I thought the way the question of what, truly, is justice? was developed in this novel was terrific. The secondary theme of what constitutes true friendship or love was wonderful too. The beginning was hard to read, up to Chapter 6. I didn't want to watch the "train wreck" and
First Sentence: Hester let the hansom cab pass, then crossed Portpool Lane and went in through the door to the clinic for sick and injured prostitutes.

From the very beginning, we are introduced to the main characters, as well as being provided their backstories. While this may not be strictly necessary for continuing readers, it is a boon for readers new to the series and an author who doesn’t take forget new readers is one to be commended. Perry has wonderful ability for conveying insights into
Karen A. Wyle
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it
I've always looked forward to new books in Anne Perry's William Monk series, but I'm afraid the series has outlived its vitality. There's a good deal of repetition, and many of the characters seem to be slogging along familiar paths. Several of the previous books have provided intriguing or informative details about Victorian England, but there's little new to be learned from this one.

I also found the transformation of one character, Margaret Rutherford, something less than credible -- and an in
Mickey Hoffman
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
I don't mind when characters reveal what they're thinking, but there's too much of that in this novel. The plot also seemed a bit stale as it spent a lot of time rehashing an earlier book. I usually like the books in this series but this was disappointing.
Jamie Collins
The first hundred pages of this are absolutely tedious - even more repetitious than usual for Perry. You could skip every other page without losing any of the details.

It begins with Sir Oliver Rathbone, newly appointed to the bench, presiding over a fraud trial. When it looks like the bad guys are going to prevail, Rathbone must decide whether or not to wield that secret weapon he acquired in the last book. He makes the really stupid choice, but only after a lot of tiresome agonizing during whic
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had mixed feelings about this book -- it is verbose and tedious in one sense as Perry looks at the justice system and the events leading up to the moral decision that one of her characters had to make which compromised his career. The endless navel gazing and character development sometimes is unending -- but, that said, Perry is brilliant as she slowly but surely lays out her case for her characters taking the high road even at some cost to themselves.

This means that I can give this four sta
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
I'm sorry to say that I think the Monk/Hester series has run its course. I was eagerly awaiting this next installment, but it seemed to cover old ground and didn't really develop the characters further (except perhaps Rathbone). I always prefer it when Perry stays out of the courtroom and focuses on the small details of life in Victorian England. Hopefully, the next Pitt/Charlotte book will do that.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This William Monk mystery focuses on Monk's friend, Sir Oliver Rathbone. Hester starts the ball rolling on a possible case of fraud, which end up being tried before Rathbone, recently elevated to Judge. The pornographic photos in Rathbone's possession play a role, as does his estranged wife Margaret. Monk, Hester, and even Scuff work together to untangle the mysteries.

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Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A different kind of story for this excellent series. William and Hester Monk take a supporting role in this novel; backseat to Oliver Rathbone. An early twist in the book puts Rathbone, now a sitting judge at The Old Bailey, into a precarious and frightening position. One small error of judgement and his whole world comes crashing down. Less mystery and more introspective, this plot focuses on the drama of the courtroom and the inner thoughts of a man who sees his reputation and everything he’s ...more
Hester, Monk and Rathbone become involved in a fraud investigation that leads to Rathbone, recently appointed a judge, being charged with perverting justice. Hester, Monk and Scuff work to vindicate Rathbone. Perry's usual attention to historical detail enriches this entry in one of her Victorian period mystery series.
Bailey Marissa
This book is great but it's also heartbreaking. Rathbone does help bring justice to a case, but in turn breaks the law and is procecuted for it, and risks hanging (due to unforseen consequences.)

The characters have to deal with the fact that even though Rathbone was morally right, he was legally wrong, and then wonder what the punishment should be for it.

Recommened 15+ for child pornography, blackmail, and murder.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this latest novel by Anne Perry, when Hester Monk hears about a church which is pushing its parishioners to donate more than they can afford, indeed, so much that it has financially ruined some, she decides she must investigate. What she learns makes her suspect that the preacher, Adam Taft, is bilking his mostly poor parishioners out of their money, not for other poorer folk as they are being told but so that he and his family can live a lavish lifestyle. When a bookkeeper confirms her suspi ...more
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a solid entry in the Monk series but just okay in comparison to many of the others. Oliver Rathbone is one of my favorite characters in the series, and Blind Justice picks up after his early cases as a judge. After successfully maneuvering a fraud trial, he finds old ghosts continue to haunt in the form of the photographics he inhertied from his late father-in-law Arthur Ballinger. Whether to destroy the photos or use them in some form in the cause of justice plagues his mind as much as ...more
Absolutely riveting!

Having been given an ARC of Blind Justice, I decided to read as many of the William Monk Series as I could before this one. To say that I became entangled and embroiled in them to the point of distraction is no understatement. William Monk and Hester's journey along with their friends from Sir Oliver to Scruff and others is precious, a journey in growth of the characters involved and in insightful moments of reflection on life, integrity, justice, freedom and love. The series
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Anne Perry continues her exploration of Victorian London with Blind Justice. Hester Monk questions the finances of a London church whose members have given money to the Reverend Abel Taft until at least one of hem has become bankrupt. Hester's husband, William Monk, is commander of the Thames River Police and the two of them have worked together on many crimes committed in London. When one of the members complains to Hester that the Reverend has used tactics to ask for money repeatedly from his ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it
One of the nice things about Goodreads is the ability to check all kinds of statistics regarding one's reading life. I believe the last time I searched my "authors read" that Anne Perry came up as my top author. I have read all of the Thomas Pitt series and all of the Monk series. I have read the World War I series. I've not read all of the Christmas books nor her stand-alones.

She's starting to get on my nerves -- at least in this book. I finally realized that I'm not too fond of her alternatin
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've read (and loved) all the William Monk novels and had high expectations, so I was a little disappointed when it started with a lot of Oliver Rathbone and almost NO Monk. At the beginning there seemed to be a promise of some sort of love affair for Sir Oliver, an interesting concept since all Monk fans know Oliver's heart belongs to Hester. But after pages showing Sir Oliver's fascination, even obsession, with the wife of another Judge, it all peters out to nothing. So I kept reading thinking ...more
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Blind Justice is the 19th book in this Victorian era series by Anne Perry. I have read them all, and love them...I am transported back to Victorian England in every book featuring Thomas Pitt or William and Hester Monk!

This latest installment centers around brilliant barrister Oliver Rathbone. Rathbone, a newly appointed justice, is chosen to preside over the trial of Abel Taft, a charismatic minister, accused of extortion. Taft appears to be guilty but may get off because of the testimony of a
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Anne Perry's Inspector William Monk: in search of justice, he will not stop until he has found the truth... Oliver Rathbone, William Monk's close friend, has presided brilliantly over his first cases as a judge. But the next will bring a far greater challenge. Abel Taft, a charismatic minister adored by his congregation, stands accused of terrible corruption and fraud which has ruined the lives of those he's betrayed. In court, each victim affirms Taft's guilt, but when the defence's star witnes ...more
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another trial in a Monk based mystery, this time w/ Oliver Rathbone, Hester and Monk's long time lawyer friend (now Judge) who finds himself behind bars! His first summons is to Monk for help. Scuff also gets into the act, if Oliver is their friend, he is his also. Love all the characters and the not knowing how it all when end is a plus in all her books.
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another excellent Hester and Monk and Rathbone book, this time with Rathbone having been promoted to judge and then being arrested for perverting justice as a result of his conduct during a trial. Builds on the previous book, including 'Scruffy'. The next one in this series should be quite interesting, given the events in this one.
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misterio
¿Recomendación? A todo aquel amante del suspense, a quienes desean saber la verdad por encima de todo, sorprenderse y llevarse las manos a la cabeza cuando todo sale a la luz, para los que aprecian continuar leyendo
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-perry
Anne Perry's latest Hester and William Monk novel focuses on Oliver Rathbone, their friend, now a judge. He faces a terrible dilemma and arguably handles it poorly, leading to his arrest and trial on charges of obstructing justice. Fans of the series will like this one, too.
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Didn't love this one...hoping the author ends this story better w/ the next book.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Well it was just OK. I got a little tired of the small cast of characters and that it mostly took place in a courtroom. It was an all right mystery but a little tedious
Alasandra Alawine
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Holly Ites
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I was left wishing Anne Perry had used, at least, as many words to develop her plot as she did her characters. The overall story regarding the conflict of a judge having to choose between the letter of the law and moral justice is compelling and relevant. But, I felt the deeper aspects of how power can corrupt, even those we believe to be the least susceptible, is lost in the writer's style of trying to portray the personalities of the characters through incessant inner questioning. While I'm su ...more
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the better Inspector Monk stories, although it centres more around Oliver Rathbone who is now a judge. The story basically creates an ethically dilemma for Oliver. He makes a choice which has lasting consequences, not just for himself. As always, Anne Perry is weakest when she repeats the inner thoughts f the characters a but too often. However, her strength is in not being afraid to tackle difficult subjects. I think she tackles the subject well in this book. Would you break the law to p ...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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