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An Echo of Murder (William Monk #23)

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In this riveting new William Monk novel, Anne Perry delves into the diverse population of Victorian London, whose disparate communities force Monk to rethink his investigative techniques--lest he be caught in the cross hairs of violent bigotry.

In the course of his tenure with the Thames River Police, Commander Monk has yet to see a more gruesome crime scene: a Hungarian w
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Ballantine Books
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Maureen Carden
With some authors I say I grew up reading, other authors I say I grew old reading. Anne Perry is one of the latter since I have been reading her for more than 25 years. Proof positive that she writes some outstanding mysteries.
The twenty third outing of Commander William Monk and his wife Hester is no exception.
A man is horribly murdered in the Hungarian community of London. To add to the horror, there are aspects of ritualism to this murder and to the three that quickly follow. This book take
Susan Johnson
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I have read Anne Perry for more than 20 years. I like the William Monk series although the Thomas Pitt one is my favorite. This is the 23rd book in the series about the Thames River Police Commander and his wife, Hester, a former Crimean War nurse and Florence Nightingale protege. They have taken in a young homeless boy, Scuff, who is now studying medicine and working at a medical clinic.

A Hungarian is found brutally murdered and Monk is called in as the body was found in a building by the Ri
An Anne Perry mystery always feels like a deep submersion into history and a delving into the darkest corners of humanity while using her circle of heroes to show there can be hope and justice as well. An Echo of Murder the #23 entry in the William Monk series is no exception.

From the beginning, there was no doubt this was going to be brutal and emotionally tense. Was the vicious killing of a Hungarian business owner in his office a hate crime? Was it personal? Was it a lunatic? Monk and his Riv
Barb in Maryland
Okay, who replaced the real Anne Perry with this imposter? Or maybe it was the editor who was replaced! Anyway you look at it, this was awful in terms of the writing--so much repetition!! The phrases, the situations, the places--over and over and over again!! Enough already!
I ended up skimming because I really wanted to know the who and why of the crimes. Also buried in there was an incredibly moving story involving a talented, caring doctor with PTSD (Crimean War, American Civil War background)
My thanks to Overdrive and Meridian Library for my copy. Anne Perry did not disappoint in the 23rd book on the William Monk series, it as good as all her books. The book covers family secrets, the horror of war, mob violence and deceit of an individual.
Monk's current case is the vicious death of Hungarian living in London. Scuff is learning to be a doctor and he meets an army surgeon, Fritz who is living in the area. Fritz is an old friend of Hester. She believed that he died in the war. She had
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always look forward to a new Monk book because though I enjoy her other series, especially her Pitt books, the Monk books feel like they have more emotional depth. Maybe because they're darker than her other books because of Monk and Hester's back stories. Echo takes place among Hungarian immigrants which is relevant to today. Monk and his second in command, Hooper, are on the case but finding the culture and language barriers an issue. The Hungarians, perhaps rightly, fear the motives of the ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This was pretty slow moving, and Monk seemed less than his usually shrewd self in this one. He mysteriously fails to follow up on several things, including a suspect, between the killings. As usual the endless internal speculations and self-examinations, and mental tug-a-wars of all the main characters bogged this one down, and all the inner anguish didn’t accomplish or even change anything, it just added pages that would have been better with actual spoken words. It’s just Perry’s style, I gues ...more

As always a masterful rendition of murder inquiry, doubt, and the machinations of the human mind under stress. Once again Perry brings a reality check to murder most foul. Commander Monk of the Thames River Police is confronted by a murder unlike any he's seen before. A Hungarian man has been killed in what appears to be some sort of ritualistic endeavour. The body is surrounded by seventeen candles, two of them a dark, purplish-blue color.
As more killings occur fear spreads throughout
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Anne Perry is the queen of the 19th century historical crime novel. Anne Perry is the pseudonym under which Juliet Marion Hulme writes. This is book twenty-three of the William Monk series.

Monk is the Commander of the Thames River Police. His wife, Hester, is a nurse. She served with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War. She now runs a free health clinic for the poor. Hester is my favorite character in the series. Scuff the homeless boy, now called Will, that they adopted is now studying medi
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the 23rd in the series, and I continue to be absorbed in the lives of Monk, Hester, and Scuff. The only detractions for me in this one were technical aspects of the mystery and other events. For one, when the doctors treated a patient with tetanus, I was curious and looked it up. It appears that the cause and treatment for lockjaw might not have been discovered until 1884, and the book takes place in about 1870. Then, much is made of the ritualistic aspects of the murders, yet, when the ...more
Mal Warwick
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
English novelist Anne Perry writes historical crime fiction. In abundance. Thirty-two books to date in the Thomas Pitt series, set in England in the period beginning in 1881. Five in a World War I series. And twenty-three in a series of novels featuring William Monk, who serves as Commander of the Thames River Police in London in the years following the American Civil War. An Echo of Murder is the latest entry in that series.

It's 1870 now. As the novel opens, we find Commander Monk and his wife,
Dick Reynolds
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s 1870 in London and the populace is becoming more and more agitated as time goes on.  A Hungarian man has been found murdered in a most horrible way:  a bayonet impaled in his chest, fingers broken on both hands, a ring of seventeen candles burning brightly, and a statue of the Virgin Mary covered in blood.
Commander William Monk of the Thames River Police is in charge of the case and quickly enlists the help of another Hungarian fellow to help with translation during interviews with other
Barbara Rogers
Series: William Monk #23
Publication Date: 9/19/17

William Monk just keeps on getting better. In many series that have run this long, the stories become repetitive and predictable, but not so with this series. Each new book is exciting and interesting and you never know where it will lead because it is always filled with twists and turns that will keep you guessing right up until the end.

Monk is called out early in the morning to a warehouse near the river. The crime is a grisly murder that has so
Dec 30, 2017 added it
'Monk remembered Hester telling him that when women speak to each other of trivial things, that is merely a vehicle.What they are saying beneath the surface is about interest, trust and understanding.'

First Sentence: “It’s A bad one, sir.”
Comm. William Monk is called to gruesome murder scene of a Hungarian warehouse owner who has been impaled with a bayonet-fixed rifle, his body surrounded by blood-dipped candles. To assist him work with the Hungarian émigrés, Monk turns to a local bi-lingual pharmacist. Young Scuff, an orphan taken in by the Monk’s, is studying to be a doctor. A patient, who is English but knows Hungarian, comes in who knew Hester during the Crimea War. With more bodies fou
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoyed most of it, but the ending was a disappointing rush to a very strange ending. It was a good look at how immigrants are feared simply because they exist in numbers that make people uncomfortable. No matter the time, the place, the language, the color, the religion or creed. Some always see them as "the other"and therefor a threat. How sad that is for humankind.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: z2017-reads
This book was very good and I was enjoying it very much until the ending. The solution was so convenient and quick as to be completely unbelievable. And again Monk did not really have much to do with solving the crime. This is a little hard to swallow from his character as a "brilliant detective " book after book. Good thing I enjoy reading about the secondary characters in this series.
Jessica Robbins
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, own-kindle
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I always enjoy Anne Perry, as an author. Capt. Monk is in charge of the River Police , in London . He is called to an extra gruesome murder, not far from the docks. The building is owned by an immigrant, but he is not new to the city. He, in fact supplies employment for new Hungarians needing jobs. Monk, and his second Hooper can not find a reason for anyone to have murdered this man in such a ritualistic way. The murders continue, and each the exact copy of the first down to the smallest detail ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this to review.
In this latest installment of Anne Perry's William Monk series, she continues to show her skill at world building. There's no doubt but that she knows the Victorian age, and her descriptions are fairly light-handed so that the reader doesn't feel like a history lesson is being shoe-horned into a story. The details that are there feel natural and necessary to create the setting.
This mystery centers on the Hungarian commun
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Workmanlike entry in the William Monk Victorian mystery series. A man is bizarrely murdered among London's Hungarian community: in a warehouse stabbed with a bayonet, surrounded by 17 candles, 2 of them purple, all dipped in the man's blood and a religious figurine smashed. With the help of a bilingual Hungarian, Monk sets out doggedly to solve the crime. The novel portrays the theme of prejudice and bigotry between the English and a minority community. Monk is faced with 3 more identical murder ...more
Debbie Maskus
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Anne Perry beautifully executes another William Monk story of social awareness and the changing times. In this tale, males in a small Hungarian community in England meet violent death as the blame for this serial killer runs the gamut to someone with a grievance against the Hungarians to doubt as to the actual killer and the motives. A doctor who served with Hester during the Crimea War appears and becomes the prime suspect. Monk races to find a maniacal killer as the unrest boils over in London ...more
Shirley Schwartz
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-5-star-reads
This 23rd William Monk book is masterfully writtten, and very compelling. The ending blew me away, even though I had figured out who actually was the murderer about 2/3 of the way through. Anne Perry's dialogue and character development are second to none. Not only that, but we find out some really wonderful nuggets of information about Hester's earlier life and about her family. Monk has been called into a particularly brutal murder in London's dock area and in an area where Hungarian immigrant ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading an Anne Perry book is like revisiting an old friend. Her characters are so well developed and the story flows so easily. It doesn't matter if you've never read one of her books because Ms. Perry is so adapt at including updates for the new readers but she doesn't make it boring for those of us who have been fans for years.
An Echo of Murder is part of the William Monk series and it dept me guessing to the end. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mysteries.
Kimberlee Smith
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This is more of a 3.5 for me. This is my first book by Anne Perry, and it was on the recommended shelf at the library, so even though i knew it was #23 in a series, i gave it a shot, and i wasn't disappointed. I didn't feel like i was too far behind, and i found all of the characters to be interesting and believable. I'll definitely check out some earlier books from the series and some from her others... It's nice to have a reliable "go-to."
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Without sharing a lot of spoiler details, I'd say the motives did not seem strong enough in either case to warrant what was done. Beyond that this is another strong book in the William Monk series. The exploration of attitudes towards immigrants is particularly on target now. I was also glad to see Hester reunite with her estranged brother in this book. Relationships between the characters are so important to this series and always well done.
Deborah  Cleaves
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

An excellent book addressing PTSD within the context of the Crimean War. Also addressing copycat killing. The biggest shortcoming was the trial posturing. Glad that one of the horrific nicknames was abandoned in favor of a dignified naming.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Monk and Hooper investigate a ritualistic murder of a man from the Hungarian community, that leads them down an interesting path including Hester's (Monks wife) past. Good read.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Nowadays it takes almost everything in me to read fiction, and it takes even more for me to mystery fiction. This isn’t to say that I dislike or disrespect mysteries. On the contrary, the genre is a special kind of good literature. Perhaps I’m too tangled in my own fictions and the unsolvable mystery of my own life to justify engrossment in clever whodunits. I’ve enjoyed my share of mysteries, however. Mickey Spillane, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Edith Pargeter (Brother Cadfael), Patrici ...more
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whenever an Anne Perry book is released, I drop everything; I stop whatever I'm reading at the time; I pick up that book with delicious anticipation, and I'm never disappointed. This new William and Hester Monk story is another excellent read, keeping to the exceptionally high quality of writing and story that Perry always delivers.

Fans know that they are going to discover fascinating, and, yes, gory, details of mid-19th century medicine because of Hester's nursing background. This is no except
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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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