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Cain His Brother

(William Monk #6)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  3,388 ratings  ·  205 reviews
In his family life, Angus Stonefield had been gentle and loving; in business, a man of probity; and in his relationship with his twin brother, Caleb, a virtual saint. Now Angus is missing, and it appears more than possible that Caleb--a creature long since abandoned to depravity--has murdered him. Hired to find the missing man, William Monk puts himself into his shoes, sea ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published September 30th 1996 by Ivy Books (first published 1995)
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Emma
William Monk was perfectly horrible to Hester. She really didn’t deserve it. I really enjoyed this story, although not so much the ending. Monk is very lucky that Hester is loyal to him, that’s all I’m saying..
Hilary
Nov 22, 2014 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, an
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Mary
Jun 10, 2009 rated it liked it
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
N.L.B. Horton
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...), so reading a very talented author whose
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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.
Colin Mitchell
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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
Chana
I enjoy Anne Perry's writing; great atmosphere, well-paced, always interesting, clean but lovely with the romantic tension between Monk and Hester; the story is written, not told, meaning the reader can read the action and see it rather than having it explained - it is good writing.
Monk is hired to find a missing husband, it is suspected that the missing man was killed by his violent twin brother. Hester is working with typhoid victims in Limehouse. Monk is not having much success and gets
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Kathleen Freeman
Overall I think one of my favourites in the series so far.
Ana Luisa Varas
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bee
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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) ...more
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 th
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Sharyn
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.

For the longer review, please go here:
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.

For the longer review, please go here:
http://www.epinions.com/review/Cain_H...
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Marie
Aug 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Jeni
Jun 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Michele
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
I did not guess the ending on this one at all! That's what makes it fun. Fun, easy period mystery.
Diane
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, historical
3.5 Stars.
Lynn Horton
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...), so reading a very talented author whose genre is slightly different
...more
N.W. Moors
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
William Monk must find a missing man whose wife fears he was killed by his twin brother. Hester has been nursing at a fever hospital in the same poor area of London where the brother lives.
I enjoy this series, and in some ways, this was one of the best. The action seemed to happen sooner than in some of the books where the mystery is dragged out until the very end. Here I was able to figure out the solution to the mystery early though not the details of how it came together, but I still enjoyed
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Bonnie Wilson
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a decent read. I read another book by Perry - years ago, can't remember which - it was decent too. There are some glaring flaws: it's a bit too long and repetitive (though not as repetitive as the Saint Germaine novels by Yarbro, which I nonetheless read). There is a complication in the plot midway through which is unduly dramatic given the way it is disposed of in an abrupt, perfunctory way. I also thought the solution to the mystery was obvious about halfway through.

With all that, it
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Barb VanHorn
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoy mysteries, especially those with strong character development. This was my first Anne Perry mystery with Monk as the main character. I liked it... I didn't love it. I wish I had started with the first in the series, in which, I think, he has his accident and loses his memory. In this one, the plot (and sub-plots) were okay, and the historical aspect interesting. But, for some reason, I found it slow. Maybe it's just me ;) I will probably try another one later. Now, it's back to Donna Leo ...more
Doris
May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'm so disappointed that I didn't like this author. I'd heard great things and got several recommendations. I just could not get into the dense descriptions that seemed to repeat often (and certainly more often than needed), qualifiers, and inner pondering. I didn't find the investigation at all compelling and while Monk certainly had some issues that should have been compelling, I just felt separated emotionally from his world. Maybe too much telling, not enough showing?? Truth be told, I could ...more
Gina Boyd
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I rate this one lower than the others not because the big mystery was obvious from the beginning, but because I really dislike the storyline about the woman who makes up an assault charge to get revenge on a man. I realize this book is 20-years old, but certainly we were dismissing actual victims of assault 20 years ago as liars and attention seekers, and this story is just one of the reasons why.

It may make for good fiction, but it makes me uncomfortable nonetheless.
Kathy Mitson
My first of Anne Perry's books, and I admit I really struggled with the book, especially in the middle. I thought the ending did a really good job of pulling all the threads together. The question is was the ending good enough to make the difficult middle worthwhile. We will see I guess if I read another installment in the William Monk series. If I do, it will probably be the first of the serious. Happy reading.
Wilson E. Stevens Sr.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
This is one of her better books, yet again with a very unsatisfactory ending. There are several plots involved, one of interest she dropped halfway through without Monk ever knowing what was done to resolve it, and he failed to follow up to see what happened even though it would affect his future employment. Very short sighted of the author I feel. Overall the book was excellent but very impossible for the most part.
BookBec
May 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I could see the mystery's solution from early in the book, and I kept waiting and hoping for the author to prove me wrong and offer another resolution (especially as the solution became leaky as a sieve). But no, that was the answer, full of holes and in plain sight. I think this may be the end of the William Monk series for me.
Sue
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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).
Jolie
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked the first 5 books better

Most of the William Monk books are twelve chapters long. This book should have followed the format. The story dragged and I almost gave up finishing. I hope the next installment is better.
Linda
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, I did guess what the "problem" was between the two brothers not too far into the book but it didn't spoil the reading of it, there was plenty of twists and surprises in it to keep it interesting and enjoyable.
Kathleen Dussault
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The more I read of Anne Perry's William Monk series, the more I"m enthralled by the description of life in Victorian England and the fascinating characters that she develops. But mostly, the plot lines are intricate and the stories unfold with suspense at every turn.
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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 recu
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