Today I am excited to invite Sophia Rose to share her review of Revenge in a Cold River by Anne Perry. Many of you know Sophia as a co-blogger at Delightful Reader. Sophia is a book addict like myself and loves to read a plethora of genres. Since Delightful Reader focuses on books with a romance, Sophia will occasionally pop over here to Caffeinated and share other genres she loves. I hope you will give her a warm welcome. Sophia will be replying to your comments and questions. Enjoy!
by Anne Perry
Series: William Monk #22
Genres: Historical, Mystery
Master of mystery and historical intrigue Anne Perry once again transports readers to the banks of the Thames in Victorian London for her thrilling new William Monk novel. In Revenge in a Cold River, Monk faces his darkest hour ever as he spars with a quarry hell-bent on vengeance.
When Commander Monk of the Thames River Police is called to investigate the drowning of an escaped prisoner, he’s forced to contend with customs officer McNab, who clearly bears a bitter grudge against him. But the reason is a mystery in itself. Monk’s memory loss—a secret he guards closely—leaves him vulnerable to repercussions from his missing past . . . especially his exploits overseas, in the tumultuous Gold Rush days of San Francisco. And now McNab, as icy and unfathomable as the steel-gray Thames itself, appears intent on using whatever damning facts he can find to his advantage to ruin Monk’s future as an officer of the law.
After a second prisoner takes flight, Monk’s pursuit results in the accidental death of McNab’s right-hand man. As Monk explores the possibility of a conspiracy, McNab’s game of cat and mouse escalates, with veiled threats and cryptic references to Monk’s past. Snared in an unforeseen trap, a desperate Monk must turn to his wife, Hester, and friend and attorney Oliver Rathbone for help, as his life literally hangs in the balance.
With razor-edged suspense and shocking twists and turns, Revenge in a Cold River is Anne Perry at her most intense—and most satisfying.
Thank you, Kimberly, for the opportunity to guest review for your blog. I count it a privilege since I respect you as a blogger with integrity and find it one of the highlights of my day to read your posts. I also blame you greatly for a significant amount of the books on my reader wish list.
But ahem, my review…
For over twenty years, I have been enjoying this series about a Victorian era police detective who lost his memories and in so doing found his way to a second chance at life. Each case Monk, his intrepid wife Hester, and other friends work together have delivered a thought provoking, intensity both on the dark, gritty streets of London and in its courtrooms.
This latest tale Revenge in a Cold River Monk back to the beginning in a desperate race against time and his own missing memories because someone is plotting cold, calculated revenge- a revenge against something Monk cannot even fathom why since most of his past is lost since his carriage accident.
Each time I spot a new release for this series, it is not a matter of if, but when I will snag the time to read it. I am addicted to the author’s writing style that can evoke more feeling and description in a sentence than some can achieve in a chapter. Each character is drawn so well, I can see them clearly and get to their underlying thoughts and motivations as well.
Well researched background for each novel- in this case, the Gold Rush days in San Francisco and the mid-Victorian period of the London River Police- and even beyond to knowledge of society, marriage, abuse, criminal law, and daily life of the times. All this is present, but is window dressing for the main draw- the characters and the mystery.
For this story, the murder mystery is secondary to the plottings going on against Monk. His wife, Hester and son, Scruff play minor roles though Oliver Rathbone and Beata York play much larger roles with part of the story told from their angle. Monk is very much the central figure as he investigates the deaths, interacts with the other characters, and has to fight his fear of what he was in the past- before the accident that took his memories- and its repercussions on the present.
The first book had Monk fighting for his freedom and his very life when he was implicated in a murder that he couldn’t remember. And here we are full circle. It’s exciting reading about a protagonist that is operating in the dark and isn’t sure he is the good guy with others more than willing to see him caught up in their plans for revenge.
I read Revenge in a Cold River in two sittings and didn’t want to put it down. The tension mounted and I had to toss out my early theories only to find that getting the truth might not matter. Perry does it again with her characters backed into the proverbial corner and the reader left gripping the book and flipping pages fast to see how she will get them out of it.
This is a book from an ongoing series that is best read in order. I highly recommend the series to those who enjoy authentic historical fiction blended with cunning mysteries with a compelling cast of characters.Sophia Rose stops by and reviews: Revenge In A Cold River By Anne Perry Click To Tweet
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