An Echo of Murder

An Echo of Murder 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 ca

  • Title: An Echo of Murder
  • Author: Anne Perry
  • ISBN: 9780425285015
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 gruesome crime scene a Hungarian wIn 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 gruesome crime scene a Hungarian warehouse owner lies in the middle of his blood sodden office, pierced through the chest with a bayonet and eerily surrounded by seventeen candles, their wicks dipped in blood Suspecting the murder may be rooted in ethnic prejudice, Monk turns to London s Hungarian community in search of clues but finds his inquiries stymied by its wary citizens and a language he doesn t speak Only with the help of a local pharmacist acting as translator can Monk hope to penetrate this tightly knit enclave, even as of its members fall victim to identical brutal murders But whoever the killer, or killers, may be a secret society practicing ritual sacrifice, a madman on a spree, a British native targeting foreigners they are well hidden among the city s ever growing populace With the able assistance of his wife former battlefield nurse Hester, who herself is dealing with a traumatized war veteran who may be tangled up in the murders Monk must combat distrust, hostility, and threats from the very people he seeks to protect But as the body count grows, stirring ever greater fear and anger among the Hungarian emigres, resistance to the police also increases Racing time and the rising tide of terror all around him, Monk must be even relentless than the mysterious killer, or the echoes of malice and murder will resound through London s streets like a clarion of doom.

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    1. 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 takes [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 River [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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) [...]

    6. Absorbing!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 [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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, [...]

    10. 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, [...]

    11. 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 ot [...]

    12. Series: William Monk #23Publication Date: 9/19/17William 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 [...]

    13. '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.'

    14. 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 [...]

    15. 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.

    16. 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.

    17. 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 [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. 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 [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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.

    23. 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."

    24. 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), P [...]

    25. 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 exc [...]

    26. An Echo of Murder by Anne Perry is yet another excellent novel in the William Monk series. This time William's case revolves around the Hungarian community where first one and then other prominent members of the community are brutally murdered in what appears to be ritualistic and violent acts. The fear and reactions of both the Hungarian and the established English communities invite a comparison to today's attitudes toward immigrants. The difficulties Monk faces not knowing the language and cu [...]

    27. Having come into An Echo of Murder: A William Monk Novel by well-established author Anne Perry, I knew I'd missed something important when there were references to Mr. Monk's amnesia. In this offering, there is an appalling series of murders of London's Hungarian citizens. Hester Monk, his wife, certainly his equal and perhaps then some, has a strong history with the Crimean War in which she attended front line casualties. The end of the war precipitated an influx of alien citizens looking for s [...]

    28. The William and Hester Monk series by Anne Perry is one of my favorite historical mystery series. Each new release piques my interest, and I downloaded An Echo of Murder as soon as it was offered.William Monk is an enigma. In the The Face of a Stranger, the first novel in the series, he awakes in a hospital bed with amnesia. He learns his own name only by a visit from someone who knows him, but hides his complete loss of memory of his past. What he does learn fairly quickly is that he was a poli [...]

    29. William Monk is called to the scene of a gruesome murder of a Hungarian immigrant in the office of a warehouse on the river. Despite the best efforts of his men, no suspects are identified, and within a short time a second, equally gruesome, murder occurs, then a third, and a fourth. All are identical and yet there seems to be no connection between the four men and everyone who is suspected appears to be in the clear.In the meantime, Scuff is pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor by studying w [...]

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