An Echo of Murder

An Echo of Murder

A William Monk Novel

Book - 2017
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"In the course of his tenure with the Thames River Police, Commander Monk has yet to see a more 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 more 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 resistance to the police also increases. Racing time and the rising tide of terror all around him, Monk must be even more relentless than the mysterious killer, or the echoes of malice and murder will resound through London's streets like a clarion of doom"--
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2017
ISBN: 9780425285015
0425285014
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Per

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DorisWaggoner
May 17, 2018

Hester's Crimean war experience is years behind her, and she thinks she's recovered from it. When a doctor she was close to there, and whom she thought had died on the battlefield, shows up in London, she learns that she still fights her own demons. He helps her see that she needs to seek out her brother, whom she hasn't seen in more than ten years; they are the last of their family. Scuff is now about 18 and learning to be a doctor, working with a man who will treat anyone who needs him, whether or not they can pay him, and whether they speak English or not. And a growing number of them do not, as a small community of Hungarians is moving into the area. Monk is challenged by a violent murder of one of the Hungarians; he assumes the killer must either be another Hungarian, or someone opposed to the Hungarians. Yet the language barrier gets in the way of gathering information. The doctor Hester knew speaks Hungarian, and a Hungarian who's been in England for many years is bilingual, and is very helpful. Still, Monk makes no progress, and further identical murders follow. While the lack of progress is frustrating and slows the plot, the subject matter is certainly relevant today. I'm starting to read a non-fiction book about a court case in England in the 1770s that was the beginning of the end of the slave trade. Since Perry clearly does her research on how courts functioned in the Victorian period, I'll be very interested to see how the procedures differed a century before that.

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jcsmiller
Feb 28, 2018

This novel seems to be written by a different author. It doesn't have the descriptive heft or level of interest as her other novels. It was a struggle.

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fatcat21
Nov 27, 2017

I've always loved mysteries in a historical setting and Anne Perry is one of my reliable authors for this. This book felt a little different to her previous ones but I really enjoyed the story and the great setting.

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readmorebooks
Oct 14, 2017

A little too much of the same war battles. Not enough of Monk and his work. Her other books are much better.

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ladybugg
Oct 07, 2017

disappointing

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