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by Headline, 21 April 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4722-1957-2
It is 1869
and, in many ways, life for William Monk is better than it has ever been: he is
married to his deeply-loved wife, Hester; their adopted son, Scuff, is doing
well in his apprenticeship to a doctor; Monk has many good friends and he is
successful and respected in his job as Commander of the Thames River Police.
However, Monk has two major drawbacks to his happiness. A long-standing problem
is his memory loss caused by a carriage accident several years before and the
insecurity and fear that come from knowing that there are other people in the
world that know more about his past than he does. This is exacerbated by the
suspicion that he had been a hard and arrogant person, who may have done things
he would not be proud of nowadays. The other grief for Monk is that he still
mourns the death of Orme, his mentor and friend, who had died in a battle with
smugglers. Monk is convinced that the smugglers had been warned by a traitor
and is almost certain that the guilt lies with McNab, a senior customs officer
who hates Monk, although Monk does not know why.
is summoned by McNab to investigate the death of an escaped prisoner who had
drowned and then been shot. Monk does not know what is going on but he is sure
that McNab is scheming to make trouble for him.
a more exclusive and wealthier part of London, Beata York is released from
marriage to a sadistic, powerful man when her husband dies. To the outside world,
Ingram York was a respected, almost revered High Court Judge, in private he was
a monster and sexual bully. Over a year before, in a violent rage, Ingram York
had tried to assault a guest, Oliver Rathbone, but before the blow could strike
he had fallen into a fit and been transported to a private hospital, where he
had been cared for ever since. Beata has dutifully visited her invalid husband,
despite the unpleasantness of his behaviour. In the eyes of the world she has
been the gracious wife of a great man and only Beata knows how deeply she
despises herself for allowing her husband to have treated her in such a way.
Now, as she plays the part of the grieving widow and arranges his memorial
service, she dare not think of her love for Oliver Rathbone; the shame of her
husband's treatment of her and her submission seems to be an insuperable
barrier between them, even if Rathbone feels any affection for her. Two
pleasures light Beata's loneliness: one is helping at the hospital for poor
women that Hester Monk helped found and works at. The other pleasure is meeting
Aaron and Miriam Clive for the first time in many years. Miriam and Beata had
been friends when Aaron, Miriam and Beata had been in California at the time of
the Gold Rush. Aaron Clive consolidated the fortune he made in California and
is an extremely wealthy and powerful man with many trading interests.
continues to investigate the death of the escaped prisoner. He discovers the
man was a master forger and suspects that a major crime is planned, quite
possibly to rob Aaron Clive. Before he can complete his enquiries, another
prisoner escapes and Monk's attempt to apprehend him goes tragically wrong. As
the plot against Monk is revealed, he is in danger of disgrace and death and it
is uncertain whether the efforts of his friends and family will succeed in
exonerating him or whether enemies from his past will finally destroy him.
Revenge in a
is the 23rd novel featuring William Monk and the series goes from
strength to strength. Although the community of family, friends and adversaries
is well established, Revenge in a Cold River works well as a stand-alone novel.
Anne Perry is unequalled at showing the depravity beneath the respectable Victorian
façade and the terrible suffering and destruction it causes. Monk, Rathbone,
Hester and Beata,l the central protagonists, are all likeable although fallible
characters and the twists of the plot and the interaction between the
characters are skilfully interwoven. It is an extremely good read and I
Anne Perry was born in Blackheath, London England in October
1938.Anne had various jobs but there
was never anything she seriously wished to do except write. Her publishing career began
with The Cater Street Hangman.
Published in 1979, this was the first book in the series to feature the
Victorian policeman Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife Charlotte. It was filmed
and broadcast on ITV featuring a young Keely Hawes. Midnight At Marble Arch is the latest in the series, released
September 2012. In 1990, Anne started a second series of
detective novels with The Face of a
Stranger. These are set about 35 years before and feature the private
detective William Monk and volatile nurse Hester Latterly. The most recent of
these (18th in the series) is Blind Justice
(April 2013). Anne won an Edgar award in 2000 with her short story
"Heroes". The main character in the story features in an ambitious
five-book series set during the First World War. The last of these was recently
published, in Autumn 2007. Anne’s most recent stand-alone is The Sheen on the Silk, set in the exotic
and dangerous world of the Byzantine Empire, and is a critical success.
Carol Westronis a successful
short story writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical
crime panel, The Deadly Dames.Her crime
novels are set both in contemporary and Victorian times.The Terminal Velocity of Cats is the
first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was published July 2013. Her second book About the Children was published in May