5 thoughts on “Death of a Stranger (William Monk, #13)

  1. It had been too long since I last read one of Anne Perry’s William Monk novels set in Victorian England. Once I started reading, I couldn’t believe I had let so long lapse before picking up another book in this series.

    As the story begins, Monk’s wife, Hester, is busily taking care of injured and ill prostitutes at her refuge in Coldbath. Hester asks little of the prostitutes, no more than a name to call them. During the evening, though, events take a puzzling turn as several well-spoken, educate

  2. Hester’s landlord is most unhappy about her clinic, squeezing her for more money and making life generally awkward, while she tries to educate the rare helpers in the realities of life: it’s shocking to realize that a 12-14 hour day of “honest” work would pay less than 2 shillings, scarcely enough to get by. (view spoiler)[I almost laughed aloud when I saw her masterful acquisition of the new location, and realized that finally Hester has some well-bred nurses! (hide spoiler)]

  3. I find Anne Perry as a person entirely intriguing. She has led an incomparably unique life. I guess I read her books on occasion to feel like I’m reading more about her. It has to be truly rare that someone with her life experience rises from the ashes so to speak and becomes a successful and celebrated author.

    In all honesty, I have a difficult time following her prose. It may also be because I’m sleep deprived, but I had to read a few sections twice. It reminds me of skipping stones along a sti

  4. It’s hard to say too much about this book with giving everything away, but the book jacket blurb does say that Monk learns much about his forgotten history in this story. And that knowledge is twined with the puzzle in this case.

    I thought that the parts of the story set in the prostitution district was not as well done as the part regarding the railroad.

    Added 08/01/10:

    After reading the next book in the series I realize that this book and the prior one really form the basis of a turning point in

  5. Inspector Monk grapples with half-remembered events of his past as he investigates a railway-building fraud on behalf of a young woman client who fears for her fiance’s involvement. Meanwhile, Monk’s wife,nurse Hester, treats a number of prostitutes whose beatings might be linked to the murder of a prominent financier who is connected to the railroad.
    Too turgid and romantic in tone to be convincingly Victorian. Intense focus on and viewpoint of character miss the 19th century tone of omniscience

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