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Death of a Stranger

Death of a Stranger by Anne Perry.

 

Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; (October 1, 2002)
Sold by: Random House LLC
ASIN: B000FBFMGQ

 

 

Few authors have written more mesmerizingly about Victorian London than Anne Perry. Readers enter her world with exquisite anticipation, and experience a rich variety of characters and class: aristocrats living in luxury, flower sellers on street corners, ladies of the evening seeking customers on gaslit streets, gentlemen in hansom cabs en route to erotic diversions unknown in their Mayfair mansions. Now Perry gives her myriad fans the book they’ve been waiting for—the novel in which William Monk breaks through the wall of amnesia and discovers at last who he once was.

DEATH OF A STRANGER For the prostitutes of Leather Lane, nurse Hester Monk’s clinic is a lifeline, providing medicine, food, and a modicum of peace—especially welcome since lately their ailments have escalated from bruises and fevers to broken bones and knife wounds. At the moment, however, the mysterious death of railway magnate Nolan Baltimore in a sleazy neighborhood brothel overshadows all else. Whether he fell or was pushed, the shocking question in everyone’s mind is: What was such a pillar of respectability doing in a seedy place of sin?
Meanwhile, brilliant private investigator William Monk acquires a new client, a mysterious beauty who asks him to ascertain beyond a shadow of a doubt whether or not her fiancé, an executive in Nolan Baltimore’s thriving railway firm, has become enmeshed in fraudulent practices that could ruin him.
As Hester ventures into violent streets to learn who is responsible for the brutal abuse of her patients, Monk embarks upon a journey into the English countryside, where the last rails are being laid for a new line. But the sight of tracks stretching into the distance revives memories once stripped from his consciousness by amnesia—as a past almost impossible to bear returns, eerily paralleling a fresh tragedy that has already begun its inexorable unfolding.

 

Another Anne Perry “Monk” mystery!  What a great couple Anne Perry has created with William Monk and Hester! These two could have solved Jack the Ripper back in the day!   I also love that each book you learn more about Monk. Parts of his amnesia return in each book, so that his own personal mystery unravels with each “Monk Novel”.

Always good reading.  So far there hasn’t been a bad book!!

 

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The Crossing

The Crossing by Michael Connelly.

 Print Length: 401 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (November 3, 2015)
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
ASIN: B00U6DNZOY

 

 

Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. A woman has been brutally murdered in her bed and all evidence points to Haller’s client, a former gang member turned family man. Though the murder rap seems ironclad, Mickey is sure it’s a setup.

Bosch doesn’t want anything to do with crossing the aisle to work for the defense. He feels it will undo all the good he’s done in his thirty years as a homicide cop. But Mickey promises to let the chips fall where they may. If Harry proves that his client did it, under the rules of discovery, they are obliged to turn over the evidence to the prosecution.

Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch reluctantly takes the case. The prosecution’s file just has too many holes and he has to find out for himself: if Haller’s client didn’t do it, then who did? With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucy Soto, Harry starts digging. Soon his investigation leads him inside the police department, where he realizes that the killer he’s been tracking has also been tracking him.

I think I enjoy an occasional Michael Connelly,Harry Bosch book because after having lived in San Fernando Valley for a few years I like reading the street names and towns and know exactly where he is!!  Yes, it’s a dumb reason… but it works!

I haven’t read many Harry Bosch books but I did enjoy all of them.  Once again I get hooked on short chapters, and Michael Connelly’s writing doesn’t make it so you don’t understand  what’s going on.

Good quick reading for someone who is away from home and won’t be sitting for hours at a time reading. 

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Somebody’s Daughter

Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell.

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 10, 2018)
ISBN-10: 0399586059

Amazon Review:

In this pulse-pounding novel of psychological suspense from the USA Today bestselling author of Bring Her Home and Since She Went Away, a man must save the life of a little girl who just might be his daughter….
When Michael Frazier’s ex-wife, Erica, unexpectedly shows up on his doorstep, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Her ten-year-old daughter is missing–and Michael is the father. Unsure whether this is the truth but unwilling to leave the girl’s fate to chance, Michael has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted but never knew he had.
After Michael departs, his wife, Angela, learns shocking news about Erica and fears for the safety of both her husband and the endangered girl. When a stranger, a man who claims a connection to Erica and her missing daughter, knocks on the door, Angela is drawn out into the night–and deep into the tangled web of Michael’s past….
Over the course of one night, lies that span a decade come bubbling to the surface, putting Michael, his wife, and his whole family in jeopardy. And as the window for a little girl’s safe return closes, Michael will have to decide who can be trusted and who is hiding the truth….

Oh my… David Bell.. one of my all time favorite authors! I have to love when one of my favorite authors comes out with another book! Generally, I have to wait for the price to come down.. but when it does, I send for it right away!!

This book is seriously a thriller!  A number of times you think you know the answers.. but guess what!?.. you don’t! 

His books have very short chapters and move as fast as you can read!  I can say I have never been disappointed in any of his books and I’ve read 9 of his books. *sigh* and I see that next July another new book will go up for sale!!!

Happy reading!

 

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Slaves of Obsession

Slaves of Obsession by Anne Perry.

 Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(October 3, 2000)
ISBN-10: 034543326

 

Amazon Review:

 The year is 1861. The American Civil War has just begun, and London arms dealer Daniel Albertson is becoming a very wealthy man as emissaries from both sides of the conflict rush to purchase his wares. The quiet dinner party held by Albertson and his beautiful wife seems remote indeed from the passions rending America. Yet investigator William Monk and his bride, Hester, sense growing tensions and barely concealed violence in this well-appointed mansion. For two of the guests are Americans, each vying to buy Albertson’s armaments.
Philo Trace, the Southerner, is both charming and intelligent, but a defender of slavery. Northerner Lyman Breelove is a disturbing blend of political zealot and personal reserve–to whom Albertson’s teenage daughter has pledged her heart. Soon Monk and Hester’s forebodings are fulfilled. For within this group, one is brutally murdered in a cruel ritualistic fashion, and two others disappear–along with Albertson’s entire inventory of weapons.
Slaves of Obsession twists and turns like a powder keg fuse as Monk and Hester track the man they believe to be a cold-blooded murderer all the way to Washington D.C. and the bloody battlefield at Manassas. Yet finally, in a hushed London courtroom scene, Anne Perry holds her readers breathless and spellbound while Sir Oliver Rathbone fights to defend the innocent . . . and perhaps the guilty . . . from the hangman’s noose.

 

This Monk story crossed the Sea to America’s Civil War, Where Hester helped the wounded and Monk finds the people he is looking for.

This book took long while I had surgery and 3 weeks of help from my friend Cathy. But, as usual it is another well written story that makes you read to the end.

 

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