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I never cease to be amazed at Ms. Perry's writing, and each new book in either of her Victorian series, or in other books that she writes leaves me somewhat in awe. Not hard to see why she is my favourite author! I love the William Monk series, and this book is by far the best Monk novel I've ever read. And that is saying something because I absolutely love this series the most. In this book Monk and his Hester are again helping their friend Sir Oliver Rathbone who is trying to find justice for a woman whom he knows has been set up for a horrendous crime. With powerful people on every side, Oliver feels like he's fighting a losing battle and he relies on his friends Hester and William to help him see his way through. Monk in turn is stymied by this terrible murder (a middle-aged woman, hit on the head and eviscerated and left on the pier to be found). He engages the help of his one-time co-worker and a man who was his sworn enemy for many years. They both put the past behind them and work together to try to correct a deep wrong. Ms. Perry's writing is lyrical and at the same time spare which depicts her era (Victorian England) like no one else out there. She is brilliant, and her mysteries are never easy to figure out either. As a true fan, I just know that when I pick up one of her books, I am going to be transported to Ms. Perry's world, and I'm going to spend some quality time with some of my favourite fictional characters. I am grateful that Ms. Perry is a prolific writer because I know there will be another Anne Perry for me to read in few months.