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Dark Assassin by Anne Perry

December 06, 2007 | Comments: 0 | Views: 92

Anne Perry's mysteries take the reader into the world of Victorian England. Dark Assassinis the latest in her William Monk series. Monk, who was on the road to becoming Bow Street supervisor, not only solves mysteries, but also explores his own past in this series.

Eight years after awakening in a London hospital with no memory of his life before or how or why he had been run down by a hansom, Monk becomes an inspector with the River Patrol. One winter evening as he and his men patrol the Thames, a young woman and man plunge off a bridge to their deaths in the cold waters of the river.

Even though Monk witnesses the event, due to the twilight darkness, he nor the men with him can tell if the woman went over and pulled the man with her, if the man pushed her and she clung to him, or if they both accidentally went over the side: suicide, murder, or accident.

Mary's, the dead woman's, friends share information with the inspector, raising more questions: The man who died with her had been her fiancé, but she had broken the engagement; Mary's father supposedly committed suicide, which she refused to accept. She had been seeking answers to her father's death and the disaster he predicted.The deeper Monk digs into the lives of Mary and her father, the more questions and problemshe discovers, including the fact that London itself is at risk for a major tragedy involving the sewers beneath the city.

Assisting Monk are his intelligent wife Hester and his second in command, Orme. Together they search for the answers needed to clear a young woman's and her father's names. They call upon the lowest in society's ladder to those at the top.

Perry brings London powerful and rich as well as the poor who exist to life. The details she gives creates a world from the 1800s. The book is well written and engrossing. Anyone who enjoys historical mysteries will want to read all of Anne Perry's novels. Personally, I prefer the William Monk and the Thomas Pitt series over her other books.

Title: Dark Assassin

Author: Anne Perry

ISBN: 978-0-345-46930-4

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Genre: Mystery

After teaching composition for twenty-five years and becoming an author on http://www.Writing.Com/ a site for Stories, Vivian Gilbert Zabelproduced Hidden Lies and Other Stores, Walking the Earth:, The Base Stealers Club, and Case of the Missing Coach, found on

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