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Blood On The Water

Blood On The Water
Blood On The Water

London, 1856.  It is a time of progress, with the Empire's interests expanding and the Suez Canal nearing completion.  Many people stand to gain - and to lose - as the world rapidly changes.  

When a Thames pleasure boat is blown up with the loss of many lives, an Egyptian man is quickly sentenced to hang for the crime.  But William Monk, head of the River Police, discovers the evidence was flawed.  As he and his wife Hester investigate further, Monk begins to wonder if the wrong man was convicted.  If justice itself has been tainted, exposing the true culprit will be far more hazardous ...

  • "Familiar characters return to help solve the mystery in this 20th William Monk tale. Plot elements combine to transport the reader to the sights and sounds of 1850s London. Compared to present day, the path to justice is a bit slow, though some scenes are literally explosive. It is interesting to note that some things, including bribery, corruption and blackmail, never change. Leslie L. McKee" www.rtbookreviews.com, September 2014
  • "Readers in the know, like you and you, and you, know to study Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries for coded references to contemporary issues. There are plenty of those in Blood On The Water ..." New York Times Book Review, September 2014
  • "This is one of Ms. Perry's most engrossing books ... Ms. Perry has always excelled in courtroom scenes and arguments between barristers, and she outdoes herself in two dramatic trials ... The book gallops to a dramatic conclusion. This riveting tale points the way. Muriel Dobbin, The Washington Times Daily." Blood On The Water, September 2014