An Echo of Murder
Monk tackles a series of ritualised killings, which seem to be targeting the Hungarian community in London. Bad enough that the first has a bayonet through his heart, his fingers broken and surrounded by candles, but these escalate in ferocity. A worried immigrant community co-operates with Monk's team initially, until tensions mount. Soon Monk has civil unrest to contend with too.
Meanwhile, an old flame of Hester's makes his reappearance. Fitz was a doctor, left for dead on a Crimean battlefield, but survived and made his way home via Hungary. He now works in the Hungarian community, but is a traumatised wreck of a man. Hester must face her guilt over leaving him, and do what she can to help heal him.