Like reading Thackeray edited by Elmore Leonard

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.