An Echo of Murder - Anne Perry
In the course of his tenure with the Thames River Police, Commander Monk
has yet to see a more gruesome crime scene: a Hungarian warehouse owner
lies in the middle of his blood-sodden office, pierced through the
chest with a bayonet and eerily surrounded by seventeen candles, their
wicks dipped in blood. Suspecting the murder may be rooted in ethnic
prejudice, Monk turns to London’s Hungarian community in search of clues
but finds his inquiries stymied by its wary citizens and a language he
doesn’t speak. Only with the help of a local pharmacist acting as
translator can Monk hope to penetrate this tightly knit enclave, even as
more of its members fall victim to identical brutal murders. But
whoever the killer, or killers, may be—a secret society practicing
ritual sacrifice, a madman on a spree, a British native targeting
foreigners—they are well hidden among the city’s ever-growing populace.
With the able assistance of his wife—former battlefield nurse Hester,
who herself is dealing with a traumatized war veteran who may be tangled
up in the murders—Monk must combat distrust, hostility, and threats
from the very people he seeks to protect. But as the body count grows,
stirring ever greater fear and anger among the Hungarian émigrés,
resistance to the police also increases. Racing time and the rising tide
of terror all around him, Monk must be even more relentless than the
mysterious killer, or the echoes of malice and murder will resound
through London’s streets like a clarion of doom.
Series: William Monk (Book 23)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; First American Edition edition (September 19, 2017)
MY THOUGHTS: I started another series at the end. But it is a good stand alone book. There is a gruesome, bloody murder that's taken place in the Hungarian community. No one seems to know what happened, who done it, or why. Monk and Hopper try their best but keep coming up empty on clues or answers. I really can't give any more info as it will give away the story line. I give this book.....5
This book is for 3 of my reading challenges......
Alphabet Soup Challenge
Library Love Challenge
Outdo Yourself Challenge
I've also found another reading challenge I want to join. It is being hosted by Lark over at bookwyrm hoard. The challenge is The Backlist Reader Challenge.
To count for the challenge, books have to be published before 2017 AND already be on your TBR list or pile.
In other words, you don’t have to own it. If it was on your list to
read before you signed up for the challenge, and it came out before
2017, it counts. Library books, books you picked up at a yard sale,
books you borrowed from a friend, ebooks, print books, audiobooks—any
book counts as long as it fits those two criteria.
I'm going to say 10 books for now, but that could change, as I've got a lot of books I've been wanting to read.