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October 2017

An Echo of Murder – a book review

An Echo of Murder


Anne Perry


I cannot believe I have never read a William Monk mystery before! There are over 50 Anne Perry books and An Echo of Murder is the 23rd book in the Monk series. A fact for which I am incredibly grateful now.

Anne Perry’s William Monk series is set in Victorian London and really, reminds me of the BBC show, Ripper Street. (Or more accurately, Ripper Street reminds me of Anne Perry.) The central character is the sensitive and tough Commander Monk who is aided by his street-smart second-in-command, Hooper, and his brave wife, Hester, who worked with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War. Monk is also surrounded by an eclectic collection of supporting characters ranging from a reformed shyster to an unlicensed doctor and, of course, a beloved street urchin.

In this installment of the series, the Thames River Police, headed by Monk, must rely on the Hungarian community’s own people for access to and legitimacy in the immigrant neighborhood where a terrible murder has taken place. When it becomes obvious they are dealing with a serial killer, the Hungarians are equal parts suspects and victims.

“We’re not taking people’s jobs. You’ve got to make them see that. We’re just taking care of ourselves, like everybody. We’ve got a right to do that. Englishmen have gone all over the world, where they had no business. Can’t they make room for us here?”

Two themes emerge quickly after the discovery of the first victim: the plight of the immigrant and the home life of soldiers after wartime. Both of these topics are particularly relevant right now and it is both interesting and disheartening to realize how little we have learned throughout history when it comes to both subjects.

“There are things you can’t share, except with those others who were part of it. The people at home don’t want to know. They can’t take it away from, they can only feel useless. There are not words created to describe the horror of some things. and why would you want to burden them with it anyway? They cannot help, and they cannot carry it for you.”

I actually read a second book in the Monk series over the weekend and found it just as enjoyable. And, now I have a third Anne Perry book waiting for me on my shelf! If you are a fan of serial mysteries or just really good fiction, you should try this series.

Rating: 89/100

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Magician’s Impossible – a book review in 200 words

Magicians Impossible.


Brad Abraham

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Jason, the loser bartender, is attending his estranged fathers funeral when the book opens. (He, of course, was raised by a lovable but strict aunt and uncle after the death of his mother.) Jason learns about magic on the same day and his whole life changes. It turns out that he is pivotal in the war raging between natural born mages and tattooed witches.

Is Magician’s Impossible predictable? Does it have a “chosen one”, and an orphan, a fight against good and evil and then a twist at the end? It is, and it does. Other’s criticisms of the book are warranted.

BUT it’s so much fun!

Although this is Abraham’s first novel, his background in screenwriting and graphic novels is evident, as the action is fast-paced and well executed. I was able to clearly “see” the magic fights and what was happening at all times. The descriptions of real places (Paris, London) were accurate, and the made up places (Cold Spring, Citadel) were well thought out and made to seem real.

This was a fun romp once it got moving. I am hoping that it is the start of a series (otherwise I will be angry at the ending!)

(A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.)

Rating: 75/100

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