Monday, August 21, 2017

An Echo of Murder by Anne Perry

Monk is facing an awful case.  Someone is killing Hungarian immigrants.  They are single or windowed males and they are being killed with great anger and in the same way each time.  Since he doesn't speak Hungarian, it makes the case even more difficult.  It's like they don't want to talk to him since he's police.  He has trouble picking up the nuances in their conversations, too.  There's fear on both sides in this neighborhood.

Ballantine and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 19th.

The Hungarian doctor helps with translation but for some reason, Monk distrusts him.  So does his partner.  Neither can put a finger on why.

There's another doctor that can speak Hungarian but he's damaged from the war he was in.  He loses his place when he enters his mind and the past events.  He can't sleep at night because of the nightmares.  And then people see him with blood on his clothes.  It was from a childbirth he assisted with but they think he's the killer. Charlotte is friends with the damaged doctor and she stands up for him.  But he's ready to give up.  Monk doesn't think he's guilty, but he could be.

This case is a tangled mess with wrongs from the past mixing with the present.  It has a surprise ending that I never imagined.  Watching Monk and Charlotte negotiate another tough case was a joy.  The deaths were awful but the teamwork was amazing.

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