A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry
A William Monk Novel

82%

6 Critic Reviews

Much more than a whodunit, this book, possibly the author’s best yet, is especially effective at providing a nuanced look at a vital controversy of the day.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Anne Perry’s spellbinding Victorian mysteries, especially those featuring William Monk, have enthralled readers for a generation. The Plain Dealer calls Monk “a marvelously dark, brooding creation”—and, true to form, this masterpiece is as deceptively deep and twisty as the Thames.
 
As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim’s name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little—only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but—described as quiet and kempt—she doesn’t appear to be a fallen woman.
 
What sinister secrets could have made poor Zenia worth killing? And why does the government keep interfering in Monk’s investigation?
 
While the public cries out for blood, Monk, his spirited wife, Hester, and their brilliant barrister friend, Oliver Rathbone, search for answers. From dank waterfront alleys to London’s fabulously wealthy West End, the three trail an ice-blooded murderer toward the unbelievable, possibly unprovable truth—and ultimately engage their adversaries in an electric courtroom duel. But unless they can work a miracle, a monumental evil will go unpunished and an innocent person will hang.
 
Anne Perry has never worn her literary colors with greater distinction than in A Sunless Sea, a heart-pounding novel of intrigue and suspense in which Monk is driven to make the hardest decision of his life.

Includes an excerpt from Anne Perry’s next William Monk novel, Blind Justice

Praise for A Sunless Sea
 
“Anne Perry’s Victorian mysteries are marvels.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“Unexpected twists and revelations keep the plot humming with typical Anne Perry deception and wit.”—Bookreporter
 
“Much more than a whodunit, this book [is] possibly the author’s best yet.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Anne Perry

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Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including Dark Assassin and The Shifting Tide, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Buckingham Palace Gardens and Long Spoon Lane. She is also the author of the World War I novels No Graves As Yet, Shoulder the Sky, Angels in the Gloom, At Some Disputed Barricade, and We Shall Not Sleep, as well as six holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Grace. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.
 
Published August 28, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 402 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Sunless Sea
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Below average
on Aug 02 2012

Lumbering, repetitive and preachy. But the final surprise packs a punch, and the overlong courtroom sequences show how much Perry’s learned about legal testimony since Cain His Brother...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jul 30 2012

Much more than a whodunit, this book, possibly the author’s best yet, is especially effective at providing a nuanced look at a vital controversy of the day.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Kathleen Hennrikus on Aug 28 2012

Per usual, Anne Perry puts the reader in the middle of London, smelling the briny air, picking through the Limehouse neighborhood, tackling a terrifying subject with high style.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Ray Palen on Sep 07 2012

...unexpected twists and revelations keep the plot humming with typical Anne Perry deception and wit.

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nj.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Fran Wood on Sep 05 2012

As always, Perry turns in an absorbing and fascinating whodunit unstintingly supported by her painstaking research.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good
Reviewed by Anne Corey

For old and new fans of this series, Anne Perry will not disappoint this time around.

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