-by Anne Perry
(William Monk, #1)
all of this, Monk is sent back to work. He must piece himself together,
while investigating a gruesome murder of a Crimean War hero, a member
of the gentry. He ultimately succeeds in solving it with the help of his
newly-assigned Sergeant, John Evans, who becomes his trusted friend,
and Hester Latterly, a nurse who knew the murder victim in the Crimea.
was impressed with how the story was constructed. While the
investigation of the Grey mystery became cumbersome at times, overall
the plot was very engrossing! Admittedly, I was a bit disappointed by who the culprit
was, as I had suspected them early on, and hoped it was something a bit
less predictable. However, the story was truly about Monk and his 'self-discovery' -- I
enjoyed that aspect the most and it was really well done.
The Face of a Stranger
was refreshingly different and a treat to read. What a clever way to
involve the reader... by making the main character a mystery unto
himself! I look forward to more in this series.
EDIT TO ADD (July 2013): I am current reading book number 11 of the Monk series. I am enjoying every single one!