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Nurse Hester Latterly finds herself well suited for the task: accompany Mrs. Mary Farraline, an elderly Scottish lady in delicate health, on a short train trip to London. Yet Hester’s simple job takes a grave turn when Mrs. Farraline dies during the night. And when a postmortem examination of the body reveals a lethal dose of medicine, Hester is charged with murder–punishaNurse Hester Latterly finds herself well suited for the task: accompany Mrs. Mary Farraline, an elderly Scottish lady in delicate health, on a short train trip to London. Yet Hester’s simple job takes a grave turn when Mrs. Farraline dies during the night. And when a postmortem examination of the body reveals a lethal dose of medicine, Hester is charged with murder–punishable by execution.This notorious case presents detective William Monk with a daunting task: find a calculating killer among the prominent and coolly unassailable Farraline clan–and try to save Hester from the gallows....

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The Sins of the Wolf Reviews

  • Mai
    2019-06-27 14:03

    I can't help but feel slightly geeky, giving a 4 star rating to a murder mystery. But Anne Perry is one of the best mystery writer I've ever come across. Her understanding of the Victorian Period - the fashions, the attitudes, the prejudices - is absolutely perfect and it shows in the books.This is one of a series of books about a Victorian dectective (William Monk) with complete identity amnesia. He has had a terrible accident and he no longer knows his name, his job or his relatives/acquaintances. Throughout the series, he gradually rediscovers himself and who he was. In this book, his friend (well, in a manner of speaking)Hester, a nurse who served in the Crimea, is accused of murdering her patient. Monk then frantically tries to discover the real murderer before she is found guilty and executed.There are a number of reasons I love Anne Perry. The quality of her writing is good. Her prose is solid and fits with the Victorian setting, without becoming overly flowery. Her representation of Victorian society is excellent. But the best thing about these books is the characters. The mysteries are seamlessly interwoven with their lives and their reactions to the crimes they face are natural and well depicted. Their relationships with each other are what grabs me though. The protagonists, Hester and Monk, spend their time in convoluted arguments with each other, interspersed with lovely little moments of odd tenderness. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because these books tend to be a little formulaic. There's the murder, the beginning of the investigation, the initial arrest, the court case, and then the verdict or the big reveal, or both, not necessarily in that order. It can get wearing at times, but the interactions of the characters and the enjoyable plot twists more than make up for it.

  • Lori
    2019-06-25 12:39

    4.5 stars. The best in this great series so far. Loved the focus on Hester in this book. She really is an amazing character; admirable strength and independence especially during Victorian times, an era where women's rights were basically non-existent. Monk's gruffness throughout a good part of the story did get a bit tiresome but he still is an interesting character as well as more and more of his lost memories come back to him. The set up to the storyline in this one was excellent; page-turning and compelling. The conclusion to this gripping mystery lost its way a bit though with one or two too many, family secrets revealed in the end.

  • JBradford
    2019-06-23 08:45

    This is #5 in the Inspector Monk series, and the most impressive I’ve read yet. The plot is very complex and the storyline is tight throughout. The Perry hallmarks are here: murder, most foul, coupled with a fascinating comparison of the interaction between the upper class and the lower class in Victorian times.Hester takes a position as a traveling companion/nurse for an old lady from Edinburgh who wants to take the train down to London to talk to her daughter, who is about to give birth and has some unknown concern about it. All goes well until the train gets to London and Hester discovers that her patient is deceased, but things go worse a few hours later when she discovers that her bag contains an item of her patient’s jewelry that she happens to know was not included on the trip. Hester gets blamed for the death, which turns out to be murder. Rathbone instantly aggress to defend her and sends Monk to Edinburgh to look for evidence. Everyone in the seven-member family is suspect, of course, as well as some of the servants, so he has to investigate very carefully. The story then becomes more complex when a legal decision is made that Hester must be tried in Edinburgh, since the poisoning presumably occurred in Scotland, and Rathbone can only serve as an adviser to her Scottish counsel.As usual, Perry managed to confuse me enough that I decided on just about every suspect except the correct one, and the only consolation I have is that Hester and Monk clearly were just as confused as I was. The denouement is riveting, when all the carefully described facets come together into a realization of who did what to whom, and why.

  • Sierra Abrams
    2019-07-20 13:46

    There are only a few books in the world worthy of me staying up till 3 AM to finish. This book was one if them.IM FREAKING OUT OK?! That was perfect. PERFECT. Every detail, every moment, was careful and planned and yet totally unexpected!! What even.

  • Cheryl
    2019-07-18 14:02

    This book was given to me by a friend (Sue) upon the recommendation of another friend (Alison). I have some stress over this book, now, because I enjoyed this murder mystery by Anne Perry so much, I will have to find time to read all of the other books in the William Monk Mystery Series. Set in Victorian Great Britain, Anne Perry does an excellent job of bringing us into another era and place and engaging us with intriguing characters. The plot twists and turns. At times a bit over-the-top in description, but such an enjoyable read. For any who have not already read William Monk novels, I would not recommend this one as a starting point. I wish I had read the first book, Death of a Stranger. There are many references in the story to past cases and the personal issues William Monk, Hester Latterly, and Oliver Rathbone that were developed in earlier novels. I think that my reading experience would have been even richer if I had read at least the first novel. Agatha Christie is still my favorite mystery writer, but Anne Perry has given me a second to enjoy.

  • Jeni
    2019-07-20 13:55

    Still a good series. This is another Victorian mystery in which the family is probably the likeliest to have killed the victim, but it does take a while and a few rabbit trails to close in on who it is. I found the ending satisfactory, and I am hoping that the relationship between Monk and Hester has turned a corner of sorts - not romance, but at least an end to hostilities.Apart from the writing, I found this book to be poorly edited. Grammar mistakes, using the wrong name for someone, and not keeping the staging correct (first they are standing, then sitting, then they sit down - wait, weren't they already sitting?). A previous reader of my library book even marked a page or two noting an error. It just trips you up when you are reading and pulls you out of the story. I would think a writer of Ms. Perry's stature would be worthy of better editors.

  • Jamie Collins
    2019-07-18 09:01

    This was nicely dramatic. Hester is accused of murdering a patient, and Monk and Rathbone desperately try to find evidence that will clear her. Much of the action takes place in Edinburgh.The author is still quite repetitious, although I'm trying to be forgiving since I'm reading these books close together, which amplifies the problem.The murder mystery itself was interesting, but I think the author got a little carried away with the finale: there are multiple dramatic revelations, any one of which would have made for a sufficient ending.We have progress on the Monk/Hester romance. They share a tender moment, when they think they're about to die.

  • Erin
    2019-07-06 15:48

    This book in the William Monk series was interesting to me because Hester is accused of the murder of her charge, and the setting is Edinburgh, one of my favorite cities. However, the book gets mired down at the end with an overly complicated plot and outrageous family secrets. One family secret would have been fine, but Perry hit overkill in this book.

  • Mary Corbal
    2019-07-17 10:42

    De lo mejorcito que ha escrito esta autora. La trama te mantiene en vilo y el final es sorprendente. Muy recomendable.

  • Kristensilvermoore
    2019-07-10 08:00

    I was truly torn between a four and a five, but in the end, though there were parts I loved, this was not Ann Perry’s best book, so I had to be honest and give it a four. Why did I have the urge to give it five stars? (Spoilers ahead!) Mainly because Hester and Monk kiss! It’s really a tame interlude, but much needed to break the tension there. Also, Hester’s very life is in jeopardy, as she is on trial for murdering her patient, which made for a lot of intensely felt drama. In general though, the mystery itself was just confounding! I had no idea what was going on, although I did hold a wavering suspicion as to who was the impetus for the crime. I had a feeling that Oona was responsible in some way, and that her brother Alastair had a secret to hide, but I didn’t see the whole picture. I also really liked how Hester was given the verdict of “Not Proven”, so that she and Monk would together try to prove her innocence at the end.There was also a downside to Hester being in prison for much of the novel though, since she was unable to help Monk in his investigations, which also limited her interactions with Monk. There were other problems too. For one, the pacing could have been better. Perhaps my favorite part of the novel was Hester’s interaction with her patient Mary, before Mary’s murder, but after that, there was definitely a lagging period while Hester was in jail but before the trial. I felt like the novel just dragged there and then picked back up again once the trial started. Another qualm I had was that the Farraline family were all so ready to accept that Hester was innocent and that one of their own was responsible—enough so to welcome her into their home after the trial ended. I wasn’t sure this was realistic. Certainly, the “not proven” verdict allowed for them to pretend that she could’ve committed the crime and thus given them an out from suspecting each other! I would have more likely believed that some of them thought she was guilty and some did not. Lastly, the Farraline family secrets that were uncovered throughout the novel did stretch the imagination. It was all a bit much! But it did make for a great read.

  • LJ
    2019-07-18 11:47

    SINS OF THE WOLF - GPerry, Anne - 5th in Monk seriesNurse Hester Latterly finds herself well-suited for the position: accompany Mrs. Mary Farraline, an elderly Scottish lady with delicate health, on a short train trip to London. Yet Hester's simple job takes a grave turn when the woman dies during the night. And when a postmortem examination of the body reveals a lethal dose of medicine, Hester is charged with murder--punishable by execution.The notorious case presents detective William Monk with a daunting task: find a calculating killer amongst the prominent and coolly unassailable Farraline clan. Since Hester must be tried in Edinburgh, where prejudice against her runs high, there is little that the highly skilled barrister Oliver Rathbone can do to help. He can only try to direct her Scottish lawyer from the frustrating sidelines, and pray that Hester will not be sent to the gallows....I'm still more a fan of the Pitt series but these are also quite good. Slow progress is being made in the relationship between Hester and Monk.

  • AnnaMay
    2019-06-21 13:50

    This plot had me going. I must be getting better, because I DID figure out who 'did it,' I just didn't account for the extent of the damage done. I liked the development that happened between Rathbone and Hester, then Monk and Hester. Mary was a great character, too, and I loved reading of their short time together. Somehow Perry succeeded in gettting me to see past Hector's drunkenness and be suspicious of it, all the while really liking him. What a tragic ocurrence in their family. I want to research the disease the 'false' father had to understand its implications, as this is the seoncd Perry novel that incorporated as part of the main plot/murder story.Having Hester in prison was nerver-racking. I'm curious to see how her experience will play into her relationships with others and her view of life in the succeeding novels.Fun read!

  • Rebecca Huston
    2019-07-16 15:51

    A very enjoyable entry in the William Monk series. While there was some problems -- I figured out who the murderer was within the first fifty pages -- where this one works is the why someone is so callously disposed of. This time, one of the main characters of the series, Hester Latterly, is accused of murdering a client. The story moves from London to Edinburgh and with all sorts of twists and turns. I give this one five stars despite the flaws. Recommended. For the longer review, please go here:http://www.epinions.com/review/Book_T...

  • Pat C.
    2019-07-16 10:42

    Really liked it and want to read more books with Monk and Hester. I actually didn't read this book, I listened to it but figure that gets a credit too (haha). Years ago I read one of Anne Perry's books that featured the Pitts (Thomas and ?) which I liked ok but didn't feel a burning need to run out and get all the books in the series. I really like the character of Hester. I assume that eventually she and Monk get married but at this point it's a little hard to figure out how that will happen... If anyone reads this and has suggestions for where to go next with this series I would love the input.

  • Kathi
    2019-07-18 09:57

    Another good book by Anne Perry featuring William Monk, although Hester Latterly is center-stage through a large portion of the story. I enjoyed the mystery and usually can work out at least some of the puzzles. However, I do find the portions of the narrative when Monk, Hester, and Oliver Rathbone muse about their feelings for each other to be clunky and repetitive. It seems there should be a better way to weave those thoughts and feelings into the flow of the story.

  • Kate Forsyth
    2019-07-05 14:42

    All I really need to say about this book is I finished it, went straight to the computer, and ordered more books by Anne Perry. Although I’ve read other books by her in the past, this really is a humdinger – interesting, complex characters, a really puzzling plot, lots of surprises, and a real sense of danger.

  • Robin Squier
    2019-06-28 15:49

    If I read "pulled a face," one more time .... Where was the editor?

  • Mandy
    2019-07-15 11:47

    Excellent book- the ending makes me want to start reading the next one right away!

  • Pat
    2019-07-12 09:55

    The Monk series just keeps getting better.

  • Karen San Diego
    2019-07-13 14:54

    This is my third book from English author Anne Perry and I have yet to be disappointed. Far from it - I don't think this woman can ever disappoint, with her flawless prose, excellent eye for detail, great talent with mincing words and forming unforgettable characters, forming a ladder of suspense and giving such an aptly rendered conclusion that is both satisfying and extremely thought-provoking that it will follow you for days, weeks afterwards. A force to be reckoned with - this author knows her business very, very well.The Sins of the Wolf tells the fascinating tale of how Hester Latterly - our arrogant, opinionated and above all adorable nurse from the past William Monk adventures - was accused of murdering an old lady for a piece of expensive jewelry. She was hired to take care of an old woman who wanted to travel from Edinburgh to London, and who had a heart condition. While on their journey, Hester gave her her medicine, and the following morning, she was dead, and missing a pearl brooch. Naturally, the fingers of the family were pointing to Hester. In the mid-19th century England, whoever commits murder was hanged, so Monk has to find evidence to the contrary in order to save Hester's life.The setting is Victorian era England, in the year 1857, which for all I know of it is alien to me. I have never been to England, and I have not read much history books to know a great deal about that period, I know only very little from my world history. This book is not a textbook but a novel, but I have learned great deal from the three books I have read so far: The Face of a Stranger and A Dangerous Mourning. This was a time when the line between the social classes was strongly defined, and a time when men and women were too absorbed in blind obedience to even question the rights they were missing. There was a presumed way to behave, a presumed way to think, to speak and to find your way in life; if you are born poor, then you will die poor; if you are firstborn, you inherit the most, the ladies and gentlemen are the only ones to be respected; butlers are above policemen in the social class; and most of all women have so little rights that they merely serve as decorations for men to be satisfied in life and have their children born. It was a horrible period in that regard, in light of human rights; but it is fascinating all the same for the rest. With Anne Perry's guide I was transported to this time in the past, her novels serving as intellectual time machines, and I was in awe of everything she described, whether they were most unpleasant, or most splendid.Her dialogues are also very entertaining and interesting. The lines from each character, without the author revealing who said what, can be determined by the attitude by which they were said, or the words themselves. Before I read her first book, I knew it was set in the Victorian era and I expected heavy english, but I was disappointed in that matter - Anne Perry used easily understandable words but with that old-period effect to them when placed in sentences. Of course, Monk and Hester's exchanges are priceless compared to others, although I was also so impressed that I wished the author could also provide a point of view from even just one of the other characters involved in the crime. Most especially Oonagh. But her style of writing - only two characters' points of view for the sake of mystery - I respect a lot and I no longer wish her to change it at all.Indeed, I can't recall a time during my one-day-reading of The Sins of the Wolf that I was ever even just a little bit bored. I was never impatient, because her prose was so elegantly conceived that each part of the 436-paged book was extremely fascinating. She has a laid-back style of narration; she has sufficient mystery to hold the whole plot, but her characters and her setting glued the events together so that without having to up the stakes she can move her story along that it was not merely the suspense but the interest and emotional investment to the characters that serve as the qualities that define her work and make her readers go along. Other writers give puzzle pieces slowly, some give more deaths, some put chase scenes on the way, some peel layers after layers, some put irrelevant sex scenes just to have readers read on, some do all the rest I have not mentioned to heighten suspense but Anne Perry just gives her predicament at the beginning, then effortlessly guide you towards a breathtaking conclusion. She does it all easily.Her characters are most remarkable. William Monk suffered amnesia after a road accident a year and a half ago. He does not know himself all that well, and so he picks up impression from people and determine how he was, how he used to be, and disliking the person they see in him, tries to alter his ways but eventually fails and reverts to his natural behaviors. In spite of his arrogance and disagreeable nature, he is a very good detective and deep inside, a sentimental, emotional man who just wants to do better and become better and to fight injustice. Hester Latterly nursed soldiers in Crimea during the war, and was one of Florence Nightingale's women. She is a courageous person, quite like other heroines in most fiction: hates the injustice at being viewed as lower class than men, brave enough to defy social stereotypes and still be proud of herself, does not depend on other people for her happiness, and in spite of it all a loving woman who wants to be accepted for who she is. The qualities that set her apart from others are probably her ever-present wit which is sometimes annoying but mostly amusing, and her blinding courage which is not without intelligence.Lady Callandra Daviot is another remarkable character, present in all Monk novels. She is Hester's mentor, who is rich and kindhearted. She is not beautiful, but she is very intelligent and charming, and she is like the light in the dark for them: they turn to her for help in the most desperate of times, and she always has something to offer. Another reoccurring character is the barrister Oliver Rathbone, a brilliant lawyer, calculating but never cold, does not say what he thinks straight to the point and is very fond of Hester. However, he is hardly one I would miss because he is so ordinary - but I guess Anne Perry has to create ordinary characters still to balance the rest.It amazes me that in all three books of hers that I have read, wherein there are more than 20 relevant characters in all, each one of those characters besides the aforementioned is different from one another. I find Jocelyn Grey (The Face of a Stranger) very different from Myles Kellard (A Dangerous Mourning) for example. I find Romola Moidore very different from Eilish Fyffe. Deirdra from Rosamond. Lovel from Alastair. Fabia from Mary. Araminta from Oonagh. It is an evidence of Anne Perry's gift for excellent characterization and character development. Each novel has a family drama, and each family drama is of different quality and weight from the other because the characters involved in it are also very different. In The Sins of the Wolf, the secrets behind the Farralines, kept to the utmost core, discovered only a few pages from the conclusion, are products of a wealthy imagination, unafraid of giving surprises.The relationships between the characters are interesting and of such depth that mere words are not sufficient to describe them easily. The Farraline family (family of the deceased old lady) is very real to me; the people in it, and the love, hatred and the secrets that bind them. Most of all, I am quite riveted by the relationship between the main characters especially Monk and Hester, whose chemistry was there from the start of the series although they quarrel all the time. In this novel, their relationship climbs to the level of 'true friendship', having shared a near-death experience, and having kissed (finally!).The introduction of the characters to the enthralling courtroom drama to the astonishing conclusion - all of it was awash with Anne Perry's eye for detail, excellent characterization, impressive dialogues and internal monologues, and gift for narration.(view spoiler)[I will however comment on the unbelievable acceptance Hester and Monk received from the Farralines after the verdict was given. I do not think a grieving family, no matter however gracious or generous or just, will receive the accused murderer of the head of the family with such welcome, a day after the conclusion of the trial which returned a 'not proven' verdict. (hide spoiler)]In all, I am very impressed with this book, and with how the climax was rendered. The author has undeniable talent, and I shall continue reading the rest of her books, as I am quite certain each would leave me as breathless as I am while writing this review.By the way, Florence Nightingale on the stand is an astonishing scene.Highly, highly recommended for all mystery book readers.

  • Janet
    2019-07-05 09:03

    This is one of my favorite Anne Perry mysteries. Hestor is duped into providing companionship to an old lady traveling by train from Scotland to London. One of her responsibilities is to mix the medicine her patient has had prescribed for her. Not surprisingly, Hestor finds the old lady dead in the morning when they arrive in London, so she is the chief suspect. This is one of the earlier books, before Hestor and Monk are married. At this point, they have strong feelings for each other, but Monk is still going through a surly, unfriendly phase. But he rallies, as does the famous lawyer whom Monk sees as a rival, and, finally, Hestor's society friend Callandra. Of course, they all have to dive in to dig out clues from the victim's family. I liked the way Hestor handles both the rich family and Monk. Also, I thought the ending was very clever. And the derivation of the title from Dante's infernal - the wolf representing avarice.

  • Peter Herrmann
    2019-07-02 13:43

    My first Anne Perry book. I could assign 3 stars for most of it ... subtle courtroom sequences, clever set up of the situation, historical context, and interest value. Some of the reflective (or self-reflective) passages were on the melodramatic side and repetitious, but I was willing to overlook that because my interest was sustained. But the final denouement was just so over-the-top, incredible, ludicrous and the characters all so out-of-character relative to their earlier portrayals (and for which Perry strived so hard - for the first 90% of the book to depict) that I have to rate the whole effort as 1-star. This will be my last Anne Perry book.

  • Robert Scott
    2019-06-25 08:39

    ++A horrifying glimpse of the English (& Scottish) justice system in the late 19th century. Hester Latterly an independent minded nurse & survivor of the Crimean War is a friend of William Monk a private inquiry agent and former policeman as well as Oliver Rathbone a renowned solicitor. She is arrested for theft and jailed and then later charged with murder. The case moves from London to Edinburgh in Scotland and is deeply involved with the Farraline family including brothers, sisters, in-laws and the family black sheep. Only persistence and luck help Hester & Monk survive.++

  • Jill Benson
    2019-07-09 11:44

    The writing style is a bit prolonged. So much inner turmoil and long descriptive explanations of the facial expressions of each person in the room - with so many characters, this sometimes just seems extensive. Having said this I really like the dynamic between the main characters especially Hester Latterly and William Monk. But these relationships are developed over the entire series. So that moves incredibly slowly. The actual plot in each book is good, but some times like I said over elaborated. The setting is grand - love the time and place.

  • Soozee
    2019-07-14 13:53

    An entertaining read, particularly because much of the action takes place in Scotland. A good mix of characters, and the interaction between Monk and Hester and Rathbone is interesting. The plot works well, and kept my attention to the end. I had difficulty guessing 'who dunnit'! Well worth a read.

  • Sue
    2019-07-08 13:51

    I have just read all 22 of Anne Perry's William Monk series non-stop over the past 5 months and loved every minute of them. I have never in my life before read an entire series back to back and even when I've previously read a trilogy I've had to stop for a breather part-way through. They are so well written and introduce all sorts of historical events and social issues of the time (1850s & 60s).

  • Aaron Waltmann
    2019-06-29 13:45

    Wonderful continuation of the story!I am reading all of the Monk series and definitely a great new story in the timeline and lives of Monk, Hester and Rathbone! Really a page turner and you can’t guess what is going to happen next!

  • Marge
    2019-06-26 11:52

    Best in the series so far. These books move a little too slowly and are a bit wordy for some, but this was a great read. Hester is accused of poisoning one of her patients and the book builds to an amazing trial and discovery of the true murderer and the motive behind it.

  • Lyn Robbert
    2019-07-09 14:08

    This is my second Ann Perry and I'm so happy to have found this author. Having the setting in Victorian times gives a whole new dimension to a mystery - plus her writing is intelligent and captivating. I'll be reading more Ann Perry.

  • Sandradine
    2019-07-19 12:55

    I love this series and with it's inforgettable characters, twisted plots and difficult subjects, it's a challenge to read anything else until one has read the entire series.This one is another winner for me!