A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry
Monk is brought to a sight along the river edge by screams and what he sees is a woman who has been hacked to pieces. After identifying the body, his investigation leads him to a Doctor who had been investigating the effects of Opium. When Monk finds that the doctor committed suicide several months earlier, he becomes suspicious of that and finds that the Doctor's widow is his prime suspect in the woman's murder. Everything points to her as the murderer but Monk still solicits Oliver Rathbone to defend her while he still hunts for more evidence to clear her.
This book really centered more in the court room but the mystery was well developed and the recurring characters continue to grow as real people with real problems.
GENRE: Historical Mystery
SUBJECT: Opium addictions
Setting: London England
CHARACTERS: William Monk, Sir Oliver Rathbone,Zenia Gadney, Joel Lambourn, Dinah Lambourn
DATE READ: August 27 - August 31
NO. OF PAGES: 400
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, MYSTERYCAT
SOURCE: audio stockpile