This riveting mystery featuring the always engaging William and Hester Monk is one of Perry's best. Her descriptive powers set Victorian London before the reader in fascinating and compelling detail.

Monk ekes out an existence as a private eye, struggling to keep financially afloat so wife Hester can operate a women's shelter. Necessity forces him to accept a case involving stolen ivory on the London docks. He's not only out of his element, he's also forced to use less-than-aboveboard detection methods. Perry's formidable psychological insight into character motivation adds another layer to this already complex story.

When various plot elements collide in an unexpected and potentially cataclysmic way, the suspense intensifies and the plot leaps forward, almost burning off the page before reaching a wholly satisfying conclusion. (May, 352 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Cindy Harrison