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Set in Victorian England during a freezing winter, Inspector William Monk is back working for The Thames River Police after some previous mishaps with his former employers, The Metropolitan Police. It is his misfortune to watch the suicide of two people as they plunge into the icy water from a bridge over the river Thames. But was it suicide, was it an accident or was it murder? Identifying the girl's body, it soon becomes clear that Mary's father, too, had committed suicide only a short while ago. Inspector Monk is troubled that two members of the same family should die in this way and when it further comes to light that the father worked for the company whose main directors are also related to both Mary and her sister, the plot, as they say, thickens. The body of the other victim in the Thames is one of these directors and Mary's fiance.
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The company they worked for is currently building a new sewer system in the old and dangerous London underground, where hundreds of half-starved neer-do-wells eke out a precarious living. The pressure on the company to complete the excavation of tunnels is massive and soon Monk realises that the charming facade at company level is beginning to reveal a dark and ugly underbelly. The huge machines employed to dig out the tunnels may be dangerous and likely to bring down the collapse of the London waterway system.
Could this be a reason for keeping dissenters quiet since Monk begins to discover that Mary's father was murdered whilst voicing his concerns over this safety aspect and Mary had taken up the battle to continue searching. Was she, too, murdered in another cover-up attempt?
Monk brings in his enthusiastic and energetic wife to assist and with the help of one or two characters from the dark underground tunnels, they find themselves in deep danger as the killer intends that his secret will remain just that.
Monk has an investigative way that brings about the conclusion but the mystery is not revealed until almost the last pages and he certainly needed all the help he could muster as they close in on the real murderer.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   relative Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, British Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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