Wow! I was spellbound to the very end, and swimming in the dark along with most of the cast until then too!
When our story opens Monk and Orme are one minute enjoying skimming along the Thames, the next they are thrust into disaster as a pleasure boat explodes, leaving in its wake the dead and drowning. An horrific scene that I could barely take in, along with Monk and Orme and others on the river that night.
200 people are dead. The whys and wherefores are mired in political bungling and intrigue alongside heightened public tensions and rage. The River police inquiry is taken over by the Metropolitan police. Political or convenience?
A scapegoat has been found! Guilty or innocent? Someone has to pay.
The posturing in the courtroom reaches new heights.
Hester, Scruff and Rathbone? All are players, and a delightful new urchin Worm makes a brief appearance. I do hope he stays!
So we left with resolution but a bit of a cliffhanger on at least one personal relationship.
Once more the River Thames and it's denizens come to life.
Thought provoking, intense and enthralling!
A NetGalley ARC