• The Sins of the Wolf

  • A William Monk Novel #5
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (739 ratings)

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The Sins of the Wolf

By: Anne Perry
Narrated by: Davina Porter
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Publisher's Summary

When her wealthy Scottish employer dies of an overdose of heart medication, Nurse Latterly is charged with murder and locked up in Newgate Prison. To save his friend from the gallows, Inspector Monk works feverishly to identify a cold-blooded killer in the victim's greatly admired - and coolly silent - family.
Crack another case with William Monk.
©1994 Anne Perry (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Perry keeps the plot taut, compelling and ringing with verisimilitude." ( Publishers Weekly)
"As always, Perry's measured, literate prose and strict attention to every detail of custom, location, and culture result in pure reading pleasure." ( Library Journal)

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A great addition to the Monk canon

While the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series seems to get more attention for Anne Perry because that was her first series, I actually prefer the darker William Monk/Hester Latterly series more myself, which is unusual because if you examine my library of several hundred audio books, you will see very few that are not "cozy mysteries," which most certainly does not describe Anne Perry's books.

I have listened to most of the Monk series available through Audible and several that are not, and so far, this is probably my favorite of the books, as we see how the different characters react to the pressure of Hester's being charged with murder and the urgent scramble to find any evidence to use to keep her from being executed. While in general I think Perry does a good job of developing her characters in each book, the unique situation in which all the characters are placed gives her a lot more freedom to explore depths to each character not seen before.

One thing that really draws me to these books is Perry's great attention to detail, whether it be in describing the historical situation (I didn't realize that at the time of these books, Scotland had its own jurisprudence system, with a jury of 15 men instead of the British 12), showing what an experience would have felt like to people of that day (i.e. the significant difference for Hester in riding the train in the second class carriage one night vs. the first class carriage the next), or the elements of Hester's nursing career (i.e. the vast difference in attitudes people carried for the upper class nurses who went to the Crimea vs. the lower class nurses who stayed at home).

I gave the first two books in this series to my aunt, a nursing professor, because I thought she'd enjoy seeing the Victorian nursing system, and now all her friends, nurses and non-nurses alike, adore the series themselves too! This is one series where you do definitely want to start with Book 1 if at all possible, but after that, I have not had trouble following a non-sequential order, as the books have become available.

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Anne Perry is good but repetitive

Would you try another book from Anne Perry and/or Davina Porter?

I have listened to five Monk novels, and now have had my fill of Anne Perry's verging on shrill condemnation of the British class system and its reactionary attitudes toward women. The Sins of the Wolf ends up ensnaring the charming Hester Latterly in the criminal justice system--and I was disappointed to suffer through what seemed like hours of Hester's terror at her plight.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The plot itself was very interesting, the social commentary repetitive and tedious.

Do you think The Sins of the Wolf needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

There is a book six in the series, which picks up the thread of Latterly and Monk's gradual romance, but Audible does not stock it.

Any additional comments?

It will be awhile before I do another Anne Perry. On the other hand, Davina Porter is great so I will keep an eye out for her.

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Like the series

I'm glad I finally started listening to this series. Love the stories and the narration is wonderful. I wish Audible had the entire series available. I am reading the missing ones on my Kindle. I understand the narrator changes when the Audible versions return around #10 or so. Too bad. Davina Porter is terrific.

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The Sins of the Wolf

Davina Porter does a great job in narrating this book. She makes the story come to life. This book has Hester charged with murder facing the gallows. The story takes place in a Scottish courtroom and the difference between English and Scottish law is pointed out. Monk, Arthur and his father Harry try to prove her innocent. Lots of descriptions of Edinburgh and Inverness makes it like a trip to Scotland. Hester and Monk are getting closer but when will they get together? Can not wait to start the next book in line. So far I have been unable to find the next book in the series on Audible. It is "Cain His Brother".
Hope they will get it soon.

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Excellent Story

Would you listen to The Sins of the Wolf again? Why?

Yes, but after enough time passes so that I don't remember the details.

Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Heard many of hers before--she is always excellent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

I can hear another faint voice in the background of this recording. It's very distracting.

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Wonderful!

This had to be the most gripping of the Monk series yet.

I enjoyed that there weren’t any modern societal issues to ponder this time.. it was simply a great story and mystery! I was held in suspense and couldn’t stop listening until I found out what happened. Ms. Perry is a master of the twist and turn!! I must admit, I didn’t figure out who did it until she told me!

Once again, Ms Porter is magnificent! I’m amazed at the breadth of her voices!

Yes, this is an excellent mystery!

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Red herrings

I'm afraid the plot was carried off by an inability of the author to choose the end is muddled by an over abundance of villains and motives. A good cook knows not to put everything that's available into the pot. A good writer otherwise.

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Interesting Story and Super Reader

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Interesting Characters in book and gives you a good insight into the era..... Anne Perry a detail writer and like the way she carries over from book to book to give the series a continuous feel ....I just love Davina Porter as a Reader...So.that is How came across these great books....would like some more in the series!!!! for download by Audible

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hester Lattery, Oliver Rathbone and William Monk are Great Characters that you love following through to the next series in books

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I’m sorry but I’m gonna have to

Agree with the negative reviews. It was too long. Really could’ve benefited from some judicious editing. The ending was just not a good fit for me.

Without a doubt one of the best narrators I’ve ever listened to.
However, there are Many other Ann Perry stories I enjoy much more than this one.

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Best of the William Monk series

Where does The Sins of the Wolf rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up near the top of the list. For me, the early Monk books are the best. Lately, not so good. I think the reason I liked this one so much is because it includes all of the best characters, who are friends of Hestor and Monk and who band together to save Hester from a false murder charge.

Who was your favorite character and why?

That is a hard choice to make. I like Monk and Hester and all of their friends. Anne Perry really does a wonderful job ,in this one, by taking each of the characters through an evolution of emotions through the story. This makes each of them multi-dimensional and therefore more real. You can really see and feel the individuality of each and how they relate to the main characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

Up until this book, Hester and Monk's relationship is often adversarial (disapproving of each others' temperaments and mannerisms). So, my favorite scene was when they finally acknowledged their feelings for each other in a crises situation. Very touching and very real.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is a long book, so that wouldn't have been possible, but it definitely was hard to put down until the next day. Every scene kept my interest and kept me guessing what would happen next. I could not figure out where the plot was going, which I always appreciate in a book.

Any additional comments?

I have purchased some of Anne Perry's recent books and I didn't find them as riveting as the early ones. This one is my favorite of the early Monk books, as it thoroughly "fleshes out" all of the main characters that appear over and over in following books. It is quite suspenseful and at the same time quite touching. Anne is so gifted in the ability to make her characters (even the villains) multi dimensional. I like when there are no "black and white" judgements, but lots of gray areas that make one think about what motivates the characters at different times and in differing situations. This book is filled with suspense, mystery, action and it also make you think, "What would I do in this situation?". That is fun! Of course, one of the things that Ms. Perry is best known for is her wonderful research into the historic details and in this case she doesn't disappoint. Her descriptions of Scotland, train travel, how the courts of the period worked, etc. are excellent and make you feel as if you have gone back in time.

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  • Lynn
  • 03-26-11

Decent story, Needs a good edit

The narration is superb and there is a good little story here within the 16+ hours. The book needed a strong edit, however, as far far too much time is spent describing the feelings of those involved in solving the crime..hours in fact...and far too little time on developing the plot and exploring the 'who done it'. I had to fast forward a great deal, something I never do with audiobooks.

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  • Elizabeth Davies
  • 07-12-14

Disappointing

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It is far too long and the style of writing is pedantic.

Would you ever listen to anything by Anne Perry again?

Yes, I like Anne Perry but this is, by far, the least enjoyable of her books ... in my opinion.

What three words best describe Davina Porter’s voice?

Appropriate, agreeable and expressive.

Do you think The Sins of the Wolf needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-24-21

Another solid story

As usual Anne Perry can satisfy those of us who enjoy historical crime. No one can beat Davina Porter as a narrator, her voice is pure gold and worthy of 20 stars

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  • Babs Moy
  • 12-15-19

Sins of the wolf?

You will know what they are by the end. Another great story by Anne Perry. The developing relationships of the continuing characters gives more depth to the mystery. Listen and enjoy.

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  • Janet
  • 08-15-17

Well researched stories that keep me guessing.

The study was interesting with complexities that keep me guessing. good character development with Monk, Hester and Rathbone.

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  • Yvonne
  • 05-12-16

great

loved it narrator was extremely good praise for Anne Perry well done audible books great