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The Shifting Tide by Anne Perry
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The Shifting Tide (2004)

by Anne Perry

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Series: William Monk (14)

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Reluctantly accepting an assignment to investigate an Ivory cargo theft along the Thames, Victorian sleuth William Monk wonders why his client elected not to report the crime to police.

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This series just gets better and better. Monk has to find a stolen cargo of ivory tusks and the murderer of the man who was guarding it. Esther is still working in her clinic for women of the streets when a man brings a seriously ill woman to her, the same man who hired Monk.
Monk and Hester are such a perfect couple, each so strong in their own way, and this book tests the boundaries of their relationship in a new and scary way. Hester especially must deal with soul-wrenching issues while Monk tests himself in a new area, the Thames river, all the time worrying about his wife.
Oliver and Margaret make appearances, adding to their story. It was nice to see the stoic Oliver in a new and better light. Callandra makes a brief appearance; I'm glad for her and hope it's not the last we'll see of her.
There are some new characters that I really enjoyed: a rat catcher and a mudlark. I had no idea about the River Police, but I found that whole idea interesting and looked up more about their history. I always learn something from this series.
Another great read. On to book 15. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Jul 31, 2018 |
Resisted reading for a couple days because I have been so disappointed in the last several books.

What a pleasant and welcome surprise this book was!!

Great mystery, well developed characters, good sub plots, good dialogue.

Well done, Anne Perry ( )
  MommaTracey | Jul 24, 2017 |
William and Hester Monk continue to struggle financially - Monk trying to earn enough for their living expenses while Hester donates her talents and efforts to a women's clinic for sick prostitutes. As the story opens, Monk is accepting a job, unlike his normally inquiries into murder but instead trying to recover a stole cargo. Meantime, Hester and her fellow volunteers are put into a precarious position by non-other than the same man as Monk is working for.

The plot twists and intricacies take the reader on a emotional roller coaster, first with Monk in trouble, then Hester, then the entire clinic.

The story was fantastic! ( )
  cyderry | Mar 13, 2013 |
I love William and Hester Monk. This series by Anne Perry never fails, and this one involving a drastic problem at Hester's clinic for London's prostitutes, and a really convoluted case of piracy for Monk to solve, certainly wasn't light, but it did not require the mental energy I didn't have to give during holiday week. This is a great series, and I love to keep up with the adventures of this compassionate, intelligent, and gentle couple. If you've not read them, give them a try. THey're especially good on audio if you like that forma ( )
  tututhefirst | Nov 28, 2011 |
So many events happen and new people are introduced in this book. Lady Callandra has decided to marry Dr Beck and the two of them are headed to Austria. Sir Oliver Rathbone has discovered his love of Margaret and has asked her to marry him. Monk has taken a case that involves the river and a different class of people. Monk also meets and forms a friendship the Scruff and the River Police. Hester faces grim facts when she discovers that one of the woman under her care died from the Black Death. The clinic must be guarded and no one can leave, and all stand the chance of contacting the dreaded disease. As usual, Perry does an excellent job in describing the setting and the characters. The reader can feel the panic and fear. Again, Perry drives home the fact that many will willingly donate money to help the "heathens" in Africa, but will ignore the "fallen" women suffering in London. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Anne Perryprimary authorall editionscalculated
Champon, AlexisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Colacci, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Griffini, Grazia MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Willems, ElviraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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'The murder doesn't matter,' Louvain said abruptly, leaning a little over his desk towards Monk.
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This was ridiculous! If he were not facing death it would be funny. He was fighting a man he did not know for the favor of a woman he would have paid not to touch! (Monk, chapter 6)
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