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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (2 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747268975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747268970
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,451,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With twenty million books in print throughout the world, Anne Perry's bestselling novels are noted for their memorable characters, exploration of social issues and historical accuracy. Selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime', Anne lives in Scotland.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Lesa Smith on 9 Jan 2005
Format: Paperback
Having read all the books in the Monk series, this is by far the best yet. The story starts out as a a simple theft of cargo and a possible murder aboard the Maude Idris, but it soon becomes apparent to the reader that this is a far more complex story than first thought. There are far more twists in the plot than previous Monk books and Perry's flowing narrative makes it hard to stop reading this book. Her attention to detail in the Victorian age is astounding and make for a far more intriguing book than just a simple modern day thriller. The characters of Hester and Monk are fantastic. Even though they're married Perry has tried to maintain their original appeal as two people who view the world from different perspectives and backgrounds. I hope the next Monk mystery is ever bit as good as this one.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Judith Bingham,judith Bingham on 1 Mar 2004
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Unlike the previous William Monk books, "The Shifting Tide" moves away from Monk trying to find out about his past. In this book we almost have a new start for Monk and Hester. Also this story takes place not in the back streets and allyways of Victorian London, but on the River Thames which is shown to be a separate part of London, with its own dialect and laws. The people who live and work on the river are their own people.
The actual case that Monk is called to is about murder and missing Ivory, but the Rich Ship owner Lourain is more concerned about his missing ivory than the murder of one of his employees. As Monk delves deeper he discovers something that could change his life and countless others for ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Pittam VINE VOICE on 10 Jun 2012
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I'm a great fan of Anne Perry, and I like the William Monk books best. However there are some in the series that haven't appealed to me - perhaps it's that it's difficult for any writer to produce a massive series to the same high standard. Or, it's simply a matter of taste.

The Shifting Tide is definitely to my taste. I discovered William Monk quite recently and I've been reading the books completely out of order. This one took my by surprise with its twists and unexpected moral dilemmas. I did not realise until I was well into the book that this is 'the one before he becomes a River Policeman' and so the dramatic ending shocked and satisfied me. The plot, without giving away too much, concerns the smuggling of ivory into the Pool of London and the rivalries between the big shipping merchants at the time. When Monk is asked to investigate a cargo theft, he little knows that he is letting himself into something so much bigger than a rivalry on the River Thames.

This book will appeal to you if you like William Monk already - it's a good one. It will appeal to you if you like Victorian Mysteries, and if you know the history of the River Thames. Lovely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Roberts on 28 May 2013
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An excellent author. I have read all the books in the Monk Series and would highly recommend them for anyone who enjoys a mystery
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