"The Turning of the Tide" is one of Hill's earliest books and is part of an arc of stories that included spies, chases on foot and by sea and strong and wronged women. As always, the story line is well wrought and paced, with only small bits of the mystery being fed to the reader at a time. There's a fine ending that sets all accounts right in tried and true Hill fashion.
Emily Salter, having left a controlling husband, is staying at the northern English resort of Skinburness (the Devil's Head, or something like that). A mixed bag of interested and interesting male consorts begin to appear to spice up Emily's stay before things go south, and she becomes the victim of a savage attack and her would be squires are encouraging her to get out of town or are sabotaging her efforts to do so. Author Hill does a slow reveal of why Emily is the center of attention and what other skulduggery is unfolding in the remote resort town.
The novel is just another reminder of how good this author was and how much he is missed.