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Tense, Twisting, Fresh,
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This review is from: The Shifting Tide (Paperback)
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.