The Shifting Tide Audio CD – Audiobook, 28 Jun 2011
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Commissioned in The Shifting Tide to find the precious cargo of ivory stolen by river thieves from the hold of Clement Louvain's ocean-going schooner, private enquiry agent William Monk is intrigued by his new surroundings. The bank of the Thames is a world unto itself, but without the help of the famed river police, Monk hardly stands a chance of retrieving the ivory or tracking down the murderous men who killed an innocent crew member while robbing Louvain's ship. Not so coincidentally, Monk's wife Hester, who operates a shelter for sick and injured women of the streets, discovers that a woman with a mysterious connection to Louvain may hold the key to the missing ivory as well as many more deaths aboard his ship than the one Monk knows about. Perry's trademarked plotting, characterisation and verisimilitude in recreating Victorian London gleam brilliantly in this well-crafted historical mystery. --Jane Adams, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Engrossing . . . The mysterious and dangerous waterfront world of London's 'longest street, ' the Thames, comes to life."--South Florida "Sun-Sentinel"
"With her visionary sensibility, Anne Perry is the master of the 'you are there' school of hist-myst storytelling. . . . [Here are] scenes that could have come out of Dickens's "Our Mutual Friend.""--"The New York Times Book Review"
"As always, Perry uses her characters and story to comment on ethical issues that remain as relevant today as they were in Victorian times."--"Publishers Weekly"
"No one writes more elegantly than Perry, nor better conjures up the rich and colorful tapestry of London in the Victorian era."--"The Plain Dealer"
"Among the best [of the Monk books] . . . This one has all Perry's trademark atmosphere."--"The Globe and Mail "
Engrossing . . . The mysterious and dangerous waterfront world of London s longest street, the Thames, comes to life. South Florida "Sun-Sentinel"
With her visionary sensibility, Anne Perry is the master of the you are there school of hist-myst storytelling. . . . [Here are] scenes that could have come out of Dickens s "Our Mutual Friend." "The New York Times Book Review"
As always, Perry uses her characters and story to comment on ethical issues that remain as relevant today as they were in Victorian times. "Publishers Weekly"
No one writes more elegantly than Perry, nor better conjures up the rich and colorful tapestry of London in the Victorian era. "The Plain Dealer"
Among the best [of the Monk books] . . . This one has all Perry s trademark atmosphere. "The Globe and Mail "" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
How come? First off, no setting could be more suited than Victorian London for this kind of novel, but I felt that Anne Perry made little use of that. I never got the sense of almost 'being' in London at the time (contrary for instance to Sarah Waters' Fingersmith). Secondly, what annoyed me no end was the characterization of the protagonists: they are so decent, good, courageous, modest, self-effacing and what have you to be rather saintly than human. Believable characters are neither wholly good or bad but - as with all of us - have a bit of both in them. And lastly, the language used by the lower class types in the book ("I dunno nuffink", that kind of stuff) doesn't work, it's just got on my nerves.
So, as I said: not my cup of tea.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good plot, good characters, good supporting detail = Enjoyable read. Keeping up the standard for this author.Published 14 months ago by Paul C