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The Shifting Tide (William Monk #14)

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William Monk knows London’s streets like the back of his hand; after all, they are where he earns his living. But the river Thames and its teeming docks—where towering schooners and clipper ships unload their fabulous cargoes and wharf rats and night plunderers ply their trades—is unknown territory.



Only dire need persuades him to accept an assignment from shipping magnate
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Published June 28th 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2004)
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Laura
Feb 28, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been “hooked” on Anne Perry novels for a good while now. There are a number of reasons for this addiction. One reason I enjoy these novels as much as I do, is that AP is, to my way of thinking, a master at creating characters with depth to their personalities. This installment in the William Monk series is a prime example of that well-honed skill.

Monk, a former police inspector and currently a private investigator for hire who has fallen on hard times financially, accepts an assignment to
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LJ
THE SHIFTING TIDE (Private Investigator-Victorian England) – Ex
Anne Perry – 14th in Monk series
Headline, 2004 – Hardcover (U.K. release)
Thomas Monk is hired by ship owner Clement Louvain to locate and recover stolen ivory tusks. Monk is also committed to find who killed one of the ship’s crewmembers. Unknown to Monk, Louvain brings a very ill woman to Hester’s clinic for abused and ill prostitutes. The consequences of these two events could be deadly for millions.
*** This is an exceptional book.
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Jamie Collins
Either this was better than the last few Monk novels, or I just enjoyed it more because I allowed some extra time to pass after reading the last one. These books have many repetitive elements, and I think it's best to allow some time between them for the heart to grow fonder.

Money is tight, so Monk accepts a job tracing merchandise stolen from a ship on the Thames. He’s out of his element, being unfamiliar with life on the river and at the docks. Meanwhile Hester is struggling to manage her hosp
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Beth
Jul 17, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It's been a while since I've read Anne Perry but this is another good entry in the Monk series. She does get a bit too much into the characters heads - everyone seems to be experiencing such extreme emotions - that it becomes less intense than I believe she wanted. But still a good read.
Laura Edwards
Wow, Anne Perry hit a homerun with this book. While I'm glad Callandra has found happiness with Kristian Beck, I'll miss her character immensely. And I'm so happy for Rathbone and Margaret. This book was powerful, packed an emotional wallop and raced along.

A couple of small complaints. Why aren't Hester or Monk more suspicious when Louvain turns up at the clinic with Ruth? I know I would be. Also, a noticeable gaffe early on in Monk's dealings at the riverfront. He's dressed like a gentleman fa
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Kathi
May 31, 2016 Kathi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
William Monk is out of his element when he agrees to take a case focused on the river and life along the docks. Oddly connected to his case are an ill woman brought to Hester's clinic and another woman who comes to help tend the sick. Both parts of the story move right along, with the usual twists and turns. We meet some fascinating new characters, including Scruff the urchin, Crow the doctor, and Mr. Sutton the rat catcher. In addition, the personal lives of William and Hester's friends undergo ...more
Sandy
Dec 22, 2015 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an extremely interesting mystery with much heartache and new characters and locale - the River Thames. It was filled with courage and compassion and selfless service. William and Hester Monk almost lost each other. Sir Oliver Rathbone and Miss Margaret Ballinger discovered their ability to love and honor each enough to sacrifice their love for the greater good. Monk and Hester had mixed emotions when Lady Callandra Daviot informed them of her imminent departure from London to marry and ...more
Laurie
Dec 06, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hilary
May 13, 2015 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hester's clinic is thriving in business but sparse in supplies. She and Margaret spend much time trying to solicit donations, only to be met with rejection as people prefer to be a generous benefactor making a romantic gesture by sending money to the poor in Africa rather than caring for the poor just a couple of miles away.

Monk's newest investigation has taken him out of his comfort zone, and everyone from a street urchin to the River Police knows it and, much to his chagrin, is busily engaged
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Peggy
Jun 04, 2016 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It doesn't quite feel right having Hester and Monk away from each other but glad Oliver Rathburn has found someone .Margaret is a lot like Hester .This murder investigation is different as Monk is on the river and dealing with unknown territory and people he doesn't know but he does meet a young boy Scruff who helps him .Wonder if he will turn up in other books .A ship is robbed of Ivory and the ship owner is depending on the money from the sale to buy an
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Heather Rose
Jan 19, 2014 Heather Rose rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am extremely fond of historical murder mysteries. This is why it was a great relief to me some years ago when the genre had established itself so thoroughly and prolifically that I felt enabled to dislike a significant proportion of the available offerings. I think the authors that first spurred me to this position were Paul Harding and Michael Jecks: it wasn't that the books were badly written -- it was just that I got the feeling that they authors didn't have much liking or respect for the h ...more
Graham Crawford
This is my first Anne Perry - and I am glad to have discovered a writer who has what promises to be several good series waiting for me to read. This one was a notch above the usual period detective story. The protagonists were touchingly vulnerable and there is a strong sense of social justice at the core of the story.

Where Perry excels is dialogue - both the cant of the underclass, and the oppressively constrained conversations of their social betters. It's vivid and unstrained and once you get
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Eliece
Jan 26, 2016 Eliece rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
William Monk is hired by Clement Louvain to investigate the theft of a cargo of ivory. He wonders why his mysterious client didn't simply report the theft to the River Police and why he doesn't want a crew member's death investigated. Most mysterious of all, he leaves a desperately ill woman at Hester Monk's clinic, and soon everyone there is quarantined as her sickness spreads.
This is a story with a very interesting plot and all the characters are fully developed. Hester and her clinic, where s
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Vanessa Kelly
Aug 20, 2011 Vanessa Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Anne Perry - very atmospheric. Loved the depiction of life on the Thames River during the time of Queen Victoria.
Michelle Robinson
I just completed listening to this novel. I had a really hard time turning it off when I am not driving or cooking, which is when I listen to audiobooks.

I am always so excited when I decide to "read" or listen to one of the William Monk / Hester novels by Anne Perry.

I read many of her Thomas Pitt novels in order. However, I grew weary of that series. It felt as if Thomas was completely inept, unable to really do his job without the help of Charlotte and her friends and family.

In contrast, both
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Jill
Sep 17, 2009 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have, mystery
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Anne
Jan 14, 2013 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense-mystery
This is the first Anne Perry book I have read. I thought the plot moved too slowly. Too much time devoted to the events at the clinic. Monk just got short shrift and found the ivory too easily. It could be argued that he had bigger fish to fry finding the reason for Hodge's death.

The characters were interesting. I liked the rat catcher and his dog the best but found it a bit unbelievable that he stayed on at the clinic. I loved Scuff, the young wharf rat, as he reminded me of some of Dickens' w
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Annabelle
Well, I have to say that author Perry has a sweet writing style. The care and detail she uses to create London in Queen Victoria’s time, moves the reader into a world bereft with poverty and aristocracy, the original 1%, but sensory rich and affectionate to the customs of the time. Now former detective, and amnesiac and current private eye, Monk, is married to Hester, rebellious, independent woman, who nursed during the Crimean war with Florence Nightingale. They are poor but pure. The plot is t ...more
Mary
Apr 07, 2012 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
William Monk accepts an assignment from shipping magnate Clement Louvain to investigate the theft of a cargo of African ivory from Louvain’s recently docked schooner, the Maude Idris. Monk is desperate for work, not only to feed himself and his wife, Hester, but to keep open the doors of Hester’s clinic, a last resort for sick and starving street women.

But he wonders: Why didn’t Louvain report the ivory theft directly to the River Police? Why did he warn Monk not to investigate the murder of one
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Tracy
Jun 27, 2010 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first William Monk story I have read. I've always read her Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels before. This one took place along the Thames River in London, in the Victorian Era as all her stories are placed. Monk's wife, Hester, operates a free clinic for ill and injured prostitutes. Monk is hired by a ship owner to find some stolen ivory. In the course of the theft one of his crew was killed. The ship owner doesn't care who killed the man, but Monk does and the only way he'll take the ...more
Correen
Oct 15, 2014 Correen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Scuff is introduced and develops an important friendship with Monk. Hester carries the major storyline and is most threatened. Monk develops the story but takes a backseat to Hester when her clinic is seriously threatened. The Margaret and Rathbone relationship is nurtured and tested.

It was a good story but Perry seemed to be shifting and organizing her characters to provide a base for more stories -- some of which i have read and enjoyed out of order.
Mary
I had forgotten how powerful Perry's story telling can be. Monk takes on a case on the River, trying to find and recover a load of ivory tusks for Clement Louvain. He is out of his element, but desperate for the money Louvain will pay. Hester is still working at her clinic for poor street women. Each seems to be pursuing different goals, but Louvain brings a woman to Hester for help, and the stories of Hester and Monk start to twine together, while keeping them further from each other than they ...more
Ginny Lange
Apr 14, 2016 Ginny Lange rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading the William monk novels in order and this is 14. I'm enjoying them as much as ever. I love the details about Victorian London. Monk is short of money and takes a job tracking down stolen cargo at the waterfront, not his usual bailiwick. meanwhile his wife Hester works at her free clinic where one of the patients comes down with bubonic plague. Very well written and excellent characters.
Debbie Maskus
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. T ...more
Gerry Welsch
Mar 26, 2015 Gerry Welsch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book about William Monk that I have read. I need to go back to the beginning of the series and read them in order. However, even with having only read one of the previous 13, I truly enjoyed this one.Set in London in the 1860s, the reader comes to know and to care about Monk and his wife Hester. Plot may be a bit of a stretch but I found it compelling.
Melinda Mobley
Another masterpiece by Anne Perry. What I like about her books is the development of characters that like our own lives has different people coming and going in our lives. We also change jobs just like Monk seems to have had happen. This way she can continue her series by keeping it new. I will have to admit I will miss Lady Callandra and am kind of jealous for Hester with the relationship between Margaret and Sir Oliver. But again that's life!!! Can't wait to read what is next for these charact ...more
Margaret
3.5 stars. Because I didn't really enjoy the previous book in this series, I didn't have very high hopes for this one, but it was really good! The main characters were heavily involved in the plot, which made it more interesting than some of the others. I had a little trouble following the events at the end, which is not uncommon for this series, but it was satisfying nonetheless.
Sep
Jul 25, 2015 Sep rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a page turner!!! Just when I think Monk and Hester have reached some kind of breathing space another disaster hits. Engaging secondary characters I particularly liked the rat catcher.
Anna
Jul 09, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Part of my William and Hester Monk Victorian murder mystery jag-- I just swallowed the series up whole until I'd run through it, because I became so fond of the characters.
Morgan Pugh
Aug 14, 2010 Morgan Pugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
William Monk knows London's streets like the back of his hand; after all, they are where he earns his living. But the river Thames and its teeming docks-where towering schooners and clipper ships unload their fabulous cargoes and wharf rats and night plunderers ply their trades-is unknown territory.

Only dire need persuades him to accept an assignment from shipping magnate Clement Louvain to investigate the theft of a cargo of African ivory from Louvain's recently docked schooner, the Made Idris
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Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

Juliet took the name "Anne Perry," the latter being her stepfather's surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
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