The Shifting Tide
Monk is commissioned to find the stolen ivory from the hold of Clement Louvain’s ocean-going schooner. The river Thames – ‘the longest street in London’- is new territory for Monk, and without the help of the River Police, he does not stand a chance of finding the thief, or even of keeping his own life. Hester’s clinic admits a woman with a mysterious connexion to Louvain. We meet, for the first time, the street-wise Cockney orphan, Scuff, who will feature more in the lives of Hester and Monk.
- "Anne Perry’s command of story-telling and power of description is terrifyingly real… as if watching live theatre. She has such perception of passion too. A very favourite author." Bangor Chronicle,
- "Murder, theft and a whiff of the exotic: all the ingredients that Anne Perry needs to weave her magic and conjure up another atmospheric investigation for William Monk. And no one does atmosphere quite as well as Perry; the images of Victorian London which she creates are so rich and thick you could almost grab them by the handful and squeeze out the drops. Perry keeps the reader guessing and puzzling right from the start." Yorkshire Evening Post,
- "The plot will resonate with fans of Dickens’s riparian novel, Our Mutual Friend. And, as always, Perry uses her characters and story to comment on ethical issues that remain as relevant today as they were in Victorian times. Expect another bestseller." Publishers Weekly,
- "The suspense becomes almost unbearable and the fiery denouement… is utterly unforgettable. I don’t know what else to say. Anne Perry just keeps getting better and better… The Shifting Tide marks a crucial, transitional episode in both the author’s vision of the Monks’ world and in her characters’ lives. I am completely enamored with this glowing, incredible book, and I can’t wait for the next one." amazon.com,
- "With her visionary sensibility, Anne Perry is the master of the ‘you are there’ school of hist-myst storytelling… She doesn’t paint quaint pictures of a distant time; she projects herself into a living moment in the past, opens her eyes and describes what she sees. That sense of immediacy is especially vivid in [this book]… In scenes that could have come out of Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend, Monk wanders the teeming streets and ventures into the perilous river traffic… As the sailor says, ‘River’s full o’ tales’, and Perry knows how to bring them to life." New York Times,