The Shifting Tide (William Monk Novels (Audio) #13 )

Version: Unabridged
Author: Anne Perry
Narrator: David Colacci
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: April 2004
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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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 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 her 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 of the Maude Idris crew? Even more mysterious, why has Louvain brought to Hester's clinic a desperately ill woman who, he claims, is the discarded mistress of an old friend? Neither Hester nor Monk anticipates the nightmare answers to these questions . . . nor the trap that soon so fatefully ensnares them.

Reviews (6)

The Shifting Tide

Written by restongirl on January 12th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This has nothing to do with the book, which I very much enjoyed, but I do wish that Simply Audiobooks would let us know in which order the Inspector Monk or William Pitt books are. I find myself totally lost as to what happened previously with the history of the main characters. That said, Anne Perry's books are always a joy to read, and The Shifting Tide is no exception.

The Shifting Tide

Written by suev on July 27th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book. It was very interesting especially the part about the clinic for women. The reader did a great job on all the different characters.


Written by Barbara on July 6th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Expected this to be boring since it was British and historical, but it actually featured engaging characters and kept my inarbaterest.

The Shifting Tide

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on April 15th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I enjoyed this book with Monk working on the river front in London. Could almost hear the sounds and smell the river from Perry descriptions. Felt I was taken back in time to the 1800's London. Reminds me of all the items we no longer have to do, such as carry water from the well, clean out the coal grate. This book reminds me why I should enjoy my modern washing machine and dryer. Hester's life was hard. David Colacci did an excellent job in his narration of the book. Can not wait to read more of Perry's books.

Shifting Tide

Written by Lobstentia on December 19th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Engrossing audiobook with excellent characters and great narration. This was my first William Monk book and I immediately ordered the next two in the series.

The Shifting Tide (William Monk Novel)

Written by Elizabeth Alton on July 19th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I am really enjoying this book. I have learned some history and even had to refresh my knowledge about some diseases. A little mystery, a little romance, makes for a good yarn.

Author Details

Author Details

Perry, Anne

"I was born in Blackheath, London England in October 1938. At that time my name was Juliet Hulme, but after the tragedies and errors of my childhood about which I have already said all there is to say, I took my stepfather's name of Perry, and Anne Perry is not a pen name but my legal and only name.

I have been asked questions occassionally about the film, 'Heavenly Creatures', but I cannot answer them. Neither I nor my family and friends knew anything about it until the day before it was released, and I have preferred not to see it, or comment on the accuracy or otherwise of anypart of it. I am very grateful to that vast majority of generous people who allow me to move on and leave that grief behind.

I spent my earliest years moving around a bit during and immediately after the war. At aged six I was severely ill, so much so that the doctor told my mother he would be back in the morning to sign my death certificate.

However I had a lot more illness, and at eight I was sent to the Bahamas to live with a family who fostered me, and thus saved my life. After the Bahamas they moved to a private island off the coast of New Zealand, where I lived a Swiss Family Robinson style of independence. We did a lot of fishing, building, boating ect.

By the time I was ten, I had missed three years schooling. Fortunately my mother had taught me to read and write by the time I was four, so I always loved books, and was able to catch up.

However at thirteen I became ill again and was off school from then on. So that may be of some encouragement to those who had missed much formal education. In many areas it is possible to catch up, even to do well, especially if you have parents who encourage you, which I certainly did have.

Although I had various jobs there was never anything I seriously wished to do except write. It was my father who was responsible for encouraging me to write my ideas down. However, I was in my twenties before I started putting together the first semblance of a book, I was living in the county of Northumberland, in a small town called Hexham, not far from Hadrian's wall, when I started writing the first draft of Tathea. When I did finally begin that book in earnest, just a few years ago, I was able to use the original manuscript for reference.

It took many years before my first book was accepted for publication, by which time I was in my late thirties. During those years I had various jobs in order to earn an income: clerical, retail selling, fashion, air stewardess, ship and shore stewardess, limousine dispatcher and insurance underwriter.

I began writing mysteries set in Victorian London on a suggestion from my stepfather as to who Jack the Ripper might have been. I found that I was totally absorbed by what happens to people under pressure of investigation, how old relationships and trusts are eroded, and new ones formed. The Cater Street Hangman, the first to be accepted for publication and came out in 1979. I don't know how many books I wrote before that. I do remember how thrilled I was when I finally had one in print!

I began the 'Monk' series in order to explore a different , darker character, and to raise questions about responsibility, particularly that of a person for acts he cannot remember. How much of a person's identity is bound up in memory? All our reactions, decisions, etc. spring from what we know, have experienced. We are in so may ways the sum of all we have been!

I lived in Southern California for five years - and loved it, then returned to England when my stepfather became seriously ill.

I have continued with the Victorian mysteries because I have come to love both the characters and the period. I like the contrast between glamour and squalor, the endless variety in the capital of Empire, largest post in the world, with men and goods for every quarter of the earth, and the immense energy of optimism.

I have loved the whole series because it is in a way the end of history and the beginning of the modern world, a time in Eurpoe of unprecedented challange and change, a test of who we are, and who we wish to be.

I have lots of ideas ahead, but I am not ready to spek about them yet. My publisher has to be the first to know. But I shall continue the Pitts, Monks, and Christmas novellas as long as anyone is still interested in reading them.

Tathea and Come Armageddon are entire in themselves, and reflect more than anything else I have written, my religious and philosophical beliefs, and there for I care about them in a unique way. They have caused people to ask if I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - yes, I am, and have been for about forty years."