Friday, January 4, 2019

Review - Dark Tide Rising

Author:  Anne Perry
Series:  William Monk #24
Genre:   Historical Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
Publisher:   Ballantine Books
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  291
Date of Publication:  September 18, 2018
My Rating:  4.5 Stars

DESCRIPTION:
When a ransom exchange turns deadly in the latest mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, Commander William Monk faces an unthinkable possibility: betrayal by his own men.

Local businessman Harry Exeter doesn't want the aid of the Thames River Police in tracking down the men who kidnapped his wife, Kate. He only asks them to help him navigate Jacob's Island, a creepy mass of decrepid buildings where he will hand off a large sum of money in exchange for her life. But when they arrive at the island, Commander Monk and five of his best men are attacked from all sides, and Monk is left wondering who could have given away their plans--and why anyone would want Kate Exeter dead.

As Monk follows leads from Kate's worried cousin and a clerk at the bank where Exeter gathered the money to pay the ransom, it seems more and more likely that one of his own men has betrayed him. Delving into their pasts, he realizes how little he knows about the people he works with every day, including his trusted partner Hooper, the one colleague Monk has always been certain he can count on. Even as they identify one of the kidnappers, the case runs into hurtle after hurtle, causing Monk to choose between his own safety and the chance to solve the case--and figure out where his men's loyalty really lies.


MY THOUGHTS:

Thames River policeman Harry Monk isn’t quite sure why businessman Harry Exeter doesn’t want help in finding his kidnapped wife, Kate. Even more suspicious, he only wants help navigating where she might be located. Imagine the shock of everyone when they find Kate brutally murdered.


Things went from bad to worse when during the ransom exchange, Monk and five of his men are attacked. Monk can only draw one conclusion: there is a traitor among his men. Monk has to work hard chasing down leads, some even provided by Kate’s cousin, Celia. Monk has the awful task of investigating his own men, men he was sure he knew through and through. Unfortunately Monk continually runs into dead ends. 

Monk takes this case quite personally, remembering a horrid time when his own wife Hester had been kidnapped. So, between his painful history, and doubting one of his men, Monk remains quite conflicted during the investigation. 

I have read a few Anne Perry novels over the years and am quite pleased that I had the opportunity to read this one. Dark Tide Rising is Book #24 in the William Monk series. I haven’t had the opportunity to read any others of the series, and this did very well as a standalone. I felt as if I was able to get to know several of the characters fairly well. As a new reader of this series, I appreciated the fact that I was able to learn how William and Hester adopted Will, or Scruff, providing wonderful insight as to Monk as a father. 

This is an excellent, fast-paced multi-level mystery. I really enjoyed the romantic elements thrown in, as well as the effectively descriptive language throughout. One of the detectives, Hooper, had quite a story of his own which was quite compelling. 

Many thanks to Ballantine Books and to NetGalley for this ARC to review. This is my honest opinion.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I was born in Blackheath, London England in October 1938.

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 etc.

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 many 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 port 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 Europe of unprecedented challenge 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 speak 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 therefore 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.

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