Funeral in Blue:The headlines were gruesome: two beautiful women found strangled in the studio of a well known London artist. To investigator William Monk and his wife Hester, the murders are a nightmare. One of the victims is an obscure artist's model. The other is the wife of Hester's cherished colleague, distinguished surgeon Dr. Kristian Beck, a Viennese emigre who swiftly becomes the principal suspect. Death of a Stranger:For the prostitutes of Leather Lane, nurse Hester Monk's clinic is a lifeline, providing medicine, food, and a modicum of peace especially since lately their ailments have escalated from bruises and fevers to broken bones and knife wounds. At the moment, however, the mysterious death of railway magnate Nolan Baltimore in a sleazy neighborhood brothel overshadows all else. Meanwhile, William Monk acquires a new client, a mysterious beauty who asks him to ascertain whether or not her fianc , an executive in Nolan Baltimore's thriving railway firm, has become enmeshed in fraudulent practices that could ruin him. The Shifting Tide:Only dire need persuades William Monk 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.