The title refers not only to the mystery Monk is working to solve on the Thames River, but also changes in the familiar characters we've come to know in the series. Ms. Perry gives us a much better look at what is in their hearts and minds.
Where, in the past, Monk and Hester's relationship seemed almost platonic, there is now warmth and we have no doubt as to their love for each other. Monk comes across as much more human and loses the chip on his shoulder he's carried throughout the series. Personally, I found him much more likeable.
The real evidence of Ms. Perry's growth is the insight she gives regarding Margaret Ballinger and, in particular, Sir Oliver. For example, in… Read more