another intriquing victorian mystery with thomas and charlotte pitt. if you have read these characters before you will not be able to put this novel down. if you have never read about these characters start!! you will not be disappointed.
This book was almost like reading the newpaper in 2006. It has the same political and moral dilemna's that are present today.
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt and their allies and friends are at it again. Their collaboration and intelligence and insight into the human experience overcomes and defeats evil. A really good read.
A Victorian novel featuring Thomas Pitt who delves into the case of anarchists plotting bombing and destroying the homes of poor people. The case develops into one of police corruption. Thomas is assisted by his wife, Charlotte. It seems that nothing less than the fate of the British Empire hangs in precarious balance.
I am only a dabbler in this series and I enjoyed listening to this book, but I think I might have done better to read it. There were lots of twists and turns dealing with anarchy, police corruption, and family secrets. I think if I had read the characters' names I would have done a better job of keeping track of who is who.
A great historical mystery, Anne Perry is noted for detail and accuracy regarding her setting. She's also known for a good read and according to the Seattle Times this is "Anne Perry's Best."
From the blurb: "AFter bombs explode during an anarchist attack in Long Spoon Lane, two of the culprits are captured and the leaded is shot ... but by whom? As Thomas Pitt of the Special Branch delves into the case, he finds that there's more to the terrorism than the brutality of misguided idealists. Clues suggest that Inspector Wetron is the mastermind. As the shadowy leader of the Inner Circle, Wetron is using his influence with the press to stir up fears of more attacks and to rush a bill through Parliament that would severely control civil liberties. Pitt's clever wife, Charlotte, and her great aunt, Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould strive to prevent future destruction, nothing less than the fate of the British Empire hangs in precarious balance.
Even though the social/political issue of the day took center stage, the mystery kept on the straight and narrow. I think I may have skipped one time and had to go back and read it. I keep a map of London handy and couldn't find Long Spoon Lane. It is either a fictional name or it was off my map. Nevertheless, I love the story. All of the characters have a part to play. I really did not want to put it down, but it was too long for me for one sitting. Ms. Perry has a way to build the suspense, solve the crime, and end the story in one fell swoop. That left me wanting for the next story. I can only hope that Pitt gets his job back. I am tired of the Special Branch and Narraway.