This is the third in Anne Perry's "Charlotte and Thomas Pitt" series set in Victorian London. The books read like novels of manners crossed with police procedurals. Perry has a wonderful grasp of the Victorian mindset and character and is skilled at revealing the hypocrisies of the upper classes.
In this installment, police Inspector Thomas Pitt investigates the rape and murder of a society girl from the elegant Paragon Walk neighborhood. His well-born wife, Charlotte, and Charlotte's sister, Emily, do some sleuthing of their own and discover something ugly is going on in the Walk, something that could lead to more deaths and even put them in danger.
The book is worth a read if you like the series but is not as good as the first two. I was intrigued by many of the characters and wanted to learn all their secrets, but the ending let me down. Still, no one brings to life the dysfunctions of Victorian society quite like Perry.
Another Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Victorian mystery set in London in the 1800's. Anne Perry makes you see London how it was during that time period - life among the upper and lower classes - involving love and murder.
In the posh London street of Paragon Walk, an unspeakable and baffling crime was committed: a young woman was brutally raped and murdered.
Once again the incomparable team of sleuths, Inspector Thomas Pitt and his young wife, Charlotte, set themselves against a vicious murderer. As the elegant masks of the wel born suspects began to slip, it became appallingly clear that something ugly lurked behind the handsome facades of Paragon Walk--something that could lead to more scandal, and more murder...
In the posh London street of Paragon Walk, an unspeakable crime is committed: A young woman is brutally raped and murdered.
Once again, that incomparable team of sleuths Inspector Thomas Pitt and his young wife, Charlotte, set themselves against a vicious murderer. As the elegant masks of the well born suspects slip, it becomes appallingly clear that something ugly lurks behind the handsome façades of Paragon Walksomething that may lead to more scandal, and more murder.