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Dorchester Terrace: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel (edition 2012)

by Anne Perry

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Title:Dorchester Terrace: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
Authors:Anne Perry
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My fave author does it again! I have read this entire series and have grown to love these character's. Perry sweeps us up into Victorian England better than any other. This was a complex plot filled with political intrigue and a terrific mystery.
Loved it and Highly recommend this to anyone who loves this genre. ( )
1 vote silversurfer | Apr 26, 2014 |
Anne Perry is the master of the Victorian Mystery. But, more than that, I somehow felt like I came away with a big history lesson with this one, which makes her a master at research! Pitt has a huge job in his Special Branch position--if you are an Anne Perry fan, the ending will surprise you, I think we will start seeing a different side of Pitt now. Really, really enjoyed this. ( )
1 vote dragonflydee1 | Apr 3, 2013 |
Another mystery about Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, this one involves international intrigue several years before the outbreak of World War I. Events foreshadow the upheaval in Europe soon to come, all from the point of view of British sensibilities. ( )
1 vote sleahey | Dec 3, 2012 |
I have not read all of her Pitt series, but this one is absolutely the best of all I have read. Multiple story lines which weave together test Pitt in his new position as head of Britain's Special Branch.

His new position lifts to a new social position, while many question his worthiness of the job due to his humble beginnings in life. This criticism underlies and complicates every area of his job and life.

The life and death of an elderly Italian female revolutionist weaves together with the current threat of a political assassination.

The characters and cultural/social themes work together to form a wonderful story. ( )
1 vote cfk | Sep 14, 2012 |
Pitt Nr. 27
  bookswamp | Jul 30, 2012 |
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It’s February 1896, and in the 25th book of Perry’s series starring the redoubtable English copper, Thomas Pitt, Pitt undertakes the case of his life. If he missteps in his dealings with villains from the Balkans, the mistake could trigger an all-in European war.

This is breathless stuff as always with Pitt and his equally game wife Charlotte, though her contributions aren’t as fundamental as in past books. What is intriguing for history buffs is that the book’s circumstances anticipate the real-life events at Sarajevo in June 1914, which plunged Europe into the First World War. Too bad Pitt wasn’t around then to head off the deluge.
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It was mid-February and growing dark outside.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345510623, Hardcover)

Anne Perry’s acclaimed Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels have made London’s exclusive world of wealth and power an addictive literary destination for readers everywhere. This new masterpiece, a haunting story of love and treason, invites us not only into the secret places of Britain’s power but also into the innermost sanctums of the fin de siècle Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Thomas Pitt, once a lowly policeman, is now the powerful head of Britain’s Special Branch, and some people fear that he may have been promoted beyond his abilities. He, too, feels painful moments of self-doubt, especially as rumors reach him of a plot to blow up connections on the Dover-London rail line—on which Austrian duke Alois Habsburg is soon to travel to visit his royal English kin.

Why would anyone destroy an entire train to kill one obscure Austrian royal, or are the rumors designed to distract Pitt from an even more devastating plot? He must resolve this riddle at once, before the damage is done.

Meanwhile, in a London sickroom, an old Italian woman—at the end of a romantic career as a revolutionary spy—is terrified that as she sinks into dementia, she may divulge secrets that can kill. And a beautiful young Croatian woman, married to a British power broker, hoards her own mysteries. Apparently all roads lead to the Continent, and Pitt suspects that between them these two fascinating women could tell him things he desperately needs to know. But as the hours tick by, it seems that the only woman Pitt can count on is his clever wife, Charlotte.

No one sustains mesmerizing suspense better than Anne Perry.  In Pitt’s trial by fire, his wrenching moral dilemma, and his electrifying moment of decision, the beloved bestselling author gives us a climax never to be forgotten.

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Thomas Pitt, once a lowly policeman, is now the powerful head of Britain's Special Branch, and some people fear that he may have been promoted beyond his abilities. He, too, feels painful moments of self-doubt, especially as rumors reach him of a plot to blow up connections on the Dover-London rail line--on which Austrian duke Alois Habsburg is soon to travel to visit his royal English kin. Why would anyone destroy an entire train to kill one obscure Austrian royal, or are the rumors designed to distract Pitt from an even more devastating plot? He must resolve this riddle at once, before the damage is done. Meanwhile, in a London sickroom, an old Italian woman--at the end of a romantic career as a revolutionary spy--is terrified that as she sinks into dementia, she may divulge secrets that can kill. And a beautiful young Croatian woman, married to a British power broker, hoards her own mysteries. Apparently all roads lead to the Continent, and Pitt suspects that between them these two fascinating women could tell him things he desperately needs to know. But as the hours tick by, it seems that the only woman Pitt can count on is his clever wife, Charlotte.… (more)

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