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Paragon Walk (original 1981; edition 1986)

by Anne Perry

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Title:Paragon Walk
Authors:Anne Perry
Info:Fawcett (1986), Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
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Paragon Walk by Anne Perry (1981)

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Charlotte and Thomas Pitt are back investigating murder. This time a young woman has been raped and murdered in Paragon Walk, a fashionable London street that happens to be home to Charlotte's sister Emily. Charlotte and Emily decide to investigate. As Charlotte has married down and become a policeman's wife, Emily will have to dress Charlotte back up as the fashionable lady she once was.

This book seemed to be more social interaction and less crime-solving. Charlotte and Emily spend most of their time attending social functions and gossiping. It seems that Perry really wanted to spend more time commenting on social life and customs than to write a mystery. Undoubtedly the bitchy social interaction is amusing. It's a backstabbing, every woman for herself arena, where Victorian manners and their transgressions are on full display. Still, I really wanted more mystery. I hope Perry returns to more mystery in the next volume of the series. ( )
  lahochstetler | Jan 27, 2013 |
I liked this book even though it is more of a slice of life on an upper-crust Victorian street than a mystery. I like the characters and the relationship between sisters Emily who married up and Charlotte who married down. Perry keeps her "Why I hate Victorians" essays to a minimum { for Anne Perry.) But Charlotte spending the funeral of a murdered 17 year old rape victim fuming about the absurdity of Victorian mourning customs is totally cold-hearted. ( )
  BonnieJune54 | Apr 19, 2012 |
Substance: The only legitimate clue is discounted for half the book, then set aside again until the end. The motive for the killer is non-existent until the last page. But the characters stew over their suspicions interminably, with much repetition and no progress, creating a farrago of nonsense. No one actually detects anything. Mrs. Pitt frequently pronounces her anachronistic opinions in opposition to the statements of the other characters, clearly meant to show that the author is enlightened (because there is no motivation or discussion of the values).

Style: I hope this is an isolated example of poor work: Anne Perry is a tiresome writer. The plot limps, the characters are mouthpieces, the milieu is window-dressing. The narrative constantly alludes to prior books without explanation. Poor continuity. A tabloid-romance, not a mystery. ( )
  librisissimo | Feb 20, 2012 |
This is the third of Perry's outings with Inspector Pitt and his inestimable wife Charlotte and I'm sad to say that I am already having my doubts over the series longevity on my bookshelf. It is essentially the same story as the last two books except the characters have different names and live in different streets. A person is brutally murdered in an upper-class London neighbourhood. Inspector Pitt arrives and questions everyone who lives in the locality. Then his wife goes and takes tea with them all and asks them some more questions. It transpires that all the people in the neighbourhood has a dirty secret. Then at least one more person is attacked or murdered. There is more questioning and taking of tea and then the murderer is revealed. The next one really needs a change of scene and for something different to happen to hold my attention. I hope it does as I like Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, they are great characters. ( )
  cathymoore | Nov 26, 2011 |
If you like Victorian cozies and lovable characters, this book is for you.

With the third in the Pitt series, the author, Anne Perry hits her stride. The story begins with a body in the morgue. The victim is slight, delicately featured, beautifully dressed, her arms bruised, her face barely touched by life. Fanny Nash is seventeen when she is stabbed and raped in Paragon Walk, a London neighborhood of impeccable pedigree, and the neighborhood, as luck would have it, of Charlotte’s sister, Emily, and her husband, Lord Ashworth.

Pitt is called in to to investigate. In so doing, he scrapes the surface of society—the inhabitants, their servants, their families—revealing their stories, their guilt, their secrets, their relationships with one another, their pompous ill regard for most everyone else. Ms Perry lays bare the hypocrisy at the heart of Victorian society, the theme at the heart of this intricately plotted, beautifully and accurately detailed novel. You won’t want it to end, but end it does, just after the mystery is solved.

Meet the ageless beauty, Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould
A recurring character in the Pitt series, Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould, makes her first appearance in this novel. A favorite character of many readers, this one included, she happens to be staying with Emily and George in their Paragon Walk townhouse. Beautifully attired, outspoken, and witty, she serves, perhaps as the author’s point of view, but certainly as a delightful deus ex machina in this, as well as in subsequent novels in the series. One of her more envious characteristics is that she doesn’t age. She’s about seventy or eighty in Paragon Walk, and she approaches seventy in Treason in Lisson Grove which takes place, almost fifteen years later. You go, girl, Cumming-Gould! ( )
  SusanRussoAnderson | Aug 6, 2011 |
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"Perry has the great gift of making it all seem immediate and very much alive."
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
In the posh London street of Paragon Walk, a young woman is brutally raped and murdered. Once again the incomparable team of sleuths, Inspector Thomas Pitt and his young wife, Charlotte, peer beneath the elegant masks of the well-born suspects and reveal that something ugly lurks behind the handsome facades of Paragon Walk--something that could lead to more scandal, and more murder....

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Once again, that incomparable team of sleuths Inspector Thomas Pitt and his young wife, Charlotte, set themselves against a vicious murderer. As More...the elegant masks of the wellborn suspects slip, it becomes appallingly clear that something ugly lurks behind the handsome fa?ades of Paragon Walk?something that may lead to more scandal, and more murder.… (more)

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