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Resurrection Row by Anne Perry

Resurrection Row (1981)

by Anne Perry

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Series: Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (4)

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I am on a Ferris wheel that cannot stop, and therefore I have finished number 4 of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. Charlotte plays a very minor role in this story, but Aunt Vespasia returns. The story centers on corpses tuning up in unlikely place, and one poor corpse must be buried 3 times. Thomas must find the grave robber and the reason for this ghastly deed. Perry evicts talking of fashion in this novel, but spends much time on the plight of the uneducated and poor that frequent the workhouses. When one of the corpses happens to be an artist thought to be visiting Paris, the investigation sizzles. Perry omits much in this novel that sets her apart, such as characterization and setting. The emphasis rests on a few wealthy people attempting to pass legislation to aid the poor citizens of England. ( )
  delphimo | Feb 3, 2015 |
4th in the Inspector Pitt series. Slightly bizarre plot involving dug-up bodies, workhouse reform bill and blackmailer Godolphin Jones, portrait painter, murdered. ( )
  reader68 | Nov 2, 2012 |
I'm not sure the characters actions were quite logical but Perry has a nice mix of things going on in Victorian London. She made her point about workhouses by showing things not going off onto sermons. Made me think about third world conditions today. ( )
  BonnieJune54 | Mar 30, 2012 |
Really a good read; much information about Victorian social morals and life of the average as well as the advantaged person./ ( )
  JanicsEblen | Nov 7, 2011 |
Another fabulous Pitt mystery by Anne Perry, the fourth in the series. And the reader is off to the races beginning on the first page when two of the folks hailing a cab get more than they bargained for, an astonished horse and a corpse who’s been there, done that, now dug up, and posed as a cabby. A creative if improbable beginning. And the reader settles in. Not only are the dead again exposed, but the manners and mores, the pretenses and hypocrisies of Victorian society.

As is always the case with a Perry mystery, history is meticulously researched, a sense of place evoked in rich detail, and all characters memorable. Thomas and Charlotte Pitt are richly drawn as is Aunt Vespasia making her second appearance, and playing a greater role, teaming up with Charlotte to help Pitt’s investigation. In the last sentence of the book, the perp is arrested.

This was one of my favorite reads in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery series, couldn’t put it down, and any mystery lover interested in Victorian England will love it. ( )
  SusanRussoAnderson | Aug 6, 2011 |
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What an odd sight! The dead body of a peer of the realm sitting upright in an empty hansom cab. He had been decently buried once before, Inspector Pitt knew. There was something terrible amiss. Despite doctor's claims of death by natural causes, Pitt insisted on serious digging to unearth the truth--even if it killed him.

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It is a most incredible sight: a corpse sitting at the reins of a hansom caband; not just any corpse, but the body of a peer of the realm. To Inspector Thomas Pitt and his wife, Charlotte, this macabre apparition seems like sheer lunacy. Who would ever want to exhume a decently buried old chap like Lord Augustus Fitzroy-Hammond? A doctor insists that Lord Augustus's death was natural. But as far as the police are concerned, there's certainly nothing natural about any of this gristly aftermath.… (more)

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