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Farriers' Lane by Anne Perry

Farriers' Lane (1993)

by Anne Perry

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Series: Charlotte & Thomas Pitt (13)

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Inspector Pitt and his wife, Charlotte, work to solve the murder of an appellate court judge, which further leads to retracing the investigation of an older more heinous murder of a gentleman who had been having an affair with an actress. Inspector Pitt must determine whether there is a connection between the two murders and whether or not the man hanged for the initial murder truly had been guilty. In Farriers’ Lane, Anne Perry touched upon prejudice and the restrictions society places on love. This was an intriguing mystery, which I thoroughly enjoyed. ( )
  LiteraryFeline | Nov 25, 2017 |
The Pitts and Charlotte's mother, Caroline are enjoying a night at the theater when the man in the next box becomes ill. He dies at the theater and Thomas suspects he was poisoned. He's been put on the case and learns that he was a judge and was looking into a 5 year old murder conviction after a visit from the convicted man's sister. With the help of Charlotte, Daisy and Caroline who is involved, much to the horror of her daughter, with one of the actors who is 15 years her junior Thomas investigates and solves the cold case to solve the judges murder. I found this book to be a little repetitious and of course the prejudices against the different religions and society were very pompous according to today's standards. ( )
  Kathy89 | Mar 19, 2013 |
An enjoyable mystery, but it had its flaws. As usual, the viewpoint moved (between Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, Charlotte's mother, Thomas's boss, and the Pitts' maid, Gracie) but the pacing of the moves was uneven and sometimes uncomfortable. I enjoyed the Victorian cold case conceit and other aspects, like Gracie's adventure, but I felt this book didn't delve as deeply into the dark, human underpinnings of Victorian society as her best books. It raised some spectres but didn't really scrutinize them. ( )
  eilonwy_anne | May 11, 2009 |
mystery historical england 1800's ( )
  Ajofisher | Sep 11, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0449219615, Mass Market Paperback)

"Gripping and intense...Her characters are authentically and appealingly drawn, and her plot is sinister."
When a distinguished judge dies of opium poisoning, the crucifixion five years before of Kingsley Blaine is brought back into the public eye, and it is screaming for revenge. The police had arrested a Jewish actor, who was soon condemend to hang.
Police Inspector Thomas Pitt, investigating the judge's death, is drawn into the sensational murder, because it appears the judge was about to reopen the earlier case. He receives curiously little help from his colleagues on the force, but his wife, Charlotte, gleans from her social engagements startling insights into the women in both cases. And slowly both Thomas and Charlotte begin to reach the same sinister and deeply dangerous truth....

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In this 13th outing for Victorian-era Police Inspector Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife Charlotte (Belgrave Square, etc.), it's Gracie, the Pitt maid of all work, who uncovers the most telling and dramatic clue. The story starts with the poisoning murder of Court of Appeals Judge Samuel Stafford, in his box at the theater. Pitt's job is to determine whether the motive is connected to the hanging execution, five years before, of Aaron Godman, convicted of a particularly gruesome killing that roused anti-Semitic hysteria at the time. On the day of his death, Stafford had visited several of the lawyers involved in the Godman trial and subsequent appeal. Had he found something that might clear Godman's name--the goal of a persistent campaign by Godman's actress sister Tamar? Could the discreet affair between Stafford's wife Juniper and lawyer Adolphus Pryce have a bearing on the crime? When Constable Paterson, a major witness in Godman's trial, is found hanged in his bachelor lodgings, the case assumes an urgency that pushes Gracie to the impulsive act that marks the beginning of the end.… (more)

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