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Traitors Gate by Anne Perry

Traitors Gate (1995)

by Anne Perry

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Series: Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (15)

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If you are looking for a typical whodunit this is not for you. Solving the puzzle is only a mechanism for allowing Perry to examine the primary theme of the story, betrayal. It shows up in all of the deaths as a justification for the perpetrators' actions. It is even, indirectly, a topic in the larger issue of English colonization and imperialism in central Africa. The first murder is motivated by an attempt to silence and discredit a critic of the greed of a secret cabal of financial backers of Cecil Rhodes' military exploits. Arthur Desmond, Pitt's childhood benefactor denounces the aristocratic "Inner Circle" for their betrayal of the ideals of the earlier generation of explorers, men such as Livingstone and Stanley. But he, himself, is seen by the Inner Circle as a betrayer to his class. So he is murdered. This sets the whole chain of events in motion, with the final murder taking place, in an unusual twist, on the last pages of the book. There is no lack of intrigue nor of historical detail in this novel. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the broad scope of British involvement in Africa, and a good mystery as well. ( )
  netedt | Apr 4, 2015 |
I love mysteries, and I love historical fiction, but somehow Anne Perry just doesn't bring the two together well enough for me. I'm not a fan. ( )
  WhitePineLane | May 8, 2008 |
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Pitt sat back on the wooden seat and watched with profound pleasure as the sun faded on the old apple tree in the center of the lawn and for a few moments gilded the rough bark.
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"In combination with her meticulous research, Ms. Perry's infallible feeling for the historical moment yields animated political debate over the colonization of Africa, glittering views of Victorian society at play and tantalizing glimpses of a confident, assertive creature known as the 'new woman.'"
--The New York Times Book Review
Someone in the Colonial Office is passing secrets to Germany about England's African strategy. While Police Superintendent Thomas Pitt investigates this matter of treason, he is quietly looking into the tragic "accidental" death of his childhood mentor, Sir Arthur Desmond. Pitt believes he was murdered, and that the crime is connected with the treachery in the government. He is making little progress, until a second murder reverberates through London.
In the small hours of a May morning, a Thames waterman finds the strangled body of an aristocratic society beauty floating near lonely Traitors Gate. Only then do hard-pressed Pitt and his clever wife, Charlotte, begin to untangle the threads of passion and intrigue, to see clearly the pattern of tragedy and frightening evil that Pitt must deal with, at the risk of his career--and his life.
"In the tradition of Margaret Millar and Ruth Rendell, Perry saves her largest, tastiest revelation for the very last paragraphs."
--Los Angeles Times
"First rate. . . The saga of Charlotte and Thomas is always a delight."
--Mostly Murder

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Police Superintendent Thomas Pitt and his savvy wife Charlotte investigate a security leak in the Colonial Office, an official coverup, and the "accidental" death of Pitt's mentor, Sir Arthur Desmond, in a tale of high treason and murder in Victorian England.… (more)

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