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Seven Dials (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Anne Perry

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Title:Seven Dials
Authors:Anne Perry
Info:Ballantine Books (2004), Edition: First Thus, Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
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Tags:fiction, london, mystery, crime, historical fiction, victorian, Rplw11

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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
I'd gone off on a tangent, away from the Pitt books, so reading this book was like visiting an old friend. It may have been entertaining to have read some of the backstory that caused Thomas to be in his new position, but in no way was it necessary to understand what was going on in this book.

More than once I thought I knew whodunit, but I was wrong.

Good writing (as usual), the audio book performer/reader was unremarkable - which is as it should be; a good time was had by all. It's time to figure out where I left the series and fill in the blanks. ( )
  FiberBabble | Mar 30, 2013 |
I was delighted to find several books by Anne Perry in a bag of books given to me by a friend a few months ago. This is a 2003 mystery in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, a favorite series of mine. They are set in 19th century London, and as a bonus, this one also has Thomas Pitt being sent to Alexandria, Egypt so the reader gets a good idea of what Egypt was like at that time as well. Perry portrays these settings so well, I'm amazed at her ability to set the scene without sounding like a travelogue.

Her characters are rightfully beloved ones among Anne Perry fans. Charlotte and Thomas especially with their loving marriage and comfortable, if not plush, home. Their maid Gracie is very funny, but a strong woman who surprises herself with her strength. Great-Aunt Vespasia is a character I love. She reminds me of a good-natured version of the dowager countess in Downton Abbey.

The mystery is difficult to figure out, for me anyway. An Egyptian woman living in London is found in her garden at 3 a.m. trying to dispose of the body of a man and the gun that killed him, which happens to be her gun. Her current lover is also at the scene; he is a cabinet minister, Member of Parliament for Manchester. It's all a huge scandal and Pitt's job is to solve the mystery but keep the cabinet minister out of it if he possibly can. An impossible task but he is now with Special Branch and must do as he is ordered.

I recommend this novel, and for that matter the entire series. ( )
1 vote bjmitch | Apr 22, 2012 |
This was such a good read. The little insights on life in the nineteenth century was enjoyable. I did not figure out the mystery before the end of the book. ( )
  JanicsEblen | Jan 8, 2012 |
A top level diplomat is involved in the murder of his Egyptian mistress’ former lover. Pitt is assigned to investigate and protect the diplomat’s reputation. Pitt’s wife, Charlotte, coincidentally is involved in looking for a missing person, the brother of a friend of Gracie’s. The two cases are involved and relate back to war atrocities. ( )
  Kathy89 | Nov 6, 2010 |
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London detective Thomas Pitt is investigating the murder of a junior diplomat by a notorious Egyptian woman and her lover, a senior Cabinet minister involved in negotiating the conflict between Egypt's cotton growers and England's textile industry. Lovat, the diplomat, once served in Egypt, and to unravel the mystery of his death, Pitt travels to Alexandria, where he finds that the beautiful Ayesha Zakhari is not who she appears to be--and that Lovat's murder may be tied to an old crime which, if exposed, could set the Middle East aflame. While Pitt is in Egypt, his wife, Charlotte, occupies herself with a more mundane matter--the disappearance of a valet whose sister is a friend of the Pitt's housemaid. It's not long before the reader realizes the connection between the two crimes; meanwhile, Perry layers this smoothly plotted mystery with a fascinating history of Egypt in the days of the British Empire and the religious and economic tensions whose repercussions still resonate more than a century later. Perry, the author of two Victorian-era series (the other stars investigator William Monk), does her usual fine job of bringing the colorful time period alive, helped along by the details of domestic life provided by her protagonists' wives, interesting and accomplished women who have lately played all but equal roles in solving their husbands' cases. --Jane Adams

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"Thomas Pitt, mainstay of Her Majesty's Special Branch, is summoned to a Connaught Square mansion, where the body of a junior diplomat lies huddled in a wheelbarrow. Nearby stands the tenant of the house, the beautiful, notorious Egyptian woman Ayesha Zakhari, who falls under the shadow of suspicion. Pitt's orders are to protect--at all costs--the good name of the third person in the garden: senior cabinet minister Saville Ryerson. The distinguished public servant, whispered to be Ayesha's lover, insists that she is as innocent as Pitt himself. Pitt's journey to uncover the truth takes him from Egyptian cotton fields to the insidious London slum called Seven Dials--and ultimately to a packed London courtroom in which shocking secrets will at last be revealed."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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