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Murder on the Serpentine: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel (edition 2018)

by Anne Perry (Author)

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Title:Murder on the Serpentine: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
Authors:Anne Perry (Author)
Info:Ballantine Books (2018), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
Collections:Mystery - Historical, Read but unowned
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In the history of Anne Perry's bestselling Victorian mystery series, the stakes have never been greater than now--as a mission for queen and country places the future of the British Empire squarely in Thomas Pitt's hands.
It is not the custom for the commander of Special Branch to receive a royal summons--so Thomas Pitt knows it must be for a matter of the gravest importance. The body of Sir John Halberd, the Queen's confidant, has been found in the shallow water of the Serpentine in Hyde Park, bearing the evidence of a fatal blow to the head. At Her Majesty's request, Sir John had been surreptitiously investigating Alan Kendrick, a horse-racing enthusiast who seems to have had an undue amount of influence on her son, the Prince of Wales.
Now Commander Pitt must navigate the corridors of power with the utmost discretion and stealth, for it seems certain that Sir John's killer is a member of the upper classes. Aided by his wife, Charlotte, and her social contacts, Pitt seeks out the hidden motives behind the polite facade of those to the manner born--and uncovers a threat to the throne that could topple the monarchy.
With Murder on the Serpentine, Thomas Pitt nears a crossroads in his brilliant career--one that promises new challenges, both professional and personal, still to be met. But first, he and Charlotte must conquer the twists and turns of suspense master Anne Perry's most cunningly crafted plot yet--to achieve their finest hour, or suffer their darkest. ( )
  ii | Oct 5, 2018 |
Download #154
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ASIN: B01ARXVTXG
Goodreads: 29344554
Misc: 1.1 MiB, epub

In the history of Anne Perry's bestselling Victorian mystery series, the stakes have never been greater than now--as a mission for queen and country places the future of the British Empire squarely in Thomas Pitt's hands.
It is not the custom for the commander of Special Branch to receive a royal summons--so Thomas Pitt knows it must be for a matter of the gravest importance. The body of Sir John Halberd, the Queen's confidant, has been found in the shallow water of the Serpentine in Hyde Park, bearing the evidence of a fatal blow to the head. At Her Majesty's request, Sir John had been surreptitiously investigating Alan Kendrick, a horse-racing enthusiast who seems to have had an undue amount of influence on her son, the Prince of Wales.
Now Commander Pitt must navigate the corridors of power with the utmost discretion and stealth, for it seems certain that Sir John's killer is a member of the upper classes. Aided by his wife, Charlotte, and her social contacts, Pitt seeks out the hidden motives behind the polite facade of those to the manner born--and uncovers a threat to the throne that could topple the monarchy.
With Murder on the Serpentine, Thomas Pitt nears a crossroads in his brilliant career--one that promises new challenges, both professional and personal, still to be met. But first, he and Charlotte must conquer the twists and turns of suspense master Anne Perry's most cunningly crafted plot yet--to achieve their finest hour, or suffer their darkest. ( )
  ii | Oct 3, 2018 |
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The Queen requires Pitt's help, so Charlotte and Emily get back into the game. Two murders posed as suicides force Pitt to enter the high and murky world of palace intrigue with perhaps another Boer War as a possible result. With the covert but capable assistance of the ladies, he identifies the culprit. But, can he bring him to justice? Another excellent story from an outstanding author. ( )
  jamespurcell | Jul 3, 2018 |
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I won this as an ER book. It took quite a while to get to me, but I am so happy that it did!

I love Anne Perry's writing and I thought this was a particularly good book – the great plot and suberb characters of course, but also reading how life and political times are changing in Victorian England, as well as the aging of Victoria herself.

One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was getting to know Thomas and Charlotte Pitt even more than I thought possible. The last couple dozen pages are outstanding. ( )
  RaucousRain | Oct 29, 2017 |
A grand mystery involving our Thomas trying to save Queen Victoria and Prince Edward from embarrassment. A wonderful mix of mystery and British History. As usual, Anne a Perry transported me back to Victorian England and Thomas and Charlotte Pitt working together once more...but this time to save the Crown! Another excellent novel in this beloved series. ( )
  silversurfer | Apr 30, 2017 |
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In the history of Anne Perry’s bestselling Victorian mystery series, the stakes have never been greater than now—as a mission for queen and country places the future of the British Empire squarely in Thomas Pitt’s hands.
 
It is not the custom for the commander of Special Branch to receive a royal summons—so Thomas Pitt knows it must be for a matter of the gravest importance. The body of Sir John Halberd, the Queen’s confidant, has been found in the shallow water of the Serpentine in Hyde Park, bearing the evidence of a fatal blow to the head. At Her Majesty’s request, Sir John had been surreptitiously investigating Alan Kendrick, a horse-racing enthusiast who seems to have had an undue amount of influence on her son, the Prince of Wales.
 
Now Commander Pitt must navigate the corridors of power with the utmost discretion and stealth, for it seems certain that Sir John’s killer is a member of the upper classes. Aided by his wife, Charlotte, and her social contacts, Pitt seeks out the hidden motives behind the polite façade of those to the manner born—and uncovers a threat to the throne that could topple the monarchy.
 
With Murder on the Serpentine, Thomas Pitt nears a crossroads in his brilliant career—one that promises new challenges, both professional and personal, still to be met. But first, he and Charlotte must conquer the twists and turns of suspense master Anne Perry’s most cunningly crafted plot yet—to achieve their finest hour, or suffer their darkest.
 
PRAISE FOR ANNE PERRY’S CHARLOTTE AND THOMAS PITT NOVELS
 
Treachery at Lancaster Gate
 
“A story that is as exciting and tense as it is revealing and thought-provoking.”—Yorkshire Evening Post
 
The Angel Court Affair
 
“Perry melds the intellectual debates of the day with a suspenseful plot line.”Publishers Weekly
 
Death on Blackheath
 
“Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining . . . The period detail is beautifully done, and realistic characters and tense action are woven seamlessly together.”Historical Novels Review
 
Midnight at Marble Arch
 
“Sweeping and scandalous . . . Perry has perfected a delicate touch.”The New York Times Book Review
 
Dorchester Terrace
 
“The always clever Anne Perry infuses Dorchester Terrace with the right amount of intrigue and complex relationships that have made this prolific series one of the finest in modern mystery fiction.”Bookreporter

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Privately summoned by Queen Victoria when one of her closest confidantes is found murdered, Thomas Pitt navigates the secretive world of London society in what becomes the most dangerous case of his career.

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