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Death on Blackheath

by Anne Perry

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Series: Charlotte & Thomas Pitt (29)

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Investigating evidence of a violent struggle at the home of Ministry of Defense member Dudley Kynaston, Pitt and the Special Branch discover the brutally murdered body of a young woman before realizing that Kynaston is not who he appears to be.

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Good mystery. ( )
  Nefersw | Jan 14, 2022 |
Thomas Pitt, now Commander of Special Branch, is called out to look into a matter that at first blush hardly seems like a Special Branch concern: the disappearance of a maid from a wealthy home on Shooters' Hill. The owner of the home, though, is Dudley Kynaston, a critically important naval weapons specialist. Britain can't afford any scandal around him. But it seems that Kitty Ryder has likely run off with her suitor, an itinerant carpenter, and there's little risk of scandal. Pitt is happy to turn the matter back to the local police.

A few weeks later, a woman's mutilated body is found in a gravel pit not far from the Kynaston home. Although she can't be positively identified, she fits the general description of Kitty Ryder, the missing lady's maid. Now there's a dangerous hint of potential scandal.

It gets worse when Somerset Carlisle, a sometime friend and ally of Pitt's, starts asking questions in Parliament about the matter, making sure it's a cause célèbre Special Branch--Thomas--can't ignore.

In this latest Pitt adventure, Charlotte and her sister Emily aren't able to participate as they used to when Pitt was with the Metropolitan Police, but they don't want to be mere spectators, and Emily in particular is feeling bored, frustrated, and insecure. In counterpoint to Pitt's pursuit of a dangerous mystery that threatens national security, Charlotte, Emily, and Great-Aunt Vespasia grapple with what at first seem far more personal and private issues.

Most of our old friends are here again, and after twenty-nine volumes, the characters and their relationships continue to grow deeper, richer, and more interesting. I honestly felt the series hit a rough patch and nearly collapsed when Pitt was first forced out of the regular police and transferred to Special Branch, and I thought it might peter out. Happily, it hasn't. Perry and her characters found their footing again, and the series has remained a real pleasure.


I borrowed this book from the library. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
Great! Twists and turns and the ending was meticulous. Loved her writing as always. She has such a way with words and phrases.

"Please do not steal any more corpses and put them in dramatic and important places," she said wryly. "There are other ways of attracting people's attention."
He gave a very little smile. "You must admit, there are very few that work as well!"

Loved Aunt Vespasia as always and love (!) the new turn there. Enjoy watching the Pitt children grow up and looking forward to seeing if anything happens with Stoker and Kitty. ( )
  MommaTracey | Jul 24, 2017 |
This audiobook was fast-moving but the attraction is not in the action as much as the character studies author Ann Perry provides. Thomas and Charlotte Pitt are acquainted with many people in local law enforcement and government. When a crime is committed it is often involving one of their many acquaintances. The dilemmas they face often involve those people with government positions or people of high society. Perry is a master at holding the reader's interest as she digs deeper into the behavior of potential suspects. She also captures the essence of the times in which they live ( )
  mmignano11 | Apr 13, 2016 |
historical fiction (mystery).... charlotte and thomas pitt (#29)..."cozy"...British....19th century...Victorian era ( )
  pennsylady | Feb 11, 2016 |
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Perry, Anneprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
DiGrado, KathleenCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grimshaw, John AtkinsonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Porter, DavinaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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