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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (April 4 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449005828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449005828
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.2 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #714,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By "brinsley_schwartz" on Feb. 19 2002
Format: Hardcover
The book failed for me because I found it implausible that blackmail could succeed without the the blackmailer actually having anything dishonorable, illegal, or even embarrassing, to expose about the persons being blackmailed. Should it even be called blackmail if there is no substance or truth to what is threatened to be revealed, and both parties to the so-called blackmail know that?
Having said that, I still think any Anne Perry is worth the read. You always get clear prose, a time-travel feel of things, and likable main characters, as well as in most cases, a creative and interesting story.
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By A Customer on Feb. 6 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book has the good qualities of the rest of the series -- strong setting, interesting characters and an original plot. In this one, however, the plot doesn't quite hang together in several respects. Why would anybody believe in a suicide note written not in handwriting but pasted from newspaper, like the blackmail letters prominent citizens have been getting? And why was it necessary for the dead man found on a doorstep with a snuffbox in his pocket to look like another man? The conclusion comes rather suddenly and considerably out of left field -- the author hasn't done a good job of foreshadowing the end.
As already suggested, this volume is about blackmail, with both old and new characters receiving notes threatening to spread irrefutable falsehoods about their pasts. This was an interesting theme, which could have been more deeply explored.
Yet again, unrequited love plays a part here. For some reason, people in these books are perpetually falling for people they can't have. I'm not sure it's realistic for it to happen so often, but in the context of one book it's perfectly fine.
Sergeant Tellman, with the chip on his shoulder, gets more development here and becomes a really appealing character.
Despite my quibbles with the plot, I found the book essentially enjoyable.
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Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book greatly, as I do all the Pitt series. I have found, though, that it is vital to read them in order! I have not received all of them yet, but I can't keep myself from starting one the moment I get it, and therefore I read this one out of sequence - with consequences! There are references to the occurrences of the first book in which the Ballantyne family appear, Callander Square, but I don't think anything that would "give it away." However, clearly this family is deeply involved in Death in the Devil's Acre, and I have to admit that there are some serious "spoilers" in it! I don't know how serious since I haven't read it but it surely must give away "whodunit."
Otherwise, the plot and characterizations are very interesting... but I felt with this one more than any other in the series that the detectives could have gotten there quite a bit sooner. It wasn't just a case of the reader having more information than Pitt, either. And it doesn't seem very characteristic of Pitt to bend facts to fit his perceptions. It is only by pursuing something that he feels is totally worthless, but necessary as a tying up of a loose end, that he stumbles on the truth. It says something for his conscientiousness, but I felt it was out of character for him to ignore two glaring inconsistencies regarding a piece of evidence toward the end!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this novel, my first novel by Ann Barry. If you are interested in period novels, this book is fascinating. BUT, the ending left much to be desired. I put the novel down with a distinct feeling that several chapters hadn't been written yet.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
A dead man found on the steps of one of Victorian London's most fashionable homes kicks off the 19th mystery featuring Superintendent Thomas Pitt of the Bow Street Police Station and his clever wife, Charlotte.
Although General Brandon Balantyne denies knowing the shabbily dressed man, his snuffbox was found in the dead man's pocket. Since he's dealing with his betters in class-conscious Victorian Britain, Pitt must tread carefully as he delves into the dead man's past in hopes of finding a connection.
"Bedford Square" is a story which promises much but delivers little. There's much talk about class differences -- Pitt's constable assistant is nearly blinded in his anger against the upper classes -- and in Pitt's investigation of what turns out to be a nasty wide-ranging blackmail plot, we are repeatedly told that the victims are all pure in character and how least revelation, no matter how false, will blast their reputations so utterly that it becomes tedious. The solution to the mystery is extremely disappointing: neither making much sense, nor is it in keeping with what we know of the characters. A disappointing book to someone who wondered what all the shouting was about.
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By Yumuri on July 31 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Anne Perry has outdone herself in this Pitt novel...the sheer intricacy of the plot is enough to keep you turning pages. You have no idea until the last few pages what or who...that is the essence of the great mystery novel....I could not put it down. Her characterizations of Victorian England are superb and her historical research is flawless. What a good read!
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By A Customer on May 12 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This isn't her best work but even second best from Perry is better than most mystery authors. I enjoyed it but was able to put it down which is usually not the case with her books.
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