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A famous historical scandal called the Tranby Croft affair (a gambling case involving the Prince of Wales) is very much in the news when the body of a working-class man is found early one morning on the posh doorstep of General Brandon Balantyne. No one in the house claims to know the murdered man, but he has a valuable piece of jewelry belonging to the Balantynes in his pocket. Thomas Pitt and his outspoken aide, Sergeant Tellman, must tread lightly, but Charlotte--and especially her sharp relative Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould--aren't restrained by such social niceties. Gracie, the Pitts' smart and rough-tongued maid, is also a valued asset to the investigation, which proceeds in a satisfying, if not particularly surprising, manner to a highly dramatic conclusion.
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,... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2002 by "brinsley_schwartz"
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2001 by "bear1101"
Anne Perry has outdone herself in this Pitt novel...the sheer intricacy of the plot is enough to keep you turning pages. Read morePublished on July 31 2000 by PolBECath
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... Read morePublished on May 12 2000
I'm a long-time fan of Anne Perry, but her last several books have left me disappointed. I had trouble getting started with this one, not because I found her plot lacking, but her... Read morePublished on April 10 2000
I did manage to finish this book, but it took awhile. Was Ms. Perry under pressure from her publisher to finish this book? Not up to her usual standards. Very disappointing.Published on Nov. 28 1999 by Kate
This book was slow in parts but interesting in others. It was a typical murder mystery and I enjoyed reading it. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 1999 by Gina Piel
I am a huge fan of Anne Perry. I have read all of her books and eagerly look forward to the next one. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 1999
This book is a disappointment - either Perry is suffering from writer's fatigue or she just went through the motions with this story. Read morePublished on July 10 1999 by P.J. George