Dorchester Terrace: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Apr 3 2012
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Praise for Anne Perry’s most recent Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels
Treason at Lisson Grove
“Perry has always done her historical homework on the darker elements of the British ruling class, and she has outdone herself this time.”—The Washington Times
Buckingham Palace Gardens
“An intricate plot about a murder at the palace [with] an irresistibly appealing Upstairs, Downstairs perspective . . . a fine introduction to Perry’s alluring world of Victorian crime and intrigue.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Another winner . . . a wonderful cast of characters with many twisting plots.”—Vero Beach Press Journal
Long Spoon Lane
“Anne Perry has once again delivered the tasty concoction her readers have come to expect [and] presents us with moral and political puzzles that are all too close to our own.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review
“An altogether intriguing and enjoyable mystery . . . Fans of this series, with its amazingly well-drawn historical details, know the delight of time traveling back to Victorian England.”—Bookreporter.com
“Terrific, vivid stuff . . . The alarmingly prolific Anne Perry [is] a master of the genre.”—The Seattle Times
“Perry’s as good as it gets. . . . The final courtroom scene produces more victims and left me breathless.”—The Providence Journal
About the Author
Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Treason at Lisson Grove and Buckingham Palace Gardens, and the William Monk novels, including Acceptable Loss and Execution Dock. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as nine holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Homecoming, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.See all Product Description
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Just as the series has continued, so have the lives of the characters. That is only one reason those of us who love this series are loyal to it; these are characters in whom we have become invested.
After the events of the previous book, 'Treason at Lisson Grove', we find Thomas Pitt now as head of Special Branch. Unfortunately, neither Pitt nor others are certain he's capable of handling his new role. Ms. Perry wonderfully helps us understand the complexity, both socially and with regard to experience, of the new position Pitt now holds. Victor Narrraway has been moved out of Special Branch into the House of Lords yet misses his old role. Great-Aunt Vespasa, one of my favorite characters, providing insight and wisdom, is Ms. Perry's vehicle for ruminations on the mental and physical pain of being elderly. Charlotte, Thomas' wife, is ever loyal and supportive. Stoker, a fairly new character and Pitt's second, is someone about whom we know little except for a delightful revelation toward the book's end.
Ms. Perry's attention to period detail is astonishing. Additionally, the book is an amazing history lesson on Austro-Hungary and the tensions which led up to WWI. Make no mistake; however, this is not your old, dry, boring history course. Far from it. It is fascinating and well incorporated into the plot.
'Dorchester Terrace' contains good tension and suspense with a very good twist which catches both the reader, and the protagonist, unawares. Well done, Ms. Perry.
DORCHESTER TERRACE (Hist Mys/Prof Inves-Thomas Pitt-England-1896) ' VG
This title is from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series by Anna Perry. It takes place in London, about 30 years before WWI. The atmosphere reminds me of our present times. Everyone feels that something will have to give, but nobody can tell when and where. Pitt is new in his powerful function as the Head of Britain’s Special Branch, but, at the beginning, he is not very self confident, worrying that he would be unfavourably compared to his great predecessor.
The story is not about the perpetrators of an act which already happened, but the attempt to prevent an assassination of a foreign Royal Guest.
There are very interesting character, like Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould, and her friend Serafina, two old ladies, who have known many secrets. Someone is worried that those secrets are still important, and would be revealed, perhaps unwittingly, by an old person, losing control of her thoughts. In reality, worse thing happened, namely that Pitt has no one to go to with his suspicions and findings. It is very difficult to know whom to trust.
It is an interesting book, revealing the connections between individual members of the aristocracy, and in spite of all the similarities, describing a world so different in details from our own.
Meanwhile, his wife’s great aunt Vespasia is concerned about her old friend and Italian freedom fighter Serafina Montserrat who’s nearing the end of her life and suffering from dementia. The prospect of spilling political secrets to the wrong people terrifies Serafina so much that she’s afraid someone will kill her to keep those secrets buried. When Serafina is indeed murdered, Vespasia asks for Thomas’s help. Thomas is reluctant to become involved until he realizes that Serafina’s secrets could be related to the assassination plot.
It was a treat to read a book that didn’t depend on run-a-muck chase scenes and short, breathless chapters to keep me interested. I do enjoy those types of novels, but Dorchester Terrace is something special. Anne Perry keeps the pages turning simply through well-crafted storytelling. She stomps on the old notion that crime writers have to place a dead body in chapter one. Seraphina doesn’t die until nearly the halfway point in the book, yet the pacing is perfect. Characters’ backgrounds, agenda, secrets, and betrayals are slowly revealed through seemingly simple, methodical revelations that reminded me of Agatha Christie’s style. I’m in awe of the quality of Perry’s writing, and although I haven’t read nearly enough of her work, Dorchester Terrace inspires me to want to read more.
However, if you like the time period and all the extra members of the crime solving team this book will be for you. The book is also an enjoyable way to spend a rainy, stormy afternoon.