Resurrection Row Mass Market Paperback – May 12 1986
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From Library Journal
This 1981 mystery, the fourth in the long-running series featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife, Charlotte, is one of the best for its balance between the mystery itself and Perry's scathing portrait of Victorian society. It is bad enough that the recently deceased Lord Fitzroy-Hammond has been removed from his grave, but when it happens a second time and then other buried corpses start popping up, the normally unflappable Pitt is puzzled indeed. Is the perpetrator trying to hide a murder or call attention to one? The answer lies in a convoluted but perfectly logical merging of art, blackmail, politics, pornography, and prostitution. Perry (Paragon Walk) delights in showing how much of London, except for a handful of influential citizens, chose to ignore the shameful poverty surrounding them. This provocative tale, extremely well read by Davina Porter, is highly recommended for popular collections. Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Few mystery writers this side of Arthur Conan Doyle can evoke Victorian London with such relish for detail and mood.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Anne Perry has made the Victorian era her own literary preserve. . . . Perry’s work is consistently top-notch.”—San Diego Union
“Perry is my choice for today’s best mystery writer of Victoriana.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“When Anne Perry puts Thomas and Charlotte Pitt on the case, we are in exemplary Victorian company.”—New York Times
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
My only complaint in this book is that Perry padded large sections with irrelevant musings, and several were actually out of character for the person musing. There is a section with Thomas mulling all of the dead ends in a dispassionate mental voice that is completely different than in any other part of the series, and another with Charlotte using the same cadence, rehashing discarded leads. It feels as if her publisher came back and demanded about twenty more pages, and she scrambled to cram them into an otherwise tight and well-crafted book.
On the other hand, her mastery of the period is incomparable, tossing the assumptions and mundane details of the day into the story in a way that draws you fully into a remarkable and fascinating point in history. The characters are perfect and well-realized, as always, and this book introduces one of my favourite bit players--Aunt Vespasia, the Lady Cumming-Gould. Delightful, insightful, intriguing and unconventional, just like this book.
When Lord Augustus Fitzroy-Hammond's decaying body falls from a hansom cab after a late night show, everyone is shocked. After all, he had been buried weeks before. When his body resurfaces again, Thomas Pitt can't dismiss it as coincidence. His investigation uncovers the small secrets that hold people's lives together, and can rip them apart. As more and more decomposing bodies emerge, Pitt's suspicions mount. Why is someone doing this? To cover another crime, or to reveal one?
Anne Perry's Pitt character grows more attractive in every book. Yet, I was disappointed that Charlotte didn't play more heavily in this one. Also, there just aren't enough Charlotte and Thomas together scenes. When she writes glimpses into their marital life, Perry reveals a sweet and comfortable existance, but not often enough!
A great read from a wonderful writer!
Most recent customer reviews
I read this book cover to cover in a span of about two days. I love the details about Victorian England. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003
RESURRECTION ROW is the fourth in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series that begins with "The Cater Street Hangman. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2002 by MLPlayfair