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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Soundings Ltd; Unabridged edition (March 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860427545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860427541
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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From Library Journal

Victorian socialites Thomas and Charlotte Pitt investigate the murders of two London aristocrats in this 15th installment in Perry's popular historical mystery series.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Recent revelations about Perry's past--as a young girl in Australia, she was convicted of killing her best friend's mother--will generate additional hype for her newest book, another entry in her popular Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery series. The book hit stores early--no doubt to capitalize on the "convicted murderess" brouhaha--and has been chosen as a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection. But Perry is not just some flash-in-the-pan writer whose publicists decided to take advantage of a media scoop. To fans of the historical mystery, she's one of the masters of the genre. Her latest story, set as usual in turn-of-the-century London, has Inspector Thomas Pitt and his wife, Charlotte, investigating the mysterious death of Thomas' mentor, Sir Arthur Desmond. The death has been ruled a suicide, but Sir Arthur's son is convinced his father was murdered for attempting to expose treason in the Colonial Office. Thomas and Charlotte begin to suspect that the nefarious Inner Circle, a group of highly influential but dangerously corrupt men, may be responsible for the killing. Perry's fascinating details of Victorian social customs, dress, language, politics, and behavior plus her usual engrossing plot virtually guarantee the success of another fine entry in an outstanding series. Emily Melton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a fairly late installment in Anne Perry`s long series of mystery novels set in late Victorian England (1890, in the present case.) These novels feature Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, he a policeman (just promoted to Superindent), and she an upper-class woman who married shockingly beneath herself, but who maintains a limited entree to society, useful in helping Thomas with cases involving crimes among the upper class.
Traitor`s Gate features Thomas much more prominently than Charlotte. Thomas` surrogate father, Sir Arthur Desmond, the owner of the estate for which Thomas` actual father was the gamekeeper, has died in his club in London. The death is ruled accidental, or suicide, but his son Matthew, Thomas` close boyhood friend, is convinced it must have been murder, and asks Thomas to investigate.
Thomas is unable to officially investigate Desmond`s death, but rather fortuitously he is asked to investigate a case of missing information at the Colonial Office, to do with Africa and with British support for Cecil Rhodes. As it turns out, Arthur Desmond, formerly employed in the Foreign Office, had just prior to his death been making "wild" accusations of abuse of power in the government support of Rhodes. Naturally, Desmond`s death and the missing information are linked, and, more importantly, both are linked to the mysterious organization Thomas has run afoul of in previous books, The Inner Circle.
As Pitt`s investigations continue, his own life and Matthew`s are threatened, another murder is committed, and finally Pitt`s discoveries trigger a chain reaction of suicides and murders, ending somewhat in medias res with Pitt apparently ready to openly take on the Inner Circle.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a late entry in the author's Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series and is best appreciated by longtime fans, who will enjoy meeting familiar faces enough to forgive the dullish plotting. Newer readers will be charmed by Perry's vivid characters and her knack of contrasting their real selves with the requirements of Victorian society -- but the dramatic tension this usually generates is missing here, except in a couple of scenes near the end. A fun read, but not an involving one.
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By C. Schmidt on June 4 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Fine book for fans with an interesting look into Thomas's life before London, but not one I would recommend for someone new to the series. Too many characters and a complicated (and boring) plot about the exploitation of Africa by Europeans. I had a hard time sticking to it and I don't usually struggle to get through Perry's work. Really not one of her best.
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