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Buckingham Palace Gardens: Thomas Pitt Mysteries | [Anne Perry]

Buckingham Palace Gardens: Thomas Pitt Mysteries

The Prince of Wales has asked four wealthy entrepreneurs and their elegant wives to the palace to discuss a fantastic idea: the construction of a 6,000-mile railroad that would stretch the full length of Africa. But alas, the prince's gathering proves disastrous when the mutilated body of a prostitute hired for a late-night frolic (after the wives have retired to bed) turns up among the queen's monogrammed sheets in a palace linen closet.
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The Prince of Wales has asked four wealthy entrepreneurs and their elegant wives to the palace to discuss a fantastic idea: the construction of a 6,000-mile railroad that would stretch the full length of Africa. But alas, the prince's gathering proves disastrous when the mutilated body of a prostitute hired for a late-night frolic (after the wives have retired to bed) turns up among the queen's monogrammed sheets in a palace linen closet.

With great haste, Thomas Pitt, brilliant mainstay of Special Services, is summoned to resolve the crisis. The Pitts' cockney maid, Gracie, is also recruited - to pose as a palace servant and listen in on the guests' conversations, scan their bedrooms, and scrutinize their troubled faces for clues to hidden rivalries and attachments that could have led to murder.

If Pitt and Gracie fail to find out who brutally murdered the young woman - as seems increasingly likely - Pitt's career will be over, and the scandal may just cause the monarchy to fall.

With a cast of wonderful characters, among them the gentle Princess of Wales, and a twisting plot that takes us into the hidden world of the royal family, Anne Perry probes deeply the hearts of men and women ensnared by their emotions.

©2008 Anne Perry; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 03-27-10
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 03-27-10 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "a shouting match"

    I've listened to over a dozen Perry novels, so I know what to expect. This one - in print - might even be better than average, but I found Page's narration like a harsh, raspy shouting match at a bar, colouring the entire listen as unpleasant for me.

    I liked Page's narration of "No Graves as Yet" in Perry's WWI series - but after this, I hesitate to download a second installment of that series.

    I usually listen to novels like Perry's when I am unwinding before sleep - the rises in volume and harsh tones would have been more appropriate for an all night vigil. I kept wondering how the passages would sound if voiced by Davina Porter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Effie Franklin, MI, United States 09-21-12
    Effie Franklin, MI, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Charming!"
    Would you listen to Buckingham Palace Gardens again? Why?

    Yes. I have already listened to it three times. It is a well-rounded, satisfying British-style mystery that hits all the high notes. For me, it has come to be one of my "comfort food" reads. I imagine that I will return to it again in the future.


    What other book might you compare Buckingham Palace Gardens to and why?

    It reminds me of "Pride and Prejudice" more because of my enjoyment than for any similarities in the stories. But this is also period literature. The story is complex and well flushed out. The characters, new and old, are given an opportunity to reveal more of themselves than I think I have seen, even in this series. It is a special treat because the steady characters who work with Pitt this time are Gracie and Narroway, characters whom we don't usually get to hear a lot from.


    What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    What I marvelled at was his ability to give each character a completely different voice. His gift is to really bring each person in the story to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I'm not sure what that means.


    Any additional comments?

    If old-style British mysteries are your thing, give this one a try. It may be the best one of the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer TX USA 06-18-13
    Amazon Customer TX USA 06-18-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Better and Better"

    I think these later Perry books are better than those in the beginning of the series. This book had twists and turns right to the end- and I appreciate that the readers are given clues all along and lead to part of the finale, but then the story still has a surprise ending.

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    Sally SCITUATE, MA, United States 04-17-11
    Sally SCITUATE, MA, United States 04-17-11
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    "Please stop"

    The narrator is good EXCEPT when he reads as a character - ugh. He sounds like Snidley Whiplash. I am so disappointed - it ruined the story for me. Damn.

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    W.Denis Savannah, GA, United States 05-19-08
    W.Denis Savannah, GA, United States 05-19-08
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    "Contrived"

    This mystery is not cleaver it is contrived and it seems that the reader emotes in an attempt to add excitement to a very dull tale.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 05-28-08
    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 05-28-08
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    "an unabashed fan of Anne Perry"

    While I prefer the other narrator, and can do without the musical interludes; I think this is another great one. I read on her website that she wanted to stop using Charlotte and Emily "on the job", and she has succeeded in this one by using someone else:j-)
    I loved these books long before I learned that Perry herself had committed a murder as a teenager. That just makes it all the more fascinating as she delves into motive, state of mind, class, and above all - secrets.

    This one won't dissappoint.


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