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"Give her a good murder and a shameful social evil, and Anne Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens' eyes pop." (The New York Times Book Review)
This is another stunning Anne Perry -- where there is much discussion of social classes and the larger world of England during the Vicotrian era. The amazing thing about Perry is that these details are in her books not just to set a context for the story line, but to advance the plot. Not a word is wasted -- not even when discussing clothing at a ball. Everything is important to the mystery, and you just might learn a bit about people while you're listening.
Narration is excellent. I gave it only 4 starts out of 5 because I think the ending is a bit weaker than some of her others. But it's still amazing to me how she does it.
The mysteries and pacing are usually a little sedate in the Pitt novels, but this one really takes a turn for the thrilling in a number of scenes. Thomas and Charlotte (and Charlotte's sister) all venture into the scary back alleys of a rough-and-tumble London slum called The Devil's Acre. The characters are a little more colorful than usual, since the plot takes us outside the neat and tidy upper class society of Victorian London. As usual, Perry addresses a tangential issue within the novel, and this time it is the question of prostitution and exploitation of women in the lower classes, as well as the intersection of the lower and upper classes.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
I love Anne Perry books. This one I especially liked. She has such a great way of telling the story. Even though it's about murder, it's a classy murder mystery without today's bad language and steamy sex. Anne Perry is a breath of fresh air as far as I'm concerned.
Narrative makes the world go round.
As in some of her earlier novels in this series, Perry tends to repeat junks of information unnecessarily during the rumination of the mystery chasers and in the creation creation of period atmosphere (almost cut and paste). In the middle of listens like this one, I swear that I'll never dowload another, but at the end, I'm itching to listen to the next.
If you listen to Perry for a light atmospheric (and PG) listen, this one does get a bit dark and borderline prurient in places.
Not badly written if you enjoy hearing judgmental pronouncements of the correct and acceptable manner in which one is expected to sit, move, walk and talk in the Victorian era's pathetically class-conscious society. I enjoy historical novels when they are written so that you learn something of the history (in addition to the acceptable behavior in various social situations of that time). Oh well, some parts of it were entertaining but most of it was just so much social pretension to wade through! I would not recommend this book. Even as your basic murder mystery it was a sleeper!
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