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©1988 Anne Perry; (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC
"The mystery is an adroit blend of thick London atmosphere and a convincing cast, mingled with the complex and straitlaced conventions of Victorian England. A bonus is a totally surprising yet wonderfully plausible finale." (Publishers Weekly)
She's done it again, by gum. For those unfamiliar w this author, she uses the strict mores and rules -- as well as the class system -- of Victorian England to further the action of the story. Not only is there a murder or 2, but police were considered quite low class, so our hero can go to seedy places for information, while his higher-born wife can infiltrate "society" to do the same.
Simultaneously, we learn a lot about how this social and political system worked or didn't work, and it's impossible (for me, at least) not to observe that the strictures placed upon women during that time are not so "gone" as we would like to believe.
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.
This is my favorite so far of the Thomas Pitt series. I loved the ending. I absolutely never saw it coming.
As always, Anne Perry is excellent. You almost think you've got it figured out and then you don't. Good view of life and society in the times, and as always with Perry, good thorough psychological portraits. Well plotted and enjoyable.
Self-admitted lazy reader who delights in listening to audiobooks!
Well crafted tale
I love Ms. Porter's ability to make us feel as though we were listening to a whole cast of performers. But my favorite is undoubtedly her portrayal of Charlotte Pitt
The story is very good and the actor's performance is extremely good. However, listening to the book was annoying due to the many production flaws. There are long gaps of time in between when you think a new chapter is starting but it's not, it's just continuation of the same chapter with some weirdly long time gap stuck in there. At other points, the break between chapters is so short that the words literally are on top of the previous last few of the previous chapter.
Since this is part of a series, it's really better to listen to them in order because there may be parts that are spoken of that occurred in previous books and the reader may not realize the importance of it as it relates to the story now. That being said, yes, I would highly recommend it because although it deals with crime & murder, the story gives the reader a glimpse into life between the different classes during the Victorian times.
Ms. Porter's narration is icing on the cake---she carries you along for the ride and makes the story come alive....more than just reading the book.
Any of the times that Emily, in her disguise of a lady's maid, would sass Nora and would one up her.
Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"
I enjoy Anne Perry's stories, and can't get enough of Davina Porter's narrations. I found the entire series to be fun "reading"!
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