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When the body of a boy is found in the filthy sewers of Bluegate Fields, Inspector Pitt is called to investigate. The boy was clearly upper class, so what was he doing in one of London's most dangerous slums? The boy's parents refuse to answer police queries. What are these proper, prosperous people hiding? With the help of his wife and helpmate, Charlotte, Inspector Pitt intends to find out.
©1985 Anne Perry; (P)2006 Recorded Books

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"Davina Porter, a performer par excellence....She moves the story forward and turns in her usual stellar presentation." (AudioFile)

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  • Dave
  • Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada
  • 05-16-11

Excellent work!

I love the Pitt series which I got back into after reading Monk. Anne Perry's portrayal of Victorian England is utterly marvelous not to forget that each book has an intriguing story line and outstanding character development. "Bluegate Fields" like the other Perry novels causes the reader to get one's head glued to the the ear bugs. You just keep anticipating the next moment in the story.
Many well deserved accolades to Davina Porter. She is my favorite female narrator; I have never heard a woman do a man's voice as well as she does.
This book like all others in the series is a must read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Bluegate Fields

It's so great to read something that is interesting and holds my attention without a lot of obscene language and sexually explicit scenes. The author is so very talented and I love the characters she has invented. I don't hesitate to recommend her work to anyone.

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  • Meep
  • Seattle
  • 11-15-15

Depressing

Some reviewers have claimed that this book is a great read in part because it does not contain swear words or explicit depictions of sex. I find that point of view shocking. This book is about a 16 year old boy who has been taken advantage of sexually by a trusted adult, given an STD (syphilis-which was incurable in those days and resulted in a horrible death) and then murdered and tossed in a sewer to be eaten by rats in order to conceal the facts. The boys father would rather railroad one of the servants than seek the truth because "quality" people don't have problems like these. We also take an excursion into the world child prostitution. I find all these issues far more upsetting and vile than a few swear words and/or a frank discussion of sex between two consenting adults. What I am saying is that the subject matter of this particular installment of this series is particularly dark and Perry examines the issues with particular minuteness. I found it too dark and depressing for my current mood. Also, just as an aside, the police work is particularly odd and poorly structured. It's never clear to me why Pitt believes that the tutor is guilty initially. We're told that Pitt questions him extensively on general principals, that he tells the father there's no evidence of impropriety, and then suddenly they are both convinced that he did it. Why? The same goes for the testimony of the younger son. He says the tutor helped him up from a fall and suddenly both the father and Pitt are convinced that there's been inappropriate touching. Why? It's easy enough to understand why the father believes it, he's a pompous jerk who's desperate to believe anything that will avoid scandal and doesn't care at all what really happened to his son. But why does Pitt believe it?
In summary, while I've read all the other books up to this point in the series and enjoyed them to greater or lesser degree, this one is far too dark and depressing for me. Additionally, the police work is poor and the logical chain non existent, which is frustrating (it's occurred before in the series, but other points outweighed my irritation over it in the past, but for me this book has no other redeeming qualities). I don't recommend this one, unless you have an interest in the issues it explores-Perry as always does an excellent job presenting them.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A little dark, but enjoyable

This was my least favorite of this series so far. There were parts of the story where I felt Perry spent too much time and detail in the telling and then there were other key elements of the story that felt like they were just slipped into the tale.

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Worth reading again and again.

There are so many books written, to read one twice isn't necessary. That's NOT true!

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Victorian aristocrats with secrets

Another twist of the plot lines in Thomas Pitt's Victorian underbelly. Makes you want to slap the aristocrats upside the head.

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A delicate subject treated well HISTORICALLY

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If they were up for a difficult subject.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bluegate Fields?

The examination of the body.

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

The phrasing and the pace.

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

Modern day issues given the Victorian treatment.

Any additional comments?

Well done, glad to see Anne Perry tackle just about anything. More!

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Unfulfilled Ending

I was disappointed with the ending. There was a lack of connection. It was almost like you had to finish. It was abrupt. I wanted more.

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Another delicious story and remarkable narration!

These mysteries are addictive and this one did not disappoint. The brilliant narration only added to the story. Step back to the 1880s in all its beauty and ugliness, guided by the endearing characters Anne Perry created in Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, Emily and the intrepid Aunt Vespatia.

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Good old fashioned mystery

I love old fashioned mysteries and love books set in this time period. Not my favorite subject matter but I really like this series over all! Love the narration!