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Publisher's Summary

The Victorian mystery series starring Inspector Thomas Pitt and Charlotte Pitt reaches new heights. When Dr. Stephen Shaw's fancy Highgate Rise home is burned to the ground with his wife inside, the Inspector and his wife must solve a baffling mystery.
©1991 Anne Perry; (P)2006 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Rounded out by a host of lively characters, this is a memorable tale." (Publishers Weekly)
"A gripping mystery as well as a look into the London of gas lights and foggy nights." (School Library Journal)
"Perry gets the Victorian mood just right....Settle in with this one on a rainy day." (Booklist)

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Incredible Reader!

Davina Porter leads the reader directly into the Victorian world with her actress's ability to become both male and female characters with convincing and consistent characterizations. I could almost SEE them as she gave them voice...I will look for her audiobooks in the future with delight and anticipation! Of course, I also love Anne Perry's work.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Great reader, good characters, slow moving

This book is talky and slow moving, but the spectacular narration and well-crafted characters help make up for it. Nicely written and a great portrait of the period, and it takes on interesting social and political issues. The writing style is unobtrusive, which makes for smooth reading. I wouldn't have minded a bit more intrigue, and I found the end a bit weak.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Highgate Rise

I enjoyed this book so much. I love the Victorian times and this is really well done. I would recomend this to anyone who likes mysteries.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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excellent read

perry is an excellent writer with great human insight. porter portrays all the characters as if she is actually living the roles. this a great way to spend time driving or just relaxing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Loved the series!

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"!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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An intriguing story!

Ann Perry makes the story come alive in that time era with such well developed characters. Always guessing about "who done it" and could not figure it out until the end, a great mystery !

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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My brothers keeper?

This is one of the best Pitt and Charlotte collaborative efforts in solving a horrendous crime. The characters jumped off the pages. I have met these people. The hypocrisy so stark. Yet we are so blinded by our own self interest. Reminds me of our political device today. Putting our fate in a flawed human being. The protagonist was so enamored of his hero, he killed thinking the killing would preserve the image of the man. Great lessons to be learned here. However I take exception with the authors reasoning in the collusion. Hence, the title " my Brothers Kepler." Are we responsible for preserving anyone idealized regard of another. Would this lead you to the utter destruction of others because your hero has feet of clay? My grandmother would say all that glitters is not gold. Society is always saying be responsible for your actions, they have consequences. If we choose to idealized someone then we must therefore take responsibility and hold that person accountable for actions taken in our name.

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Book 11 in the Thomas & Charlotte Pitt series

Inspector Thomas Pitt is called upon to investigate 2 house fires & 2 deaths. And the many secerts of Highgate Rise. Charlotte & Gracie reveal the social conditions of the time. Excellent read. On to the next book in the series!

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Listening to paint dry

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'm not sure -- the plot rarely moved forward, just sideways, with all the characters repeating the thin drama and even thinner language.

What was most disappointing about Anne Perry’s story?

The lack of actual writing. Approximately 10 sentences are repeated over and over -- her eyes were bright, his eyes went dim, she breathed in softly. By the middle of the book it sounded like a satire.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I'm afraid so. Overwrought but thin.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

If one were totally ignorant of the English political and class system in the 1880's one might learn a bit.

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Good solid story, much too long, others in series much better

This the 11th book in the series. Compared to the previous books, this one is only so so. About 60% of the book, different characters repeat over and over again the same possible solutions without choosing one solution over another . The ultimate solution is good, but it took way to l