When a maid in the upper class Ellison household is strangled, Inspector Pitt is called in to investigate....
A tragic accident leaves Inspector Monk with amnesia just moments after he solves the murder of a popular Crimean war hero....
A string of gruesome, ritualistic murders of Hungarian immigrants has the Thames River police commander stuck on solving the pattern....
It's 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III's England. Then a beautiful young woman is found savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church....
It's Christmas and the well-born guests who have gathered at Applecross for a delicious weekend of relaxation are warmed by roaring fires, mistletoe, and gorgeously wrapped gifts....
The year is 1861. The American Civil War has just begun, and London arms dealer Daniel Alberton is becoming a very wealthy man. His quiet dinner party seems remote indeed from the passions rending America......
Loyal, honest and, above all, principled. There is no finer detective in Victorian London than Thomas Pitt.It is 1896, and Thomas Pitt is in charge of Special Branch. He is beginning to understand the power he now commands, but is still ill at ease at the glittering events he and his wife Charlotte must attend. During a lavish party at the Spanish Embassy, a policeman breaks into Pitt's conversation with investor Rawdon Quixwood to break the terrible news that Quixwood's wife, Catherine, has been viciously assaulted at their home, and left for dead. Worse still, it appears that the assailant was someone she had trusted as she opened the door to the attacker herself.At the same party, Charlotte sees Angeles Castelbranco, an ambassador's daughter, flinch in fear at the teasing of some young men. A few days later, Angeles flees from the same group and, in her terror, falls from a window - what could have caused her to take that fatal step?Pitt and his friend Victor Narraway vow to uncover the unspoken truth behind these two women's deaths. But as they investigate, deception and violence get ever nearer and danger is only ever one step away...
Would you listen to Midnight at Marble Arch again? Why?
Probably not. I find Deirdra Whelan's narration monotonous and annoying. Each character has the same intonation and all sentences finish on a raised note - or maybe that is just my irritation and I am not being fair. I find her difficult to listen to and have given up and resorted to reading the ebook instead. Bring back Davina Porter!
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The story is, as always with Anne Perry, excellent, well paced and thought provoking.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Midnight at Marble Arch?
Difficult to pinpoint a 'special moment' but perhaps the jury's decision of 'guilty' when one least expected it. Also the enjoyment of 'seeing' Pitt's family growing up.
What didn’t you like about Deirdra Whelan’s performance?
It may have been the recording rather than the reader, but the story was told at breakneck speed, older listeners (us) had difficulty following the story at times, particularly as we listen to audio books on long drives. There were times when one sentence merged into another with hardly a breath inbetween.
Any additional comments?
The recording quality was very poor, at times it seemed to have jammed and we heard the same section over about five times before it reverted to normal. It seemed as though the recording speed had been made faster, possibly to fit into a time limit. As people who read for radio listeners, my husband and I found it disconcerting,
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This narrator needs to learn how to pronounce thwords ending in ing , especially the word something , it does not end with a K , also , it was read far too quickly with very little care for any punctuation it was read as if it were a list needing to be finished in the least possible time .
Really enjoyed this. A fantastic story about a very taboo subject especially in Victorian England. The narration was not too bad.
The story is exciting and well read . Thoroughly enjoyable. I
This is the first Pitt and Charlotte book I have had and I will look out for more
What did you like best about Midnight at Marble Arch? What did you like least?
I like the characters and have read all the books in the series.
If you’ve listened to books by Anne Perry before, how does this one compare?
This is the first audio book of the series I have listened to and I was disappointed by the lack lustre reading and the lack of pauses and meaning that should have engendered life and excitement into the book.