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Publisher's Summary

In the posh London street of Paragon Walk, a young woman is brutally raped and murdered. Once again the incomparable team of sleuths, Inspector Thomas Pitt and his young wife, Charlotte, peer beneath the elegant masks of the well-born suspects and reveal that something ugly lurks behind the handsome facades of Paragon Walk, something that could lead to more scandal, and more murder.
Don't miss the other Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries.
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  • Chuck
  • Arlington, TX, USA
  • 08-23-04

Complex and Enthralling Mystery

Parragon Walk is populated by a small group of the most deliciously dislikable people who give nothing away no matter who does the questioning, Detective Inspector Thomas Pitt (of Bow Street Station) or his beloved wife, Charlotte. Like the most tangled yarn, this 19th century-based mystery was a labor of love to untangle. A most enjoyable and satisfying mystery.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • N
  • Greer, SC, USA
  • 01-26-09

pretty good historical murder mystery

Overall, this was a good book. It's not fast paced and doesn't have any scene stealers, but it is a good read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • Fishers, IN, USA
  • 05-27-06

Classic Anne Perry

Thoroughly enjoyable Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery set in Victorian England. Delightful listening.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Well developed characters in this story

As with her other books in this series, Anne Perry has done a very good job with "Paragon Walk." Inspector Thomas Pitt is a policeman, not very welcome in the posh homes of the wealthy, but by fortuitous chance, he is married to Charlotte, who came from a background that allows her to move comfortably in and out of this atmosphere.

In this book, a young woman of the privileged group who live on Paragon Walk has been raped and murdered. Charlotte finds it rather easier to get in and investigate what has happened than her husband, since her pregnant sister also lives on this street--and she comes to be with Emily during this stressful time to support and also snoop a bit.

I think that the characters are very well developed, and the entire book was interesting. I quite like the whole series, and think that Ms. Perry has a keen insight on human motivations and behaviors. However, I didn't quite feel I could give the book 5 stars for the story because for some odd reason, the ending seemed too abrupt. Almost as though the author had written the number of pages she wanted, and felt she had to wrap it up quickly.

The ending "worked" okay--it just went by so fast I had trouble believing the book had actually come to a close. Don't let that stop you from reading it--it's all good, just a bit awkward how the end got a little rushed. It's well worth the read.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Georgia
  • Little Rock, AR, United States
  • 10-07-17

Brilliant Narration ... but ...

The narrator couldn't save this one. It's getting where all of Anne Perry's books are the same as the last. I've read several and enjoyed them and was hoping for a long relationship with her collection, but I think I've read my last. Unfortunate.

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English gentry acting badly, again

Next in the series of murder mysteries solved by the detective's wife and sister-in-law. Steeped in Victoriana. Fun.

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Unexpected ending

I loved the sisters . The unofficial inspectors. Surprised ending. Highly recommended. Looking forward to the next in the series.








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Just Ok

I really like Anne Perry's William Monk series. Those books have more realistic and interesting characters. This series seems kind of silly sometimes with superficial main characters that I don't really care that much about. I am not sure I would try anymore in the series. Love Davina Porter's narration though.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Paula
  • San Jose, CA, United States
  • 06-08-12

what a sleazy group of people....

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

Yes, interesting characters and complex, unpredictible plot line...

Who was your favorite character and why?

the great Aunt-in-law - Vespesia(?) - because she spoke matter-of-factly and consequently was unpredictible relative to the other characters

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

she can communicate subtle emotion so well

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

got a bit tedious with the petty, vindictive dialogue...

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Paragon Walk

Great book.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful