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Publisher's Summary

Inspector Thomas Pitt is asked to reopen a three-year-old murder case which occurred in London's luxurious Hanover Close. With his wellborn wife, Charlotte, to aid him in penetrating the well-known reserve of high society, the inquisitive Pitts discover a shocking and deadly secret. Millions of ardent fans relish Anne Perry's highly atmospheric mysteries, set in Victorian London.
Don't miss the other Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries.
©1988 Anne Perry (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Nina
  • Arlington, VA, USA
  • 05-28-05

A MUST for Anne Perry lovers!!

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.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Silence in Hanover Close

This is my favorite so far of the Thomas Pitt series. I loved the ending. I absolutely never saw it coming.

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  • Michael
  • Chesterland , OH, USA
  • 07-21-06

In fine form

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.

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Completely enjoyable listen!

If you could sum up Silence in Hanover Close in three words, what would they be?

Well crafted tale

Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

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

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another great mystery

with a twist at the end! hearing the narrator swallow was very annoying. otherwise great.

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  • Tammy
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • 06-13-16

Good story, Great performance, Poor production

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

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Love Anne Perry's books

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

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Silence in Hanover Close?

Any of the times that Emily, in her disguise of a lady's maid, would sass Nora and would one up her.

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Another dynamic pairing!

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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Great story and great series

I have enjoyed many books in this series. First time I've commented on one. I liked it. Good historical color. Honorable character. Believable.