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Midnight at Marble Arch (Thomas Pitt 28) [Paperback]

Anne Perry
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11 April 2013 Thomas Pitt 28

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...

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755397126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755397129
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With twenty million books in print throughout the world, Anne Perry's bestselling novels are noted for their memorable characters, exploration of social issues and historical accuracy. Selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime', Anne lives in Scotland.

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That rare breed of novel that's a page-turning thriller yet literary (Jeffery Deaver)

A surpassingly excellent historical and psychologically intricate mystery (Publishers Weekly)

'A murder mystery made to make you think' (Lancashire Evening Post)

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The 28th novel in Anne Perry's highly acclaimed crime series featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another pageturner 3 Oct 2012
I can hardly keep up with Anne Perry as she is so prolific. I have always enjoyed her characterisation of Thomas Pitt and the development of his family and professional relationships.
Yes, she does seem to rathe hang a cause on her characters - this time it is the matter of rape in Victorian England - but I enjoy the way she uses fiction to get across some very good points. Even now it is difficult to report rape. How much so over 100 years ago!
As usual, she has several stories intertwining, and this time there is less of Charlotte, and more of Victor Narraway and of Lady Vespasian.
The denouement is quite unexpected, although she gives enough hints for you to follow.
A very good read which kept me up to finish it.
Now I will wait for the next William Monk!
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3.0 out of 5 stars better, but... 17 Dec 2012
For the first half of the book, I was in heaven. Thomas seemed back in top form, Charlotte and Vespasia were helping and Victor Narraway became a full character. The crime, while a bit gruesome was a domestic type, not another fake intrigue, special branches thing. Bravo....but...while the victim and the peripheral characters are as interesting as in the early books, the plot begins to falter, then really becomes a bit outlandish at the end. Also continuity is a problem. There were some minor things but the biggie was that a particular character testifies then a chapter or so later his upcoming testimony is discussed, then he testifies and...uh...what? Also the motivation and the construct of the crime seemed a bit much to me. The motive was weak and even if it served, wouldn't another method have been more assured? The elaborate set up seemed ridiculous and struck a hugely false note. Anyway...this one was more interesting and altogether better than the last couple of books but shesh--publishers need to actually read the books they publish and EDIT!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight at Marble Arch 17 Oct 2012
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This was an excellent story , completely differnt from the last couple of Pitt stories. Well thought through and executed.

The story was very compelling and kept you guessing until the end what the outcome would be .It brought to life the stigma of rape and the disgrace it brought in this era to the for and that a woman's downfall was her own fault not the man's.

I am glad that we now live in a more enlightened age.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The message almost overwhelmed the story 29 May 2013
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This book was as good as Anne Perry's other Pitt novels but I can't help feeling that it could have been better with a lighter touch.Perry does rather tend to beat her reader over the head with the particular message that she is trying to get over , this time the evil of rape .The attitudes of her charactars was much more that of today's metropolitan liberals rather than the Victorian middle class and didn't sit well with some of them.Parents didn't discuss these matters with their children so openly in the 20th century , let alone the 19th .Having said that the charactarisation was as good as ever and the plot full of twists and turns although the ending seemed a little rushed.It was still a darn good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Decent women do not get raped" 3 Mar 2013
By Roman Clodia TOP 50 REVIEWER
In this latest of Perry's Victorian crime novels, Thomas and Charlotte Pitt face two complicated and violent cases of rape and death.

I've only read a handful of Perry's books but she has a tendency to hang her books on a theme usually connected to Victorian sexuality: here the motif is rape and violence against women, shadowed by a background of the Jameson Raid, one of the moves towards the Boer war and thus an act of colonialist `rape' against Africa.

Despite the Victorian setting, Perry interrogates attitudes and opinions about rape that are more grounded in our own modern debates than the late nineteenth century, and her anger, even rage, is palpable at times. She does, however, make this a crime which is of crucial importance to men rather than just to women, and so breaks down any gender stereotypes. That women turn against other women when it comes to sexuality is also a sad but true reality which she exposes in this book.

There is a slight problem with the pacing of this book which, after a slow and detailed tempo, suddenly rushes to an unconvincing conclusion. But there is so much good stuff in the emotional excavation that takes place that I was willing to overlook this flaw.

So don't read this if you're looking for some frothy historical crime: this is intelligent, gritty, distressing, and heartfelt. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars delightful reading 21 Feb 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book.Kept the suspense going right to the end. I haven't anything else to say, and I think there should be NO limit on peoples comment whether Just a few words or for the verbuse person who cannot stop writing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb offering from Ms Perry ! 8 Dec 2012
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Up to Anne Perry's usual well researched standard. Fascinating and intriguing; couldn't put it down until the last page ! can't wait for her next book !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and analytical
It's been many years since I read a Pitt mystery and I intend to read the next in the series. I was a bit bothered at how rape in this novel set in the 19th century was presented... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jane Baker
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I find Anne Perry to be one of the best writers around and I would recommend her books to anyone who enjoys historical murder mysteries.
Published 5 months ago by margaret spray
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
A great plot with real issues that the era must have wrestled with.ALWAYS want to know what will happen next.
Published 10 months ago by HELEN UNDERWOOD
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight at Marble Arch
These are getting better and better. I enjoy everything about these books and the great characters in them. Thank you.
Published 10 months ago by Doreen Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Anne Perry fan
I have been a Anne Perry fan for many years.
Midnight at Marble Arch is a good book to read, the plot is easy to keep up with, the only thing I didn't like was the Pitt's were... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joan Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
always good stories but some characters missing from this book , still the story flows and is exciting, period details excellent you feel you are really there with them
Published 11 months ago by pauline ransford
5.0 out of 5 stars Pace faster than a runaway hansom
The way the characters build the tension as the story builds is a real art. You find yourself suffering along with the women characters and feeling the same despair and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Barbara Nye
3.0 out of 5 stars Unconvincing
Previous books have warranted purchase as they were worth reading again. Not this one. There was too much moralising and some of the characters' thinking and behaviour was too... Read more
Published 11 months ago by LMAV
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Published 12 months ago by graeme
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing "read"
I love Anne Perry books - especially when I can sit back and enjoy the stories narrated by the charismatic Davina Porter. Read more
Published 12 months ago by GeeBee9999
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