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Silence in Hanover Close (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt Novels) [Paperback]

Anne Perry
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4 Oct 2011 Charlotte & Thomas Pitt Novels

When Inspector Thomas Pitt is asked to reopen a three-year-old murder case that had taken place in London’s luxurious Hanover Close, he is all too aware that his superiors want him to simply smooth things over. But penetrating the reserve of high society households will take more finesse than Pitt can muster. Enter Charlotte Pitt, his wellborn wife, and her sister, Emily. As the social equals of the inhabitants of the Close, the women are privy to conversations that would never reach the ears of a mere policeman. What they find is a secret so shocking it will lead to more deaths—including, quite possibly, Pitt’s own.


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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (4 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345523733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345523730
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,549 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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5.0 out of 5 stars ann perry 12 May 2013
By denise
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as you can see I do by a lot of ann perry books as I think she is a brilliant author and will always read and reread her books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Pitt 25 May 2010
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Another excellent book in the Thomas Pitt series; easy to read; well researched into the social life of Victorian era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emily Ashworth, Lady's Maid--One of Perry's very best 5 Jun 2000
By drdebs - Published on Amazon.com
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In this volume of the Pitt series of mysteries set in late 19th-century London, Charlotte Pitt's sister Emily Ashworth relieves the boredom of mourning following her husband's death (see Cardington Crescent) by going undercover as a lady's maid to help Charlotte and Thomas Pitt uncover a murderer in the exclusive Hanover Close. When Thomas Pitt is asked by his superiors to open a three-year old unsolved mystery, he has no idea that he will put his family--and himself--in so much danger. It is Emily and her great-aunt Vespasia who finally save the day (and Thomas!).
Silence in Hanover Close is one of the best books in the series because here we get to see Emily FINALLY get a clue as to how hard life is for the rest of London. I took a great deal of satisfaction in Emily's new recognition of how hard it was to iron perfect ruffles, and learned how to cut and butter paper thin slices of bread for tea (try the method in the book--it really works, and then you can have your friends over for a book discussion complete with English cucumber sandwiches). Thomas' own danger adds a higher level of drama to the conclusion of the case.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emily gets into the act. . . 3 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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. . .and we do mean that literally. Thomas and Charlotte helped clear her name when her first husband was poisoned. . .now it's her turn to try and do the same for one of them. This is one of the best in the series--and at the same time one of the hardest to read. If you read these books in order of publication, by now you should have come to really care about these characters and what happens to them. Here one of them suffers--and may hang--unjustly. Thank Heaven for Emily and wonderful folks like Great-Aunt Vespasia, who get out of their comfort zones here so that the one whodunnit gets what he--or she--deserves. Brava, Anne Perry!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is The Pitts 3 Dec 2000
By AntiochAndy - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read most of the books in this series, so it's plain that I generally enjoy them. Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, along with the others who regularly appear in these stories, are well-developed and plausible characters. By this time, they have become much like old friends and this familiarity adds to their appeal. Perry also does a good job of engaging the interest of the reader by providing mysteries that are intriguing from the start. Also, though I'm not an expert on Victorian London, she seems to do a good job of re-creating that milieu.
On the other hand, Perry sometimes makes it plain who the murderer is in her stories by giving you one clearly dysfunctional character. Sometimes, too, her stories virtually turn into morality plays. She will take up some social evil of the period, make it part of her plot, and dwell on it. Finally, Perry has a tendency to end her stories very abruptly, leaving loose ends dangling and making you feeling like you've just stepped off a cliff.
This particular installment has all the usual strengths. Charlotte and Emily work to solve the case and save Thomas from a dire fate. The unsolved death of Robert York three years earlier gets Pitt started. The case is re-opened because York's widow is soon to marry a Foreign Office official. York was also with the Foreign Office at the time of his death and some secret papers disappeared at that time, so any possibility of scandal or espionage must be put to rest. During the course of the story, the reader gets a close look at the evils of nineteenth century English prisons, but not more so than fits the story. The mystery deepens as more deaths compicate matters. Perry keeps the reader guessing right up to the end in this one. While the end comes rather abruptly, there aren't too many loose ends in this one, so the reader isn't left hanging so much as in some of Perry's other stories.
As a mystery writer, Perry is a step below Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie. Her stories are enjoyable, especially if you've read enough of them to be familiar with the main characters, but the plots aren't usually as difficult to solve. This particular episode, however, is one of her best. A first-rate whodunit that will keep you guessing to the very end. Give it a try.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best entries in a stellar series. 14 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Perry never fails to weave interesting characters into a complex and compelling story that combines psychological study with a historical overview of the fascinating Victorian milieu. In this novel, however, she has outdone herself. Emily truly comes alive in a clever and dangerous masquerade. The theme of masquerade carries over to the mysterious figure of "Cerise," the glamorous and possibly treacherous woman for whom Pitt relentless searches before murder can strike again. The end is a complete surprise, both delightful and sad.Perhaps my favorite of the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best 15 Mar 1999
By "llp203" - Published on Amazon.com
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Not only are the supporting characters fascinating, but Perry truly plunges into and explores personal turning points for Pitt, Charlotte, and Emily. Some twists are a little too convenient, but one of the most important novels in the series. (I'd suggest reading them chronologically, however.) The ending makes it.
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