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on 19 July 2014
This is my 14th Pitt novel, and until the last 50 pages it was definitely a 5 star. Charlotte was present during the entire book, but
she was not involved in the investigation until the later stages. Her involvement at that point becomes unrealistic and silly.
For the first time, Charlotte does do some soul searching as to how her actions does effect Pitt which adds to the depth of the relationship.
The side story with Catherine is unrealistic, tedious and unwarranted. Remember a few books ago she felt it was fine that Pitt go to the gallows and that was what Charlotte would get for marrying below her station. Would Charlotte be so forgiving?
I also fine Emily unlikeable.
Thus only 4 stars
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on 1 September 2001
The Hyde Park headsman is one in the long series of Inspector Pitt mysteries; Inspector Pitt solves grisly murders in Late Victorian London with the (mostly) unwanted help of his clever wife Charlotte, beautiful sister-in-Law Emily and young housemaid Gracie. As with all of Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries the spirit of the Victorian age comes alive with her vivid descriptions of a Victorian London that spans all the social classes of the time. Unlike some 'real' Victorian novels the leading women in Perry's Victorian England are strong and clever more akin in spirit to the feisty ladies of Regency novels of Jane Austen. When the body of a respectable Naval Captain is found decapitated on the Hyde park lake, newly promoted Superintendent Pitt must try to find out whether the killer is a escaped lunatic or someone the naval captain new... as is usual in Perrian London the answer is always a lot more complicated then is first thought. 'The Hyde Park Headsman' also shows a little emotional drama as Charlotte notices how taken Pitt is with a courageous widow. Charlotte's jealousy is compounded by her guilt at spending so much time away from Pitt whilst decorating the new large house. Anne Perry's strength lies in her lively descriptions of Victorian London, with her common use of Victorian products and traditions that have been long forgotten by all but researchers and historians, her weakness lies in the dialogue of the characters which often feels false, it is neither the well thought out formal speech of the Victorians nor is it the more colloquial language of today, her witticisms are not greatly witty and her working class characters are so unbearable 'mockney' and over the top it is laughable. If you can ignore these minor problems and they are really minor in the scheme of things, then you will really enjoy Anne Perry generally and 'The Hyde Park Headsman' in particular.
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on 4 April 2015
Gripping story. One to re-read!
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on 24 August 2014
Loved it one of herbetter ones.
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on 26 November 2015
Love all Anne Pery books
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on 7 January 2013
I found this book one of the best of the Thomas Pitt series. Generally the books divide into those with a good plot and those which tend to get bogged down in the political or social situation in which Perry sets her books. This storey moved along at a good pace and kept me guessing till near the end. A good read.
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on 10 February 2016
Good read
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on 19 December 2014
being in the process of trying to buy the full set of ann perry books the book was a good price it arrived in the time the sellar said it would
thankyou
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on 29 May 2013
I love these books I can really get into the story and be there with them I would like more of them Anne Perry is a good author
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on 6 October 2014
This was really quite a page turner, enjoyed it enormously.
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