- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Headline (10 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755397185
- ISBN-13: 978-0755397181
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 2.1 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death On Blackheath: Thomas Pitt Mystery 29 (Thomas Pitt 29) Paperback – 10 Apr 2014
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Give her a good murder and a shameful social evil, and Anne Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens' eyes pop out (New York Times Book Review)
A page-turning thriller... blending compelling plotting with superbly realized human emotion (Jeffery Deaver)
There is a freshness about [Perry's] writing which makes it truly exceptional and I was gripped until the final page. Death on Blackheath was one of the best books I've read this year and I cannot recommend it highly enough (Eurocrime)
About the Author
Anne Perry is a New York Times bestselling author noted for her memorable characters, historical accuracy and exploration of social and ethical issues. Her two series, one featuring Thomas Pitt and one featuring William Monk, have been published in multiple languages. Anne Perry has also published a successful series based around World War One and the Reavley family, and the recent standalone novel The Sheen on the Silk. Anne Perry was selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime'.
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Top Customer Reviews
Thomas Pitt is now the Commander of Special Branch investigators who keep close watch on anything concerning the political welfare of the British government. When a lady's maid disappears it is indeed cause for the Special Branch to become involved because that maid worked in the household of Dudley Kynaston, a senior government official who is assigned to work with naval defenses. Kynaston is working on the new submarine systems which are expected to change the way war is carried out and his work is vitally important, especially for an island nation such as Britain. The body of the woman found close to the Kynaston home could possibly belong to the missing lady's maid, but how did she die and why was she disfigured after death?
Anne Perry was so successful in describing the biting cold and wet of this British winter that I kept making pots of hot tea to warm myself while I read.Read more ›
Some writers seem to reach a point where they're writing the same book over and over again - Perry hasn't allowed herself to fall into the same trap. I generally tend to prefer the Hester & William Monk series for its darker and more intriguing characterisations, but that's personal taste. The dénouement of this does stray into unconvincing territory but there's so much good stuff here that I'm happy to forgive Perry her occasional lapses.
If you're looking for intelligent historical crime fiction with solid characterisation and a good sense of the period, Perry can always be relied upon.
Thomas Pitt, Commander of Special Branch, and his sideman, , has been called in to investigate a crime involving signs of a violent struggle, a missing ladies made from the hope of Dudley Kynaston, a naval weapons expert and important to the English Government. The discovery of a severely mutilated female body makes it important to discover whether this is the maid and, if not, where she is. As the investigation proceeds, it becomes clear that people, and their relationships, are not always as they seem.
A well-written hook draws you into the story, establishes Pitt’s position, role and background very quickly. This is critical for readers new to the series. It also returns Pitt much more to his previous role conducting a police investigating; something many of his fans have missed.
Perry’s descriptions create such a strong sense of place and atmosphere. Whether the characters are standing in the dark and cold, or in a warm kitchen with the smells of cooking; she immediately makes the reader part of the scene. Beyond description is the understanding Perry conveys regarding life during Victorian times. The social customs and restrictions, particularly on women, dress, manners, different types of households depending upon wealth and social strata all come to life under Ms. Perry’s deft hand.
The dialogue is excellent and conveys not only the period, but the class and area of England from which each character has come. At the same time, when she does write in dialect, it is never to where the reader has difficulty understanding the conversation.Read more ›
Instead of sputtering out, both Pitts are in excellent form here. I will ever marvel at the unique plots of these books, and this one in particular is more intricate than I have come to expect. There was much going on in terms of plotting, with twists and turns around ever corner, but Perry never loses the thread. I would go so far as saying this may be one of the most intricate storylines she has yet to contrive.
Moreover, more attention is paid on Pitt's partner, Stoker, who has appeared in other works in this series though has previously been flat. I was glad to see him elaborated on, and am beginning to admire him (and many other of the side characters) just as much as the regulars. Perhaps we shall see more of Stoker in one of her Christmas novellas? Either way, a wonderful read from an author who I would swear only becomes stronger as time goes on.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been reading Anne Perry for years and this was equally enjoyable.Published 5 months ago by Jeanie
I bought the book because I was brought up around this area - Blackheath & Shooters Hill. Sadly, I must agree with the adverse comments. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tregeare
well up to Anne Perry's standard. Evokes London of the 1800's perfectly. Great readPublished 24 months ago by Chris
The plot revolves around murder, betrayal and treason, at times complicated, at others a little disingenuous. Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2015 by Jane Baker
Definitely up to her usual standard. I recommend it and Anne Perry's books.Published on 25 Feb. 2015 by margaret spray
Very disappointed, after reading all Anne Perry books and loving them, this one proved to be so boring and long drawn out. Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2015 by Deborah Williams
Very good read. Up to the usual standard. Meant I had to read the ending half way throughPublished on 4 Feb. 2015 by T Curtis/ E Curtis