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Dorchester Terrace (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 27): Espionage and betrayal in the foggy streets of Victorian London Paperback – 29 Mar 2012

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075538623X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755386239
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 2.7 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Praise for Anne Perry's most recent Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels Treason at Lisson Grove "Perry has always done her historical homework on the darker elements of the British ruling class, and she has outdone herself this time.""--The Washington Times"" "Buckingham Palace Gardens "An intricate plot about a murder at the palace [with] an irresistibly appealing "Upstairs, Downstairs" perspective . . . a fine introduction to Perry's alluring world of Victorian crime and intrigue."--"The New York Times Book Review" "Another winner . . . a wonderful cast of characters with many twisting plots."--"Vero Beach Press Journal" Long Spoon Lane "Anne Perry has once again delivered the tasty concoction her readers have come to expect [and] presents us with moral and political puzzles that are all too close to our own."--"Los Angeles Times Book Review" "An altogether intriguing and enjoyable mystery . . . Fans of this series, with it

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The 27th novel in Anne Perry's highly acclaimed crime series featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt

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First Sentence: It was mid-February and growing dark outside.
Just as the series has continued, so have the lives of the characters. That is only one reason those of us who love this series are loyal to it; these are characters in whom we have become invested.

After the events of the previous book, "Treason at Lisson Grove", we find Thomas Pitt now as head of Special Branch. Unfortunately, neither Pitt nor others are certain he's capable of handling his new role. Ms. Perry wonderfully helps us understand the complexity, both socially and with regard to experience, of the new position Pitt now holds. Victor Narrraway has been moved out of Special Branch into the House of Lords yet misses his old role. Great-Aunt Vespasa, one of my favorite characters, providing insight and wisdom, is Ms. Perry's vehicle for ruminations on the mental and physical pain of being elderly. Charlotte, Thomas' wife, is ever loyal and supportive. Stoker, a fairly new character and Pitt's second, is someone about whom we know little except for a delightful revelation toward the book's end.

Ms. Perry's attention to period detail is astonishing. Additionally, the book is an amazing history lesson on Austro-Hungary and the tensions which led up to WWI. Make no mistake; however, this is not your old, dry, boring history course. Far from it. It is fascinating and well incorporated into the plot.

"Dorchester Terrace" contains good tension and suspense with a very good twist which catches both the reader, and the protagonist, unawares. Well done, Ms. Perry.

DORCHESTER TERRACE (Hist Mys/Prof Inves-Thomas Pitt-England-1896) - VG
Perry, Anne
Ballantine, ©2012
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I realise that a few months back when I first started reading Anne Perry I wrote a good review after having read only the first novel in the Monk series. I might have been overhasty in my praise. By the time I had read the second and third in the series, although I still enjoyed the experience, there were quite a few things that grated. The main one being the inordinate amount of needless repetitions. However the novels were still rather gripping and I ordered some more. This one (in the Pitt series) is extremely annoying as the actual happenings in the book could have been written on the back of an envelope and it is only because every piece of information is repeated thirty times at least that the novel reaches page 400. The plot is as thin
as the gruel poor Oliver Twist was made to eat in the workhouse and of which he nevertheless wanted more. Well, as far as I'm concerned if the rest of Anne Perry's books is in the same vein and of such a poor standard I won't be wanting more. I'll still have to read those I have already purchased and I hope they will prove less disappointing. Something else which has claimed my attention while looking for information on the author is the incredible number of books she has written. It's mass production indeed! Hardly surprising then that by following the same recipes time after time the standard should be falling accordingly. Real literature cannot be mass-produced!
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As a detective story it was overly repetitive with constant reminders and discussions of suspects' motives and the author's clues to villain's identity glaringly spelt out; it only improved when the plot unravelled in the last few chapters. 'No finer detective in Victorian London than Thomas Pitt?' I am sorry but I was not persuaded to read any more about him.
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I have read most of the Anne Perry books but decided to leave her for a while as the stories became too predictable. I have just ordered this book and must admit it is a good read. However it was again spoilt to some extent as I had to skip large chunks of the book as it contained too much boring information as to what the characters were wearing and too much detail of the type of room they were in. All this is in her other books and one of the reasons why I decided to stop reading her. This said I would still recommend this book it certainly captures the life styles of the times.
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Normally I quite enjoy Anne Perry's novels. Yes they are repetitive but I like to try to work out the plot. I've also got used to the characters and like to read how they're getting on. Well, in this story the link to the truth was deliberately missed by Pitt and others even though it was obvious; as a reader, I wanted to shout it out. I won't spoil the story for others, but really! If Pitt were so stupid he shouldn't have been in the job. Disappointing.
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Inspector Pitt does it again, please Anne Perry, keep writing them!
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I love Anne Perry. Great crime series.
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