Highgate Rise Hardcover – 1 Apr 1991
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"When it comes to the Victorian mystery, Anne Perry has proved that nobody does it better."--"The San Diego Union-Tribune
"Give her a good murder and a shameful social evil, and Anne Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens's eyes pop."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Perry gets the Victorian mood just right. . . . Settle in with this one on a rainy day."--"Booklist"
"Descriptions of London's Upstairs/Downstairs society [are] historically illuminating."--"St. Petersburg Times"
"Rounded out by a host of lively characters, this is a memorable tale."--"Publishers Weekly"
When it comes to the Victorian mystery, Anne Perry has proved that nobody does it better. The San Diego Union-Tribune
Give her a good murder and a shameful social evil, and Anne Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens s eyes pop. The New York Times Book Review
Perry gets the Victorian mood just right. . . . Settle in with this one on a rainy day. Booklist
Descriptions of London s Upstairs/Downstairs society [are] historically illuminating. St. Petersburg Times
Rounded out by a host of lively characters, this is a memorable tale. Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
FAMILY SECRETS UP IN FLAMES
A ferocious fire shocks genteel Highgate Village. But when it proves to be arson, Inspector Thomas Pitt finds himself in charge of a complicated case of murder.
While the city of London and Bow Street station reel from the repulsive crimes of Jack the Ripper, Highgate remains untouched. But its cosy society is not as spotless as it would like to appear. Dr Shaw has made many enemies there with his outspoken opinions and the common view is that he was the intended victim of the blaze. But his wife had been campaigning against slum landlords, thus gaining powerful enemies herself. And she is the one who has died.
Inspector Pitt and his aristocratic wife, Charlotte, approach the case from different angles. He has the opportunity to question suspicious neighbours and dismissive colleagues, but her access to Society gossip can lead to unexpected clues. And unexpected dangers …
Praise for Anne Perry
“She has carved a substantial career as a writer … her books have a strong social and ethical element”
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Is there truly this great love affair? We start out with her being "shocked and dismayed to discover she was in love with this awkward and impertinent policeman".
She claims she can't lie to Pitt, but she constantly acts behind his back. Her constant forays into "society" made her happy without him. She does this for the most part not only not as Mrs. Pitt but as an unmarried woman. (in this episode she does use her married name. Did women of this period not wear wedding rings?).
Her friendships with other men are particularly disconcerting. She flirts and leads them on. In this novel she primps for a character and is deeply concerned about what he thinks about her. Others notice her actions but she continues. How hurt and upset would Pitt be if he was aware? She is disrespecting him.
She places herself in dangerous and compromising situations. She should have died in Bethlehem Road.
Pitt is deeply in love with her, but he is not aware of her actions. Would his feelings change? It would be interesting to see his reaction. He is a detective so he should become aware.
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