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Product Details

  • Series: Charlotte and Thomas Pitt
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780345510624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345510624
  • ASIN: 0345510623
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

The Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series continues to roll smoothly along. It’s now 1896, and Thomas, in charge temporarily of Special Branch, has the unpleasant job of turning his investigative eye on his own people, looking for a mole in the organization. Meanwhile, Charlotte helps Thomas explore whether the death of a former spy has the potential to plunge Britain into full-scale war. As usual, the plotting is rock solid, with a terrorism-themed mystery that will resonate with contemporary readers, but it’s the characters and their environment that make the book such a pleasure to read. Perry’s Victorian England is well drawn, a broad-stroke portrait that gives readers the spirit of the time and place without getting mired down in too much detail, and Charlotte and Thomas remain two of the most vividly conceived protagonists in the historical-mystery genre. Another fine entry in an always entertaining series. --David Pitt

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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 its amazingly well-drawn historical details, know the delight of time traveling back to Victorian England.”—Bookreporter.com
 
Seven Dials
 
“Terrific, vivid stuff . . . The alarmingly prolific Anne Perry [is] a master of the genre.”—The Seattle Times
 
“Perry’s as good as it gets. . . . The final courtroom scene produces more victims and left me breathless.”—The Providence Journal

More About the Author

Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including Dark Assassin and The Shifting Tide, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including The Cater Street Hangman, Calandar Square, Buckingham Palace Gardens and Long Spoon Lane. She is also the author of the World War I novels No Graves As Yet, Shoulder the Sky, Angels in the Gloom, At Some Disputed Barricade, and We Shall Not Sleep, as well as six holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Grace. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.

Customer Reviews

Lots of intrigue, plot twists, as the mystery unfolds.
Lorna Woods
Like any good historical fiction, the history, the times and the culture, is only backdrop to a really good story about people the reader can come to care about.
Fred M.
Once you start reading beware you will not put it down until its the last page!!!
Meliana

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Hillari Delgado on April 14, 2012
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'Dorchester Terrace' marks a point of departure for Thomas Pitt, protagonist of Perry's popular Victorian series, and a restructuring of the series itself. It remains to be seen if fans embrace this new, darker Pitt. If they do, it may be reluctantly, in exchange for the broad new range of plots and character conflict made possible by the genre shift from period mystery to international espionage.

Perry's skill, as well as her burden, has been inventing new plots over nearly thirty novels. By the time Perry moved Pitt to Special Branch, a forerunner of MI5, the strain was showing. Wife Charlotte and popular secondary characters were reduced to cameos, and the stories lost their unique charm.

'Dorchester Terrace' returns to series strengths: Pitt's new stature requires him to rely on wife Charlotte for her social acumen. Lady Vespasia's and Emily and Jack Radley's aristocratic connections provide vital clues and timely help. Perry's weaknesses are also present: characters ruminate at length; one or two interviews provide the bulk of the information to solve the mystery; the ultimate motivation for the crime is thin.

The chief interest in 'Dorchester Terrace' is Pitt's ethical dilemma. Will he compromise his principles, and how far, to protect his country from deadly threats? Does he have the strength, the ruthlessness, to move in the murky arena of espionage, even kill, if necessary? Pitt's adversaries are betting he does not. Even Pitt himself, the man Perry has taken pains to develop as a deeply ethical and compassionate man, does not know. His self-discovery, and the shocking conclusion, are the reasons to read 'Dorchester Terrace.'
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Frauenglas VINE VOICE on April 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the 25th book in the author's series featuring Charlotte & Thomas Pitt. She's already published nearly 60 books. I've read them all & have always enjoyed each one. Her two main series & her Christmas novels all take place in Victorian England. Perry brings period novels alive. Her cast of supporting characters always strengthen the main characters & always add to the story line. In this novel, Charlotte's sister Emily & her husband Jack Radley, the ever regal Aunt Vespasia, & Lord Narraway; all reappear & play important parts in the solving of this mystery. Thomas Pitt is now the head of Special Branch (first formed as a branch of London's Metropolitan Police in 1883) & has to solve an assassination plot concerning the Hapsburg family. Events from the violent upheavals in Europe during the mid-19th Century have unexpected repercussions. There are twists & turns & surprising betrayals. This mystery seems to have been inspired by the real assassination which actually began WWI. This is another page-turner by Perry & the reader won't be disappointed.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jo Ann McGrath on April 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love being in the world with the people Anne Perry has created. I looked forward to returning to it with her latest, having read all the previous Pitt novels in the last year. However, I fear she is reaching....and not connecting. Far too much blathering on about nearly everything that was, ultimately, meaningless. Certainly the events of the time were fascinating and Perry knows her history. But you can't make a mystery from a series of events unless you have meaningful characters with believable problems to play with. I felt nothing and no one was satisfactorily presented, and the characters were of cardboard.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Bell on April 10, 2012
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Dorchester Terrace was a book I was unable to put down. It had a fascinating plot with two new female characters who are extremely memorable--Serafina Montserrat, a revolutionary for Italian freedom who fought, loved, and rode "like a man," and Adriana Blantyre, a Croatian woman married to a diplomat, who saw her father executed when she was a child. Along with Charlotte Pitt, her sister Emily Radley, and the indomitable Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould, they make the stereotype of the staid, gentle Victorian woman to be an oxymoron.

Pitt, now head of the Special Branch replacing former head Narraway, has received some information from his trusted assistant Stroud that there is likely to be an assassination attempt on an Austrian duke who will be visiting England soon. His investigation into not only the assassins but the reason behind it lead him to 10 Downing Street. His brother-in-law Jack Radley, no longer a member of Parliament but now working for the Foreign Office, is at first unconvinced, but he knows Pitt well enough to come to his aid.

However, for me the star of the book was Aunt Vespasia, who has discovered that a fellow revolutionary from her youth is very ill. She visits Serafina Montserrat and resumes their friendship; she also meets Adriana Blantyre, who was befriended by Serafina when she was orphaned. Serafina is heading downward into dementia and is afraid that she will betray secrets from the past to the wrong person. Vespasia is skeptical at first, but she soon realizes it might be true. She & Narraway work together, parallel to Pitt's Investigation; everything eventually comes to a head with the arrival of Duke Alois.
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