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Midnight at Marble Arch: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel (Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Series Book 28) Kindle Edition

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*Starred Review* Perry has two hit Victorian mystery series going, one starring William Monk and the other featuring Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. This twenty-sixth entry in the Pitt series shows once again the Victorian era’s abundance of social abuses, which often led to crime. The Pitts have moved up the social ladder, not that they’ve sought it, but with each of Thomas’ promotions in the police (he is now head of Special Branch), their world has included more of the wealthy and the aristocratic—but also more of the depraved, who can cover crimes more easily than the poor. This mystery, involving, as always, the investigative talents of both Charlotte and Thomas, centers on sexual assault. Two gatherings, a formal ball and a reception, showcase two women caught up in Victorian male hypocrisy. One of the Pitts’ friends, a high-up London financier, attends the ball alone. He’s summoned away, however, when his wife, who begged off attending, is found raped and murdered in their front hall. At the same ball, the daughter of the Portuguese ambassador shows every evidence of terror as a young noble pursues her. Perry expertly shows how a society in which women have no recourse against sexual assault, except for covering it up themselves, opens itself to a variety of desperate acts highlighting women’s vulnerabilities. Perry is a master at illuminating the wrongs of the Victorian age. --Connie Fletcher


“Sweeping and scandalous . . . [Anne] Perry has perfected a delicate touch.”The New York Times Book Review
“Fresh and vibrant . . . Perry captures Victorian England with flair, and her storyline is fascinating.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News

“Perry is a master at illuminating the wrongs of the Victorian age.”Booklist (starred review)
“Bestselling author Perry continues her Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series with another splendid success. She is so familiar with life at this time that history, attitudes and culture are slipped in seamlessly so the reader sees the world as Victorians did. Not only are Inspector Pitt and his wife fully realized, their circle of friends and acquaintances also feel real and alive. This is a series to read from the beginning.”RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)
“May be [Perry’s] most intense and thrilling novel to date . . . Midnight at Marble Arch is stunning and insightful from start to finish.”—Bookreporter
“This book is packed with intrigue.”—The Huffington Post
“The monsters Anne Perry creates are not easy to live with, and their actions linger long after the book is closed.”—New York Journal of Books
“Engrossing . . . intriguing . . . Perry does a nice job exploring late Victorian attitudes toward sex crimes.”Publishers Weekly

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  • File Size: 2457 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 9, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By V. Geller on April 24, 2013
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I have been a great fan of Anne Perry's Monk and Pitt series, having read every book. This one was disappointing. I objected to two things. First, the subject of rape was handled with 21st century sensibilities with just a nod to the behaviors and beliefs of late 19th century western culture. Second, the plot line dragged along so slowly and repetitively as to be downright boring. I have never had that happen with any other Perry books. Did she write this one? Did any editor point out improbabilities and inconsistencies? I felt cheated.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By prairie woman on April 22, 2013
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I normally enjoy the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mysteries, but they are starting to sound tired. It's as if the author is struggling to find a story and a plot. This one involves the rape and murder of an affluent society wife, the harrassment of the daughter of a Portuguese diplomat, and to top it off the Jamison raid into the Boer territory of South Africa. The subject of rape comes close to home with Thomas and Charlotte as their eldest daughter, Jemima, has turned fourteen is susceptible to the roller-coaster emotions of one that age and they always fear for her safety. The attitudes at that time that were well into the twentieth century were that "the woman must've encouraged him." No defense at all just shame and embarrassment and ruin for any woman. The Pitts have aged as well and their household has changed a bit. Gracie has gone off and married Samuel, a policeman and now in her place is Minnie Maud whose only talent seems to be making cucumber sandwiches. She certainly doesn't have the moxie of Gracie. Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould is still around and seems to be charming Victor Narraway who was once Pitt's boss at Special Branch. Anyway there are several plots going on here that involve investments in South Africa, rape and murder, and all this gets tied together. Somehow all the dialogue in this book just gets tedious at times as Charlotte, Pitt, Victor, and Vespasia all go on and on ad nauseum trying to read other people's minds. I really liked the earlier books of Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. Maybe as they have gotten older, they have gotten staid!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Wyle on April 14, 2013
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I've been reading Anne Perry's Victorian detective novels for years, and am always glad to see another come out. This one was somewhat disappointing. There was a great deal of unnecessary repetition, as if the book needed padding to make up for insufficient plot. It was worth reading, just to spend some more time with Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, Victor Narraway, and Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould -- but if I didn't already know and like these characters, I'm not sure this book would have led me to seek them out again.

Perry's Victorian novels are usually educational, shedding light on the culture and history of the times, and I wouldn't call this one an exception -- but I learned less from it than I have from most of the others.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By JKF in NYC on May 14, 2013
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This was a real disappointment. Every character ponders the horrors of rape in exactly the same terms, again and again and again. A more thoughtful writer would have introduced nuances, would have understood that men and women in late Victorian London would likely have viewed the crime differently; that there would have been some distinctions in the responses of aristocrats and uniformed police. England was, is, nothing if not a class-oriented society.

There is no forward motion, just endless introspection. I found myself skimming page after page, wanting to get to plot advancement or, failing that, to the end. How many times did I have to read that Thomas, Charlotte, Vespasia and the others know that rape is not a crime of passion, but a crime of violence that could happen to anyone?

Save your money on this one, folks.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Hume on November 11, 2012
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Thomas Pitt comes into his own at last as Commander of the Special Branch. The tale of the rape of several women is as controversial today as it was in the late 1890's. A very powerful story and one which I will certainly read again. Cannot wait for the next novel by Anne Perry. She is a true master of the written word.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Agatha Istanbul on May 15, 2013
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I fear I must agree with many of the other reviewers here that this novel wasn't as well written or exciting as Anne Perry's past Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels. The author had a platform here that she wanted to stress - the horrors and injustice of rape - and had her characters each go on and on about it from their own viewpoints. Not that I don't agree with the author's viewpoint, but it was just too overdone, and therefore the plot dragged, and didn't have the movement that is usual in her other novels.
I found a couple of inconsistencies that struck me as well. On page 21 she describes the victim as "laying on her front" and then a few lines later she says that her blouse had been ripped open "exposing what could be seen of her bosom". The author then describes the victim's skirt at the murder scene as "raised around her hips" and "her naked thighs were bruised". All this bodily exposure would be fine, if it were not for the fact that on page 73, when the doctor is explaining that he is certain she died from drinking an overdose of laudanum, he says that "she crawled to the cabinet and poured herself enough to deaden the pain...." etc. And the character, Narraway, asks if she could have dragged herself that far.
If she crawled or dragged herself over to a cabinet and poured herself a drink, the skirt, even if tattered, would most certainly have fallen down enough to cover her thighs again, and she most certainly would not have left herself nakedly exposed (her bosom), even if she did remain sprawled on the floor - - which I find unlikely, as well.
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