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Midnight at Marble Arch: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel [Kindle Edition]

Anne Perry
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY RT BOOK REVIEWS

In this superbly accomplished new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt adventure, Anne Perry takes us beneath the glittering surface of wealthy Victorian society into a nightmare world of fear and intimidation, where women are too often blamed for the violent attacks against them, and powerful men take what they want, leaving others to pay the price.
 
The horrifying rape and apparent suicide of Catherine Quixwood, wife of a wealthy merchant banker, falls outside the jurisdiction of new Special Branch head Thomas Pitt, but so pervasively offensive are the rumors about the victim that Pitt quietly takes a hand in the investigation.
 
Yet even with the help of his ingenious wife, Charlotte, and his former superior, Victor Narraway, Pitt is stumped. Why did high-minded, cultured Catherine choose not to accompany her husband to a grand party on the night of her demise? Why did she dismiss all her servants for the evening and leave the front door unlocked? What had been her relationship with the young man seen frequently by her side at concerts and art exhibits? And what can be done to avenge another terrible crime: the assault on Angeles Castelbranco, beloved teenage daughter of the Portuguese ambassador?
 
As an ordinary policeman, Pitt used to enter London’s grand houses through the kitchen door. Now, as a guest in those same houses, can he find the steel in his soul to challenge the great men of the world with their crimes? The path to the truth takes him in deeply troubling directions, from the lofty world of international politics and finance to his own happy home, where his own teenage daughter, Jemima, is coming of age in a culture rife with hidden dangers.
 
In this rich, emotionally charged masterpiece, Anne Perry exposes yet another ugly secret of Victoria’s proud empire. And in a courtroom battle of unparalleled brilliance, we thrill at the chance to witness a massive wrong righted.

Includes a preview of Anne Perry’s next Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel, Death on Blackheath.

Praise for Midnight at Marble Arch
 
“Sweeping and scandalous . . . 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


Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*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

Review

“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: 1368 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345536681
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QJMUKY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perry and the Pitts: Still at Their Peak April 9, 2013
By Sue B.
Format:Hardcover
Anne Perry published the first Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel in 1979. Midnight at Marble Arch is the 28th entry in the series. So you have to wonder, is she just cranking these out? Can they still be fresh or have they devolved into formulaic? Should we still care about the Pitts? Happily, yes!!!, the Pitts still rock and Anne Perry is still writing at the top of her form. Midnight at Marble Arch has in common with it's forerunners only good stuff like Perry's encyclopedic knowledge of the Victorian Age that gives huge verisimilitude to her work but never calls attention to itself, and fascinating explorations of Victorian society--all the classes and how they all relate to each other, masters and servants, husbands and wives, diplomats, affianced couples, etc. And then there's the seamier, but hugely interesting, side of society: crime. This is what she builds her plots on, and in this book the crime is rape. Catherine Quixwood is raped, and has died, in her home, attacked by a stranger or someone she knew? Someone she may have let in? Is she somehow responsible for her fate--a prejudice still alive in the 21st century--newly appointed Head of Special Branch Thomas Pitt must investigate. This is just one strand of a complex, but clearly depicted, plot in a book that is not just plot-driven but also character-driven. Perry's characters are fully-rounded and developed with Dickensian detail, streamlined for modern taste. Even moments that seem trivial, like Charlotte's musing on a woman's choice of simple blue dress, end up being enlightening of the people and their times. Perry's style is elegant and she conveys her information naturally--everything you need to know, even if its your first Pitt novel, is worked effortlessly into the story. Read more ›
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic yet far-fetched April 24, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stultifying May 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight at Marble Arch November 11, 2012
By Hume
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bring Back Inspector Pitt! April 22, 2013
Format:Hardcover
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perry satisfies again!
An Anne Perry Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel never disappoints. The couple are moving on and changing as their circumstances change, but Perry still spins her magic with a... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Missouri Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one for Perry!
Another great installment in a series I love!
Published 11 days ago by Maine Moseyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Anne Perry never disappoints.Well written and full of historical detail.
Published 12 days ago by jennyscot
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good reads indeed
I've been reading Anne Perry's Thomas and Charlotte Pitt's Novels forever it seems and was excited to get her newest book to add to my collection. Very good reads indeed :)
Published 15 days ago by Alisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read.
Published 15 days ago by joan smykal
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Anne Perry is a favorite author of mine. This novel did not disappoint!
Published 19 days ago by Jean Oliver
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing installment in a beloved series
I have been a long-time reader of Perry's novels and have enjoyed them immensely. I was happy to have PItt back investigating essentially a domestic murder, rather than caught up... Read more
Published 19 days ago by MGK
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Just one star off for Perry's usual abrupt ending.
Published 23 days ago by Judy A. Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow simmer to reach the boiling point...
Anne Perry sometimes overplays the mental anguish of the main characters, in this reader's opinion, but I found it a page turner the farther I read into the story.
Published 29 days ago by DLBriggs
3.0 out of 5 stars Rape theme
Uncomfortable topic of rape. Exploring points of view of victim, parents, perp & perp's parents, how to get justice without destroying the innocent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alves
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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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