- ISBN-10: 0345524411
- ISBN-13: 978-0345524416
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
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Treason at Lisson Grove: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel Hardcover
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This is one of the less impressive entries in the Pitt series. Although Charlotte is outspoken and has been known to flout convention, it defies belief that she would traipse off to Ireland while her husband is away, leaving their two young children in the care of a newly hired maid. In addition, Charlotte poses as Victor's half-sister, a silly and easily detectable pretense. "Treason at Lisson Grove" is talky, repetitious, and histrionic. There is a subplot involving revolutionaries who, led by a unidentified traitor, intend to carry out a daring plan to throw Great Britain into chaos. Perry would have us believe that Charlotte, Thomas, and Victor are the sole individuals who can save the Crown from catastrophe.
Perry is a literate writer with a feel for the Victorian era and European history. She has created a truly marvelous character, Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould. Vespasia is a rich and influential woman who says what she thinks and is as comfortable with servants as she is with royalty.Read more ›
Thomas Pitt's Supervisor at the Special Branch office, Victor Narraway, sends him and fellow officer Gower in pursuit of a criminal who left a drifter bleeding to death in a London brickyard. They quickly investigate and find out that this was not a drifter but a secret informant who was about to divulge vital information about the British government.
Thomas and Gower begin a chase of the murder suspect that takes them to France. The only issue is that this may be a diversion to get them out of the way as the real plot is focused on London. Meanwhile, Narraway is exposed as being an alleged embezzler of government funds and promptly removed from office. He suspects that the reason he's being set up lies in a 20-year-old mystery involving an Irish patriot named Cormac O'Neill.
Narraway takes Charlotte with him to Ireland, posing as brother and sister. He suspects that the bitter grudge O'Neill holds over him may be the reason for his public besmirching. The problem will be getting close enough to find out. O'Neill blames Narraway for the murder of his beloved Kate 20 years earlier and the framing of another man. Narraway has always professed his innocence, but O'Neill will be hard to convince after so many years of hatred and resentment.
Things get progressively worse for both of the Pitts on their individual adventures. Thomas is turned on by Gower, who tries to kill him on a train back to London.Read more ›
I gave Ms Perry a pass on Buckingham Palace Gardens (I really wanted to like it), I hung in there with The Sheen on the Silk (although I struggled to get through it), but this book takes the cake! You know it's a bad sign when your jaw hangs open during the entire reading experience, when you continually ask yourself "huh??", and when you laugh out loud at an ending that was supposed to be both a revelation and the height of suspense. And when an author ceases to respect her own characters any longer, I have to ask myself why I should bother to care anymore either. For me, I believe that my enthusiastic anticipation of the next Anne Perry novel may have finally run its course. I would even go so far as to say that reading Treason at Lisson Grove was almost as bad as having waited those twelve years for Jean Auel to produce her horrible The Shelters of Stone, in her Earth's Children series. I ended up throwing the wretched thing in the trash at the end, and have diligently refused to buy Jean Auel's two-star rated The Land of Painted Caves. Ms Perry might want to avoid a humiliation similar to that of Ms Auel's failed conclusion of her once-acclaimed series before making another half-hearted attempt to write for a series that she clearly no longer cares about, judging by Treason at Lisson Grove.Read more ›
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Following the history line of the period in England helps with anyone wanting a bit of education mixed with mystery.Published 4 months ago by Patricia Holmes
Amazing mystery.The characters are wonderful,every detail of the period and political tension absolutely riveting.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
The characters are well rounded and uniquely individual. I have enjoyed reading all of Anne Perry's novels. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sharon Wrisley
I really am enjoying these books. There is intrique and I love the time period, very vivid characters and settingPublished 8 months ago by JS
Loved getting to know Victor Narraway finally and see his humanity. The plot had so many interesting levels-- wonderful storytelling!Published 9 months ago by kauaigirl
I hope the history is correct. Was in Dublin last year and I found the description in the book to take m e backPublished 9 months ago by D.Thode
I love the history in the background of the story and the interaction between the married couple. Anne Perry always writes an exceptionally good plot, too.Published 10 months ago by Ann Jacobs