- Series: Charlotte & Thomas Pitt Novels
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Fawcett (January 30, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0449003183
- ISBN-13: 978-0449003183
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,551,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brunswick Gardens (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt Novels) Mass Market Paperback – January 30, 1999
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affluent Brunswick Gardens, the battle over Charles Darwin's revolutionary theory of evolution intensifies as the respected Reverend Parmenter is boldly challenged by his beautiful assistant, Unity Bellwood--a "new woman" whose feminism and aggressive Darwinism he finds appalling.
When Unity, three months pregnant, tumbles down the staircase to her death, superintendent Thomas Pitt is virtually certain that one of the three deeply devout men in the house committed murder. Could it have been the Reverend Parmenter, his handsome curate, or his Roman Catholic son? Pitt and his clever wife, Charlotte, refuse to settle for less than the truth--and justice. . . .
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We've also had several books in which male homosexuality or prostitution have been featured, but there have been no lesbian characters. I've suspected one or two along the way might have been, but one of the three female suspects in "Brunswick Gardens has awfully passionate feelings for the victim. I suspect she will turn out to be heterosexual as well before it's over.
In "Ashworth Hall," I thought the author was setting up Gracie in a romance/flirtation with Tellman, but several books before that, Gracie was aided by a young witness to a crime who kissed her, solved the case, and then vanished from sight; the author has never brought him back. Given her ignoring the Dominic Corde story she set up in her previous books, who knows if the young witness, if he returns will even remember Gracie?
As he enters deeper into the household, he discovers that he has crossed paths with his brother-in-law Dominic Cord - a man Charlotte, Pitt's wife, was infatuated with as a teenager and young woman. His return to their life rekindles Charlotte's thoughts of him and also restokes Pitt's resentment towards him. The fact that he is a suspect makes it harder for Pitt to remain purely objective because of the inner resentment he feels against Dominic. This situation makes Pitt more human and believeable. If I met a man in the course of my work, who was once the object of my wife's adoration, I'd have a hard time staying neutral and not resenting the hell out of him too. Perry catches this emotional load that Pitt has to bear exactly right.
Throughout the book, emotions are barely under the surface. From Charlotte's renewed attention to Dominic, Pitt's resentment of Dominic and Charlotte, religious beliefs etc., there is an current that is almost palpable and real. Where these emotions lead is surprising as well as sad. In one case, these is the start of an affection that can only be returned obliquely and indirectly, not as it should be. While Tellman and Gracie continue thier somewhat eccentric courtship - neither has recognized thier true feelings for the other or if they have, they are reluctant to admit them, to themselves and to each other.
This is a book that I found on par with Perry's other writings. This gives us a new developement of Pitt's charecter - we see his emotions and his own insecurities quite vividly. I think it goes a long way to giving background and depth to the relationship of Charlotte and Thomas, making them more believeable as people. I highly recommend this book to all Perry fans.