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Buckingham Palace Gardens: A Novel (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt Novels) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 25, 2008
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- Publisher : Ballantine Books; 1st edition (March 25, 2008)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345469313
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345469311
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.6 x 1.15 x 9.6 inches
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Oh well. As the old legal maxim goes: If you can't pound the facts, pound the podium.
Because this was one of the books used to illustrate character in Donald Maass's *The Fire in Fiction*, it was one of the books added to my "to read" list--as are all the books in his how-to. Perry's mystery novel is found in Maass's section in the first chapter called, "Cutting Heroes Down to Size." I can't agree with him that Perry cut her hero, Thomas Pitt, down to size, but instead elevated him above many of the other characters occupying a higher social status in British society. She gave him a moral superiority which I appreciated because he wasn't arrogant. He had his standards and refused to be swayed from them, even if the results put his life or his family's in peril.
Perry's characters in general were fascinating. She did an incredible job of illustrating the societal pecking order in Britain and the parallels from one caste to another. From the simple prostitute to the Prince and Princess of Wales, everyone is represented either through the characters themselves or through their attitudes toward other members of society. For this alone, the book is worth reading and, for writers wanting to improve the craft, studying.
Author, "Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria"
In this book there were so many things that where lying there and were not asked about (and precaution is not an excuse because Perry makes Pitt even go to the Prince when he thinks he needs it), and it showed that a guest and even Gracie are better than him when investigating.
Many times she makes Pitt think more about the consequences of his acts than about the investigation itself.
At the end he does not make great collaborations in solving the cases and the greatest ideas come from Charlotte, Vespasia and this time Gracie.
Spoiler alert (If you have not read the book I advise you to not continue reading).
When wrapping the case there were loose ends: how the murderer did what he did with the bodies if at the beginning they say his time was accounted for?. How the murderer knew the Queens rooms?, why was it that the first suspect was going to be sent to a mad house without trial and then the same thing was not going to be possible with the murderer?.
Why did they never look for the women who accompanied the victim?, why the victim was never identified by anyone she knew?, how come he knew from early on about the "buckets of water" and never inquired about it?. When he finds clues he does not follow upon them (Gracie does!).
And many many more lose ends.
To me it was an interesting book and the description of personalities were finely done, but left a lot to be desired by what she shows to be the talent of the investigative forces.
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Historical fact interwoven with the story line especially regarding Cape to Cairo railway.
Nice class distinction, but all have same fears and feelings. Lots of clues if you can work it out!
Description of palace rooms very interesting and description of the murders very vivid.
Keep you guessing until the end, very good a worthy edition to the Inspector Pitt series.