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Dorchester Terrace: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 3, 2012
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Perry's skill, as well as her burden, has been inventing new plots over nearly thirty novels. By the time Perry moved Pitt to Special Branch, a forerunner of MI5, the strain was showing. Wife Charlotte and popular secondary characters were reduced to cameos, and the stories lost their unique charm.
'Dorchester Terrace' returns to series strengths: Pitt's new stature requires him to rely on wife Charlotte for her social acumen. Lady Vespasia's and Emily and Jack Radley's aristocratic connections provide vital clues and timely help. Perry's weaknesses are also present: characters ruminate at length; one or two interviews provide the bulk of the information to solve the mystery; the ultimate motivation for the crime is thin.
The chief interest in 'Dorchester Terrace' is Pitt's ethical dilemma. Will he compromise his principles, and how far, to protect his country from deadly threats? Does he have the strength, the ruthlessness, to move in the murky arena of espionage, even kill, if necessary? Pitt's adversaries are betting he does not. Even Pitt himself, the man Perry has taken pains to develop as a deeply ethical and compassionate man, does not know. His self-discovery, and the shocking conclusion, are the reasons to read 'Dorchester Terrace.'
Pitt, now head of the Special Branch replacing former head Narraway, has received some information from his trusted assistant Stroud that there is likely to be an assassination attempt on an Austrian duke who will be visiting England soon. His investigation into not only the assassins but the reason behind it lead him to 10 Downing Street. His brother-in-law Jack Radley, no longer a member of Parliament but now working for the Foreign Office, is at first unconvinced, but he knows Pitt well enough to come to his aid.
However, for me the star of the book was Aunt Vespasia, who has discovered that a fellow revolutionary from her youth is very ill. She visits Serafina Montserrat and resumes their friendship; she also meets Adriana Blantyre, who was befriended by Serafina when she was orphaned. Serafina is heading downward into dementia and is afraid that she will betray secrets from the past to the wrong person. Vespasia is skeptical at first, but she soon realizes it might be true. She & Narraway work together, parallel to Pitt's Investigation; everything eventually comes to a head with the arrival of Duke Alois.Read more ›
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I won't be reading another Anne Perry book. I've been a fan since her first Thomas and Charlotte Pitt book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kelly48
My favorite author. Anne Perry writes William Monk and also William Pitt series. The best for those of us that love historical detective books.Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer