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Dorchester Terrace (Charlotte and Thomas Pitt) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 3, 2012
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- Publisher : Ballantine Books; First Edition (April 3, 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345510623
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345510624
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.66 x 1.29 x 9.55 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #832,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
We see some little domestic touches from the Pitt household with 13-year-old Jemima, 10-year-old Daniel, and their new maid Minnie Maude, replacing the newly married Gracie. Emily is more prominent than she has been in the last few books, which is very good. Charlotte becomes friendly with Adriana and begins to worry about her, as she should.
I truly enjoyed this book; it's Anne Perry at her best.
Just as the series has continued, so have the lives of the characters. That is only one reason those of us who love this series are loyal to it; these are characters in whom we have become invested.
After the events of the previous book, "Treason at Lisson Grove", we find Thomas Pitt now as head of Special Branch. Unfortunately, neither Pitt nor others are certain he's capable of handling his new role. Ms. Perry wonderfully helps us understand the complexity, both socially and with regard to experience, of the new position Pitt now holds. Victor Narrraway has been moved out of Special Branch into the House of Lords yet misses his old role. Great-Aunt Vespasa, one of my favorite characters, providing insight and wisdom, is Ms. Perry's vehicle for ruminations on the mental and physical pain of being elderly. Charlotte, Thomas' wife, is ever loyal and supportive. Stoker, a fairly new character and Pitt's second, is someone about whom we know little except for a delightful revelation toward the book's end.
Ms. Perry's attention to period detail is astonishing. Additionally, the book is an amazing history lesson on Austro-Hungary and the tensions which led up to WWI. Make no mistake; however, this is not your old, dry, boring history course. Far from it. It is fascinating and well incorporated into the plot.
"Dorchester Terrace" contains good tension and suspense with a very good twist which catches both the reader, and the protagonist, unawares. Well done, Ms. Perry.
DORCHESTER TERRACE (Hist Mys/Prof Inves-Thomas Pitt-England-1896) - VG
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as the gruel poor Oliver Twist was made to eat in the workhouse and of which he nevertheless wanted more. Well, as far as I'm concerned if the rest of Anne Perry's books is in the same vein and of such a poor standard I won't be wanting more. I'll still have to read those I have already purchased and I hope they will prove less disappointing. Something else which has claimed my attention while looking for information on the author is the incredible number of books she has written. It's mass production indeed! Hardly surprising then that by following the same recipes time after time the standard should be falling accordingly. Real literature cannot be mass-produced!