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Farriers' Lane Mass Market Paperback – January 31, 1994
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“Gripping and intense . . . [Anne Perry’s] characters are authentically and appealingly drawn, and her plot is sinister.”—Booklist
“Riveting . . . [a] convincing look at the seamy side of Victorian life.”—Publishers Weekly
“When it comes to the Victorian mystery, Anne Perry has proved that nobody does it better.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Perry is a forceful plotter and a consistently polished writer.”—Seattle Weekly
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When a distinguished judge dies of opium poisoning, the crucifixion five years before of Kingsley Blaine is brought back into the public eye, and it is screaming for revenge. The police had arrested a Jewish actor, who was soon condemend to hang.
Police Inspector Thomas Pitt, investigating the judge's death, is drawn into the sensational murder, because it appears the judge was about to reopen the earlier case. He receives curiously little help from his colleagues on the force, but his wife, Charlotte, gleans from her social engagements startling insights into the women in both cases. And slowly both Thomas and Charlotte begin to reach the same sinister and deeply dangerous truth....
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- Publisher : Fawcett (January 31, 1994)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0449219615
- ISBN-13 : 978-0449219614
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 0.93 x 6.88 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,844,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Another good thing is the mystery is usually solved at the very end. No denouement. So when rereading many years later, the solution is still illusive.
The setting is London in 1889. Five years earlier a brutal murder had outraged the public. Police were previously criticized for not catching Jack the Ripper. Pressures for an arrest in this case led to the conviction and hanging of a Jewish actor. Anti-semitism had run high with attacks on Jews and Jewish owned businesses. Now questions have been raised.
A Justice who had served on the appeals court for the case is looking into it again. When he dies during a theatre performance, Inspector Thomas Pitt is assigned to investigate, and he re-examines the old case the Justice was reviewing. There is strong pressure not to rock the boat. A reversal in the five-year old case would embarass many people from individual policemen to Justices of the appeals court. Some surprising facts are revealed as the case draws to its conclusion. As a sidelight, Charlotte's maid Gracie acquires a young admirer.
Like other novels in this series, we are provided with a picture of Victorian era society in London. The novel has some amount of violence and some references to sexual encounters.
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I refrained from giving 5 stars because I felt the subplot with Caroline was silly and unbelievable. She wouldn't have acted in that manner. Her getting involved in detecting was believable. Also it is hard to feel sympathy for her as a couple of books ago she was advising Charlotte to abandon Pitt when he had his difficulties.
Also it does get a bit tiresome with Charlotte always saying she feels guilty about her lies and excluding Pitt. Just stop already.
cannot get enough of her Thomas Pitt and William Monk books.