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Murder on the Serpentine: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 21, 2017
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Advance praise for Murder on the Serpentine
“For nearly four decades Anne Perry’s riveting detective novels have played out against the backdrop of the Victorian era. Fans of British royalty will delight in Murder on the Serpentine, which spotlights the woman this British author reminds us was ‘queen and empress of a quarter of the earth’ during her 63-year reign. . . . Perry writes meticulously laid-out police procedurals, and Pitt’s methodical investigation sets the novel’s early, steady pace. The tone becomes darker and more urgent when Pitt bumps up against Halberd’s and Kendrick’s friends and enemies, as well as their ‘downstairs’ help—the people who always know best what’s going on in their masters’ lives. Blackmail, double agents, illicit weapon sales and the stench of treason arm this novel with the power to entertain as well as enlighten readers on matters of history, crime-solving and devotion to queen and family. In a lovely closing scene, Her Majesty bequeaths Pitt with a most satisfying gift, one that will have Perry’s fans cheering.”—The Washington Post
“The mystery may follow familiar lines, but even newcomers are likely to be charmed by scenes that deepen Pitt’s family relationships. This entry’s main strength lies in the quiet, emotionally intelligent interactions among its characters.”—Publishers Weekly
PRAISE FOR ANNE PERRY’S CHARLOTTE AND THOMAS PITT NOVELS
Treachery at Lancaster Gate
“A story that is as exciting and tense as it is revealing and thought-provoking.”—Yorkshire Evening Post
The Angel Court Affair
“Perry melds the intellectual debates of the day with a suspenseful plot line.”—Publishers Weekly
Death on Blackheath
“Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining . . . The period detail is beautifully done, and realistic characters and tense action are woven seamlessly together.”—Historical Novels Review
Midnight at Marble Arch
“Sweeping and scandalous . . . Perry has perfected a delicate touch.”—The New York Times Book Review
“The always clever Anne Perry infuses Dorchester Terrace with the right amount of intrigue and complex relationships that have made this prolific series one of the finest in modern mystery fiction.”—Bookreporter
About the Author
Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Treachery at Lancaster Gate and The Angel Court Affair, and the William Monk novels, including Revenge in a Cold River and Corridors of the Night. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as fourteen holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Message, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Los Angeles and Scotland.
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While Narroway and Vesphasia are on tour in Europe, Thomas is asked to look into the death of one of Victoria's good friends. The man was known to be of excellent character but also to know a great deal of secrets. He was found dead by the side of a small boat on the Serpentine.
Th queen had tasked him with finding out if one of Prince Edwards friends, Kendrick, was of good character.
Pitt finds the inquiry difficult and would have welcomed the help and advice of Narroway. Charlotte herself is having a difficult time with the secrecy that Pitt must now have in his job. She and her sister Emily miss being able to be sleuths and help Pitt in his work.
Luckily they find a way to help in ways Pitt had no way of doing. I enjoyed that, as well as seeing other characters from previous books able to lend advice and assistance.
This is a very long series of books. Last fall I read them through in order. (Thank you to my local library and Axis360) I have been looking forward to this book since then.
Ms Perry does not disappoint. I know she is getting up in years, I can only hope she is able to continue the series for a long time to come. May she Live Long and Prosper 😉
by threatened blackmail as well as the murky world of espionage that could lead to another Boer war. To resolve the murder as well as the implicit
threat of blackmail to the next king of England, Thomas proceeds to "burn" the murderer, causing his Afrikaans contacts to fear betrayal then kill
to protect themselves. For his services to the Crown, Thomas receives knighthood.