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Treason at Lisson Grove: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 5, 2011

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Praise for Anne Perry’s most recent Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels
Buckingham Palace Gardens
“An intricate plot about a murder at the palace [with] an irresistibly appealing Upstairs, Downstairs perspective . . . a fine introduction to Perry’s alluring world of Victorian crime and intrigue.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Another winner . . . a wonderful cast of characters with many twisting plots.”—Vero Beach Press Journal
Long Spoon Lane
“Anne Perry has once again delivered the tasty concoction her readers have come to expect [and] presents us with moral and political puzzles that are all too close to our own.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review
“An altogether intriguing and enjoyable mystery . . . Fans of this series, with its amazingly well-drawn historical details, know the delight of time traveling back to Victorian England.”—Bookreporter.com
Seven Dials
“Terrific, vivid stuff . . . The alarmingly prolific Anne Perry [is] a master of the genre.”—The Seattle Times
“Perry’s as good as it gets. . . . The final courtroom scene produces more victims and left me breathless.”—The Providence Journal

About the Author

Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Buckingham Palace Gardens and Long Spoon Lane, and the William Monk novels, including Execution Dock and Dark Assassin. She is also the author of the World War I novels No Graves As Yet, Shoulder the Sky, Angels in the Gloom, At Some Disputed Barricade, and We Shall Not Sleep, as well as seven holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Odyssey, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345510585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345510587
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In Anne Perry's "Treason at Lisson Grove," Thomas Pitt of Special Branch is dismayed when an informer named West is murdered. Pitt and his subordinate, Gower, follow the alleged killer to France, hoping that he will lead them to his co-conspirators. Back in London, Victor Narraway, the head of Special Branch and Pitt's supporter, is relieved of his duties after being accused of embezzling government funds. Victor knows he has been framed, but by whom and why? Since he made bitter enemies in Ireland two decades earlier, he returns there, hoping to find the person responsible for discrediting him. Thomas's wife, Charlotte, accompanies Victor, hoping that her keen powers of observation and her ability to detect untruths will help Narraway clear his name.

This is one of the less impressive entries in the Pitt series. Although Charlotte is outspoken and has been known to flout convention, it defies belief that she would traipse off to Ireland while her husband is away, leaving their two young children in the care of a newly hired maid. In addition, Charlotte poses as Victor's half-sister, a silly and easily detectable pretense. "Treason at Lisson Grove" is talky, repetitious, and histrionic. There is a subplot involving revolutionaries who, led by a unidentified traitor, intend to carry out a daring plan to throw Great Britain into chaos. Perry would have us believe that Charlotte, Thomas, and Victor are the sole individuals who can save the Crown from catastrophe.

Perry is a literate writer with a feel for the Victorian era and European history. She has created a truly marvelous character, Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould. Vespasia is a rich and influential woman who says what she thinks and is as comfortable with servants as she is with royalty.
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That is all that I can say about this book. It is absolutely stunning and one of the best Anne Perry books I've ever read. And that's saying a lot since I've read everything she's written as soon as it comes out. Not for nothing is she one of my favourite authors. It's been three years since we've had a Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novel, and it's been a long wait, but well worth it with the release of this book. The book is terrific-suspenseful, a great mystery, a wonderful plot and, of course, the characters that I love. The tension that she creates in this book is incredible. Something is badly wrong in Special Branch, and Pitt and his boss Narraway are almost swallowed up by it. But with the help of Charlotte and her Great Aunt Vespasia, they manage to put the pieces together and stop a terrorist plot against their beloved England, and they manage to stay alive in order to do that. This latter is difficult with all the enemies surrounding them. Pitt and Narraway trust no one, while continuing to investigate. Please Ms. Perry, don't make us wait so long for the next book in this wonderful series.
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The Irish have the longest memories in Europe, and it's this sentiment that drives the latest Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel from Anne Perry. TREASON AT LISSON GROVE is the 26th book featuring the Pitts, and this time out they are involved in dual mysteries that each reveals a plot to bring down the British Empire itself.

Thomas Pitt's Supervisor at the Special Branch office, Victor Narraway, sends him and fellow officer Gower in pursuit of a criminal who left a drifter bleeding to death in a London brickyard. They quickly investigate and find out that this was not a drifter but a secret informant who was about to divulge vital information about the British government.

Thomas and Gower begin a chase of the murder suspect that takes them to France. The only issue is that this may be a diversion to get them out of the way as the real plot is focused on London. Meanwhile, Narraway is exposed as being an alleged embezzler of government funds and promptly removed from office. He suspects that the reason he's being set up lies in a 20-year-old mystery involving an Irish patriot named Cormac O'Neill.

Narraway takes Charlotte with him to Ireland, posing as brother and sister. He suspects that the bitter grudge O'Neill holds over him may be the reason for his public besmirching. The problem will be getting close enough to find out. O'Neill blames Narraway for the murder of his beloved Kate 20 years earlier and the framing of another man. Narraway has always professed his innocence, but O'Neill will be hard to convince after so many years of hatred and resentment.

Things get progressively worse for both of the Pitts on their individual adventures. Thomas is turned on by Gower, who tries to kill him on a train back to London.
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I'm a long-time Anne Perry fan, and I have especially enjoyed the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. That's why this book was such a huge disappointment for me. Quite honestly, I'm betting that Treason at Lisson Grove would have been rejected by any self-respecting publisher, if it hadn't been submitted by the already well-established Anne Perry.

I gave Ms Perry a pass on Buckingham Palace Gardens (I really wanted to like it), I hung in there with The Sheen on the Silk (although I struggled to get through it), but this book takes the cake! You know it's a bad sign when your jaw hangs open during the entire reading experience, when you continually ask yourself "huh??", and when you laugh out loud at an ending that was supposed to be both a revelation and the height of suspense. And when an author ceases to respect her own characters any longer, I have to ask myself why I should bother to care anymore either. For me, I believe that my enthusiastic anticipation of the next Anne Perry novel may have finally run its course. I would even go so far as to say that reading Treason at Lisson Grove was almost as bad as having waited those twelve years for Jean Auel to produce her horrible The Shelters of Stone, in her Earth's Children series. I ended up throwing the wretched thing in the trash at the end, and have diligently refused to buy Jean Auel's two-star rated The Land of Painted Caves. Ms Perry might want to avoid a humiliation similar to that of Ms Auel's failed conclusion of her once-acclaimed series before making another half-hearted attempt to write for a series that she clearly no longer cares about, judging by Treason at Lisson Grove.
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