Death on Blackheath

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Death on Blackheath (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series #29)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781410467485
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 4/4/2014
  • Edition description: Large Prin
  • Pages: 509
  • Sales rank: 647,517
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Perry
Anne Perry
Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed mystery series set in Victorian England, as well holiday novels and historical fiction set during World War I.

Biography

Born in London in October 1938, Anne Perry was plagued with health problems as a young child. So severe were her illnesses that at age eight she was sent to the Bahamas to live with family friends in the hopes that the warmer climate would improve her health. She returned to her family as a young teenager, but sickness and frequent moves had interrupted her formal education to the extent that she was finally forced to leave school altogether. With the encouragement of her supportive parents, she was able to "fill in the gaps" with voracious reading, and her lack of formal schooling has never held her back.

Although Perry held down many jobs—working at various times as a retail clerk, stewardess, limousine dispatcher, and insurance underwriter—the only thing she ever seriously wanted to do in life was to write. (In her '20s, she started putting together the first draft of Tathea, a fantasy that would not see print until 1999.) At the suggestion of her stepfather, she began writing mysteries set in Victorian London; and in 1979, one of her manuscripts was accepted for publication. The book was The Cater Street Hangman, an ingenious crime novel that introduced a clever, extremely untidy police inspector named Thomas Pitt. In this way an intriguing mystery series was born…along with a successful writing career.

In addition to the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels, Perry crafts darker, more layered Victorian mysteries around the character of London police detective William Monk, whose memory has been impaired by a coach accident. (Monk debuted in 1990's The Face of a Stranger.) She also writes historical novels set during the First World War (No Graves as Yet, Shoulder the Sky, etc.) and holiday-themed mysteries (A Christmas Journey, A Christmas Secret, etc), and her short stories have been included in several anthologies.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Anne Perry:

The first time I made any money telling a story I was four and a half years old—golden hair, blue eyes, a pink smocked dress, and neat little socks and shoes. I walked home from school (it was safe then) with my lunchtime sixpence unspent. A large boy, perhaps 12 or 13, stopped me. He was carrying a stick and threatened to hit me if I didn't give him my sixpence. I told him a long, sad story about how poor we were—no food at home, not even enough money for shoes! He gave me his half crown—five times sixpence! It's appalling! I didn't think of it as lying, just escaping with my sixpence. How on earth he could have believed me I have no idea. Perhaps that is the knack of a good story—let your imagination go wild, pile on the emotions—believe it yourself, evidence to the contrary be damned. I am not really proud of that particular example!

I used to live next door to people who had a tame dove. They had rescued it when it broke its wing. The wing healed, but it never learned to fly again. I used to walk a mile or so around the village with the dove. Its little legs were only an inch or two long, so it got tired, then it would ride on my head. Naturally I talked to it. It was a very nice bird. I got some funny looks. Strangers even asked me if I knew there was a bird on my head! Who the heck did they think I was talking to? Of course I knew there was a bird on my head. I'm not stupid—just a writer, and entitled to be a little different. I'm also English, so that gives me a second excuse!

On the other hand I'm not totally scatty. I like maths, and I used to love quadratic equations. One of the most exciting things that happened to me was when someone explained non-Euclidean geometry to me, and I suddenly saw the infinite possibilities in lateral thinking! How could I have been so blind before?

Here are some things I like—and one thing I don't:

  • I love wild places, beech trees, bluebell woods, light on water—whether the light is sunlight, moonlight, or lamplight; and whether the water is ocean, rain, snow, river, mist, or even a puddle.

  • I love the setting sun in autumn over the cornstooks.

  • I love to eat raspberries, pink grapefruit, crusty bread dipped in olive oil.

  • I love gardens where you seem to walk from "room to room," with rambling roses and vines climbing into the trees and sudden vistas when you turn corners.

  • I love white swans and the wild geese flying overhead.

  • I dislike rigidity, prejudice, ill-temper, and perhaps above all, self-righteousness.

  • I love laughter, mercy, courage, hope. I think that probably makes me pretty much like most people. But that isn't bad.
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      1. Also Known As:
        Juliet Hulme
      2. Hometown:
        Portmahomack, Ross-shire, U.K
      1. Date of Birth:
        October 28, 1938
      2. Place of Birth:
        Blackheath, London England

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    • Posted March 31, 2014

      Another wonderful Charlotte and Thomas Pitt story. Thomas who is

      Another wonderful Charlotte and Thomas Pitt story. Thomas who is Commander of the Special Branch that oversees the safety of Britain, is called to a gravel pit to examine a body found dead and mutilated to investigate because a high ranking official lives close by and there was hair and broken glass in front of his house and they have a maid missing. They find another body at the pit and Thomas helps the police investigate that murder.
      This story is well written as usual and the characters are just as wonderful as ever. Fans of Anne Perry and the Pitts this is a must read.
      Thanks to Net Galley and Ballantine Books for allowing me to read this book in return for a honest review.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 26, 2014

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      I loved this book from start to finish. The characters were all

      I loved this book from start to finish. The characters were all interesting. The book had a great story line.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 26, 2014

      It is a better Anne Perry novel. I like the William and Charlott

      It is a better Anne Perry novel. I like the William and Charlotte Pitts series better then the Monk series.

      The novel held my attention. Kudos to Anne Perry for explaining some events in past books that effected this book. One problem I have with series is that sometimes I find it impossible to keep up with them and I don't like the fact that the books have to be read in order to understand them.

      I liked the fact that the book was not about a sex crime. I don't like Anne Perry's books about Victorian sex crimes-I feel they are a little smutty.

      While the book held my interest, though I did feel it left some things unexplained.

      I have read about five or six of her novels

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 23, 2014

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      Pitt does it again!

      Just finished this one. As usual, Perry has written a well paced book, delving deeply into the human psyche, making her characters flawed enough so as to be understood by anyone. Honor is the foundation upon which this one is built. Good story, good outcome, another stepping stone in Pitt's career. I especially liked that in this book, Perry uses nearly all of the characters we have come to love through the earlier novels. Loved the surprise at the end, the evolution of the relationship between two of my favorite characters. Can't say more, you need to read it for yourself!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 9, 2014

      Recommrnded

      This is one of anne perry'S more interesting recent books

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 3, 2014

      As with all of Perry's books, I enjoyed this one very much. My o

      As with all of Perry's books, I enjoyed this one very much. My only complaint was one of omission--where are Gracie and her husband? In a series like this one, a new novel is very much like a holiday dinner or family reunion. I want EVERYONE to be present, or at least their absence to be explained. It felt rather unnatural for two characters who had played such major parts in previous stories (the Pitts' "life") to suddenly be gone to the point that their names were not even mentioned once. However, the rest of the story moved along nicely and I greatly look forward to the next.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 2, 2014

      Highly recommend

      I loved it as usual. Thomas and Charlotte Pitt are wonderful. I am now waiting for the next Monk. Anne Perry can always be depended on to write a good read. I re read almost all of her books. I feel as if The Pitt s and Monk are old friends.

      JoAnn

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 25, 2014

      very believable situation

      The characters seem very real.

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    • Posted April 22, 2014

      Check it out!

      All of Anne Perry's books are great and this is no exception.

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    • Posted April 21, 2014

      Addicted to the Whole Pitt Series

      I've always enjoyed this series. It is well-written and quite suspenseful. I am jealous of anyone who gets to start at the beginning of the series with so much to look forward.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 11, 2014

      DEATH AT BLACKHEATH

      Excellent as usual

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 27, 2014

      Wooden toaster

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