Farrier's Lane (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series #13)

Farrier's Lane (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series #13)

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by Anne Perry
     
 

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When the distinguished Mr. Justice Stafford dies of opium poisoning, his shocking demise resurrects one of the most sensational cases ever to inflame England: the murder five years before of Kingsley Blaine, whose body was found crucified in Farriers’ Lane. Amid the public hysteria for revenge, the police had arrested a Jewish actor who was soon condemned

Overview

When the distinguished Mr. Justice Stafford dies of opium poisoning, his shocking demise resurrects one of the most sensational cases ever to inflame England: the murder five years before of Kingsley Blaine, whose body was found crucified in Farriers’ Lane. Amid the public hysteria for revenge, the police had arrested a Jewish actor who was soon condemned to hang. Police Inspector Thomas Pitt, investigating Stafford’s death, is drawn into the Farriers’ Lane murder as well, for it appears that Stafford may have been about to reopen the case. Pitt receives curiously little help from his colleagues on the force, but his wife, Charlotte, gleans from her social engagements startling insights into both cases. And slowly both Thomas and Charlotte begin to reach for the same sinister and deeply dangerous truth.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“[A] devious affair of passion and political intrigue in Victorian London.”—The New York Times Book Review

“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

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the riveting 13th adventure of Victorian police Inspector Thomas Pitt and his wife, Charlotte, Perry ( Belgrave Square ) reshuffles her deck of series characters while adeptly weaving in themes of anti-Semitism and abuse of the law. When appeals court judge Samuel Stafford dies at a London theater, the Pitts are in the audience as well. The inspector, who immediately suspects poisoning, is eventually assigned to the case and soon surmises a connection between the killing and the dead man's recent attempt to reopen the notorious Farrier's Lane case of five years earlier, in which a young Jewish man was hanged for killing a friend and crucifying him to a stable door with horseshoe nails. While Pitt determines that Mrs. Stafford and her lover may have played roles in the judge's murder, he also faces the possibility that in solving this case he might uncover a miscarriage of justice in the earlier one, which officials make clear should remain closed. But then the police sergeant who brought in the convicting evidence in that trial is found hanging from his bedroom ceiling, and Thomas, Charlotte, her mother and great-aunt, and even the Pitts' maid Gracie apply themselves to the solution. Even Oscar Wilde has a cameo appearance, supplying the vital clue in this convincing look at the seamy side of Victorian life. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Perry's established audience will clamor for this newest Inspector Pitt offering. Pitt's investigation into the death of a judge leads him to a notorious, unsolved crucifixion murder. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/92.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345514134
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/22/2011
Series:
Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series, #13
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
263,715
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.83(d)

Meet the Author

Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Death on Blackheath and Midnight at Marble Arch, and the William Monk novels, including Blood on the Water and Blind Justice. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as twelve holiday novels, most recently A New York Christmas, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Los Angeles and Scotland.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Portmahomack, Ross-shire, U.K
Date of Birth:
October 28, 1938
Place of Birth:
Blackheath, London England
Website:
http://www.anneperry.net

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Farriers' Lane 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Linda43 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the peek Perry gives us of the Victorian values and life style. Farrier's Lane is not my favorite of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, but it was entertaining. I like the earlier books better, but all are entertaining.
fuzzmom More than 1 year ago
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt are out to the theater, what starts as a pleasant enough night, ends in murder. A judge, involved in a sensational case, 5 years ago, that involves an actresses brother started everything and seems to refuse to go away. Mr. Justice Stafford has been poisoned! Thomas and his wife, as well as her network of relatives and friends, does their best to ferret out the truth. There are many turns and twists, with a few romances along the way. If you are a fan of Victorian mystery's, this is right up your Alley! I always enjoy a visit to Thomas and Charlotte Pitt's world.