Pentecost Alley (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series #16)by Anne Perry
The murder of a prostitute named Ada McKinley in a bedroom on decrepit Pentecost Alley should occasion no stir in Victoria’s great metropolis, but under the victim’s body, the police find a Hellfire Club badge inscribed with the name “Finlay Fitzjames”—a name that instantly draws Superintendent Thomas Pitt into the case. Finlay’s
The murder of a prostitute named Ada McKinley in a bedroom on decrepit Pentecost Alley should occasion no stir in Victoria’s great metropolis, but under the victim’s body, the police find a Hellfire Club badge inscribed with the name “Finlay Fitzjames”—a name that instantly draws Superintendent Thomas Pitt into the case. Finlay’s father—immensely wealthy, powerful, and dangerous—refuses to consider the possibility that his son has been in Ada McKinley’s bed. The implication is clear: Pitt is to arrest someone other than Finlay Fitzjames for Ada’s demise. But Thomas Pitt is not a man to be intimidated, and with the help of his quick-witted wife, Charlotte, he stubbornly pursues his investigation—one that twists and turns like London’s own ancient streets.
Repetitious and yet perfunctory in probing the suspects; and bits of the truth, at least, are obvious from the beginning. Still, the mystification, and the intensity of Pitt's dilemma, are genuine. Altogether, Perry's best book since Defend and Betray
“Difficult to put down . . . tricky and beautifully paced.”—The Virginian-Pilot
“Stands as one of her most intricately constructed plots . . . Perry packs a triple wallop into the final pages, one climax following another.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Unfolds in a masterly fashion, sure to satisfy devotees of the classic puzzle.”—Houston Chronicle
“Beautifully crafted, filled with the gaslit atmosphere of a bygone world.”—Cosmopolitan
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.
- Portmahomack, Ross-shire, U.K
- Date of Birth:
- October 28, 1938
- Place of Birth:
- Blackheath, London England
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This was my first Anne Perry mystery novel and it is just the beginning. She is an excellent mystery writer. You think you have solved the case but you won't know until you reach the last page. It's difficult to put the book down. She has an excellent understanding of Victorian England I definitly enjoyed reading this book.
I am in the process of reading the entire Thomas Pitt series and can say with a surety that Anne Perry's talent for writing mysteries set in Victorian England is unparalleled. To date, I've read seventeen of the twenty-nine tomes in this series and as an amateur sleuth I will be most unhappy to see the last page of volume twenty-nine. They're all both historically educational and entertaining. Not to mention that one becomes a member of the Pitt [and extended] family once one has read beyond the first volume. Enjoy!
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