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Pentecost Alley (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series #16)

Pentecost Alley (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series #16)

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by Anne Perry

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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.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The 16th Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery demonstrates Perry's trademark skill for enhancing well-designed mystery plots with convincing historical settings and cleverly drawn relationships among characters. In this outing, Pitt, last seen in Traitors Gate, tackles a case that could cost him his career. As it has been only two years since the unsolved Jack the Ripper murders, the Home Office anxiously anticipates the speedy arrest of the person who has murdered a Whitechapel prostitute with her own stocking. Finlay FitzJames, a young diplomat who is the son of a powerful merchant banker, is the prime suspect, even though the evidence against him is circumstantial: an old Hellfire Club badge, inscribed with Finlay's name, was found under the prostitute in bed, and cufflinks with his initials were discovered in the room. While Pitt grapples with this politically sensitive case, his sister-in-law, Emily Radley, makes friends with Finlay's younger sister, a social butterfly named Tallulah. Thanks to Pitt's diligence (and Emily's and Tallulah's meddling), the case is closed. Or so it seems until another very similar murder occurs. Whitechapel residents are terrified anew, Parliament is filled with grumblings, the Queen conveys her displeasure and newspaper reporters are turning the investigation into a case study in police incompetence and corruption. As Perry edges toward her surprise ending, she crafts her tale with elegance, narrative depth and gratifying scope. BOMC main selection. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Thomas and Charlotte Pitt take on Jack the Ripper in this latest in Perry's best-selling Victorian mystery series.
Emily Melton
In what may well be the finest story yet in an already outstanding series, Perry offers a thoroughly entertaining, masterfully written Victorian murder mystery featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt. Seamlessly blending the customs, speech patterns, ambience, and social problems of turn-of-the-century London into an intriguing story, Perry has Pitt facing his most difficult case yet when a prostitute is brutally tortured and killed. All the evidence points to Finlay Fitzjames as the murderer. Fitzjames, son of a prominent London businessman, is on his way to an ambassadorship, so no one--least of all Pitt, who knows a politically sensitive case when he sees one--wants to believe the young man could have committed such a horrible crime. When the prostitute's pimp confesses, everyone is relieved. But no sooner is the pimp tried and hanged for murder than a second prostitute is killed in the same brutal manner as the first. Pitt is devastated, knowing an innocent man has been hanged. Now he must track down the real killer, who is as devious, diabolical, and elusive as any he has ever pursued. Perry has created a superbly plotted, grippingly suspenseful period piece filled with intriguing characters and fascinating descriptions of the manners and customs of Victorian London. Buy plenty.
Kirkus Reviews
Superintendent Thomas Pitt's rise to commander of the Bow Street station has carried him above the sordid run of London crime, but when Whitechapel prostitute Ada McKinley is tortured and strangled two years after the reign of Jack the Ripper, a cufflink and a button from the defunct Hellfire Club on the scene make the case sensitive enough to bring in Pitt. Both articles are traced to Finlay FitzJames, a young diplomat whose wealthy, ruthless father Augustus's massive contempt for Pitt and his mission casts his son in an even more suspicious light. Pitt, keenly aware of the pressure to arrest someone else, is relieved when his own wife Charlotte and her sister Emily Radley, insinuating themselves into the confidence of Finlay's sister Tallulah, uncover an alibi Finlay cannot make public—and even more relieved when he extracts a confession from a pimp that seems to close the case. A trial follows, as well as a speedy execution—and then, to Pitt's horror, there's a second murder exactly like the first, linked to Finlay by still another scrap of haberdashery. If Finlay is innocent, who is so determined to incriminate him? And if he's guilty, how can Pitt bring him to book when he's being ridiculed all over town for hanging the wrong man?

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

From the Publisher
“Vibrant . . alluring . . . It is [Perry’s] fine-bladed outrage that draws the blood in this series.”—The New York Times Book Review

“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

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Random House Publishing Group
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Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series , #16
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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

Portmahomack, Ross-shire, U.K
Date of Birth:
October 28, 1938
Place of Birth:
Blackheath, London England

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Pentecost Alley (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series #16) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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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.
Nutmeg-Anne More than 1 year ago
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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